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Promotion of the Strategy for Cultural Development of Pelagonia Region 2013-2016

4th of December 2013 in Bitola, Macedonia, the media and the local cultural stakeholders were presented the Strategy for Cultural Development 2013-2016. This strategy was realized in the framework of the Decentralized cooperation between the Region of Lower-Normandy and the Republic of Macedonia.

This strategy is a result of 3 years activities in the Region Pelagonia. Working together, the Association Lokomotiva Center for New initiatives in Arts and Culture – Skopje (Macedonia) and the Center for Regional Development in Pelagonija, have gathered all the national, local and civic stakeholders in the field of culture. The most important element of the development of the Strategy was the process of cooperation: through workshops, research, capacity development and discussions, the main cultural actors of Pelagonija created a new regional network of cultural coordination.

The goal of this work is to offer a support and a guide for the implementation of the cultural decentralization in Pelagonia.

The Strategy includes :

• analysis of the cultural sector in the country, with special emphasis on decentralization in culture;

• review of the regional and local policies for culture and territorial development in the country;

• basic features of the Pelagonia Region;

• methodology of work and the results of the implemented methodology;

• vision and mission of the Pelagonia Region;

• strategic goals and activity plan with expected outcomes and indicators for monitoring the process of achieving the goals.

The Strategy includes Action plan for the next three years that would be implemented starting from this year. The final goal for the promoters would be that this strategy and this action influence the other Macedonian regions for their own cultural development.

This strategic document is the result of the cooperation between Lokomotiva, and “Pays de la Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel” from Lower-Normandy (France). Thanks to the exchanges of experiences between the both territories - through study visits, professional exchanges and common activities, both partners have influenced the policy shaping in the field of culture in their territories.

Read the Strategy (.pdf)

Press kit in Macedonian: and

The Programme for Decentralised cooperation is coordinated by ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies.

For further information please consult the website of the Cooperation programme, or contact Ivana Dimitrovska at


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