MEETING IN THESSALONIKI 10-13.06.2015. POST-RELEASE.

On 10-13 June 2015 The Youth Support Centre “Egeo” (Greece) and International Publishing Group Limited (the UK) had a meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece as the part of two-year Partnership called “Culture and Media Production as a Tool for Integration” under the financial support of Grundtvig Programme.

The aim of the meeting in Thessaloniki was to discuss the future promotion of the film “Out”, recently produced by the learners of the Partnership and presented for the first time on 30 April 2015 during the third meeting of all partners in London.

The meeting in Thessaloniki has had a significant impact on mutual learning and knowledge exchange in the sphere of migrant community life abroad and creative trainings for talented youth in the sphere of culture and media. It brought together social leaders of two organizations and creatives from Greece and the United Kingdom engaged in the sphere of media products PR & marketing.

The meeting consisted of three parts:

Round-table discussion for group leaders was dedicated to organization of social and cultural events in migrant environment to promote the film and its idea of supporting the Russian-speaking community worldwide. The group leaders has also shared an experienced of social and cultural events production which contributes to intercultural awareness.

Educational knowledge exchange sessions for PR & marketing creative was dedicated to the methods of film promotion in their countries using social platform of mass communication.

Informal communication of learners & leaders from Greece and the UK

Film “Out” is a high quality video was produced by partnership learners in line with all cinematography standards, depicting migrant life and integration efforts. “Out” shows five different realistic personal stories of people who relate to the language in one way or another. Shot in five countries, the movie presents interactions of Russian-speakers with the local cultures.

The first closed show of the film took place in May 2015 in London. Now it begins its journey screening at cinemas and festivals around the world. To ensure the film qualifies for festivals, it will go public during 2016 and become freely available to all interested online.

More information about film “Out” www.outfilm.cmpip.org/en

More information about “Culture and Media Production as a Tool for Integration” http://cmpip.org/en/

LONDON MEETING, 28 APRIL – 2 MAY 2015

On 28 April through 2 May 2015 International Publishing Group Limited (IPGL) was hosting in London the third meeting of two-year Partnership called “Culture and Media Production as a Tool for Integration” under the financial support of Grundtvig Programme. This is a two-year partnership of organizations from seven European countries under the support of the EU Lifelong Learning (Lifelong Learning Programme) Grundtvig Fund. The project is designed to help creative Russian-speaking people to meet and exchange knowledge. The partnership aims to present contemporary Russia and to overcome stereotypes through the prism of culture, music and cinema.

Leaders, activists and creative people from different European countries came together to share with each other their knowledge, talent and desire to integrate into the surrounding society through culture.

During the meeting there was a round table discussion involving heads of British organizations integrated into the cultural sphere, as well as representatives of the Embassy of Russian Federation in Great Britain and Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo in the United Kingdom. Representatives of organizations shared their experience of promoting Russian culture and Russian products in the UK market, emerging issues and potential.

Chairman of the Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in the UK Olga Balakleets, who is also the director of the Ensemble Production, spoke about the role of the Coordinating Council in elevation of Russian culture and its place in cooperation with British organizations and local authorities. Svetlana Adjoubei, director of the Academy “Academia Rossica”, which is the inspirer and the founder of the Russian Film Festival in London, the Festival of Russian literature “SLOVO”, expressed her views on the principles of intercultural activities. Karina Baldry, the partners of the culinary duo “Russian Revels, spoke about her experience of Russian cuisine abroad and the creation of a unique Russian cuisine project called “Dacha” as part of the annual gastronomy fair in London. Margarita Bagrov, the founder of “Urban Events” shared the experience of transferring an existing Russian business into activities abroad. Andrey Kharchenko, representing the magazine “British Style” and organizing tours of top Russia cultural figures, noted the importance of interaction between organizations and the establishment of high-quality Russian product. Anna Tarasova, employee of the travel company BSI UK, presented their vision of tourism market in the UK and its correlation with the current economic situation.

The organizers and leaders have undergone a mutual learning process and shared knowledge on stimulation of creative talent workers in different ages and use of cultural products and media to promote ideas of tolerance and intercultural dialogue.

