The Eastern Partnership program

As a part of the EU’s Eastern Partnership program, between May 22 - 26, 2017 the Creative Europe - Culture Office in cooperation with the Arts and Theatre Institute will welcome a group of cultural managers from the East. The opening ceremony will be attended by Ragnar Siil, a member of the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Expert Team and a leading expert on cultural policy and creative industries.

The study tour organised under the European Union's Eastern Partnership Program entitled 'Culture and Creativity'' is aimed at strengthening cultural and creative industries, expanding international co-operation and establishing contacts. An intensive work program is set up for twenty-six managers, students and journalists from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The main goal is to mediate contacts between cultural organisations from the countries concerned and the Czech Republic and to present Czech cultural and creative scene to the visiting guests. In addition to lectures and workshops, a visit to the Innovation Fair is planned, as well as a meeting with representatives of pre-selected institutions: DEPO2015 Plzeň, KREP Praha, DOX Center, Jatka 78, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. Among the participants of the study tour are managers from both artistic fields (theatre, dance, music, film, design), as well as from memory and educational institutions as well as public administration.

The Culture and Creativity Eastern Partnership Program will be presented by Ragnar Siil (Estonia), Program Coordinator and Leading Culture Policy and Creative Industry Expert with more than ten years of experience in the governmental, non-profit, and business sectors. Ragnar Siil is the former first deputy of the Estonian Minister of Culture for the field of Arts, and is currently also the Head of Creativity Lab - an expert group providing advice and assistance in the field of cultural policy and the creative economy

"The Eastern Partnership countries are a culturally very vibrant territories. There are many examples of admirable creativity and innovative approaches. What is most lacking in cultural institutions from these countries is integration into European cultural networks and partnerships with colleagues from other EU countries. Meeting Eastern colleagues is a great opportunity for Czech cultural representatives,” Ragnar Siil's confirms the importance of the existence of this program.

The opening ceremony will take place on May 22, at the Cernin Palace (in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and will welcome the participants of the study tour.

Magdalena Müllerová  / Creative Europe - Culture Office


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