”Med Culture” programme holds consultations in Lebanon with national stakeholders

MAY 10, 2014 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) The new EU culture programme “Med Culture” announced in apress release that it held two consultation meetings with a wide spectrum of Lebanese cultural practitioners on May 6 at the Ecole supérieure des Affaires (ESA), as well as with representatives of Lebanese line ministries on May 7 at the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon.”

“The main objective of these consultations was to jointly identify priority areas, and prepare corresponding action plans to be implemented in partnership with the Med Culture programme throughout the 4 years of the programme’s life span,” release added.

“Med Culture is a regional EU-funded programme that kicked off last February with the aim to help pave the way towards the creation of institutional and social environments that can eventually validate culture as vector for freedom of expression and sustainable development, by reinforcing the capacities of the public and private cultural sectors as vectors for democratisation, and economic and social development for societies in the Southern Mediterranean. As part of its regional mandate, the programme will also seek to develop activities and mechanisms that enhance networking and donor coordination in matters related to Culture in the region,” release noted.

“Med Culture is part of the regional “Media and Culture for Development in the Southern Mediterranean” which has been allocated a total budget of Euro 17 million over a four-year period, of which Euro 9 million is for the award of grants on a co-financing basis and Euro 8 million for a capacity development mechanism on media (Med Media) and another on culture (Med Culture),” release said.

“Despite the challenging national and regional political contexts, Lebanon has managed throughout the years to maintain a resilient and rather “avant-gardist” approach to Culture compared with other countries in the region. Culture is widely regarded as an essential part of Lebanese life and is therefore able to attract audiences and funding from private and non-profit organizations,” release said.

“Lebanon has been an active player in EU-funded regional programmes such as Euromed Audiovusal, Euromed Heritage, CBC Med, etc. and has also benefited from funding of cultural activities at bi-lateral level,” release concluded.