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2 months after the Study visit in Lithuania
Two months have passed after the Study Visit in Lithuania. We decided to interview Key Dialogue Workers asking about their time in Vilnius, current activities and future ideas related to the Caucult project.
On 17th of May started the CAUCULT study visit in Lithuania, where Key Dialogue Workers were introduced to the cultural policy of Lithuania, observed how various cultural institutions are functioning as well as deepen their knowledge about the methods of community art. Konul Yagubova from Baku, Artur Gevorgyan from Gyumri and Tamari Bobokhidze from Bolnisi shared their insights and articulated their upcoming plans after their visit to Vilnius in the framwork of CAUCULT project.
Dear Konul, Tamari and Artur, two months ago you went to Lithuania for the study visit. Probably all the experience is already reflected and impressions are now clearer. So after all, what do you think was the most useful experience from the study visit in Lithuania?
Konul: Firstly, I would like to say that this study visit was very important for all Caucult KDWs. During the study visit we were able to tackle various issues, which are differently approached in our countries. Personally for me, the most useful experience was participation in the Street Music Day in Vilnius. I really enjoyed this initiative and have started to think of organizing the Street Music Day in Azerbaijan. During the Street Music Day in Vilnius, I managed also to collected information how to organize such event. Meeting with Andrius Mamontovas, who is the initiator of the Street Music Day in Lithuania, helped me to find answers what you need to do, to make the streets full of music at least for a day in one year.
Artur: While being in Lithuania nothing impressed as much as Uzupis independent republic. I can share, that my organization, already have applied for funds in order to resemble Uzupis in Armenia and create a similar artistic space in Gyumri. The idea is that artists of the city will organize exhibition in the yards of their houses and will paint-prepare small artworks which will be hanged on the gates of their houses. We believe that they will have a function of a business card for each district. According our plan, 6 districts in Gyumri will participate in this action.
Tamari: Oh, so many things were remarkable in Vilnius, even hard to choose one. I found the meeting with people implementing Community Art ideas in Lithuania really interesting and useful. The meeting was held in a little artistic house in Uzupis, called Galera. I wish to establish in my house a similar cultural centre as well.
Konul: I would like to add, that meeting with creative people and representatives of implemented cultural initiatives inspired me and gave the idea that we have to approach some issues in the new, non-static way. I really liked Gogelmogel, the artist from Vilnius, who points the problems to the society in a critical and funny way. I started to think, that if you surprise people, use an alternative way to get their attention, you are more likely to be heard.
- Have you noticed something in Vilnius or got to know some valuable information during the conference in Elektrenai, what could be taken as a recommendation for the cultural policy in your country? If yes, what is it?
Artur: After the study visit, in Gyumri we decided to launch the public council to take care of the development of community handcraft and deal with raising issues and problems.
Konul: I was surprised of various types of cultural centers that are present in Lithuania. I would like the cultural centers in Azerbaijan to be more creative and open for changes. Currently it seems that in my country the agenda of the cultural centers haven’t changed much from the Soviet Union period and there are only theater plays shown and national holidays organized. I would like that our cultural centers would include to their activities various age people, also use more non-formal education and creative approach in their activities.
Tamari: I liked the cultural centers, which are located outside the city. I think it is important to have cultural institutions functioning also in the periphery.
Time in Vilnius was really busy, but you tried to establish contacts with organizations and individual people from Lithuania. Could you please tell some words about the networking you manage to achieve during that short time.
Tamari: During my time in Vilnius, I was looking forward to visit Vilnius Puppet Theatre “Lele”. I managed to meet the representative of the theatre, who showed me the theatre, explained their activities, I had a chance to visit their puppet museum and was even invited to see the play, but due to the intense programme of the study visit couldn’t make it. I hope that my organization can develop the cooperation with this cultural institution.
Konul: I found many useful contacts during the study visit and met people with whom I would like to develop cooperation and organize joint projects. During the conference in Elektrenai, we met Valdone Balcaitiene who is a director of the amateur theater in Raseiniai Cultural Centre. She invited us to take a part and perform a play in the international theater festival in Raseiniai in September, 2013. We are looking forward to accept this invitation and are searching for funding to make it possible.
Tamari: my organization also got invited to Raseiniai and I hope that we will be able to go to Lithuania. If not this year, so next year we will go to Lithuania for sure.
Artur: in Vilnius I managed to meet the head of Vilnius Art Academy. We were discussing the possibilities to sign cooperation agreement between Vilnius Art Academy and Art Academy in Gyumri. Seems that this meeting was successful.
Thank you for the interview.