There was a series of training involving representatives of Russian media in the UK and other European countries where working groups have exchanged experience and expertise in the creation, maintenance and development of Russian media abroad.

The productive dialogue has ended up with the premier of the film “Out” about the life of Russian-speaking migrants in Europe. The film is a collection of short stories by young talented filmmakers and screenwriters from different countries. Viewers have seen 5 stories of people who are united by Russian language culture, past and present. It shows the stories of Russians in Europe and foreigners in Russian-speaking countries. The film reflects the common traits of Russian and European cultures, differences of perception, conflicts and prejudices associated with it. The purpose of the film is to reflect the modern picture of the cultural relationship through the eyes of contemporaries, as well as change some stereotypes, improve the perception of Russian people and reach the mutual understanding between Russian-speaking and European citizens.

Participants of the Partnership were the leading Russian-speaking organizations of Europe such as Union des Russophones de France (France), International Society for youth initiatives “Lorgus Ry” (Finland), Občianske združenie ROSSIJA (Slovakia), the Association “Youth Initiative Group” (Lithuania), Pragmatiki Club (Czech Republic), the Youth Support Centre “Egeo” (Greece) and International Publishing Group Limited (United Kingdom).

Meeting in Helsinki 8-12.01.2015. Report.

General description.

During the cooperative work on the OUT movie the need for an additional meeting emerged. Logrus was responsible for the organization of the meeting that took place in Helsinki on 8 —12.01.2015. The organizers and film directors who had already shot and roughly edited their parts of the movie participated in the meeting. The meeting was dedicated to the joint planning of the feature film assembly and its further promotion.

As most of the partcipants had already finished the preliminary editing and even color grading of their parts of the movie — there was an important matter for discussion. Moreover, as a part of the technical preparation for the meeting Logrus equipped a compact media lab for editing and color grading of the movie; the color grading expert was invited.

Agenda.

Meeting included two parts:

1. Helsinki — Stockholm — Helsinki cruise. During the trip the participants got acquainted with northern capitals and got to know each other closely. The atmosphere facilitated the emergence of new ideas and new projects. The work meetings were dedicated to watching the film drafts and discussing the options for the final cut of the movie. The directors watched all the movie parts together for the first time; every director got a feedback from the colleagues. The most important topic for the discussion was the integrity of the movie: it was vital to decide what aspects (apart from the plot) would help to unite the parts of the film.

2. After the cruise the organizers and directors had two intensive working days in Helsinki Youth Department’s premises. The organizers started planning the promotion of the film: looking for the suitable film festivals, consulting with cinema industry expert that came together with Greek team, arranging the film screening on the film festival in Greece. The directors continued working on the draft cuts. In addition to it, the directors were

  • - creating the visual ideas for the animation incuts between the parts of the film,
  • - planning and editing the draft of the film trailer,
  • - discussing the color gamma of the film.

Outcome.

As a result of the meeting the following decisions were made:

  • - the actors’ voices should be recorded again for all of the film parts as the quality doesn’t satisfy the professional standards.
  • - the premiere screening in London that was previously arranged in February 2015, should be re-scheduled to April 2015 as postproduction requires more time.
  • - all the participants agreed on the necessity of the present meeting in Helsinki.
  • - the organizers arranged the terms for the project’s final report.
  • - the organizers arranged the possibility of submitting the new joint project.

PRESS RELEASE. SECOND MEETING. THE FESTIVAL “HUMOR UNITES YOUTH”. FINAL REPORT.

During the period of 20 – 26 May 2014 at the hotel Grand Platon in Paralia Katerinis  and at the Ceremonial Hall of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , the Youth Support Center  «EGEO» held a special event – the musical theater festival «Humor unites youth ». The festival title was part of the actions «Thessaloniki 2014 – European Youth Capital ».

150 young people joined the festival from 12 countries: Greece, England, France, Finland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Germany and Luxembourg.

