Study visit of Belarusian participants in Latvia in the framework of “SPREAD II” project
From 15 to 19th of August, a study visit for Belarusian representatives from the Vitebsk civic center was organized in Latvia, in the frame of the project of ALDA “Sustainable Partnership for REinforcment of Active Development – SPREAD II” implemented in partnership with the Lev Sapieha Foundation from Belarus.
The aim of the study visit was to promote and foster partnership and networking on international level and to consolidate the exchanges between different types of Belarusian Non-state actors. The visit was organized by the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments. During 4 days meetings were organized in Riga, Cesis, Koceni and Carnikova. Participants get acquitted with the system of Local self-government in Latvia – presented by the chairmen of the Latvian Association Andris Jaunsleinis. Different municipalities presented their initiatives and experience of partnership and cooperation with the civil society.
Participants had a chance to visit such multifunctional buildings as The multi-functional Vidzeme music and cultural center of Cesis, which locates acoustic concert hall with 800 seats, as well as a small concert hall with 100 seats and organ hall with 99 seats, classrooms for Alfreds Kalnins Cesis College of Music, rehearsal rooms for Vidzeme Chamber Orchestra, choirs and dance groups, public music library, a café, as well as exhibition hall and Cesis district cultural Bureau. It was also very interesting to visit the Information Center of Culture and tourism of Dikli, which unites local museum of folk song festival of Latvia, small concert hall and space for civil society. Koceni municipality presented examples of local initiatives funded from local budget as well as from the different programs aiming at supporting the development of local community.
Participants had a chance to observe different models of collaboration of LAs and civil society actors in the spheres of culture, agriculture, tourism and youth.
Two more study visits are planned in Poland and Estonia. The project “Sustainable Partnership for REinforcment of Active Development – SPREAD II” is funded by the European Commission.