Panel Discussion + Program Presentation. Creative Europe Armenia Desk's first international INFO Day was held in this format on March 27, at Arno Babajanyan Small Philharmonic Hall. European Commission's Educational, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency reresentative, Creative Europe Desks' Coordinator Ms. Katharina Rideiger from Brussels, met with Armenian cultural operators and presented the Creative Europe calls for funding in detail.



Deputy Minister of Culture Mr. Vahe Budumyan delivered a welcoming speech at the event, starting with a congratulatory message on the occasion of the International Day of Theater and emphasized the importance of the "Support to Literary Translations" call, which is a major new opportunity for the Armenian literary sector to be presented in Europe. The Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia, Ms Yekaterina Dorodnova, also addressed the audience, pointing out the importance of joining the program and the unprecedented prospects for the cultural activities of Armenian organizations provided with the participation in the Creative Europe calls.













In the first half of the event, the international and local experts discussed the financial indicators of the cultural sector both in the EU and in Armenia, the role of the sector in the economy, the challenges and prospects of the development of the creative industries. The speakers of the panel discussion were the Director of the National Gallery of Armenia, Distinguished Cultural Figure Mr. Arman Tsaturyan; founder of HAYP Pop Up Gallery, AGBU Armenia's cultural expert curator Ms. Anna Gargaryan; founder of the Lusadaran Research Center for Armenian Photography curator Mr. Vigen Galstyan; Professor of the American University of Armenia lecturer Ms. Lucyann Kerry; moderated by Ms. Seda Grigoryan, Head of Creative Europe Armenia Desk.



The second part of the event was dedicated to the presentation of the calls available in the framework of the Culture sub-program of Creative Europe - "Support to Literary Translations" and "Support to European Cooperation Projects". At the end of the event, Ms. Anamaria Iuga from the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant presented their experience in European grant programs, from generating the idea to finding partners, allocation of funding and promotion of the projects. 

In response to Ms. Katharina Riediger's question on who is going to apply for the calls, the majority of the audience responded positively, which makes us believe that this year Armenian cultural organizations will take an active part in the program.

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