The initiation of the pilot work in Belarus, autumn 2016

Guidelines for the pilot work

Following the first partner meeting, which gave impetus to all subsequent work, UW performed a mini-investigation of the situation in Belarus with a view to identify the regions eligible for implementation of the project and developed the Pilot work strategy.

From the start UW established good ties with Institute of Culture of Belarus (ICB), which is a state-owned institution which that provides services of qualification upgrade for cultural workers, has comprehensive databases of different structures (museums, libraries, folklore groups, groups of arts and crafts, etc.) acting throughout the territory of this country. 

Establishing Focal Points

Following ICB consultations and recommendations and after establishing ties with local organizations, UWB selected several organizations to be focal points that can serve for better coordination, covering wider regions, enhancing efficiency of work. The following organizations were selected:

  1. Nesvizh National Historical and Cultural Reserve
  2. Mogilev Regional Methodological Center for Arts and Crafts and Popularization of Traditional Culture
  3. The Yakub Kolas State Literary and Memorial Museum (Minsk)
  4. Central District Library for Cherven district (Cherven, Minsk region)
  5. Mir State Memorial Estate (Mir, Minsk region)
  6. Turov Museum of Local Lore (Turov, Gomel region)
  7. Cultural Institution “Central Club System for Osipovichy District” (Mogilev region)
  8. “Belarusian Union of Craftsmen” non-Governmental Organization (Minsk)
  9. “Belarusian School Partnership” Non-Governmental Organization (Minsk)
  10. Institute of Culture of Belarus, Department of International Socio-Cultural Activity (Minsk)

These organizations will provide the essential network of cultural organizations engaged in the project.

Traning events

UWB made three visits: to Mogilev, Nesvizh and Mir, where local trainings were organized for activists of organizations who acted in the field of culture and were willing to be involved in the implementation of the project.

  1. Training 1. Mogilev (October 20). Topic: “Consolidation of local community and involvement of its most active members in regeneration of cultural traditions in their locality”. State of the local community was analyzed, with focus on opportunities to consolidate people, attract volunteers.
  2. Training 2. Nesvizh (November 10). Topic: “Study of best practices of regeneration of culture”. Experience of cultural work in the district was shared. Fundraising opportunities for implementation of local projects were discussed.
  3. Training 3. Mir (November 25). Topic: “Support of local initiatives in the field of culture and involvement of volunteers in regeneration of cultural traditions”

A practice-oriented approach to the training courses was applied with a focus on training of specialists competences in protection of cultural heritage and how to apply the cultural heritage to a modern socio-cultural environment.

The dissemination activities

included information about the project through:

  • placement of information at UW Internet Portal
  • UW e-mailing system
  • publication of the leaflet about the project
  • involvement of journalists from Belarusian mass media in dissemination of project-related materials
  • dissemination of information about the project during UW participation in the international, national, regional events.

The implementation of the pilot work in 2017 

More infornation about the im plemented pilot work and the outcome in 2017 will be presented in the spring 2017 and it will be updated during 2017.

Folklore in Belarus

Session at the training event in Mogilev

Session at the training event in Mogilev

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