Arts and cultural activities, Communities

Transcending Borders winner


Who is behind this?

Olga Sagaidak

Ukrainian Charity Foundation “The Depths of Art”


Who is joining forces?

The Center for Urban History of East Central Europe


Yermilov Centre


Polish Institute


Lviv:The Departure of Culture of the Lviv’s Region, «Dzyga», FilmFest “Wiz-Art”, Kharkiv: «» art cluster, Art center HudPromLOFT, Municipal Art Gallery, Literary Museum; Kyiv: “GogolFest”, Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH; Belgium, Hungarian Embassies, Austrian Cultural Forum, Czech Center.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The forum’s program - the result of collaboration among cultural activists from West/East Ukraine and EU partners will include over 90 cultural events: visual art, music, theater, literature, film, lecture & discussion program with a focus on different histories, identities and cultures of cities in Western Ukraine and Eastern Ukraine, educational & community program, artist-in-residence program bringing together artists from Western Ukraine and Kharkiv

Where will your idea take place?


Why does Europe need your idea?

Right now local attitudes and perceptions of residents in Eastern and Western Ukraine towards each other are formed based on media and propaganda, rather than actual experiences, such as personal contacts or tourism. This indicates that there is a need to physically cross existing borders and establish dialogue within Ukraine to strengthen cultural relations, demystify artificially constructed cultural identities, and build a stronger national identity.

What is your impact?

Specifically, GaliciaKult will physically transcend borders between West and East, and bring the multifaceted culture of “Halychyna” region to Kharkiv, the largest city of the Slobozhanshchyna historical region (northeast).Art projects created within the forum by artists from West and East Ukraine will work after it and regional cultural collaboration will develop and expand. Grasp the concept of a neighborship, both inside the country and over borders.

How do you get there?

Drafts of curatorial forum programs are completed till April.The artist-in-residence program is completed in May 2016 (open call, recruitment, logistics).Detailed PR & Communications Plan and Media Center strategy, project Monitoring & Evaluation Plan, project implementation timing schedule cost estimates are updated, logistics plan are developed in June. In August Forum curatorial programs are finalized. Forum's visual identity is developed and designed, promotional products are designed and printed (invitations, flyers, posters for public). Augest-September: artists-in-residence programm (8 residences, 40 artists, 3 weeks). Preparing forum venue in Kharkiv. 4-18 October - forum (about 90 events). November - follow-up PR activities, report to funding organizations. Planing next forum.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Individuals and community groups:students and youth, artists of all age groups, social and cultural activists, young creative entrepreneurs, curators, cultural managers, community cultural centers, non-profit arts initiatives, and general public of all social, income and age groups; historians, scholars, teachers;community partners, stakeholders from public, private and non-governmental sectors, including municipal government representatives, state-owned organizations;EU-partners.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Our project is forum but not a festival, in spite of the fact that we demonstrate the culture of the region through a theater, concerts, exhibitions ect., because the art events must provoke discussion and dialog. It’s their most important mission in our project. Our previous experience of 2 forums “DonKult” say that it works.

€ 43255,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 213000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Artists-in-residence Travel and accomodation costs - 11565, subsistence - 18690, materials - 7000, foto,video, documentation - 2000, public relations - 2000, personal costs - 2000

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would like to get advices and comments and find partners for the future projects.

Project Journey

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Why this idea?

Transcending borders and connecting people through culture is the mission of the “GaciliaKult” Forum in Kharkiv, Ukraine – a country vastly important for the future of Europe. Dialogue-building in Europe depends upon opportunities to acquire new perspectives and to interact with people holding different worldviews. An artist and residence programme will connect cultural activists, artists and citizens from Ukraine as well as from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia and Spain.


Idea created on Feb. 3, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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