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05.06.2008
Launch of ‘Invisible Cities’: Building Capacities for Local Cultural Policy Transformation in Turkey
Cultural policy is a relatively unknown, under-researched but emergent field in Turkey. Previously realised pilot action has shown a prevailing lack of in-depth knowledge and understanding of how cultural policies processes work. The project consortium has identified a serious gap between the capacity and the knowledge in cultural policy and cultural management in Turkey.

Therefore the awareness on the importance of cultural policy development and cultural management and to improve the participation of civil society in every stage of local cultural policy development shall be promoted through this project.

The cultural sector, which to date mainly resides in Istanbul, is weak due to lack of research and accumulation on cultural policy and management. The limited higher education programs on culture, lack of recognition for culture as an economic value, and lack of networking within the country and between Turkey and abroad underline the importance of encouraging collaborative and multidisciplinary projects with regional and/or international dimensions for strengthening the capacity of the cultural sector in the country.

Finally, there are very few materials which exist in Turkey describing the cultural policy framework or offering information about approaches in other countries.

The project consortium will tackle these issues with the following project actions planned until 2010:

Establishment of a Culture Resource Centre (+ Cultural Policy Library) + Trainings for library staff & positioning new established centre in Turkey and abroad;

Publication of Academic Yearbooks/Reviews + 'Handbook Local Cultural Policy Development for Turkish Cities';

Preparation of an Independent Status Report Cultural Policy in Turkey;

Setting up 3 local cultural policy development task-forces in Kars, Canakkale, Antakya and establishing them as information resource point and local action group;

Capacity Building Training Series & realization of local cultural development projects by training participants in Kars, Canakkale, Antakya (learning by doing);

Debates on local cultural policy action in 3 cities resulting in a joint agreed action plan for culture;

Project Closing Conference & Debate: 'A Road Map for Cultural Policy Development in Turkey'
Project Contacts & Info: Philipp Dietachmair, Central Project Manager, ECF – philipp@eurocult.org
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