The festival covered a wide range of activities. Apart from theater teams KVN festival also took part organizers group, photographers and filmmakers. Each group followed a separated program, but nevertheless, there was interdependence between their programs. The organizers apart from participating in various seminars (workshops), also helped in the organization of the final show KVN in Thessaloniki. Photographers and filmmakers prepared photo and video material covering all festival activities. Moreover photographers took part with their work in a photo exhibition under the theme «A special look at the immigrants’ life» which was held on May 25th in the foyer of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki before the final KVN show. Also filmmakers continued the implementation of the film in partnership CMPI and presented the teasers to the festival goers. An effort was paid as part of the festival combine theory with practice .The main purpose was the exchange of experience and cooperation between young people from different countries. Emphasis was placed on familiarizing young people with the Greek culture and the sights of Central Macedonia.

The program of musical-theatrical festival “Humor unites youth” was consisted of:

  • Entertainment programs and sport activities
  • Tours in Thessaloniki, the Museum Royal Tombs at Vergina, Dion and Olympus
  • Seminars (workshops) and courses for each group of participants, conducted by Greek and foreign specialists
  • Slavery on wikisite (cmpip.org) under Grundtvig Partnership
  • Continue the implementation of the film by filmmakers under Grundtvig Partnership
  • Final KVN show involving all the theater teams and photo exhibition « A special look at the life of immigrants » that took place in the ceremonial hall of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on May 25.

The group of theater teams KVN

The main purpose of the 12 theater teams KVN was their excellent participation in the final performance of the festival held on 05.25.2014 at 17:00 in the Ceremonial Hall of the Aristotle University, which was visited by more than 800 people. Every day with the aid of the special educators was held rehearsals, seminars and courses on the subject in KVN Theater.

The experts that have worked with groups and carried out about 10 courses and seminars are:

  • Andreev Konstantin (Germany) – director of the West-European league KVN
  • Sarmpas Roman (Greece) – editor of the Greek league KVN
  • Ryaboshapka Alexey (Russia) – specialist from League KVN of Leningrad region
  • Lichaciov Sergej (Lithuania) – specialist from Lithuanian League KVN
  • Martinuk Mikhail (Ukraine) – specialist from the organization «95 Kvartal»

The group of organizers

The group was consisted of the 12 chairmans of the organizations that took part in the festival. The main purpose of the organizers was to exchange experiences with each other and develop cooperative relations. As part of the festival on 05.21.2014 the group visited the headquarters of “Thessaloniki 2014 – European youth capital” where the heads of the organizations met with the leaders and informed them about their actions. They also held seminars and courses for the purpose of education in organization of large and complex events. In addition, emphasis was given on the proper preparation of various projects for the participation in European programs.

The experts that have worked with the group of the organizers and made a total of eight courses and seminars are:

  • Tsakalidis Valerios (Greece) – Chairman of YSC “Egeo”
  • Rubinovich Igor (Czech Republic) – Chairman of the organization “Pragmatiki”
  • Kudriavtseva Olga (England) – Responsible for the organization of events organization “International Publishing Group Ltd”
  • Levina Alla (Russia) – Representative of the Directorate of youth policy of Leningrad region

The group of photographers

The main purpose of the 7 photographers was to exhibit their projects in the photography exhibition «A special look at the immigrant’s life » and preparation of the photographic material, covering the entire range of festival activities.

The photo exhibition was held at the Ceremonial Hall of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on May 25, 2014 and was visited by 800 people. The Jury awarded the photographer Tatiana Kitaeva, who is from Czech Republic, for her work.

The 8 seminars and courses for the group was made by photographer and director Damian Maximov (Greece) representing the YSC “EGEO”.

The group of filmmakers

The main purpose of the 10 filmmakers was the continuity in the implementation of the film (Gruntdvig Partnership), the filmmakers continued implementation of the film in partnership CMPI, the presentation of the participants of the festival and the preparation of video material on all festival activities. On May 23, the group visited the Cinema Museum and the exhibition of known Greek directors, called «Story board».

The experts who have worked with the group of organizers and made overall 6 courses and seminars are:

  • Zahariades Kritonas (Greece) – actor and director, lecturer in Higher and Further education
  • Damianos Maximov – photographer and director of YSC “Egeo”.

The joint program

Every day, during the period of 21 until 26 May held sports activities (beach volley, beach football), at which many teams from each participating country of the festival took part. Moreover, during the festival period held many interesting parties. Attention was paid at the work on wiki site (cmpip.org).

