Cultural Cooperation Network for the Eastern Partnership
The Cultural Cooperation Network for the Eastern Partnership provides an opportunity to bring together cultural practitioners and organizations from the Eastern Partnership countries and the European Union and help develop cross-border cooperation. It is expected to attract mainly the representatives of independent culture and non-profit organizations, informal groups, individual artists and activists, as well as local government and national institutions.
The growing network is a “living organism” rather than an institution; it is a grassroots initiative, far from imposing any top-down solutions, having a democratic structure and respecting cultural diversity. Internationally, the network’s aim will be the representation and advocacy for the development of the culture of the Eastern Partnership.
Building of a cultural network follows the recommendations made by the participants of the Eastern Partnership Culture Congress. The main objective of the network participants: artists, managers and curators from Eastern Europe, is to unlock new channels of cooperation and communication within the common cultural space for Europe, as well as building and strengthening the positive image of Eastern Europe in the European Union coupled with the representation and advocacy for the promotion of culture of the Eastern Partnership.
The first tage of network development is Connected by the Border project that started the process of the Eastern Partnership Cultural Cooperation Network (EaPCCN) building. It was launched by the Trans Kultura Foundation Culture and the Workshops of Culture in Lublin; it got off the ground immediately after the 1st Congress in 2011 and has been carried ever since.
The idea of the project was to facilitate the encounter of cultural practitioners from the EaP countries, to exchange knowledge and experiences, to identify the real problems and needs of the cultural sector in the Eastern Partnership countries and to provide a basis for advancing cultural networks in Eastern Europe. Connected by the Border involved workshops with international experts, meetings with artists, NGO s, cultural institutions and social activists; the point is to learn about the models of cultural activities in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and to establish contacts with representatives of cultural groups in these countries. The main aim of the project was establishing a core group that will be responsible for the network establishment.
Initiatives dedicated to th network development:
Participation in European meetings:
- Conference of the Ministers of Culture of the EU and the EaP Cultural developemnt in the EaP (Tblisi, 26 – 27 June 2013)
- 75th meeting of Trans Europe Halles – Working with Art (Riga, 23 – 26 May 2013)
- Polish Eastern Policy Conference (Wroclaw, 22 – 24 November 2012)
- More Europe (Warsaw, 19 November 2012)
- The State of Civil Society in Belarus (Warsaw, 26 October 2012)
- Regionalna Konferencja programu Kultura dla Partnerstwa Wschodniego (Tbilisi, 8 – 9 October 2012)
- 74th meeting of Trans Europe Halles – Bottom Up! (Gothenburg, 27 – 30 September 2012)
- 73rd meeting of Trans Europe Halles – Overcoming Borders (Kosice, 10 – 13 May 2012)
- Congress “Culture for the Eastern Partnership” (4 – 6 October 2013)
- Interations – Mediations (Lublin, 1 – 6 October 2013)
- East of Culture (Rzeszów, Białystok, Lublin, June – October 2013)
- International Seminar “Culture for the Eastern Partnership” (Lublin, 8 – 10 March 2013)
- Connected by the border – network developemnt (EaP countries, October – December 2012)
Exchange of knowledge, think thank:
- EaP Civil Society Forum (Chisinau, 4 – 5 October 2013)
- Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress – coordination of the panel “Netwroking” (Lublin, 1 – 3 October 2013)
- Borderland School (Krasogróda, 1 – 8 August 2013)
- Eastern Partnership as cultural project – leading workshops (Krasnogróda, 10 – 12 May 2013)
- ArtPlatfrom – belarusian platform of art and culture – european training programmes – presentation of good practicies (Minsk, 28 January 2013)
- Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress – coordination of the panel dedicated to cultural developemnt (Lublin, 11 – 13 September 2012)
- EaP Civil Society Forum (Stockholm, 29 – 30 November 2012)
- Eastern Partnership Days in Brussels (Brussels, 26 – 27 November 2012)
Other important actions:
- advocacy for the development of culture of the Eastern Partnership;
- creating a database of cultural practitioners from the Eastern Partnership countries;
- developing models and strategies for the advancement of cultural cooperation between organizations from the Eastern Partnership and the European Union.
Workshops of Culture
Grodzka 5a, 20-112 Lublin