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Supporting cultural development in Armenia

24 December 2012

The “SOS Culture” project youth club of the village of Berdavanin Tavush Marz, which has sixty members, will now receive and continue training in new, refurbished facilities. On 18 November, with the participation of representatives of the European Union, local government, villagers and youth club members, the new facilities were officially inaugurated.
“SOS Culture” is an EU-funded project, implemented by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets in collaboration with the Organisation Investigating Armenian Architecture (OIAA) and the “DVV international” regional office in Tbilisi. The aim of the project is to encourage the participation of young people aged 14-23 from the border regions of Armenia and Georgia in the study and preservation of culture. Included within the framework of the project is training for teaching staff.
’This 24-month initiative, implemented through the funding of the Eastern Partnership Culture programme, aims to support the cultural development of the countries within the partnership framework – Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus,’ said Jean-Christophe Gayrand, the Head of the Operations Section of the EU delegation to Armenia in his welcoming speech. He also emphasised the importance of the project’s implementation in the marzes, implying that the EU could contribute in some way to social life in the more remote regions of Armenia. The Project Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets in Armenia, Barbara Ziberte, also stressed the importance of the initiative, saying that she was convinced that it would greatly contribute to the country’s socio-economic and cultural development: “Today, many people think that the European Union is just a bureaucratic institution, but your presence proves the opposite; here there are people who want to act”.

Those present at the ceremony were highly enthusiastic about participation in the project. A young member of the club, Arthur Aslikian, stressed the slogan of the “SOS Culture” project in his speech: “Crossing borders: keep, preserve, take care”. Aslikian was sure that collaboration with Georgia within the framework of the project would be productive, bearing in mind the existence of Armenian monuments in Georgia: “In Georgia, we have cultural values in poor condition, but I know that throught his project all that will be corrected and our work will certainly reach its end”.
Samvel Karapetian, Head of the OIAA, also participated in this EU cultural. He was convinced that patriotism was, first and foremost, based on awareness of one’s native land: “The programme helps our school children to first of all become aware of the historical monuments in their birthplaces and nearby areas. For this purpose we have organised film screenings, training, lectures and expeditions. We are jointly trying to take measures, clean up the area”.

The key goal of “SOS culture” is the registration and preservation of endangered values in the border areas of Armenia and Georgia with the engagement of local communities. The EU contribution to this project amounts to €492,754. “SOS Culture” is implemented in Berdavan, Varagavan and Alaverdi.

Supporting cultural development in Armenia

The “SOS Culture” project youth club of the village of Berdavanin Tavush Marz, which has sixty members, will now receive and continue training in new, refurbished facilities. On 18 November, with the participation of representatives of the European Union, local government, villagers and youth club members, the new facilities were officially inaugurated. “SOS Culture” is an EU-funded project, implemented by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets in collaboration with the Organisation Investigating Armenian Architecture (OIAA) and the “DVV international” regional office in Tbilisi. The aim of the project is to encourage the participation of young people aged 14-23 from the border regions of Armenia and Georgia in the study and preservation of culture. Included within the framework of the project is training for teaching staff. ’This 24-month initiative, implemented through the funding of the Eastern Partnership Culture programme, aims to support the cultural development of the countries within the partnership framework – Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus,’ said Jean-Christophe Gayrand, the Head of the Operations Section of the EU delegation to Armenia in his welcoming speech. He also emphasised the importance of the project’s implementation in the marzes, implying that the EU could contribute in some way to social life in the more remote regions of Armenia. The Project Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets in Armenia, Barbara Ziberte, also stressed the importance of the initiative, saying that she was convinced that it would greatly contribute to the country's socio-economic and cultural development: “Today, many people think that the European Union is just a bureaucratic institution, but your presence proves the opposite; here there are people who want to act”. Those present at the ceremony were highly enthusiastic about participation in the project. A young member of the club, Arthur Aslikian, stressed the slogan of the “SOS Culture” project in his speech: “Crossing borders: keep, preserve, take care”. Aslikian was sure that collaboration with Georgia within the framework of the project would be productive, bearing in mind the existence of Armenian monuments in Georgia: “In Georgia, we have cultural values in poor condition, but I know that throught his project all that will be corrected and our work will certainly reach its end”. Samvel Karapetian, Head of the OIAA, also participated in this EU cultural. He was convinced that patriotism was, first and foremost, based on awareness of one’s native land: “The programme helps our school children to first of all become aware of the historical monuments in their birthplaces and nearby areas. For this purpose we have organised film screenings, training, lectures and expeditions. We are jointly trying to take measures, clean up the area”. The key goal of “SOS culture” is the registration and preservation of endangered values in the border areas of Armenia and Georgia with the engagement of local communities. The EU contribution to this project amounts to €492,754. “SOS Culture” is implemented in Berdavan, Varagavan and Alaverdi. [gallery link="file"]