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Regions of Eastern Poland are to organise the second edition of the “Eastern Partnership Days”

09-10-2014

Since several years, the East Poland House in Brussels, which is a joint representation of five East Poland regions, has played an extremely important role on an interregional level, particularly as far as promoting the idea of the Eastern Partnership is concerned. Moreover, it was also the host and organiser of many sessions, workshops and conferences related to this initiative.

The East Poland House in Brussels is going to continue its activities in this respect and thus is going to organise the second edition of the “Eastern Partnership Days”. They are to be held November 4 – 6, 2014 in Brussels. A range of political, social and artistic events are to take place as part of the Conference.

The aim of the second edition of the “Eastern Partnership Days” is to initiate a discussion on the form of the Eastern Partnership in relation to the new financial perspective of the European Union, and to promote partnerships between self-government units involved in this initiative. This promotion covers e.g. implementing common projects and creating new ones.  

A three-day event will be opened with “Eastreet vol. 2”, a photography exhibition. It is the only project of this scale dedicated exclusively to street photography from Eastern Europe. The intention was to collect and present a group portrait of people in public spaces of Eastern European cities. The exhibition consists of photographs presenting the public space of Eastern Europe, chosen by the project’s curators as a result of an open competition.

The second day of the “Eastern Partnership Days” will start with a conference – “Eastern Partnership Reality Check. Challenges and Future Agenda”, which will be held in the European Parliament. The conference will have a form of a political panel. The aim is to present EU’s and Poland’s policy towards the Eastern Partnership countries. The second part of the conference will focus on recommendations of the European Commission in regard to providing support for the Eastern Partnership countries between 2014 and 2020, and on the expectations of these countries in regard to the European institutions.  

Furthermore, workshops on the subject of social issues will take place in the European Endowment for Democracy (EED), whose director is Mr Jerzy Pomianowski. During the workshops, there will be a discussion panel about social dimension of the Eastern Partnership and about cross-border projects implemented by the Voivodships of eastern Poland and their eastern partners. There will be also a “Faces of EuroMaidan” photography exhibition on the events from Kiev.

The last event during the second day of the “Eastern Partnership Days” will be a concert of The Ukrainians, a band which has been playing continually for 20 years. It was established at the end of the 1980s by The Wedding, a British, new-wave band whose leader was Peter Solowka. The band released recordings of BBC radio sessions. The album named “Ukrainskie Vistupi U Johna Peela” consisted of Ukrainian folk songs in punk-folk versions. The Ukrainians are a hybrid of lively traditional Ukrainian folk and rock music.

An exhibition, “Developing resourcefulness among the students on the basis of artistic and craft work”, will be opened before the concert. Polish and Ukrainian art will be presented there. Handicraft products made by students of Zespół Szkół z Ukraińskim Językiem Nauczania from Górów Iławecki (Warminsko-Mazurskie Voivodship) will be presented. These products were made using following techniques: painting on canvas, dry pastels, cross-stitching on linen, glass painting, and woodcarving.

On the third day of the “Eastern Partnership Days” it will be possible to visit the East Poland House in Brussels – it will be opened for everyone interested in art. Two exhibitions, “Eastreet vol.2” and “Faces of EuroMaidan”, will be installed in two representative rooms of the building.

The last event organised as part of the “Eastern Partnership Days” will be screening of Georgian films. They bring a lot of freshness, opening the door for new perspectives to take the more central stage – the present-day problems, the perception of the European border system or the day-to-day existence. For the last few years, Eastern European cinema has been more bravely than before stepping outside the cocoon of post-communist inertia, providing an engaging alternative to Western, Asian and American films. The aims of the film screening organised in Brussels will be to move the contemporary film-lovers, to show how the life in the Eastern Partnership countries looks like nowadays and what the local film-lovers are interested in.

The second edition of the “Eastern Partnership Days” is organised by the East Poland House in Brussels in cooperation with and under the patronage of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union in Brussels, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Endowment for Democracy, the Open Dialog Foundation, and the Workshops of Culture of Lublin.

Programme of the “Eastern Partnership Days” can be found on the website of the East Poland House in Brussels – www.eastpoland.eu.
 


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