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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" among border towns or villages which are organised jointly in cooperation with local administrations;
  • the development of culture and information centres in foreign countries to present Ukrainian culture; and
  • support to specific groups: Crimean Tartars, Roma, etc.

The Poland - Belarus - Ukraine programme has already contracted more than 100 cross-border cooperation projects and since 1992 has developed various forms of cooperation. The lead partner from the Polish side is the Lubelskie Voivodeship which developed and approved together with other partners the "Cross-border cooperation strategy of the Lubelskie Voivodeship, the Lviv oblast, the Volyn oblast and the Brest oblast for 2014-2020". The list of projects includes strengthening the development of Polish-Ukrainian cooperation for the preservation of cultural heritage protection, creation of an interactive map of hiking trails as well as the development and implementation of the twinning project "Zamość – Zhovkva" – the Renaissance town with new challenges and opportunities.

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

For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section

Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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