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Ukraine/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

Governmental programmes to support trans-national intercultural dialogue activities are concentrated mainly in three fields:

  • special programmes for developing cross-frontier relations, e.g., "days of good neighbourhood" or “European days of good neighbourhood” among border towns or villages which are organised jointly in cooperation with local administrations ( or joint European projects of cross-border partnership, for example, the Danube Transnational Programme (;
  • the development of culture and information centres in foreign countries to present Ukrainian culture, as a main task of the future Ukrainian Institute (see chapter 3.4.1); and
  • support to specific groups: Crimean Tartars, Roma, etc. For example, the regular session of Uzhgorod (Transcarpathian region) city council approved the Programme for celebrating national and local holidays, historical events, significant and memorable dates and other commemorations for 2018–2020. For the first time, the city widely supported the celebrations for International Roma Day in April.

In February 2016, the state enterprise "Crimean House" was opened in Kyiv uniting in its space several organizations engaged in Crimean, especially, Crimean Tartar issues. As MP, Presidential Commissioner on Crimean Tartars issues, Mustafa Jemilev, noted: "Firstly, it would consolidate forces that didn't recognize the occupation of Crimea. Secondly, it would give the opportunity to preserve and develop the Crimean culture which is at risk".

There are different NGOs operating in the cultural sphere in Ukraine that are engaged in trans-national dialogue activities e.g. Arabesque Theatre Studio (Kharkiv), Development Centre "Democracy through Culture" (Kyiv), Centre for Cultural Management (Lviv), Congress of Cultural Activists (Kyiv), etc. Working actively with local authorities, sponsors, international foundations and, sometimes, with central agencies, these NGOs realise many projects based on trans-national collaboration.

Special attention should be paid to activities of the foundation IZOLYATSIA, a non-profit non-governmental platform for contemporary culture founded in 2010 on the site of a former insulation factory in Donetsk. On 9 June 2014, the site was seized by the militia of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic". IZOLYATSIA has relocated to a shipyard in Kyiv and continues to present cultural projects and support socially active artists and creative producers in Kyiv, throughout Ukraine, and worldwide, as well as serving as a resource for international curators, scholars, artists and ambassadors. IZOLYATSIA is a platform for cultural initiatives. It is a multidisciplinary cultural project open to all genres of creative expression. It is a point of intersection for all those passionate about cultural and social change. The archive of artistic projects realized by IZOLYATSIA can be found here:

For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section

Chapter published: 09-02-2018

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