About CHOICE

About CHOICE

The CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement – project has been developed and later implemented in the four Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. A partner consortium was made up of the following entities:

Association of Local Democracy Agencies, ALDA (France);
International Non-Government Organisation EuroBelarus (Vilnius, Lithuania);
Centre for Cultural Management (Lviv, Ukraine);
National ICOM Committee (Chisinau, Moldova);
Educational Research Foundation Millennium (Yerevan, Armenia);
Public Association Centre for Social Innovations (Minsk, Belarus).
The project obtained funding within the framework of the European Union programme Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility and was implemented in course of two years: between 2015 and 2017.

The project was mainly aimed at building the capacities and development of the non-government non-profit organisations and initiatives which are engaged in conservation, re-thinking and promotion of the cultural and historical heritage in their local communities, countries, as well as in the East European region.

Beside the civil society organisations, professional teams and communities, intellectuals and cultural activists from the four nations who focus on cultural landscape and its diversity rehabilitation and preservation, as well as correct and efficient use of the cultural patrimony resources for the development of cities, towns or other human settlements were involved in

CHOICE teaches to be famous

CHOICE teaches to be famous

“Starokostiantyniv Non-Indifferent” Civil Society Organization Location: Starokostiantyniv Implementation period: April 2016 – April 2017 Project coordinator: Serhiy Khudyi   Context The town of Starokostiantyniv is a small regional center in the Khmelnytskyi Region, Ukraine. However, despite its small size, the town has

We Are the City

We Are the City

“LIK” Association for Promotion of Culture and Education Location: Uzhgorod, Ukraine Implementation period: April 2016 – May 2017 Coordinator: Tetiana Smriha   Context: Issues Addressed by the Project Any citizen is only too well aware that protection of the historic

Historical and Cultural Heritage and Its Substance

Historical and Cultural Heritage and Its Substance

Our expert in issues of forming identity and mentality on local visual codes, professional designer and artist Michal Aniempadystau prepared a special report for our meeting in Brussels and further at a Belarusian discussion. We found it so deep and touching, that soon it became a distinct material. Here we suggest the whole text to your attention.

I was born and grew up when a city’s historical or cultural heritage used to live its own life separated from the city residents. The heritage facilities did exist physically, some of them even protected by virtue of their legacy status; yet, they were devoid of any substance and there was little we knew about them, if anything at all.

Individual buildings or their groups and ensembles, streets, squares, roundabouts or parks used to constitute part of a physical urban space which was deprived of history or stories, or any associative relations inside. It was just a space, flat and monotonous, like a newly built asphalt road pavement: distances between random points on an imaginary map.

Incorporation of “Kumayri” Historic-Architectural Compound of the Gyumri City Cultural Heritage in Modern Public Life of Armenia

Incorporation of “Kumayri” Historic-Architectural Compound of the Gyumri City Cultural Heritage in Modern Public Life of Armenia

«Third Nature» Civil Society Organisation Location: Gyumri, Shirak Province Implementation period: April 2016 – April 2017 Coordinator: Rafael Mkhitaryan   Project Background                Gyumri’s “Kumayri” historic and architectural compound is a large urban planning compound, which occupies an area

Cultural heritage preservation as a sustainable development factor among the communities located close to the Shirak Province monuments

Cultural heritage preservation as a sustainable development factor among the communities located close to the Shirak Province monuments

  “Yerkink”  Social-Legal Support Center Non Governmental Organization  (Sky NGO) Location: Gyumri, Armenia Implementation period:  May 2016 – May 2017 Project coordinator: Knarik Khachatryan   Context, Problem and Objective Shirak Province’s historic and cultural heritage monuments are mainly concentrated in its

More Recognizable Lori

More Recognizable Lori

“Rafael” Civil Society Organisation Location: Lori region, Armenia Implementation period: June – August 2016 Coordinator: Hrach Marukyan   Context, Problem and Objective The project was intended to contribute to the establishment of Lori region as a more recognisable and accessible