On May 22 all our guests took part in a wonderful excursion in Vergina -Dione – Olympos and on May 25 in the morning in an excursion at Thessaloniki. On May 24 was the teasers viewing, which was prepared by the filmmaker’s group.

On May 25, the photography exhibition «A special look at the immigrant’s life» was visited by 800 people from Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia. Then they attended the final three-hour show KVN, in which 12 theater groups took part. The festival ended with impressive farewell party.

Dissemination and Exploitation of Results

During the festival 3000 posters were printed and posted at all buses (public transport) and at the central parts of Thessaloniki.  Also, photo and video materials, printed and electronic publications were created. Dissemination of the results of the action started from official websites of the musical-theatrical festival KVN and YSC “EGEO”. At the same time everything, was posted on social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

Information about the festival was published in newspapers and informative websites in Greece and abroad, such as:

  • Weekly Russian-speaking newspaper “MIR AND OMONIA”
  • Weekly Russian-speaking newspaper “AFINSKII KOURIER”
  • Monthly free informative Russian-speaking newspaper in Thessaloniki “BRIZ”
  • Informative site  www.slon.gr
  • Informative online magazine  www.mywayok.com
  • Informative site  www.greek.ru

More information about the KVN festival is at many other printed and electronic information tools.

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Press Release: First meeting of CMPIP – KOLORITfest 2013 post-release

The members of CMPIP are proud to announce the completion of the realization of the first meeting of the Partnership that has taken place in Prague on October 6-13, 2013, as has been planned initially.

All the activities of the meeting were completed in a timely fashion and at satisfactory level of quality.

Full information about the meeting and its participants, photo and other materials may be found at www.koloritfest.org, and in social networks – Facebook: www.facebook.com/koloritfest, VK.com: www.vk.com/koloritfest.

General

A total of 90 visitors complemented by over 20 local participants had taken part in the event. As planned, about 8 delegates had participated from each of the 12 participating countries, split into the following groups:

  • 2 orgainizers/producers of public events
  • 1 filmmaker
  • 1 vocalist
  • 4 band members of a prospective band

Each of the groups has been taken through a set of conference sessions, discussions, master-classes and workshops. All participants had enjoyed  a tour of Prague and optionally visited the Terezin concentration camp.

Every day of the conference ended with a public event at one of Prague’s venues: 4 concerts of 2-3 bands, the film festival “Place Code” and the vocal contest “KOLORIT”.

Conference and Products

As part of the conference sessions, the work on two main products of the Partnership has been commenced:

  • Video document: the filmmakers had been introduced to the task and were working in a group on a production plan for the future film. Discussions among organizers/producers had included the split of the task to secure sufficient financial and other conditions for the work of the filmmakers.
  • Wiki website: organizers and artists have been split into working groups around the predefined subjects and had commenced work on all of them, presenting the results in intermediate and final review sessions.

Master Classes

The master classes for each of the groups had been conducted by professionals in each area:

Vocalists and bands - Representatives of the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory (KJJ) in Prague: Štepan Markovič, Tomaš Beroun, and well-known Czech musicians Erika Fečova, Filip Gondolan and Jakub Doležal. The master classes were visited by both interested groups, in particular the vocalists enjoyed visiting  the more general classes for bands.

Filmmakers - Representatives of Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) had conducted several master-classes related to the main task of this group – to come up with a production plan for the future film. The classes were given by Antonín Weiser, Tomáš Pavlíček, Viktorie Dzurenkova and Ranjan Rampal who together made up a team covering a range of appropriate disciplines. The delegates were also taken to a short overview of Barrandov Studios – the primary film and TV studio complex of Czech Republic.

Organizers - workshops related to production were conducted by Barbora Šubrtová – speaker of the United Islands České Spořitelny Festival, Lenka Tyrpáková – Program Director of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) and Jelena Silajdzic – Founder of the World Roma Festival Khamoro. Many similarities to the job of the visiting organizers were observed, while the different scale and the experience span of the presenters provided new useful findings.

Public Events

The public events took place in various venues of Prague every day of the meeting, providing all delegate artists an opportunity to express their art in truly international settings. It has been a pleasure to observe the variety of styles and the fresh streams in art forms, the sounds and the visuals. Every public event had been filmed by two of the delegate filmmakers and short video reports will soon  be published.

