South Caucasus

I was asked twice (in 2014 and 2016) to moderate and conduct a participative review process for a cultural support programme in the South Caucasus. The Programme’s aim is to support a plural, innovative and interactive cultural sector in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia as well as to stimulate exchanges and collaborative processes between and within these three countries – for example through a regional contemporary dance festival, through complaint choirs or through arts projects in disputed regions. 
I conducted research and interviews in all three countries and organised/moderated workshops reviewing the performance of the Programme as well as opportunities for the future. Each time, these workshops gathered more than a dozen representatives from the three countries.
As a result of the first review, the Programme set-up was simplified, and the reporting processes were consolidated and streamlined. The Programme was extended for another three years. The follow-up to the second review is still ongoing

The Tsalkhubo Festival (Georgia)  Organised by ArtasFoundation in cooperation with the IDP Women’s Association of Tskaltubo. The Festival is part of the Programme. (Photo credit: Natela Grigalashvili)

The Tsalkhubo Festival (Georgia)
Organised by ArtasFoundation in cooperation with the IDP Women’s Association of Tskaltubo. The Festival is part of the Programme. (Photo credit: Natela Grigalashvili)