Facilitation of Cultural Exchanges & Matchmaking
8 Apr 2021

Alteration: a new programme launched by the Ukrainian Institute and the EU Delegation to Ukraine

Alteration is a programme that consists of a series of online events for professionals in the cultural field. It is aimed to define new efficient approaches to establishing, building and developing intercultural relations and connections between EU and Ukrainian cultural and civil society actors in conditions of pandemic-induced uncertainty, changes, and instability. It is a mutual initiative of the EU Delegation to Ukraine and the Ukrainian Institute, supported via the Cultural Relations Platform.

The programme will cover questions such as: how international cultural relations should transform in the “new reality”; how digital tools should be used for better efficiency; what best practices exist in international cultural relations and among cultural institutions in the EU and in Ukraine that can be of use for other institutions; how to promote cultural initiatives and products using digital tools.

Xavier Camusacting Head of Cooperation at the European Union Delegation to Ukraine, says: “The Alteration programme is another initiative of the European Union in Ukraine aimed to assist culture and creative sectors operators to recover after the COVID-19 crisis, to restore their links with European peers and to incorporate best practices of survival and development in the conditions of the ‘new normal’. We are glad to cooperate with the Ukrainian Institute, one of the most dynamic and modern institutions of the country’s cultural ecosystem”.

Iryna Prokofieva, Programme Director at the Ukrainian Institute, comments“It is impossible to know how long the lockdown will last and fully estimate its consequences. Nevertheless, the cultural institutions are trying to learn what opportunities are opening beyond closed borders. We are keen to know which changes have become inevitable and which challenges have made us stronger. There is less understanding of what kind of future challenges can emerge but we continue to learn to be resilient. Despite all obstacles and lockdowns, our partnership with the EU gives us a real chance to establish meaningful connections, create a sense of belonging and build capacities for professional integration.”

The series of events will kick off with the online conference, The New Normal of Cultural Relations on 29 April. You can register for the conference here.

Depending on the event, there will be either a dedicated open call or a targeted invitation. To follow the news please subscribe to the Facebook pages of the Ukrainian Institute and the EU Delegation to Ukraine. Videos of selected presentations and events will be available later for open access. As a result of the programme, the Ukrainian Institute will publish a handbook with best practices from the EU and Ukraine that demonstrate new formats, approaches and instruments used by cultural and civil society institutions in 2020-2021.

Evenst Timetable

29 AprilOpening event: Online conference The New Normal of Cultural Relations
5-7 MayLiterature: Festival to Festival
27-28 MayMusic
31 May – 1 June Civil society
17-18 JuneVisual arts
24-25 JunePerforming arts
8 JulyClosing event

The Alteration programme is supported via the Cultural Relations Platform (CRP). CRP is an EU-funded project launched in April 2020, designed to support the European Union to engage in international cultural relations. It provides a renewed approach based on a set of shared principles, and new activities, aiming to promote and facilitate sustainable cultural exchanges, people-to-people activities, and co-creation processes between Europeans and citizens from countries all over the world.

The CRP activities range from policy support for EU Institutions to supporting cooperation between European and global cultural and creative sectors as well as strengthening communities of practitioners through dedicated trainings and enhanced exchanges.

The Ukrainian Institute is a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Our mission is to strengthen Ukraine’s international standing through the means of cultural diplomacy. We facilitate international connections between people and institutions and create opportunities for Ukraine to interact and cooperate with the world.