Transcultura: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity

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Transcultura Programme

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more than 5M$

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This Programme seeks to deepen integration between Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union. It aims to harness diversity and build bridges between people and cultures from different linguistic areas. The Programme is implemented with a financial support of US$ 15,621,429, provided by the European Union.

UNESCO-Transcultura launches open call for FondosCultura, an online cultural grant writing course

The UNESCO programme Transcultura: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity, funded by the European Union, launches the call for the third round of the free online course "FondosCultura: Writing Grant Proposals to Unlock Cultural Funding”.


UNESCO Transcultura promotes the values of sites of memory in the Caribbean through sustainable tourism and creativity

Framed within the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), Transcultura organized the seminar Mills and sugar: leveraging resilience through heritage management, sustainable tourism and creativity which took place in Kingston, Jamaica, from 13 to 15 December 2022.


A delegation from the European Union visits the restoration works of the Santa Clara Convent in Havana

A European Union delegation headed by the Deputy Managing Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service, Javier Niño, the Deputy Director General for International Partnerships, Myriam Farran, the Director of the Task Force Energy Platform, Cristina Lobillo, and the EU Ambassador to Cuba, Isabel Brilhante, visited the Santa Clara Convent in Havana on 1 December to learn about the progress made in the restoration of this 17th century heritage building.


Culture and creativity for the social inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is home to over one million people with disabilities, more than the population of many of the States in the region. Seeking to give visibility to the creative potential of this group and to advocate for culture and creativity as tools to overcome the social barriers they face, Transcultura held the online event 'Disability' or 'This Ability'? Advocating for cultural rights in the post-COVID era, on 1-2 December 2022.


UNESCO Transcultura call to participate in the European Film Market - Toolbox Programmes

Transcultura has launched a call for applications to sponsor the participation of five Caribbeans entry-level or mid-career film producers and producing filmmakers in the 2023 European Film Market (EFM) Toolbox Programmes. 


Transcultura promotes the integration of cultural and creative industries and the tourism sector in the Caribbean

The Transcultura programme hosted the regional workshop Creative tourism in the Caribbean: leveraging sustainable development through culture, from 7 to 9 November 2022 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The event was attended by representatives of the tourism sector, the cultural and creative sectors’ authorities, and young cultural and creative practitioners from 14 Caribbean States to promote opportunities for cultural and creative professionals in the tourism industry, and at the same time fostering sustainable tourism based on identity and cultural and creative industries. 


Cooperation and networking to promote the Caribbean cultural offer in Europe

From 2 to 4 November 2022, the UNESCO Transcultura programme, funded by the European Union, hosted the professional forum Bridging Caribbean and European cultural events through professional exchange and networking in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Representatives of 28 cultural organizations and cultural events from 11 Caribbean and European countries came together and agreed to foster cooperation and professional networking to enhance synergies, to access new markets and to promote a greater Caribbean participation in European cultural events.


UNESCO and EU present the Transcultura programme to Caribbean Ambassadors to Cuba

On 6 October 2022, the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, Anne Lemaistre, and the Ambassador of the European Union to Cuba, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, held a meeting with ambassadors and representatives in Cuba of nibe Caribbean States, to present the progress and upcoming activities of the programme Transcultura: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity, targeting those countries. 


Animation and videogames: sustainable creative industries for the Caribbean region

Animation, videogame and related industries were faced with numerous setbacks as a result of the pandemic. To discuss about existing challenges and opportunities for these sectors in the Caribbean in the aftermath of COVID-19, Transcultura held the online event The animation and videogame industries: collaboration, monetization and sustainable business opportunities on Tuesday, 4 October 2022. 

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Cultural creation is one of the most dynamic world markets, with a huge potential to foster entrepreneurship and resilience, improving social cohesion and well-being, developing freedom of expression and dialogue, and providing substantial economic growth and jobs worldwide. The Caribbean region is in a privileged position to tap into such rich potential, with its multiplicity of customs, traditions, languages and historical links, resulting from cultural exchanges and reciprocal influences from the pre-Columbian era to the present day.

Additionally, the region has a longstanding motivation to promote integration and cooperation to overcome the challenges presented by the small size and limited resources of individual economies and enhance competitiveness. As a result, a clear need appeared to strengthen capacities in the value chain of cultural and creative industries in the region and harness culture as an instrument for integration through intercultural exchange and dialogue. 

In this context, the programme Transcultura: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity was launched in 2020 by UNESCO, funded by the European Union, with the overall purpose to deepen cultural integration in the Caribbean and strengthen people-to-people cooperation and exchange in the region and with the European Union. 

Beneficiaries include the 17 Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS): Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, as well as Trinidad and Tobago.

It is this economic and professional potential that we value, for example, with the Transcultura Initiative, also funded by the European Union, which aims to build bridges between Cuban, Caribbean, and European cultures and which I had the honor to launch in Cuba during my visit.

Ms Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director General