This past year the Culture Bridges programme managed the organisation of two successful study tours – to Slovenia and Spain – designed for Ukrainian cultural and creative industries professionals. All participants were looking to strengthen or establish professional partnerships with European organisations with an eye on applying to the Creative Europe grant programme in 2019-2020.
When? The tour ran from 15-19 October 2018
Where? The cities of Ljubljana and
MariborWho? 7 Ukrainian sector professional
What? Visits with 40 sector organisations and 20 other locations
... And limitless opportunities for networking! 😊
Study Tour Beyond Horizons. In focus: Ukraine by Motovila
From 15-19 October 2018, the Motovila organisation based in Slovenia hosted a group of Ukrainian cultural managers, artists and curators during an intensive 5-day programme aimed at strengthening cooperation between cultural operators from Slovenia and Ukraine. The tour included both individual and group meetings with local Slovenian cultural and creative industries representatives, professional seminars, training sessions, and countless opportunities for non-curricular cultural exchange. Study-tour participants were also allowed to attend local cultural events.
Feedback from participants:
"I gained new perspective on cooperating with local communities and opportunities to work in truly creative industries".
Tamara Kutsaeva, lecturer and guide at the National Ukrainian History Museum
"Following this tour, I developed a new understanding of the notion of "culture", that is, how it works and how it's connected to my own identity. The trip helped me understand my role in the Ukrainian cultural process".
Bogdan Yaremchuk, GOGOLFEST Communications
When? 5-9 November 2018
Who? 7 Ukrainian sector professionals
What? Visits with 25 sector organisations
And separate, individual consultations for tour participants.
Study Tour to Spain by UNA MÁS UNA
The study tour programme was developed after identifying the sector foci of our participants and their sector work experience and emphases. We also arranged personal consultations with a number of organisations at the request of our tour participants.
Feedback from participants:
"The tour was useful both as a way to study the Spanish scene and to meet other Ukrainian participants and discuss potential collaborations with them. When I got home I was filled with real inspiration to pursue some new projects and review the approaches to process within our NGO".
Katerina Radchenko, photographer and researcher, director of Art Travel NGO, based in Odesa, Ukraine
Feedback from our tour organiser
"Study tours are more relevant and produce greater results in developing cooperative efforts than you get with other types of projects like tourist exhibits or international conferences. It's only during a tour like this that you get time to talk with all of the participants about their interests. This low-stress, flexible format works to promote mutual understanding, shared experience and ultimately, the formation of productive professional relationships".
Belen Hill Jimenez, founder UNA MÁS UNA
Creative Europe Study Tours
For more participant and organiser feedback, study-tour benefits and results, read our posted study tour stories.