Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine

EU and British Council Launch €1.3 mln Culture Bridges Programme to Support Cultural Sector in Ukraine

The British Council in partnership with the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network in Ukraine has launched a three-year Culture Bridges programme. It was announced at the launch of the programme today, on November 10 2017, the programme is funded by the European Union (EU) as part of the EU’s support to the implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine. The aim of the programme is the development of the cultural sector in Ukraine and to enable it to engage more effectively with cultural organisations and operators in the EU.

Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, noted: "Culture forms social, political and economic value that is hard to overestimate. This is as true for EU Member States as it is for Ukraine. Culture possesses extraordinary power to improve our lives, to bring peace and tolerance, to inspire us for great deeds and to educate our societies. Culture unites people who are separated by the borders, languages, nationalities and religions and makes us closer to each other. This is why the EU will continue to put culture programmes like "Creative Europe" and "Culture Bridges" at the heart of our cooperation with Ukraine".

The programme will run from November 2017 to October 2020. The EU allocates EUR 1.3 mln to fund a range of activities including international mobility, national and international cooperation projects, trainings and study visits.

Around 100 grants are planned to be awarded over the Programme’s lifespan. Application documents for the first call will be available from November 20, 2017. Further calls for proposals under Culture Bridges will be made every three months in 2018 and 2019.

"Intercultural ties and collaborations aimed at mobility, and the promotion of mutual understanding, and the common values of tolerance and diversity, have been in the focus of EUNIC’s work throughout the years. Our network in Ukraine is very proud to implement such an important programme that will support Ukraine’s closer association with the EU through a broad range of cultural and creative projects", Beate Köhler, Director of the Goethe-Institut Ukraine and Simon Williams, Director of the British Council in Ukraine (joint presidents of the EUNIC cluster in Ukraine), said.

Detailed information about the project is available at http://www.britishcouncil.org.ua/culture-bridges

For additional information please contact Yulia Romanova, Head of Marketing and Communications, the British Council in Ukraine Yulia.Romanova@britishcouncil.org.ua,  +380 44 490 5600.

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