September, 2017

Two working meetings and summary conference were held in Tbilisi within the framework of the project “Development of Pilot Scheme for Monitoring Implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” in September.
• Two scheduled working meetings were held in September. At the first meeting on September 3, the agenda of the summary conference, the contents and format of the presentations were elaborated; the invited guests and experts were identified. The second working meeting was held after the conference on September 20. It discussed the results of the conference, the analytical part of the project and the further plan and ways to search additional data.
• On 14 September in Tbilisi the summary conference was held, which was attended by experts from the Ministry of Culture and Manufacture Protection, donors, representatives of the British Council, representatives of the culture departments of Telavi, Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Akhaltsikhe municipalities and regions, representatives of culture, minority areas, nongovernmental organizations of youth affairs, as well as of the Tbilisi public.

CONFERENCE
September 14, 2017

7 Gudiashvili str. , Tbilisi
The 3rd building of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia
Exhibition Hall
In 2016-2017 Valerian Gunia Union of Young Theatre Artists (YTA UNION) has been implementing the project “Development of Pilot Scheme for Monitoring Implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” within the UNESCO’s “Participation Programme”.
The project is aimed at promoting UNESCO’s 2005 Convention, creation of a trial model for monitoring the fulfillment of Georgia’s obligations and responsibilities resulting from its ratification, development of a pilot scheme of implementation in the regions (Akhaltsikhe, Telavi, Kutaisi, Zugdidi).
The project involves several member-organizations of the non-formal platform “Diverse Georgia” – “The Platform for Changes”, “Network of Democratic Engagement Centers” and “Culture and Management Laboratory” as well as new partner – “Young Economists Association”.
On September 14, the project first stage summarizing conference was held on the support of culture management sustainable systems and cultural products research, including the analysis of cultural industry in regions (Telavi, Kutaisi, Akhaltsikhe, Zugdidi).
The presentations on various aspects of the monitoring of implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expression were conducted at the conference.

First session
The first session included discussing strategic analytical topics. The following presentations were conducted:
• “Convention Implementation Monitoring – about the Project” – Tamar Janashia, Culture and Management Laboratory
• “Culture Policy – Tends: Convention Implementation Dynamics” – Nino Gunia-Kuznetsova, Valerian Gunia Union of Young Theatre Artists (YTA UNION)
• “Culture in Sustainable Development – the Necessity of a New Vision” – Kakha Daushvili, Young Economists Association
• “Media Environment” – Tamar Gurchiani, Platform for Changes

Second session
The second session was devoted to analyzing the statistical data reflecting the Convention implementation in the regions. The presentations related to the topic “Creative Industries – Research Problems”. The presentations were conducted by:
• Map of Akhaltsikhe Cultural Industry – Mzia Tamarashvili, Network of Democratic Engagement Centers (Akhaltsikhe)
• Map of Kutaisi Cultural Industry – Ketevan Bibileishvili, Network of Democratic Engagement Centers (Kutaisi)
• Map of Telavi Cultural Industry – Lia Imerlishvili, Network of Democratic Engagement Centers (Telavi)
• Telavi Municipality for Cultural Field Development – Elene Garibashvili, Head of Culture, Monuments Protection and Education office of Telavi City Hall (Telavi)
A discussion on UNESCO indicators system and methodology, data search strategy was held at the conference. The discussion involved Maka Dvalishvili – the expert, art critic, President of the Georgian Arts & Culture Center, Maka Shavishvili – the art critic, independent expert in cultural heritage, Maya Darchia – the representative of the British Council, Tamta Turmanidze – Chief specialist of the Culture Department of Kutaisi City Hall, and others.
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