Kutaisi hosts regional conference to strengthen cooperation between EU4Culture network cities
October 7, 2022

Kutaisi hosts regional conference to strengthen cooperation between EU4Culture network cities


On 6-7 October 2022, in Kutaisi, Georgia, the EU4Culture project organised its Second  Regional Network Conference to facilitate cooperation between the 14 non-capital cities and towns from five Eastern Partnership countries that have prepared Cultural Development Strategies under the project.

The event focused on the facilitation of networking between the cities that joined the ‘EU4Culture Cities Network’ and explored grounds for further cultural cooperation between them. Mayors and other representatives of the cities, project partners and international experts participated in the conference.

Conference networking sessions and panel discussions highlighted the benefits for the cities of regional cultural cooperation, encouraged them to identify common areas of interest and plan future joint activities. The EU4Culture winning cities that have received EU funding of up to €300,000 to implement the Cultural Development Strategies presented their strategies.

EU4Culture facilitates cooperation between non-capital cities from the Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. For this purpose, the project established the ‘EU4Culture Cities Network’. The network brings together 14 cities that received EU4Culture support to prepare Cultural Development Strategies, and serves as the platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration between them.

“The EU4Culture Cities Network is a unique cooperation platform for the cities to share experiences and generate new ideas that will enable them to develop joint cultural partnerships. The EU supports cultural exchanges because they contribute to preserving our capacity to unleash the power of creativity to invent our future,” said Christophe Masson, Team Leader Inclusive Societies,at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations.

EU4Culture is funded by the European Union and  implemented by the Goethe Institut, Institut Francais Georgie, Danish Cultural Institute and Czech Centers.

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