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On 24 October the city of Metsamor celebrated the diversity of nations. A cultural event was organised within the framework of the EU-funded project on “Equal opportunities for implementation of cultural rights for national minorities and vulnerable groups: wealth through diversity”.
The project was launched in February 2012 with the aim of ensuring cultural diversity and supporting the preservation of the culture of national minorities through raising the capacity of local administration bodies, organisations and cultural institutions in Armenia and Ukraine. The event was organised at Metsamor’s cultural centre, which had been re-equipped as part of the project. As part of the celebration, two musical ensembles from Metsamor, “Spring” and “Sunflower”, performed songs from all national minorities living in Armenia.Spring

During the implementation of the project, 20 target communities have been selected in Armenia and Ukraine, active community groups have been formed, capacity-raising training courses have been organised, and programmes for cultural development have been devised.

Kristi Daigma

EU representative Kristi Raidma highly appreciated the project’s performance and the work done: ‘The European Union is proud of its diversity and the people supporting it. This is why we are promoting cultural development in the six countries of the Eastern Partnership. A vivid example of this support and cooperation is the performance we saw today’.

The Head of Civic Development & Partnership Foundation (CDPF), Armen Ghalumyan, thanked all the partners that had contributed to the project and made it possible: ‘We provided small grants to two NGOs that have worked with children and planted seeds of love and respect towards neighbours and their cultures’.

Sunflower Ghalumyan

Additionally, a grant competition was announced for the implementation of the project in Armenia and the Kiev region of Ukraine. This grant competition is aimed at promoting local non-trade organisations’ cultural initiatives. Grant funds for projects range between AMD 500,000-2,500,000.

This project was implemented by CDPF, civil society development NGO “NGO Centre”, and the “GURT resource centre” from Ukraine with financial support from the EU. It will last until December 2014.