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European Diploma of cultural project management held session in Macedonia!


Partnered by NGO Esperanza-World Culture Center , the residential session of the European Diploma in Cultural project management took place from 18-27 May 2012 in Skopje, Bitola and Ohrid.



I The European Diploma in Cultural Project Management


The Belgian « Foundation Marcel Hicter for Cultural Democracy » launched in 1989 the training programme for Cultural management « European Diploma in Cultural Project Management » with the strong support of the Council of Europe and UNESCO.


It is a pan-European training programme focused on the education of cultural managers and administrators who are willing to co-operate with other regions of Europe and beyond. This « nomadic training » programme wants to foster cultural diversity and international co-operation in Europe.


Each year the programme gathers around 25 participants who are coming from up to 20 countries. Since it started, 16 years ago, over 450 professionals form 41 countries – mainly from Europe, but also from Africa, the Middle East, North America and Asia - took part to the European Diploma. Since 1993, many of them became members of Oracle – the Network of European cultural operators, a cultural co-operation platform.



The programme is divided in 3 phases: residential, practical and evaluation.

Two of the three sessions take place, each year, in different countries and the evaluation phase is held, since it started, at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Greece.



II The European Diploma in Macedonia; its positive interactions and outcomes

One of the goals of this specific transnational training programme is to interact with national, local and regional cultural operators.


In Macedonia, this interaction took different forms:

-around 15 cultural managers from Macedonia proposed to the FMH by our organisation, took part to some of the lectures of the experts and developed contacts with the European Diploma participants enabling them to raise their competences and enter into a European Networking logic. This was a serious boost for Macedonia’s capacities to run ambitious cultural projects and deepen its cultural cooperation policies.

-we organised what we call the "mini-audits"; it means that various groups of 3-5 managers from the European Diploma met for half a day Macedonian cultural operators and their organisation. This is an exercise we always do and which is helping both European Diploma participants to have an insight of the regional/national scene and the local operators to benefit from varied view-points from foreign colleagues.

-we held a round table about Macedonian cultural policy and actions, with the participation of cultural authorities as well as local cultural managers and artists.

-we held a part of the session at Skopje and Ohrid but also in Bitola and Tetovo, so that the European cultural operators had a more varied insight of Macedonia.

-one Macedonian cultural manager matching the European Diploma criteria and able to manage a collaboration project took part to the 2012-2013 European Diploma session.


The training of high level cultural managers and administrators is an absolute key to cultural development at territorial level in running cultural institutions as well as artistic initiatives.

Giving these chosen operators the necessary skills will also enable them to manage cultural cooperation projects which – on the longer term – should boost Macedonian cultural presence both in the European Union and in the Balkans.

The fact that we held a residential session of the European Diploma certainly played a positive role in achieving these goals.

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