The Visegrad Academy of Cultural Management (VACuM) is staring on September 1 in Villa Decius. The Academy constitutes training sessions for young cultural managers from 10 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Moldavia, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. Persons working for public and private institutions and non-governmental organizations in the Visegrad Group countries and Eastern Partnership countries were invited for cooperation. In the group of specialists on culture management, they will keep developing their international cultural projects.
Each day, classes are conducted by outstanding experts, including: Jean Pierre Deru – Director of Association Marcel Hicter from Belgium, Danuta Glondys – Director of Villa Decius Association, Diane Dodd – Director of International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism from Spain, Corina Suteu – Director of FimETC Festival in Romania and Making Waves Festival in New York. Young managers will also take part in meetings with Karla Wursterova – Director of International Visegrad Fun, Magdalena Sroka, Deputy President of Kraków for Culture and Promotion of the City, Robert Piaskowski, Deputy Director for Programme Planning from the Kraków Festival Office, Taras Voznyak – Ukrainian culture expert, political scientist, editor of independent cultural quarterly magazine “Ji.” The training will last until September 10.
The Visegrad Academy of Cultural Management (VACuM) is 24 months training with three residential phases (1-10 September 2014: Krakow, 9-18 March 2015: Prague, 11-14 September 2015 Tbilisi) dedicated for professionals working in cultural field in the Visegrad Group countries (V4) ie. Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Eastern Partnership countries (EaP): Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
Its main aims are:
- development of skills and competences in the field of cultural and community policies and management
- strengthening democratic transformation and community development
- supporting integration and cooperation between EaP and EU.
VACuM is not an academic course but a tailor-made training for already experienced professionals open for cultural cooperation projects. The course is designed in a way which allows its participants carrying on their professional tasks, developing their professional competencies and building new cooperation networks in EU and EaP countries.
20 cultural professionals from 10 countries will be selected to participate in VACuM training. The course will enable them to develop capacities and managerial skills needed for both cultural cooperation and reform processes in their countries.