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
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

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