The purpose of the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme is to support the cultural and creative sectors’ contribution to sustainable humanitarian, social and economic development in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The Programme is focused on four main areas: research and the development of evidence-gathering mechanisms; capacity-building; raising awareness of the cultural and creative sectors potential role in sustainable social and economic development; providing opportunities for international cultural cooperation. 

Topics covered by the Programme include project cycle management, cultural leadership, cultural and statistical research, advocacy, fund raising, audience development, cultural journalism and communication capacity-building.

Although a regional programme, it will be heavily country-focused with designated professional country coordinators as an essential part of our core team. The Programme will run for three years from 2015 to 2018. The budget of the Programme is €4,2 million. 

The Programme’s activities are carried out through mapping, training, online learning, study visits, partnership fairs, cultural leadership initiatives, working groups, use of local and international experts, toolkits, an award scheme, newsletters, networking and use of the dedicated website.  

Following a competitive EU tendering process the Programme is managed by a consortium led by the British Council, in partnership with the Soros Foundation Moldova, the National Centre for Culture of Poland and the Goethe-Institut. The Programme builds on the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme I (2011-2014) that consisted of technical assistance and grant-funded projects. 

Follow the Programme’s page at Facebook and visit the website to get updates on strategy, best practice, tools and opportunities. 

For additional information and cooperation please contact Norayr Yerznkyan, Country Coordinator at, 010 55 29 45 or regional office in Kyiv, +38 044 455 85 90, .

How our Programme can support you

  • Conducting research and developing evidence-based policies and practices
  • Contributing to policy-reform initiatives
  • Capacity building and training activity
  • Creating synergies between public, private and civil society actors
  • Providing information and opportunities for international cooperation 
  • Raising awareness of the role of culture in sustainable development
  • Sharing knowledge and good practice 

The Programme is driven by

  • Seven Programme Themes: Agenda Setting; Win-Win Alliances; Building a Positive Climate for Culture; Evidence Building, Learning and Legacy; Cultural and Creative Industries Capacity-building; Mainstreaming Eastern Partnership Culture, Cultural Leaders and Organisations in the 'European Cultural Space'; Culture and Crisis.
  • Five Programme Principles: Consultation and Agenda-Setting; Participatory Inclusion through Shared Values; Creativity, Innovation and Change; Tolerance, Respect and Reconciliation; Partnership, Mutuality and Sharing Success including between public and private organisations and players.

How you and your organization can benefit from the Programme


  • Participation in capacity-building activities and training opportunities 
  • Becoming an Associate of the Programme and joining a network of key cultural operators 
  • Creating or joining initiatives and activities that create synergies between public and private actors and between government and civil society (fairs, working groups)
  • Receiving information and advice related to exploring and developing international partnerships including in the context of the EU’s Creative Europe programme
  • Use of the Programme’s communication channels (website, Facebook page, newsletter etc) to share knowledge and good practice and develop your professional contacts