From 29 September to 1 October, in frames of the “CHOICE- Cultural Heritage: Opportunity to improve Civic Engagement” project, regional Forum made its start. Project is funded by the European Commission and is coordinated by ALDA.

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The forum became possible with the support of our partners from the countries of the Eastern Partnership:

  • Ukraine: Centre for Cultural management – civic organization, Lviv
  • Moldova: Public Association National Committee ICOM Moldova private Association, Chisinau Municipality
  • Armenia: Millennium Foundation for education and research private company, Yerevan
  • Belarus: Public Association “Centre for Social Innovations”, public association, Minsk
  • Lithuania: International Non-Governmental Organization “EuroBelarus”, Vilnius

Today the peculiarity of the multiculturalism issue with respect to the development/formation of national cultures, whether for the countries of the Eastern Partnership region, or for the European Union, lies in obviously aggravating danger of tending to one of two opposite approaches:

  • Globalization, in fact meaning the loss of identity, standardization, merger and de-personalisation against the (exported, imposed by mass media) common or dominating cultural codes.
  • Fundamentalism and emphasised focus on the own authenticity, traditional paradigms. We all know examples of the results of ideologically exploited “purity and primordial accuracy of the culture”, lack of extraneous admixtures.

The countries of both, post-Soviet space and the European Union, face the challenge of how to find their own way, the balance formula between these two dangers, in order not to repeat the mistakes known to us from not so remote historical experience, or to solve the situations where such mistakes have been already made or still repeated with respect to our cultures.

Is there any alternative to such duality? How can we form the line of the values of our communities, while working with the heritage and using it as a tool? Can the experience of neighbouring countries be useful? – These and other issues were proposed to be negotiated in the Forum.

On the opening panel, moderated by the Eastern Partnership coordinator of ALDA, Nino Tvaltvadze, the representative of Ukrainian EC delegation and project coordinator, Colombe De Mercey, expressed the will and the commitment of European Union to support the issue of cultural heritage, preserving the principle of subsidiary of the EU. Two background reports were also presented by the experts: Igor Rakhanskiy about the conceptual/analytical outcomes of the 4 seminars held in the CHOICE, and Tatiana Poshevalova project coordinator in Belarus and representative of the international organization “EuroBelarus”. The forum continued working in different groups with different focuses, according to the self determination of participants:

  1. Restoration & revitalization
  2. City & communities
  3. Intangible cultural heritage
  4. Research & development
  5. Artists/Creators (“individualists”)

The forum was attended by more than 60 representatives of civil society from 4 countries of EaP, including the representatives of 34 sub-granted projects under the project CHOICE, the delegate of the LDA of Dnipropetrovsk region, Anzhelica Pylypenko, as well as experts and activists in the field of cultural heritage.

From 29 September to 1 October, in frames of the “CHOICE- Cultural Heritage: Opportunity to improve Civic Engagement” project, regional Forum made its start. Project is funded by the European Commission and is coordinated by ALDA.

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The forum became possible with the support of our partners from the countries of the Eastern Partnership:

  • Ukraine: Centre for Cultural management – civic organization, Lviv
  • Moldova: Public Association National Committee ICOM Moldova private Association, Chisinau Municipality
  • Armenia: Millennium Foundation for education and research private company, Yerevan
  • Belarus: Public Association “Centre for Social Innovations”, public association, Minsk
  • Lithuania: International Non-Governmental Organization “EuroBelarus”, Vilnius

Today the peculiarity of the multiculturalism issue with respect to the development/formation of national cultures, whether for the countries of the Eastern Partnership region, or for the European Union, lies in obviously aggravating danger of tending to one of two opposite approaches:

  • Globalization, in fact meaning the loss of identity, standardization, merger and de-personalisation against the (exported, imposed by mass media) common or dominating cultural codes.
  • Fundamentalism and emphasised focus on the own authenticity, traditional paradigms. We all know examples of the results of ideologically exploited “purity and primordial accuracy of the culture”, lack of extraneous admixtures.

The countries of both, post-Soviet space and the European Union, face the challenge of how to find their own way, the balance formula between these two dangers, in order not to repeat the mistakes known to us from not so remote historical experience, or to solve the situations where such mistakes have been already made or still repeated with respect to our cultures.

Is there any alternative to such duality? How can we form the line of the values of our communities, while working with the heritage and using it as a tool? Can the experience of neighbouring countries be useful? – These and other issues were proposed to be negotiated in the Forum.

On the opening panel, moderated by the Eastern Partnership coordinator of ALDA, Nino Tvaltvadze, the representative of Ukrainian EC delegation and project coordinator, Colombe De Mercey, expressed the will and the commitment of European Union to support the issue of cultural heritage, preserving the principle of subsidiary of the EU. Two background reports were also presented by the experts: Igor Rakhanskiy about the conceptual/analytical outcomes of the 4 seminars held in the CHOICE, and Tatiana Poshevalova project coordinator in Belarus and representative of the international organization “EuroBelarus”. The forum continued working in different groups with different focuses, according to the self determination of participants:

  1. Restoration & revitalization
  2. City & communities
  3. Intangible cultural heritage
  4. Research & development
  5. Artists/Creators (“individualists”)

The forum was attended by more than 60 representatives of civil society from 4 countries of EaP, including the representatives of 34 sub-granted projects under the project CHOICE, the delegate of the LDA of Dnipropetrovsk region, Anzhelica Pylypenko, as well as experts and activists in the field of cultural heritage.