Two Ukrainian publishing houses – Irbis Comics in Lviv and Vydavnytstvo in Kyiv – are among the winners of the ‘Circulation of European literary works’ competition organised by the EU’s Creative Europe programme.
They will receive grants of about €130,000 for the implementation of their projects, and will also be able to promote them, not only at national level, but in more than 40 member countries of the Creative Europe programme.
The Lviv project “To encourage children’s reading in Ukraine with the help of incredible and interesting European comics!” aims to increase children’s and young people’s interest in reading with the help of European comics. Irbis Comics plans to publish nine books in three different series for three different age groups. At the same time, the emphasis is also on promoting cultural inclusion and ensuring the supply of printed comics to school libraries and the creation of interactive video material for work in schools.
Vydavnytstvo from Kyiv has already introduced Ukrainian readers to international masterpieces of graphic novels. Now they have decided to strengthen and diversify their activities with new works. The project includes seven titles translated from German, Flemish, Slovenian, French, Swedish and Norwegian. The publications will be followed by an open-air exhibition of works by the selected authors, presentation and master-classes.
“The European Union continues to support the cultural front of Ukraine, promoting the development of creative spheres and the mutual integration of Ukrainian and European cultures. Congratulations to Ukrainian publishing houses, which, despite difficult times, courageously implement their projects and help the country move towards our common European future,” said Tetiana Shulha, Sector Manager for Culture, Youth and gender at the EU Delegation to Ukraine.
A total of 40 projects from 13 participating countries of the EU’s Creative Europe programme were supported under this competition.
Creative Europe is the European Commission’s programme for supporting culture, creative and audiovisual sectors. Ukraine became a participant of the programme in 2016. Since then, Ukrainian applicants can receive grant support in more than 20 different open calls. There is a permanent Creative Europe Desk Ukraine, which provides advisory support to Ukrainian applicants and disseminates the information about the programme.
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