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FIRST RELEASES OF THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP CULTURAL OBSERVATORY

The recently created Eastern Partnership Cultural Observatory monitors cultural life and policies in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The Observatory inherits and continues to make available the achievements of the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme (2015-2018). The monthly comparative Briefs on selected topics are the first tangible outputs of the Observatory. Up to now, three Briefs have been launched.

BRIEF NR.1 (November 2017):CULTURAL DIPLOMACY 

The short record of independent statehood of the six countries particularly compels them to make their cultural values better known and seen on the international arena. The relative isolation that was the fate of these nations in the twentieth century gave way to an opening to the world, a momentum that is on the increase. Actual aims and measures demonstrate a broad scale nevertheless the basic pattern is similar. Cultural diplomacy, in the strict sense of the word, dominates the international cultural connections in the six countries, the state being the main actor and nation branding the dominant aim.

The comparison of international cultural representation in the six Eastern Partnership countries includes

·         the record of adherence to international cultural conventions,

·         a list of international cultural events organized inside the six countries,

·         a glance at the permanent outposts abroad,

·         a list of international cultural events organized outside the region.


BRIEF NR.2 (December 2017):TOP PRIORITIES IN THE NATIONAL CULTURAL POLICIES (2012-2017)

The expert team of the Observatory identified the top cultural policy priorities followed in the six countries in the past five years:
 


Each perceived priority is described in short with illustrative examples from the countries.


BRIEF NR.3 (January 2018):CULTURAL HERITAGE

Heritage is a top cultural policy priority in all six Eastern Partnership countries. Besides identifying how the heritage policies in the six countries are treated in the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, and examples of policy priorities and measures taken, the position of cultural heritage in the region is reviewed along the following:

·         The European Heritage Days,

·         The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe,

·         The observation of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

The description of measures to preserve built heritage is complete with the list of the 17 items on the World Heritage List of UNESCO, and six mentions on the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage. The 24 items from the six countries on the Representative Listof the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity represent a greater global position: they stand for 5.1% in the global collection of acknowledged intangible heritage. 

    



Forthcoming Briefs:

BRIEF NR.4 (February 2018):CULTURAL CLIMATE BAROMETER

BRIEF NR.5 (March 2018):THE PLACE OF THE DIASPORA IN CULTURAL POLICIES

BRIEF NR.6 (April 2018):THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

 

For more visit the website of the Observatory at http://observatory.culturepartnership.eu/en/page/observatory