PetrSU in the CULTURE OPEN Project
The official opening of the international project “Creating new sustainable inclusive cultural services for special target groups” (KA 3018), “CULTURE OPEN - CREATING CULTURE TOGETHER”, funded under the Karelia CBC Programme, took place in Petrozavodsk.
Representatives of the Russian and Finnish partners opened the seminar: Sergey Soloviev (First Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Karelia), Anna Lesonen (Head of the Culture Department of the Petrozavodsk City Administration), Sari Kaasinen (Head of the Culture Department of Joensuu, Finland), Litvinas Algimantas Petras (Director of the Karelian Regional Institute of Continuing Professional Education of PetrSU, the leading partner of the project).
The project “CULTURE OPEN” was jointly initiated by the two sister cities of Petrozavodsk and Joensuu (Finland) and aims to create new inclusive cultural products and services for people with disabilities and migrants. Also, the project is the result of the work of Petrozavodsk State University as the Flagship University, aimed at implementing the cooperation agreement between the University and the Petrozavodsk City Administration. One of the main achievements of the project will be the organization and holding of the Parafest festival in Petrozavodsk, the implementation of which will be possible thanks to the partner network of the project, which includes experts from the Karelian Regional Institute of Continuing Professional Education of PetrSU, the Museum of Fine Arts of Karelia, the City House of Culture, the Centralized Library System of Petrozavodsk and the Children's Music and Choir School, from the Finnish side - the Joensuu Administration and the Hurma creative association.
Within the framework of the workshop, the partners got acquainted with the experience of inclusive practices and work with migrants, and identified the avenues for further cooperation. Elizaveta Druzhinina, the project manager and the employee of PetrSU, told about the goals and objectives of the project and invited experts and representatives of public organizations representing the interests of target groups to take an active part in the creative and cultural activities of the project.
The project has just started and will run until the end of 2020, so the partners have more than two years of productive work ahead.
The Karelia ENPI CBC Programme is funded by the European Union, Finland, and Russia.