BSA, Turkey, 2010
Black Sea Academy, July 2010, Istanbul, Turkey
The countries of South of Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) are continually facing instability, political turmoil and socio-economic downturn. The cultural sector and the local NGOs are challenged by unsustainable funding and insufficient access to international networks, thus lacking possibilities to strengthen their role both at the national/local and international level. The three countries are among the target areas of the European Union Neighbourhood Policy, where new instruments for strengthening the cultural sector are being set up.
The Black Sea Academy aimed at empowering independent cultural operators, managers, new entrepreneurs in arts and culture so that they could tackle the challenges in their socio-economic environments, and acquire skills for a more efficient use of the existing opportunities for cooperation and networking in Europe.
The participants were exposed to an interactive and collaborative environment which
enabled them to work on their projects and/or ideas, while creating opportunities for their
implementation in the future.