From July 17th to July 20th, Fortress of Culture welcomed partners of the Connecting Cinemas in Rural Areas project. After numerous online meetings and the first Lounge organized by the German partners in the project - the cinema-cultural center Neue Kammerspiele from Kleinmachnow, it was an opportunity for the partners to see each other live for the first time!
Apart from colleagues from the German cinema and the M2C Institute from Bremen, Šibenik was also visited by partners from KEA European Affairs Brussels from Belgium and Amza Pelle Cinema from Rasnov, Romania. Together with the Romanian partners, the mayor of Rasnov, Livio Butnario and the director of the Brasov History Museum, Nicolae Pepene, also visited us and shared their experiences in the cultural development of their communities.
In addition to two workshops organized by Belgian colleagues at the House of Arts Arsen, we introduced the partners to our other locations: St. Michael's Fortress and Barone Fortress, but also with other historical and cultural sights of Šibenik.
The workshops provided an insight into the initial research related to the project, the achieved and future goals of the project, showed the role of partners and the possibilities of applying everything learned in practice. Based on the SWOT analysis, the answers to the workshop questions provided insight into the relevance of the project, its importance for the local community and the impact and sustainability of the set and achieved goals of the project in the future.
Central event Connecting Cinemas Lounge was held at saturday's film screening at Barone Fortress. Partners also had the opportunity to see the impressive ballet-dance performance "Flaming Water" which opened the 10th edition of the Šibenik Dance Festival on St. Michael's Fortress.
Judging by the reactions of the project partners, this is just the beginning of a successful collaboration in the future!