The project’s primary goal is to create communication platform in Ukraine for free and unconfined cultural exchange and development of cultural projects between Ukrainian and European art and cultural institutions by bringing together artists from varied fields.


European Cultural Residencies is a long-term project that will consist of several program steps. Its starting point will be the International Seminar in November 2017 that will help shape the European cultural residencies vision and elaborate a creative task for the participants. The Artists Residency in 2018 will become the second stage of the project that will eventually culminate in a large Roadshow during which our residents will present their projects in Ukraine and across Europe.


The International seminar was held in the Carpathian village of Tatariv at the Hotel Koruna on November 2-6, 2017. It was attended by the representatives of cultural institutions from 11 countries of the European Union - Austria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Portugal, France, Hungary, as well as curators and art managers from different cities of Ukraine - Uzhgorod, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Chernivtsi, Odessa, Kharkiv, Kiev. Prominent Ukrainian journalists who cover cultural events, representatives of European institutions in Ukraine (British Council) also joined the seminar. The honorable guest of the seminar was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belgium to Ukraine Luc Jacobs, who is well-known for his support of the cultural ties between Ukraine and the EU.

The purpose of the workshop was to discuss a common vision of cooperation within the framework of the program for the development of residencies for artists and the partnership to apply for the Creative Europe program.

On the first day of the seminar, the participants were divided into 6 groups in 6 cultural fields: visual arts, music, cinema, theater, curatorial and cooking. Group discussions were moderated by the Ukrainian curators - Oksana Barshynova, Dmitry Golets, Lyubov Morozov, Maria Zadorozhna, Olga Zhuk, Natalka Vorozhbit, Irina Magdysh - renowned experts in their fields and familiar with local processes. Participants began to form their vision of future projects.

The second day of the seminar was held in Ivano-Frankivsk with the support of partners - NGO "Teple Misto" and "Insha Osvita". Participants from the EU had an opportunity to get acquainted with artistic and public initiatives, to feel the local context and the actual problems of the city. The "Teple misto" platform and the public restaurant Urban Space100 were presented for participants. They also visited the premises of the Prompribor plant, which is currently considered by local activists and non-governmental organizations as an ambitious revitalization project aimed at reorienting the abandoned industrial facility into an educational and artistic hub with the involvement of socially oriented businesses.

The third day of the seminar was final for the development of the vision of cooperation. In order to rekindle creativity, the work in groups was transferred to the yard where sunny weather and picturesque landscapes tuned artists to a favorable mood. The curators have created new ideas and forms of work in the meadows and forest lawns. In the course of creation several art forms merged into one synthetic project involving, for example, music, cinema and theater, visual and culinary arts. The seminar ended with a Hutsul party and a generous reception by the Hotel Koruna, as well as inspiring speeches from grateful participants from different parts of Europe.

The seminar resulted in coming up with two full-scale projects to be carried out by the participants:

Project №1< relates to the research and creation of a joint executive product at the intersection of theater-music-cinema. It suggests hosting residencies as an instrument, but poses a much broader challenge than international communication among artists.

Project №2 relates to the development of innovative methodologies for the creation of multidisciplinary socio-cultural projects and involves experience of the Dofa Foundation which regularly holds interregional cultural forums in Ukraine.

The most important result of the seminar is considered to be the existence of trust in the human and professional levels, which is the key to a sustainable partnership.


  • Dofa fund – charitable organization that supports the research and promotion of Ukrainian cultural and artistic heritage

  • Zenko Foundation – Ukrainian fund facilitating the development of contemporary art and cultural initiatives in Ukraine

  • International Seminar is carried out within Zenko Platform with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Centre for Strategic Communications StratCom Ukraine

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