Working meetings

2017

Composition of roundtables and Conference to be organised during the Fieldwork Stage:
1.    Tbilisi – mixed group of artists and researchers; Participants of  “Diverse Georgia” platform;
2.    Telavi – multicultural community of Kakheti region, mixed group of artists and researchers;
3.    Zugdidi – mixed group, including IDPs from Abkhazia (women who survived war and were born after war);
4.    Akhaltsikhe – the city’s multi-ethnic Russian-speaking community
5.    Kutaisi – mixed group of artists and researchers
6.    Tbilisi – group of artists, art education and cultural managers; ; Participants of  “Diverse Georgia” platform
7.    Tbilisi – group of representatives of Tbilisi subculture; Participants of “Diverse Georgia” platform
8.    Tbilisi – group of students, young artists, researchers and managers; Participants of  “Diverse Georgia” platform
9.    Tbilisi – Conference – group of culture experts. Participants of “Diverse Georgia” platform.

Place:  
•    Tbilisi (capital) – “Platform for change”   (partner organisation)
•    Regions (Telavi, Akhaltsikhe, Zugdidi, Kutaisi)  – offices of Network of  Centers for Civic Engagement   (Subcontractor organisation)

Duration:
5 hours (4 working hours total) each

Conference agenda:
Part I (Duration: 2 hours)
•    Section I – Analysis of the current statistics
•    Coffee break
•    Section II – monitoring methodology and its adjustment

Lunch (Duration: 60 minutes)

Part II (Duration: 2 hours)
•    Section III – Implementation Analysis
•    Coffee break
•    Section IV – Discussion of the Convention relevant topics

Proposed topics: 
•    Cultural policy and Convention implementation monitoring methodology and the pilot scheme;
•    Thematic ranking of the monitoring – selection and  processing of survey topics in accordance with the objectives of the Convention.

Intended audience :
Artists, art education and cultural managers, experts in culture, representatives of ethnic minorities and IDPs working in cultural sphere, students of art in higher education institutions.

Working Language: Georgian


 

2014 – 2015

11 meetings (roundtables and focus groups)

Place:  Tbilisi (capital) – Europe House (partner organisation)
Regions (Telavi, Akhaltsikhe, Batumi, Poti, Zugdidi, Kutaisi) – institutions under the Ministry of Culture and/or municipal organisations

Duration: 6 hours (5 working hours total) each

Meeting agenda:

Part I (Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes)

  • Presentation of the Convention
  • Coffee break
  • Roundtable

Lunch (Duration: 30 minutes)

Part II (Duration: 3 hours and 15 minutes)

  • Focus group (Section I)
  • Coffee break
  • Focus group (Section II)

Proposed roundtables:

Presentation of the Convention (at the start of each meeting);

Local and general problems with regard to the freedom of expression.

Focus group topics

  • Sovereignty principle on which the state cultural policy is based: protection of the diversity of cultural expression, recognition of equal value and respect for the cultures of indigenous peoples and representatives of ethnic minorities;
  • Issues concerning the creation of an environment conducive to the Convention implementation; shortcomings in legislation, institutional development, civic consciousness and activity;
  • Problems of intercultural dialogue; intercultural dialogue and heritage;
  • Economic use of cultural aspects for urban development and creative industries development;
  • Free migration of artists – issues of free movement of artists and cultural products;
  • Exercising the right to equal participation in cultural process and benefiting from its results;
  • Highlighting the role of education and science in the context of protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions;
  • Problems of the status of a free artist – promotion and support offered by the state to creative workers and people involved in cultural expression activities;
  • Reflecting the Convention implementation in cultural policy – methodology of elaborating and implementing recommendations; action plan;
  • The significance of culture for social unity in general and, specifically, using its potential for enhancing the status and role of women in the society;
  • Specifics of the subculture of the “refugee” community;
  • Inclusivity, social cohesion and cultural diversity;
  • Significance of language and linguistic diversity as a key element of cultural diversity (issues of protection and development of unique endangered languages on Georgian territory);
  • Promotion of greater media diversity in cultural sphere.

Intended audience :  Artists, art education and cultural managers, experts in culture, representatives of ethnic minorities and IDPs working in cultural sphere, students of art in higher education institutions.

Working Language(s): Georgian, Russian when working with ethnic minority groups.