As from 3 July 2015 the Office of the new Eastern Partnership
Culture Programme has started its work in Ukraine. The
Program will run for three years in Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia,
Moldova and Ukraine with a budget
of 4,2 mln euro.
The main focus
of the program will be on practical studies, international cultural cooperation,
information campaigns, and trainings within such themes as project management,
fundraising, advocacy, culture journalism, culture studies etc.
Tim Williams, the Creative
and Cultural Sectors Specialist in the new
Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, explains
practical opportunities of the program for the Ukrainian culture and argues
that crisis is not an obstacle to the dissemination and development of culture;
cultural process works the opposite: "Now
Ukraine has a great chance to develop its national culture and make it
attractive for the EU as well as for all other world... When talking about
authenticity, the winner is the one whose local creative idea is better
executed... Moreover, economy and various political crises are very closely related
to cultural values and processes. For it is culture that overcomes the
crisis, "- said the expert.
program does not provide direct grants, it is aimed at
raising awareness on opportunities of the European programs and funds as well
as improving competitiveness of the Ukrainian culture industries.
Williams believes that "it is a crucial moment for Ukraine to make
self identification and to understand the priority of culture."
full version of the interview is on the site - http://gazeta.dt.ua/CULTURE/yevrosoyuz-podav-kreativniy-signal-ukrayinskiy-kulturi-_.html