diplomacy to cultural relations - the role of cultural agencies in the
European integration process
This project, initiated by ECUMEST 2005, aims to launch and facilitate
a common reflection process, from the viewpoint of the candidate countries
and of the new EU members, on the role of cultural diplomacy in facilitating
the understanding of the processes linked to it.
On 20 May 2005, ECUMEST organised in Bucharest development meeting on
The role of cultural diplomacy in the integration process - an Eastern
European perspective. Details
on this event...
As a result of this meeting, ECUMEST is carrying out a research on the
current institutional structure, functioning, and policy of the cultural
diplomacy and cultural cooperation agencies of the CEE countries. The
report, which will be released in 2009, aims to also identify whether
specific policies are designed and action taken with regard to the EU
integration objective. The research is conducted in partnership with
Interarts Foundation (Barcelona) and benefits from the support of the
European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam).
Culture for structural development
ECUMEST was one of the initiators and regional partners of the Culture
for structural development project, started following its participation
to the process launched by the Berlin Conference for European Cultural
Policy (November 2004). The project is currently carried out by 'A
Soul for Europe' initiative (Berlin) in partnership with various
SEE partners, among which the AltArt Foundation (Cluj), or CULT.BG Foundation
(Sofia). The project aims at advocating culture as an agent of regional
development in South East Europe and including it more strongly in EU
policies, particularly in regional policies. The initiators intend to
offer a platform of encounter and common reflection for a series of
organisations active in the field of contemporary arts in SEE that would
work as a think tank in a process of reflection, self-evaluation and
critical analysis on the societal impact of their work. The results
of this research and exchange process (to be undertaken between 2006-2008)
will be translated into policy recommendations, with the view to prove
that culture - as illustrated by ongoing local projects in SEE - has
a structural and strategic role in regional development, as well as
for the EU policies.
on the project...
DEBATES & EVENTS
2005, May: European cultural policies
In collaboration with SAR - Romanian Academic Society, ECUMEST organised
in May 2005 the debate "European cultural policies", which
took place at the Faculty of Philosophy in Bucharest, in the framework
of SAR's project - European dialogues.
on this event on the SAR website...
2004, October: Go create
Europe. Roundtable on the role of culture
in European building
As an active participant to the process lauched by the Berlin Conference
for European Cultural Policy, ECUMEST organised in October 2004 one
of the pre-conferences of this event - "Go create
Roundtable on the role of culture in European building". The event
took place in Bucharest and aimed to facilitate a familiarization of
the Romanian cultural sector with these initiatives and with the different
viewpoints at European level, as well as to launch this discussion in
Romania and to involve the Romanian cultural sector in the larger debate
focusing on the role of culture in the European construction.
details on this event...