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EUNIC NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 2018
Dear Colleagues,

With this edition we are re-launching our monthly newsletter to inform you what is happening in the EUNIC network worldwide. The newsletter is open to anyone interested in EUNIC – to staff at our members’ headquarters, cluster representatives, and anyone else keen to discover about what we do.

Enjoy this first edition and do let us know what you think about it in our survey. Among all participants, we will draw 10 winners to receive a EUNIC goodie bag.

We wish you a pleasant perusal.


Gitte Zschoch, Director, and the EUNIC Global team

 
MEET THE PEOPLE: AUGUSTIN FAVEREAU, PRESIDENT OF EUNIC
Why work for EUNIC? Watch Augustin Favereau, the current president of EUNIC, explain how running a French-German cultural institute in Ramallah inspired him to join forces for European cultural relations. Augustin took up his post as president in June at the General Assembly held in Paris. When he’s not representing EUNIC, he heads up the Culture and Media Department at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016, and before that he was was stationed in Berlin and Jerusalem. 
CLUSTER FUND RESULTS: 11 PROJECTS RECEIVE UP TO EUR 7.500
Five days of films and educational activities for families: An abandoned open air cinema was recently revived in Eforie Sud, Romania. The idea is to inspire local authorities and civil society to maintain it as a cultural meeting point. Photo: Vlad Dumitrescu
Congratulations to the 11 clusters whose projects will be supported by the EUNIC Cluster Fund March call (out of 19 proposals received). This call had for the first time a thematic focus, the European Year of Cultural heritage, and prioritised projects that went “beyond showcasing”, meaning projects that encourage people-to-people exchanges, co-creation, and mutual learning. Find more information on the selected projects at eunicglobal.eu/projects.

The next Cluster Fund call will be launched on October 1. Projects can be submitted until December 2, 2018. A webinar on the Cluster Fund is scheduled for October 18 (sign up for it here). We hope to increase the amount allocated to each project.
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TAKE US TO ... TEHRAN, IRAN
Each month, this column will take us to a different city in our network. In September, it’s Tehran, Iran. The EUNIC cluster in partnership with Kooshk Residency, an Iranian platform for international collaboration, started a residency program. Six artists from Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, and Greece were invited to spend one month in Tehran where they were hosted by Kooshk. Kooshk assisted the artists to become familiar with the cultural and artistic atmosphere in Tehran, allowing them to quickly build a network with artists from their respective discipline. Artists developed exhibitions and performances during their residency. Public talks were held at Kooshk in Tehran as well as in the European partners’ premises - amongst them Dutch 1646 in The Hague and PACT Zollverein in Germany.
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Leonidas Giannakopoulos, a Greek artist renowned for creating murals (like the one in the photo above), talks about the experiences he’s had in Tehran: It has been a “wonderful educational experience for me finding common ground and cultural patterns between Greek and Persian ancient culture”. His Iranian counterpart, Black Hand, is one of the most controversial graffiti artists of Tehran. Their work endeavours to relate to different layers of society, raising questions of the daily issues of the country they find themselves living in. The programme continues in a second edition in 2018/19 and has been supported by the cluster fund on two occasions. More info on eunicglobal.eu/projects.
CALENDAR: WHAT EUNIC GLOBAL IS UP TO IN SEPTEMBER
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Knowledge Sharing Workshop in Munich, Germany. Senior colleagues from our members’ headquarters exchange on European collaboration models for libraries.

EU Senior Official’s Meeting on Culture in Vienna, Austria. EUNIC Global will present its Report on the partnerships between EUNIC clusters and EU Delegations to representatives from EU Member States active in culture.


EUNIC regional meeting in Skopje, FYROM, for cluster representatives from countries in the Western Balkans. This meeting includes a joint session with communications staff of EU Delegations.

Board of Directors’ Meeting in Brussels, Belgium. First meeting with the newly elected board members from Dutch Culture and British Council.

Next Cluster Fund call. A webinar on the Cluster Fund and its selection criteria is offered on October 18 (sign up for it here). Final date for submissions: 2 December. 

 
SEEN ELSEWHERE: CZECH CENTRES
Here we introduce good practices we have seen across our network in how to further strengthen EUNIC. This edition takes us to Prague and how Czech Centres talk about their membership in EUNIC in their "About" section on their websites. Ondřej Černý, head of Czech Centres, explains this decision as follows: “We as Czech Centres find it important to publicly show our vision for Europe and EUNIC. That’s why we don’t only feature EUNIC on our About section on the main website, but also on each of our 22 institutes’ sites from New York to Moscow. This is part of our general mission.”

The image shows a screenshot from the website of the head office in Prague
EUNIC DEMYSTIFIED IN NUMBERS 
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Number of languages spoken in our office. We currently have 5 staff members and in total speak 13 languages: Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Russian, Spanish, Welsh. Feel free to write to us in any of those languages. But sorry to disappoint you, the official EUNIC language continues to be English! ... Our contact details can be found on our website.
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