Regional Inter-Cluster Training on Culture and Development: 16-17 March 2015

23.03.15 | Under the Crossroads for Culture project, EUNIC clusters representatives from Serbia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Russia, Georgia and Armenia met on the 16th and 17th of March, in Tbilisi, Georgia. The group of 15 people gathered to take an in-depth look at possible synergies and best practices for regional collaboration, in the framework of the Regional Inter-Cluster training on Culture and Development.

EUNIC - Crossroads for Culture : Enhancing EU Member States Transnational and International Cooperation
Europa House, 2, Shalva Dadiani St. Tbilisi, 0105 Georgia

The two-day training kicked-off on Monday, with a welcoming address from the President of EUNIC Georgia and Director of the Institut Francais in Tbilisi, Mr Jean-Yves Lavoir. The representative of the European Union Delegation to Georgia, Mr Oliver Reisner, followed to present information on the current programmes and funding opportunities available in the field of culture and regional cooperation.

The sessions continued by learning about the different projects implemented by EUNIC clusters, in the region and globally, with financing from the EU. The evening featured a networking reception, where the group had a chance to discuss with cultural operators from Georgia, such as representatives of the Academy for Peace and Development, and the Caucasus Cultural Initiatives Network, among others.

The second day of seminar featured more practical sessions that aimed at increasing the capacity of EUNIC Clusters. Participants discussed cluster assessment and quality, measuring the impact of collaborative projects, communication and advocacy tools. The participants assessed the shortcomings, as well as the benefits of working together in a cluster, regionally between clusters, and at a global level. They also worked-out tools to plan and project-ise cluster activities over the year. Furthermore, the group looked at the specificities of the Creative Europe programme, and were briefed on using appropriate advocacy tools, to help promote their work.

The two-day events concluded with a typical Georgian dinner, where participants had the chance to dive into local cuisine and traditions. The clusters in the region are encouraged to create regional synergies with other clusters.

The next Regional Inter-Cluster Training on regional cooperation, in the framework of C4C, will take place in October, in Pilzen, Czech Republic, and will target EUNIC clusters in the EU region.