Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013
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Exploratory trip 2013 (June 29 – July 11 )

On June 29 – July 11, 2013  artists, art critics, historians from Lithuania, Poland and Russia will make an exploratory trip: Gdansk – Kaliningrad – Klaipėda. The expedition is implemented within the framework of  the project ”Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipėda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture”  2013-2014. The project is sponsored by “Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013“. The project is implemented by Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre together with the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia) and the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» (Gdansk, Poland).

During the expedition its participants will gather material applying culture animation method and contemporary art practices, which will serve as a basis for  Art and culture guide of the region (Catalogue), the guide will cover new cultural routes illustrated by both existing objects of cultural interest chosen at the project participants’ discretion and art objects created within the framework of the project, as well as comments of journalists and interviews with local people.

In this expedition Lithuania is represented by: culturologist Linas Poška, poet Mindaugas Valiukas, art critic Danguolė Ruškienė, illustrator Viktorija Dambrauskaitė, painter Rolandas Marčius, painter Ričardas Milukas, designer Audrius Jankauskas, photographer Lina Praudzinskaitė, theater critic Gitana Gugevičiūtė-Valiukienė.

The project is implemented within the framework of Lithuania-Poland-Russia European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. The programme is co-financed with funds from the European Union and the Russian Federation, the purpose of the project – 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%).