Cultural Entrepreneurship - cooperation with Romania
The National Association of Public Librarians and Libraries in Romania - ANBPR and EVRIS Foundation Iceland participated in a mobility exchange experience, bilateral meetings and visits in Reykjavik between 10-15 of December 2018 in the context of Funding for Bilateral Relationships PA14 - Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Exchange 2014-2021.
On the occasion of this bilateral intervention, a series of dissemination meetings of cultural ideas and best practices took place, during which partners from Romania and Iceland identified the common areas of interest in the perspective of developing partnership projects in the current EEA Grants programming period.
In the coming days, the Romanian experts were invited, The program of bilateral intervention consisted i.e. of visits to the Reykjavik City Library, followed by a visit to the National and University Library of Iceland, where the members of the partners consortium met the Head of the Library and also representatives of "Information", the Icelandic Library and Information Science Association. the organisation representatives. Other points of interest of this mobility were the visit of the expert group to the "Art for All" initiative, cultural project for children under the auspice of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Iceland, the Spongin Branch of the Reykjavik City Library, to Kopavogur Public Library and to Perlan, Cultural House. The group also met Mr. Ævar Þór Benediktsson author and cultural entrepreneur who has received many awards for his projects of increasing literacy and interests for reading among children.
EVRIS Foundation representatives were glad to discover that Romanian experts from ANBPR have a good project experience, they well know the challenges of the cultural work environment and are interested in getting involved both as Applicant and as a Partner in the development of projects with external financing.
We were pleasantly surprised to see that in Romania there is a huge potential for generating creative ideas and we are optimistic about the possibility of developing future joint projects in the field of cultural entrepreneurship and related.
Starting from the findings of the current mobility in Iceland, both teams of experts from the two countries expressed their interest in exploring the possibilities of collaboration in the field of cultural projects and in investigating the deeper links between cultural activity and business vision, with the participation of public libraries and cultural NGOs from Romania and Iceland.