Setting and Promotion of the Cultural Initiatives Network
The project identifies and trains a broad and diverse network of cultural actors and empowers them to gain relevance in the cultural development of the involved regions and countries. These people are called Key Dialogue Workers (KDWs), and they come from different local cultural initiatives and organizations and disadvantaged cultural or ethnic groups. These actors are brought together on different levels (regional, national, international), where they form sustainable networks for future cultural activities and aim at promoting cultural diversity. Media trainings and PR measures empower the networks to increase the visibility of their activities and to directly involve media representatives in order to ensure a better promotion of cultural diversity issues.
In the framework of the project it is planned to organize and invite KDWs to:
Furthermore, there will be a training course for media representatives and journalists in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, which aims at analysing how minorities and their cultural activities are represented in the media and how this situation could be improved.
The KDWs will share the knowledge they gained during the courses about cultural management and the usage of the media, as well as their experiences with people from their local communities .
In order to exchange best practice on community art and cultural policy between EU countries and the Caucasus, as well as to foster the discussion on development strategies and policy recommendations for Caucasus countries, KDWs are invited to participate in the study visits in the project partner countries Austria and Lithuania.
To build a network among different stakeholders within the involved countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and to develop policy recommendations for the regional cultural development and the promotion of cultural diversity, there will be Community Development Stakeholder Meetings organized in Yerevan, Tbilisi and Baku.
Furthermore, it is planned to organize the Inter-regional Conference on Cultural Policy in the Caucasus in Tbilisi, where KDWs, regional and international experts, representatives of the administration and cultural actors will be invited to take part in. It is expected that this event will help to create a network of key actors, to share experiences, to analyse the situation of the cultural policy development, and to discuss the possible strategies that might help to improve the cultural policy regarding ethnic minorities and cultural groups in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.