The events at the same time provided an informal communication space for all the delegates not directly involved in them and for locals to network and share experiences. It is a pleasure to note that despite any skepticism the Czech organizers were having on this matter, all visiting parties had a keen interest in the arts of the other parties and the attendance, although not declared as mandatory, has been over 90%.

Film Festival “Place Code” - The Belarussian filmmaker Andrei Ivanov for his short “Hounted house”. It is interesting to note that the film festival has spawned a will to show the films in other participating countries. First such screening has taken place in Finland on Oct 30th, involving a viewers vote – the  results closely matched the decision of the professional jury in Prague.

Jury had been composed of FAMU professionals: Tomáš Pavlíček, Rajan Rampal,  Viktorie Dzurenkova and Kristina Weizerova. We are thankful for their time and objectivity.

Due to the fact that some film festivals do not accept films that had been published on the Internet, we delay the publication of the participating films until October 2014 – this will allow the filmmakers to present their works at such festivals.

Vocal Contest ”KOLORIT” - Was won by the Greek singer Anna Karapetova. The overall professional level of the singers had been very high and the excitement was all over the contest hall.

The jury had been composed of: Eduart Klezla (singer, vocal coach and managing director of KJJ), Hana Peckova and Tomaš Beroun (musical/opera singers and vocal coaches at KJJ) and Andrei Beschastny (opera soloist). We are thankful to the jury for their contribution and judgement.

PR / Engagement / Dissemination

Every accessible means of PR had been used by the hosting party and the partners to share the information about the upcoming conference and its public events. This included, first and foremost, publications on partners’ websites and distribution through social media channels, publications in online and offline media and distribution through organizations’ own partner networks. A special set of 7 different posters had been designed by different designers for the campaign, that has been executed in three steps:

1. Candidate selection (August): the requirements to  the partners in every participating country included public announcements and a selection process consisting of auditions/interviews with the prospective delegates. This process has initiated interest in the project within the appropriate social circles – namely migrant artists, musicians and filmmakers. The response rate had been very high in some countries.

The website and the social network pages were started prior to this step, striving to focus as much of the interaction as possible around the online community for maximum interrelation of the involved persons and social circles during and, mainly, after the meeting.

2. Events promotion (late September – early October): the hosts had applied the advertising channels at their disposal – websites, social network advertising, outdoor, printed media, partner networks. Press releases had been sent to all major media in Czech Republic to announce the upcoming events and their goals.

3. Promotion during the event: during the  whole week of the meeting a dedicated team composed of festival delegates had been regularly (2-3 times a day) publishing photos and articles  at the KOLORITfest website further distributing them via social networks.

We must admit here the organizers were expecting higher public attendance and are drawing the conclusions regarding improvements that should be made for future, some of which will be readily applied to help the organizers of the meeting in Greece on May 2014.

4. Post-event PR (ongoing): Photos and videos are still published as they are processed, mainly via social networks. About 100 people have joined our page after the event had ended. The burst of the online interactions during the “aftermath” period has shown a huge engagement of both the delegates and their peers in their personal netwroks.

Here are some figures of the Facebook activities for the whole period – do notice the peaks at the critical points such as Oct 6th and Oct 14th, and the clear rise of engagement after Oct 14th.

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Multiculturalism / Integration

Many efforts have been put into providing the public information in English, Russian and Czech to engage as wide audience as possible. A steady percentage of locals among the visitors of the public events adequate to the overall public attendance has shown some interest of the general public.

Interactions with Czech professionals during master-classes and workshops further contributed to better appreciation of the conference topics within the professional circles related to arts and production and paved the way for future cooperation.

Internally, the meeting had achieved the recognition of the cultural diversity of people who relate themselves to the Russian-speakers’ culture. Some representatives (notably from Slovakia and France) were not Russian-speakers at all – the organizers had made all the attempts to allow them free communication by providing translations or separate explanations to those.

We have achieved the goal of demonstrating to the delegates and the general public the influence of local cultures on the migrants at various stages of their integration as expressed in their behaviors, attitudes, language and arts. As such, it had been interesting to observe the “Frenchness” of the French Russian-speakers, the “Finnishness” of the Finnish delegates and so on. Commonalities derived from the original culture however pertain, demonstrating the existence of a common cultural code and helping the communication across borders.

