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The Pacific Community Announces Winners of the ACP-EU Culture Programme

During a press conference held on April 16, 2024, the Pacific Community announced the 12 winners of the 3rd call for projects of the ACP-EU Culture Programme “Enhancing Capacity for the sustainability of the Cultural and Creative Industries in the Pacific” (CCIP), bringing the total number of grants awarded by the regional office to 20.

For the occasion, the beneficiary cultural organisations gathered in Suva, Fiji to present the purpose and significance of their respective projects.

Miles Young, as Director of the Human Rights and Social Development (HRSD) Division of the SPC, emphasised the continuous support of the European Union (EU) as the main dedicated source of funding for cultural and creative industries in the region.

The ACP-EU CCIP project aims to increase the contributions of cultural and creative sectors to economic revenue, commercial engagement, and recognition within national economies. It also provides financial support, technical advice, mentoring, and capacity-building programs to artists and cultural producers throughout the Pacific region.

Pedro Velasquez, Head of Section for Civil Society, Gender, Human Rights and Health at the European Union Delegation for the Pacific, acknowledged the importance of culture in development, highlighting its role in job creation and identity reinforcement.

Dr. Frances Vaka’uta, Team Leader for Culture for Development in the HRSD Division of the SPC, noted the significant interest in the grant program, despite the challenges faced by many applicants in terms of eligibility and presentation of comprehensive and feasible projects.

To date, the twenty projects funded under the ACP-EU CCIP programme represent a total commitment of approximately 1.4 million euros, distributed across six of the 15 ACP Pacific countries. The selected projects align with national development priorities and the Pacific Regional Culture Strategy.

The ACP-EU Program (Pacific) is funded by the European Union and the Secretariat of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), and is implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology.

 

 

Photo Credit: The Pacific Community

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