EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme
EU-Eastern Partnership Culture Programme aims to strengthen regional cultural links and dialogue within the Eastern Partnership region, and between the EU and ENP Eastern countries' cultural networks and actors.
It also aims at assisting the Partner Countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professional skills of cultural operators in the Eastern ENP region. It contributes to exchange of information and experience among cultural operators at a regional level and with the EU. The programme supports regional initiatives which demonstrate positive cultural contributions to economic development, social inclusion, conflict resolution and intercultural dialogue.
The programme has provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection in cultural policy reforms and helped overhaul legal and regulatory framework in order to foster the modernization of cultural sector. It has organized the trainings to address the identified skills shortages in the cultural sector, facilitated the increase of public access to cultural resources, supported conservation and valorisation of regional cultural resources and heritage; encouraged multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial exchanges between government, civil society and the private sectors; helped cultivate cultural operators through support in developing strategic management, business planning, communications, advocacy, fundraising and other relevant capacities.
Along with other EaP Countries, within the framework of the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme, Georgia participated in the framework of the following projects: Caucasus Cultural Initiatives Network (CAUCULT), Cultural Development is the Source for Prosperity of Community, Directors Across Borders Eastern Partnership Program (DAB), Let's Talk About Films in South Caucasus (CAUCADOC), New Breath of Culture: Fill Heritage with Life of Arts, Regional Co-operation for the Cultural Heritage Development, SAY CHEESE: Eastern Family Album. Capacity Building, Networking and Promotion of Thematic Eastern Partnership Photography, Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues, SOS Culture: Saving Endangered Cultural Assets in Remote Regions of Armenia and Georgia by Involving Local Youth in Their Preservation, Strengthening Creative Industries in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia: Heritage Crafts - Common Platform for Development, Sustainable Public Areas for Culture in Eastern Countries (SPACES), The Book Platform.
In addition, the programme proposed a series of capacity-building activities – the Culture Policy Exchange Workshops Cycles organised in 2013 and 2014 for national and local authorities as well as public and private cultural actors and civil society representatives of the EaP countries.
The budget of the total programme was € 12 million.