The Goethe-Instituts successful pilot project Competence Centre for Cultural Managers will be continued in 2011. For the second time, ten professionals from the cultural sector in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and southern Caucasus will take part in the advanced training programme in Germany. Starting in February, each will complete a four-week internship at German cultural institutions such as the German Historical Museum in Berlin, the Cologne network ON-Neue Musik and the Grips-Theater. The participants will conclude the programme by implementing their own project in their home country with the support of the local Goethe-Institut.
Cultural managers in the arts scenes of countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia have many difficulties. They often lack experience, in particular in the field of international cooperation. This is the focus of our programme, explains Katrin Ostwald-Richter, project manager of the advanced training programme Competence Centre for Cultural Managers, which was initiated in 2009 by the Goethe-Institut as a pilot project and will be held for the second time in 2011. The target group is professionals from the cultural sectors from the countries of the former Soviet Union working in governmental and non-governmental cultural institutions or as freelancers. They will be supported in developing up to date structures for international cooperation in the cultural sector, setting up networks and at the same time enhancing their own professional profiles.