ECF new HIVOS partner
Hivos and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) have joined
forces. Early in November these two organisations signed a contract
by means of which HIVOS will financially support the ECF activities
in the south-eastern part of Eastern Europe. The collective Cultural
Development Programme South-eastern East Europe 2003 - 2006 consists
of three parts. Firstly the programme is intended to stimulate
intercultural dialogue by creating a cultural meeting point,
supporting renewing intercultural activities and exchanging expertise
in the area of intercultural cooperation. One example is the
development of Babel, a cultural website in Albanese and English.
The objective of the second part of the programme is to stimulate
input through the arts by getting people more actively involved
in the arts, for example by supporting the International Theatre
Festival Cross Dissolve in Belgrade.
The third column supporting the project strives to strengthen the
cultural sector in south-east Europe, for example through studying
the status of professional female artists in the Serb Republic.
The ECF already has two policy-fringed programmes in the region
that will also be continued: 'Policy for culture', which focuses
on establishing sustainable relationships between authorities, legislators
and the independent cultural sector, and 'Kultura Nova', a programme
that strives to assist and strengthen cultural organisations.
The cooperation between Hivos and the ECF is logical, considering
the strong similarities between their objectives and methods. Both
organisations view culture as an essential element of civil society
and for the development of such a society.
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