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27.08.2012  |  Publications   |  Eastern Partnership Culture Congress,  

Trans Cultura Foundation (Poland) together with Workshops of Culture (Poland) and partners: Suburb Cultural Centre (Armenia), United Artits’ Club (Azerbaijan), Lohvinau Publishing House (Belarus), GeoAIR (Georgia), Young Artists Asociation «Oberliht»...

Trans Cultura Foundation (Poland) together with Workshops of Culture (Poland) and partners: Suburb Cultural Centre (Armenia), United Artits’ Club (Azerbaijan), Lohvinau Publishing House (Belarus), GeoAIR (Georgia), Young Artists Asociation “Oberliht” (Moldova) and Arts Society “Dzyga” (Ukraine) would like to invite to participate in study visits and workshops session dedicated to the building of the new model of culture networking in Eastern Partnership and non-EU countries.


In 2011 the Trans Culture Foundation, together with its partners from the EaP countries and financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland organized the first Eastern Partnership Culture Congress (EPCC) during which representatives of the cultural sectors from EaP and EU countries set the directions for cultural cooperation for the upcoming years and developed recommendations for EU policies.

This project is a continuation of works which begun during EPCC. The activities planned in the project are to prepare artists, culture managers, institutions and culture organizations from EaP countries for active participation in the second EPCC schedules for 2013 and to create a tool for building of a cultural cooperation network in Eastern Europe.


Reinforcement of culture and civil society’s role in building of friendly relations between the European Union and the Eastern Partnership countries and their mutual respect.


  • Building a new model of network for cultural cooperation in Eastern Europe, aiming at intensification of contacts between cultural operators, NGOs, artists and managers of the EaP and the EU countries.
  • Raising the level of knowledge and skills in modern culture management, education and cultural policies
  • Building and strengthening the positive image of Eastern Europe in EU.


July - December 2012.


  • representatives of opinion-forming cultural circles in the EaP countries: representatives of cultural institutions, NGOs, artists, animators, and managers of culture and arts, an academics  interested in implementing projects of cultural cooperation with the Eastern Partnership and the European Union countries.


Study visits and meetings in:

  • Baku (Azerbaijan) - 6 October 2012
  • Yerevan (Armenia) - 13 October 2012
  • Minsk (Belarus) - 2 November 2012
  • Chisinau (Moldova) - 8 November 2012

Networking Building Workshops:

  • Tbilisi (Georgia) - 8-11 October 2012 - workshops for participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia (max 10 from each country)
  • Lviv (Ukraine) - 4-7 November 2012  - workshops for participants from Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine (max 10 from each country)

Study visits and meetings:

  • Visits in art and culture institutions and organizations, meetings with artists, cultural and art managers of festivals, international projects and social activists aiming at familiarization with the models in which the cultural activities function in the EaP countries as well as establishing contacts with representatives of cultural communities in these countries.
  • Meetings dedicated to the Eastern Partnership Culture Congress’ mission, results and future objectives, the European Union’s foreign policy towards the Eastern Partnership, integration of the EaP and the EU countries, possibilities of participation in educational artistic, social and financial programs and EU mechanisms for the EaP citizens as well as the current situation of culture in the EaP countries.

Networking Building Workshops:

  • workshops dedicated to issues such as: networking and partnership – what does it mean, what are the models of networking, study cases, models of networking for Eastern Partnership countries and non – EU countries. Building the new model of network cultural development in EaP countries, its mission and main goals and projects.


  • The project is open for all cultural art managers having citizenship in one of the EaP countries, working in EaP countries, active and experienced in the field of culture or arts, having knowledge about the cultural sector and policies in the home country, be interested in EaP cultural network building, can be a member of any local or international network, should speak at least communicative English .


  • Please fill the application form in English and send to the coordinator from your country (see the list below) till 4th of September 2012.

Local coordinators:


  • Costs of transport, accommodation and food for workshop participants are covered by the organizers.


The result of these visits shall be the development of a strategy for building of networks for cultural cooperation in Eastern Europe, development of guidelines for the next Congress, to be held in 2013 and the analysis of culture and its aspects shape as well as the impact on the political, social and economic systems in the EaP countries and integration with the EU. This diagnosis will be used to develop common tools for cooperation in Europe and will be one of the important elements in creating a strategy for building of networks for cultural cooperation in Eastern Europe.


  • participation in workshops run by renowned European expertsacquire the knowledge and experience in the field of cultural management, network building and cultural policies, the creation of cultural, social and educational projects, sources of financing and mobility
  • getting to know experts who work for the Eastern Partnership good, tightening of relations between EaP and EU, and who are initiators of projects that integrate countries of the region
  • possibility to join the already existing programming and financing mechanisms for the EaP


  • Trans Culture Foundation (Poland)
  • The Workshops of Culture in Lublin (Poland)


  • Suburb Cultural Centre (Armenia)
  • United Artits’ Club (Azerbaijan)
  • Lohvinau Publishing House (Belarus)
  • GeoAIR (Georgia)
  • Young Artists Asociation “Oberliht” (Moldova)
  • Arts Society “Dzyga” (Ukraine)

The project is co-financed by the Lublin City Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland


Trans Culture Foundation (Fundacja Trans Kultura)
Zlota Street 5/21
20-052 Lublin, Poland
Tel./fax +48 81 533 08 18
email: fundacja@transkultura.org

Project coordinator: Agata Will, agata.will@gmail.com


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