1 March is the opening date for entries to the Cultural Mosaic of Udmurtia competition, which is designed to promote sociocultural projects from towns and villages. It is open to food, music and landscaping festivals, theatre tours, walking tours, revived arts and crafts, public readings, educational programmes, shows and master classes. Local involvement in the project is a sine qua non requirement for competition entrants. The deadline for entries is 20 March 2020.
The funding for the winners is capped at 500,000 roubles. The winners will receive expert advice and funding and will be eligible for training and study placement with culture centres in other regions.
The competition will take place in the towns of Mozhga and Kambarka, as well as in 25 rural areas. The winners will be selected by an expert panel. A semi-final shortlist will be made public 28 March, and the semi-finalists will be offered a training workshop to improve their projects. The winners will be named 14 April, and the projects are expected to be implemented between May 2020 and February 2021.
An official presentation of the competition as well as an induction workshop for the future entrants will take place in Izhevsk 29 February as part of the NEFORMAT [OFF-FORMAT] culture conference. The event will take place at the Republican House of Folk Art between 10.00 and 13.00.
“Culture has recently and rightly come to be regarded as a major regional growth driver. We believe that it is local communities that are the main driving force of positive change in towns and villages. They are key to launching the processes of transition from ‘survival’ to ‘growth’ in the territories. Cultural Mosaic helps to identify local communities and involve the residents of villages and towns in various projects and initiatives”, said Yelena Konovalova, manager of the Timchenko Foundation’s programmes, in commenting on the launch of the competition.
Cultural Mosaic of Udmurtia is sponsored by the government of the Udmurt Republic and the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. The participating projects will be invited to pass four yearly stages. When fully completed, the program is expected to bring out the potential of sociocultural projects and deliver stable affiliate networks capable not only of supporting but of reviving small communities.
In 2020, Cultural Mosaic of Udmurtia is organized by the UR Ministry of Culture, the UR Ministry of National Policies and the Soobshchestvo [Community] Foundation with support from the Timchenko Foundation.