8.2.2 Policies and programmes
There is no coordinated or strategically developed governmental programme for the promotion of participation in cultural life, no state policy for extended civil participation, civic belonging, or development / solidarity in the civic community.
However, there are some projects financed from the Presidential Fund and arranged by the Youth Department of the Ministry of Culture, Monument Protection and Sport of Georgia. These projects are partially aimed at developing solidarity in the civic community, e.g. the annual project PATRIOT (which was introduced for the first time in 2005) involves the integration of youth from various regions in summer camps; it also facilitates intercultural dialogue between representatives of different nationalities residing in Georgia and with foreign student groups, namely from the Ukraine.
There are also some initiatives to promote the sale and distribution of season tickets by Zachariah Paliashvili State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet and project "Dmanisi" of the National Museum – which is a summer camp for children on archeology.
Some activities organised by the state could be considered as promoting participation in cultural life e.g.:
These events form part of the regular cultural policy framework as they are financed from the reserve funds of the President and the government.
For the purposes of facilitation of active involvement in society, particularly youth in the field of protection of national heritage, the National Agency of Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia carries out the following programmes: