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International team of culture educators will share their experience in Klaipėda

Today, on 27 November, cultural education specialists will gather to a workshop in Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre (KCCC), where KCCC representatives and their colleagues from other institutions from Poland and Russia participating in the international project „Close Stranger” will share their experience gained during public presentation of the international contemporary art project „Telling the Baltic”; an exhibition within the framework of this project will be opened in Klaipėda in December.

Participants of today’s meeting: Zinaida Shershun – staff scientist of the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), Aleksandra Tatarczuk – curator of the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» (Gdansk, Poland) and Rasma Noreikytė – KCCC cultural manager of cultural activities, who organises educational events, have already met during the project „Close Stranger”, which included organisation of the cultural education process and development of new, currently relevant forms of such process. Popularisation and dissemination of culture, especially its new forms – this is a challenging issue for all institutions and cities participating in the project. How to attract the wide public, to promote its deeper interest into contemporary art, to encourage independent opinions? The specialists apply both well-proven methods and tools and the ones offered by colleagues or newly discovered ones in the project events; such events are travelling travel through the centres represented by the participants of the meeting.

The upcoming event that has already been presented in Gdansk and Kaliningrad and would arrive to Klaipėda soon – an exhibition within the framework of the international project „Telling the Baltic” that has brought the artists from Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Germany and Russia together. The contemporary art project originates from a bank of stories imitating the collective consciousness, which was created by story-gatherers of the parties-participants of the project. Beside to interviews with people living and working on the Baltic Sea coast, their narrations, these stories also include sounds, images, memories and current impressions that served as a source of inspiration for the artists involved in the project.

The general aim of the project „ Close Stranger ” – is to facilitate exchange in terms of contemporary culture and to promote better mutual understanding among residents of Gdansk (Poland), Kaliningrad (Russia) and Klaipėda (Lithuania). The objectives of the project also include promotion of trilateral exchange among the network of cross-border institutions and professionals working in the fields of contemporary art and culture in the three cities – project partners as well as dissemination of information on contemporary art, culture and social problems within the territory of the project coverage: in Russia, Poland and Lithuania.

The project “Close stranger” is implemented within the framework of Lithuania-Poland-Russia European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. The main purpose of the programme, which is co-financed with the European Union funds – to promote cooperation among Lithuania, Poland and Russia through development of bilateral and trilateral relations. The total cost of the project “Close Stranger” is 873,620.59 EUR. The EU co-financing to the project amounts to 768,786.12 EUR (88%), i.e. 2648468.1 LTL. Co-financing from participating institutions – 104,834.47 EUR (12%).