Current work / Further Steps

CMPIP is going on.

At the conference, the Greek partners had presented their event all partners are heading for in May 2014 that will be focused on stage arts and photography. It’s also worthwhile to mention that on September 30th  the Greek partner with the support of the Czech partner had submitted an application to the Youth in Action programme to keep the non-EU members of CMPIP involved in our activities. All partners are currently expecting to receive the delegates requirements from the Greek partner.

The work on CMPIP Wiki has been commenced and continues and it will be made public as soon as its contents take a firmer shape.

Partners are making steps to support the production of the video document by means of public grants, crowd-funding and sponsoring.

Also, the the Czech partner will be looking for further ways to finance the next years’ KOLORITfest. Unfortunately it cannot be a part of CMPIP, however we are grateful to the EU programmes for allowing us the opportunity to start something big.

Thanks

We are thankful to all the partners who helped us produce this complex event. First and foremost –  the EU programmes Grundtvig and YiA and the highly professional consultants. Our primary sponsor - CRESTYL, our transport sponsor - Runwell Rent-a-Car, our main media partner - Prague Express.

Our educational partners also deserve a special note – we are thankful to KJJ and FAMU, to all the teachers and presenters for their invaluable time and contribution.

Thanks are well deserved by our volunteers and friends who had made it possible for us to live through this task staying focused and to accomplish all the big and little things that made the event happen.

Huge thanks to all of you!

Conclusion

We love to regard this event not as something that has been and gone, but rather as a first step on the way to more useful and exciting work, and are eager to see how the project will develop.

Please stay tuned.

On behalf of the CMPIP team,
Igor Rubinovich
CMPIP Coordinator

Press Release – Netherlands partner leaving the project

Prague, Sep 5th, 2013

With due regret we are to inform that the Netherlands partner, Foundation Moscow Union of Non-Governmental Associations-Societies of Friendship with People of Foreign Countries, has taken the decision to leave the project. This is due to their disagreement with the approach and the working methods agreed upon by all other partners before and during the initiation phase of the project.

Unfortunate as it is, we regard positively the fact that the disagreements were identified during this early stage of the partnership. This allows hope that all other partners and participants have a common understanding of the project goals and the working methods to be applied.

The main takeout from this is to strive for even better alignment with potential partners prior to the submission of future proposals or generally before taking on any new significant risks shared by multiple parties.

As we are approaching the first partnership meeting in Prague, we are finalizing the preparations and are not expecting any other significant changes in project makeup, structure or timeline.

We are wishing the team of Foundation Moscow Union of Non-Governmental Associations-Societies of Friendship with People of Foreign Countries success in their current and future endeavors and good health.

On behalf of the CMPIP team,
Igor Rubinovich
CMPIP Coordinator

Press Release – KOLORITfest 2013

www.koloritfest.org

PRAGUE, 16 JULY 2013

Klub PRAGmatiki is pleased to announce the official kickoff of KOLORITfest 2013, the International Musical Festival of Russian-speakers’ Culture, that will take place during Oct 6-13, 2013 at numerous locations in Prague, Czech Republic.

Delegates of the Festival will include artists and organizers/producers of cultural events, media and other cultural production from Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Lithuania, Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, United Kingdom and Ukraine.

The event will continue for 7 days and will be composed of four main parts:

  • Performances by visiting and local bands – a daily series of gigs in Prague’s various venues
  • Vocal Contest “Kolorit 2013” – will gather talented vocal performers
  • Short movie contest “Place Code” – will present original movies depicting the variety of views video artists are taking on the life, culture and traditions of their current city of residence
  • Master classes and knowledge exchange sessions for both artists and producers

On the last day of the Festival visitors will enjoy a massive Gala concert that will include performances by local and visiting bands, Vocal Contest “Kolorit 2013” and a performance by a headliner (to be identified).

The Festival will provide a networking opportunity for Russian-speaking creatives, as well as a chance for other cultures to appreciate the contemporary culture of Russian-speakers, thus supporting integration, international and intercultural cooperation.

