Business Culture News Society, 03/03/2017

EU Support to Local Culture Projects Discussed in Kharkiv

Yesterday, March 2, public discussion “How to develop culture sector in Ukraine. European practices and opportunities” was held in Kharkiv hub of social activity “Studio 42”.

The event became a part of information campaign of the European Union in Ukraine.

The debate organizers were Jurgis Vilchinskas, Head of Press and Information of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Victoria Davydova, Counselor for Press and Information of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, cultural activist Olena Pravylo and Olena Rozskazova, Head of the International Renaissance Foundation regional office in Eastern Ukraine. The participants discussed the “Creative Europe” program in the context of promoting culture in Ukraine and reforms in the field of culture.

“There were two main events during the day. First, the participants discussed culture initiatives, and in the evening the business representatives shared their experience. It was amazing that the cultural part was so popular, as more than a 100 people came to participate in it. The guests even sat on the stairs because all seats were occupied. Some visitors came from other regions, like Poltava,” says the expert of Team Europe project and discussion moderator Yulia Bidenko.

Very different Kharkiv initiatives and projects joined the event. There were representatives of Literature museum and several galleries, many local concert and festival organizers who had lately amazed Kharkiv with “The Music Day” and Vertep Fest.

Not only future prospects but the actual opportunities, which are currently available, were discussed, says Yulia Bidenko. The most stirring part was delivering the mechanisms of getting support for local cultural projects and presenting some examples of successful promotion of Ukrainian culture in Europe.

“Initiatives for education and Creative Europe programs, ways of looking for the European partners and arranging joint projects with them got major interest at Kharkiv participants,” specifies Yulia Bidenko. “Some of the culture activists who got used to the absence of support from their own state did not know about various opportunities of the EU financial support and were really inspired.”

“The discussion was really ardent and involving,” admits Taras Danko, the expert of Team Europe, commenting the business section of the meeting. The expert emphasizes the practical side of the meeting with such presentations as by Olga Shapoval, Director General of Factor-Druk printing, who shared the company’s successful experience on entering the EU market.

Today the EU representatives and the culture activists have come to Chuhuiv, Kharkiv region, to take part in the simulation game in a local school. In the afternoon a meeting at municipality and a public debate for youth activists and NGO representatives are scheduled.

Text: Olena Sokolynska