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Ukraine/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.2 Public actors and cultural diplomacy

In recent years, responsibility for international cultural collaboration has been distributed on the central level mainly between the following agencies:

  • Ministry of Culture (cultural organisations and events, arts and cultural education, exchanges, heritage, diaspora, minorities, cultural values, international collaboration and intercultural dialogue);
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (promotion and international relations; coordination of international multilateral programmes);
  • State Committee on Information Policy, TV and Radio Broadcasting (media, TV, books, advertisement); and
  • Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport (student culture and education, youth culture, intercultural dialogue, sport).

The Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Municipality is empowered to develop international cultural collaboration on the regional level, especially, in the area of the cultural economy. At the same time, regional or local authorities can develop international collaboration independently or with support from central governmental agencies e.g. organising artistic tours, festivals, conferences, etc.

International cultural agencies and institutes play a very important role in the Ukraine, by developing cultural dialogue and supporting Ukrainian artists through different projects. Besides artistic events (e.g. concerts, exhibitions, master classes, film weeks), the British Council, Goethe Institute, Swedish Institute, French Cultural Centre, European Cultural Foundation and the Polish Institute support translations into Ukrainian, publish bulletins and manuals, and organise arts management training courses.

In 2014, the Polish Institute, British Council and Goethe Institute organised different seminars and workshops in Ukraine on cultural policy and cultural management for public and non-governmental organisations and cultural administrators following by study visits to Germany, Poland and the UK.

In 2013, the Swedish Institute supported several initiatives in Ukraine related to traditional and modern art as well as improvement of cultural governance and development of intercultural dialogue. For example, one of the projects was initiated by the Development Centre "Democracy through Culture", city councils of Lutsk and Pavlograd (Ukraine) and the municipality of Botkyrka (Sweden) under the name "Breaking down stereotypes" and was aimed at discovery and collecting existing traditional stereotype images and perceptions in Ukrainian and Swedish communities which could be expressed further by means of art. In 2014, representatives of Pavlograd and Lutsk visited Botkyrka, taking part in workshops and cultural events and discussing possible common projects. In April, young participants from Botkyrka will visit Ukraine (Lutsk) to start practical preparation for artistic projects that break down existing stereotypes.

The first international Mayors' Forum "Port of Cultures" was carried out in the city of Lutsk in August 2013 within the framework of the Council of Europe Programme "Intercultural Cities". In 2013, "A Report on the Condition of Culture and NGOs in Ukraine" prepared and published by the Foundation Open Culture (Lublin, Poland) was presented in Ukraine (Kyiv) and Poland (Wroclaw and Warsaw). The presentations were organised by the Polish Institute and the development Centre "Democracy through Culture" in Ukraine, Wroclaw municipality, Foundation Open Culture and A.Mickiewicz Institute in Poland. In 2014, representatives of Ukrainian cities, and public and non-governmental culture organisations took part in a set of workshops on local cultural participative policy patterns organised by the Foundation Open Culture in Lublin. In March 2015, they shared their experiences in Kyiv with other Ukrainian cities at the seminar organised by the Ukrainian Centre for cultural Studies with support from the Polish Institute.  

Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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