The seminar took place between September 20 – 21st 2017 in Bucharest and aimed at facilitating the exchange of experience and good practices in the cultural field.
I was honored to be invited to this seminary were we shared our experiences of cultural partnerships in Europe. It was an occasion to address concerns and matters that could enhance the program. I had interesting conversations with representatives from the Bulgarian and the Latvian government as well as giving feedback to the Romanian Ministry of Culture.
The event gathered representatives of PA17 Programme Operators from Romania, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Hungary, of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest, Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Iceland in Romania, Financial Mechanism Office, Arts Council Norway acting as Donor Programme Partners, as well as representatives of the National Focal Point and of the Certifying Authority. Project promoters from Romania and other 5 Beneficiary States together with Donor Project Partners also joined the seminar.
The event offered the opportunity to outline main achievements of all the participating Programme Operators as well as to present several projects successfully implemented in Romania, Spain, Portugal, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Moreover, the seminar highlighted best practices regarding the dissemination of arts within the general public, increase of visibility, consolidation of bilateral relations and the social and economic effects of PA17 Programme implementation in the local / regional communities of the participating Beneficiary States. The discussions of the working groups organized within the seminar also touched on the main challenges in the implementation of the PA17 Programmes and projects.
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