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Last month was very fruitful for us in terms of international collaboration. The Belarusian Council for Culture team members visited the USA, Moldova, and Ukraine. They took part in educational programmes, conferences, and seminars for cultural management professionals.
In Moldova, we helped to organize the International Laboratory ”Rethinking the Institutional Design of Project-based Public Funding for Culture in the Eastern Neighbourhood Region”. The Laboratory discussed the process of creation and principles of work of the future cultural fund of the Republic of Moldova. The Belarusian Council for Culture representatives were able to share their experience in creating independent cultural institutions, and the work of assistance programmes. Moreover, they had a chance to learn a lot of important things about the functioning of cultural support institutions in Eastern Europe and the Balkans in a lively discussion. This knowledge will be useful for the Belarusian Council for Culture in the formation of our resource centre for Belarusian culture and its programmes.
The Belarusian Council for Culture was invited to participate in the Belarusian-Ukrainian expert forum named after the Princes of Ostroh in Lviv, Ukraine. The event became a place for a conversation about today’s relations between Belarus and Ukraine, and how the two countries can cooperate in various fields. Among the discussions on politics, media, and human rights, there was one dedicated to cultural cooperation. There, the representative of the Belarusian Council for Culture Irena Kaciałovič conveyed our organization’s position on a common front of resistance for Belarusian and Ukrainian cultural representatives. The two cultures already have a lot in common, so collective work does not have to start from scratch.