23 December, Tbilisi – Project Presentation and Memorandum Signing Ceremony

Valerian Gunia Union of Young Theatre Artists (YTA Union), in cooperation with Europe House, with financial support from the UNESCO 2014-2015 Participation Programme, implemented the project entitled “Diverse Georgia – Civil Society Platform for Cultural Diversity. Elaboration of a Package of the Non-Governmental Sector Recommendations Concerning the Implementation of the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.”

The project contributed to the promotion of UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) and disseminated information about the obligations and responsibilities that Georgia undertook by ratifying it.
Between April and October, 11 interdisciplinary meetings were held within the framework of the project (including round tables and focus groups), five of these meetings were held in Tbilisi (Europe House) and six – in the regions (Telavi, Kutaisi, Akhaltsikhe, Batumi, Zugdidi and Poti).
Culturological and sociological research was conducted, focusing on identifying the needs of cultural policy in the context of the Convention implementation and elaborating a package of relevant, concrete and feasible recommendations.

As a result of meetings and discussions, recommendations and a database were developed to contribute to the implementation of the Convention. The document with the recommendations was sent to the relevant institutions within the legislative and executive branch as well as to the non-governmental organizations.
The package of recommendations is an important contribution of the non-governmental organizations working in cultural sphere to the report that Georgia is required to submit to UNESCO in 2006; it is also important for the cultural strategy “Culture 2025” which is being developed by the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection and for understanding and implementing the culture segment of the Association Agreement.

To ensure the implementation of the recommendations and successful cooperation in the future, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection and a group of non-governmental organizations.
The project presentation and the ceremony of signing the Memorandum took place at 18.00 on 23 December at Europe House.

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