The goals of the festival are as follows:

  • Demonstrate elements of modern Russian-speaking culture to the European society, aiming to improve mutual integration and the perception of the Russian-speaking world through contemporary arts and international cooperation
  • Present the variety of contemporary musical arts
  • Discover new talents among Russian-speaking youths in Europe and beyond
  • Unite creatives from Europe and beyond
  • Provide favorable conditions for further creative initiatives
  • Improve the mutual relationship between Russian-speakers and the majority populations in Europe and beyond

KOLORITfest is naturally continues the tradition of a series of multicultural Russian-speakers’ talent contest-festivals “Kolorit” held in Prague by Klub PRAGmatiki in the years 2009, 2010, 2011  and 2012.

At present, KOLORITfest is in the Initiation stage, during which delegates will be selected by means of an open call, castings, interviews and pre-selection rounds.

Events schedule, updates, useful info and contacts will be published on the KOLORITfest official website at http://koloritfest.org.

We call for sponsors and media partners to contact us regarding advertising opportunities and terms of partnership.

We also call for creative professionals, enthusiasts and volunteers willing to contribute to the festival to contact us to find out how they can help us make this an even greater event.

The organizers are impatient to see the colors the various participants will bring into the festival. We are confident the overall picture will be worth a million words. Off we go!

On behalf of the KOLORITfest team

Igor Rubinovich
Chairman
Klub PRAGmatiki

For more info:

Tel.: +420 739 545 278
Email: info@cmpip.org

Press Release – CMPIP Initiation Stage

PRAGUE, 16 JULY 2013

We are pleased to announce the beginning of the two-year long Culture and Media Production as a Tool for Integration Partnership under the support of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme – Grundtvig.

Seven member organizations have entered the Partnership that will over the two years of its work focus on issues related to realization of cultural events, media and other cultural production in migrant environment, specifically focusing on challenges Russian-speaking migrants are facing anywhere in the world.

The Partners represent the following seven countries: Czech Republic, Greece, UK, Netherlands, Finland, Slovakia, Lithuania and France.

All partner organizations are working with Russian-speaking communities in their countries on a daily basis, striving to improve their adaptation to the environment, while making significant efforts to improve the mutual relationships between Russian-speakers and the majority population in their country and beyond. They do so by combining various forms of cultural production such as events and media publishing, in many cases involving both migrants and locals to contribute to integration during projects and after their completion.

The CMPI Partnership will focus on exchanging the knowledge and experience of the partners while providing an internationally covered space for artistic expression of Russian-speaking migrants. Space for physical introductions, teamwork and presentation of performances, media and other works of art will be provided at three international events integrated into the Partnership:

  • Oct 2013 – Prague, Czech Republic – KOLORITfest - International Festival of Russian-Language Culture
  • May 2014 – Chalkidiki, Greece – International Humour Festival
  • March 2015 – London, UK – International Maslenitsa Festival

During the events and between them, the Partnership will develop the following products:

  • a Wiki website discussing and providing useful information on topics related to realization of culture and media production in a migrant environment
  • a video document depicting the life and the integration efforts of the Russian-speaking communities in the countries of their residence

At present, the Partnership is in the Initiation stage, with members preparing for the first visit in Prague, where they will be joined by five organizations from Germany, Belarus, Russia, Israel and Ukraine. These organizations, dealing with similar challenges in their countries, will be actively participating in the Partnership work, and are thus assigned a Participant status in terms of the CMPI Partnership. The mobility of these Participants is supported by the EU Youth in Action programme.
We encourage other organizations of common interest willing to actively contribute to the Partnership to request participant status using the contacts below.

The CMPI Partnership news and press-releases as well as information related to the Partners and Participants will be available on the Partnership website at cmpi.org.
We call media partners, sponsors and any other interested parties to contact us regarding any common opportunity to be discussed.

The Partners are confident that all the participating, partnering and following organizations and individuals will enjoy the benefits of work and exposure in a pan-european project and gain a unique and invaluable experience. We are eager to witness the realization of our vision and the implied improvements in our communities and the European society.

On behalf of the Partnership team,

Igor Rubinovich

For more info:

Tel.: +420 739 545 278
Email: info@cmpip.org