The question of cultural policy formation in the context of decentralization has arisen
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine hosted a roundtable "Cultural Policy in the Conditions of Decentralization: European Experience and Ukrainian Realities". The event is organized by the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Culture and Spirituality together with the Ukrainian Center for Cultural Research of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine to discuss cultural and cultural development issues in the regions and local communities.
The round table was attended by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Culture and Spirituality Mykola Knyazhytskyi, First Deputy Minister of Culture of Ukraine Svetlana Fomenko, Advisor to the President of Ukraine, Director of the Institute of Cultural Studies of NAMU Yuriy Bohutsky, People's Deputies of Ukraine, Director of UCCC Oleksandr Lyutsenko in Ukraine, the Goethe-Institut, the Polish Institute and the Council of Europe Office in Kyiv.
Opening the meeting, Mykola Knyazhytskyi noted that the issues proposed for discussion are extremely relevant for Ukraine today.
"For us all, this discussion is extremely important and helpful. Last year, we held a field meeting in Mariupol and, even then, initiated hearings on intercultural dialogue in the Verkhovna Rada, where we could discuss how to combine and enrich exchange between regions of Ukraine. How to take into account the peculiarities of each region, especially in the current conditions when the country is at war. Obviously, in the context of decentralization, speaking of the independence of the regions, we have to understand that in some areas there is no strong industrial production, and instead there is a huge number of cultural monuments and museums. In order to solve these and not only these issues, we are here, ”Mykola Knyazhytsky said.
“Decentralization processes are taking place today in all spheres of our social life, and culture is experiencing this more than any other sphere. The Ministry of Culture has begun work on developing priorities for the development of the cultural sector, and one of the most important tasks that we see is the modernization of local cultural institutions in the context of decentralization, ”said First Deputy Minister of Culture Svetlana Fomenko during her speech.
The First Deputy Minister of Culture informed the participants about the analysis of the status and functions of cultural institutions in the regions.
“As part of our research, we can show the practical application of cultural institutions. Everything needs optimization, but it does not mean close and forget. Everything needs to be tidied up. We are developing a typical differentiated model of functioning of cultural institutions, we need to develop a single standard for this model, ”she noted.
The roundtable on European experience in the field of cultural decentralization was presented by the First Secretary for Decentralization and Sectoral Reforms of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine Herman Benedict, Expert of the European Union Monitoring Group (Manchester, UK) Ali Dagster, Attache of the Cultural Affairs Ambassador Ukraine Jurgis Gedris.
Practical examples and initiatives were shared by representatives of oblast cultural departments (Dnipropetrovsk region), mayors and representatives of pilot cities of the Community-driven Urban Strategies in Historic Cities (COMUS), non-governmental organizations (NGO "Culture MedialO" and "GO".
Ministry of Culture of Ukraine informs