Active Participation of Regional NGOs in Formation and Implementation of Cultural Policy
Aim of the project: to strengthen capacity of NGO participation in formation and implementation of cultural policy and administration of cultural services in Vidzeme region.
Target group – employees, members and volunteers of Vidzeme region NGOs, working in culture field interested in raising quality of cultural services and influence formation and implementation of cultural policy in local, regional and national scope.
Project participants will improve their knowledge on processes of policy formation, decision making and actualities in field of cultural policy in Latvia and Europe. Also they will improve their argumentation and cooperation skills, to be able to represent their opinions and advocate interests of society groups in local and national scope. Project will promote cooperation between Vidzeme region NGOs and NGOs in other European countries working in culture field, exchanging positive experiences.
Project is implemented by Association „Culturelab” (Cēsis) in cooperation with Vidzeme Culture and Art Association „Haritas” (Valmiera).
Project will last from October 2012 to May 2013.
Project budget: 18 000 EUR. Project is financed by European Social Fund.
Your Music in Our City
Aim of the project – to promote accessibility of cultural events for different target groups; to diversify cultural life of Valmiera City and further cooperation between different fields of culture.
Project activities: free open-air concerts of different genres (folklore groups, alternative music, vocal and instrumental ensembles).
Project is financed by Valmiera City Municipality. Project budget: 640.00 EUR
Project lasts since May 2012 until September 2012.
For United and Civic Vidzeme Region
Aim of the Project – to strengthen traditional and untraditional forms of civic engagement between population of Vidzeme region, develop civic education in Vidzeme region, using formal and nonformal education methods.
Main activities – competition for minority youth on integration policy, consultations for Vidzeme region NGOs, development of information platform for NGOs, organization of meetings and forum for activists in field of culture in Vidzeme region.
Project is funded by Latvian Ministry of Culture, Project budget: 7490.00 EUR
Project lasts from January 2012 until October 2012.
Legends of European Towns
Town twinning citizens meeting “Legends of European towns” took place in Valmiera, Latvia from 30th of June to 4th of July 2011. 300 participants from six twinning towns (Valmiera, Solna, Viljandi, Halle Westfalen, Zdunska Wola and Panevezys) took part in the event.
Aim of the project was to promote direct exchange between citizens of twinning towns through their participation in the project, encouraging further networking and cooperation. This project brought together people from local communities across the Europe, to share and exchange their experience and values, to learn from each other and together build a better future for the Europe.
Activities: public activities in the city (performances, concerts, workshops, information stands, game day), that involved all project participants and citizens of the town, creative workshops for participants and their local partners, forum for NGO’s, individual meetings between stakeholders for sharing experiences and developing future cooperation action plans.
Project was organized by Valmiera City municipality in cooperation with Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas”.
Project was funded by EC Programme “Europe for Citizens”. Project budget: 15 000 EUR.
Support to activities of Vidzeme Culture and Art Association „HARITAS”
The aim of the project: to provide sustainability of Vidzeme Culture and Art Association „Haritas”, developing sufficient financial, technical and human resources capacity.
Project activities: development of culture organization cooperation network, creation of home page and cooperation organizations’ database, providing information about actualities in NGO sector, continuing work on existing projects and attaching financial resources for other projects. Project lasted from September 2009 to December 2010.
Supported by Programme of EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism administered by Society Integration Foundation: NGO support measure.
Costs for year 2009: 11 378,10 EUR, costs for year 2010: 34 134, 55 EUR
International Festival „European Culture Street”
Aim of the festival: consolidate society in local, national and European level.
Festival was organized by Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas” in cooperation by state, local government, nongovernmental sector and entrepreneur institutions.
Festival took place on July 2010, Valmiera, Latvia and it consisted of two main events: International Culture Conference “CREATE” and International Festival “European Culture Street”.
Theme of the conference – Cooperation models of Culture Organizations and Planning and Implementation Processes of Cultural Policies. Objectives of the conference: to introduce conference participants with local and global challenges in EU cultural policies; to agree on collaboration principles and implementation mechanisms of culture organization cooperation network “European Culture Identities” , to establish administrative un organizational structure of the network, to develop and to agree on work plan 2011 of culture organization cooperation network “European Culture Identities”. 40 participants took part in conference.
Festival took place in streets of Valmiera. Different artists (musicians, storytellers, craftsmen, folk art ensembles, illusionists, theatre artists) from 15 European countries took part in festival in attractive and interactive way representing their country and demonstrating their skills.
Local Goes Global
Project resulted from a partnership between organizations from six European countries, involved in the field of adult education: Danish Handicraft Society (Denmark), Trayvna Infocentar (Bulgaria), Centre for the Study and Dissemination of Myths and Tales (Greece), Melide’s High School (Spain) and Vidzeme Culture and Art Association (Latvia).
Aim of the project: promote idea of using local traditions and cultures as a tool to provide non-conventional methods of training in languages, computers and handicrafts to representatives of interested adult groups.
Target group of the project: disadvantaged people, people over the age of 50 and/or low-qualified and unemployed people.
Project results: Web-based learning environment; five local international cultural festivāls, DVDs on handicraft techniques and folk dances and music; traditional games catalogue, book of European myths and legends collected, package of pedagogical materials.
Project web page: http://www.attic.tryavna.biz/
ASSITEJ Latvia International Children and Youth Theatre Festival
On September 2007 ASSITEJ Latvia International Children and Youth Theatre Festival took place in Valmiera Drama Theatre. Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas” worked as administrative centre of the festival.
9 performances from 9 different theatres appropriate for children from 4 months to 12 years were demonstrated in festival.
To make Festival more accessible for children from regions and disadvantaged families, Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas” together with Latvian Red Cross Valmiera division organised action for raising donations.