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The European Union supports systemic changes for developing self-employment opportunities in the creative industry

January 16, 2018

Teaching folk craftsmen to promote their products, providing them with the proper tools for interaction with the global platforms selling craft products, and initiating workshops for exchange of experience and folk crafts training in Ukraine and Belarus – these important tasks will be in the focus of the cross-border grant project, recently launched with the financial support of the European Union. The project is being implemented by the NGO "Ukrainian Center for Intellectual Development" jointly with other Belarusian and Ukrainian partners.

One of the main tasks of the project is to help folk craftsmen enter the international market while searching for customers and selling their products around the world. In addition, educational hubs will be created where everyone interested will have an opportunity to learn and adopt the experience of specialists in the region’s traditional crafts.

“The Polesie region has its unique traditions of carving, stone craft, blacksmithing, coopering, as well as specific features of weaving, embroidery, tailoring of leather items, wickerwork. Considering the uniqueness of patterns and technologies, these products stand a good chance to occupy a new, as of yet almost empty, niche in the world market. In the future, this experience may be used as an example for other regions” – admits Mr Anton Plaskun, regional development expert of NGO "Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives "Svet ".

Visit the EaPTC website to learn more about the Belarus-Ukraine Territorial Cooperation Programme.

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