At the ‘Strengthen·ing Culture’ Regional Conference in Pristina (Kosovo) on 21 and 22 September, presentations given by experts from abroad as well as from the Balkans and the local area enabled a broad vision encompassing various points of view of the role of cultural systems for the sustainable development of societies. In addition to plenary sessions, the conference programme encouraged participant interaction through specific workshops on issues such participation in cultural life, the importance of statistics to measure the impact of cultural initiatives, and extending school curricula to include development of the cultural sector and citizenship, among others. There was also a time for networking and putting local cultural operators in direct contact with international colleagues. Held as part of the project ‘Culture for all – phase III’, run by Interarts, Culture Action Europe and ARCS-Arci Cultura e Sviluppo and managed by the Office of the European Union in Kosovo, the conference was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport with collaboration from the National Library of Kosovo. Every evening throughout the conference the participants were able to attend performances at the DAM Festival and Open Air Music Nights Pristina, which were also part of the ‘Culture for all-phase III’ project. A study visit by the representative of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport of Kosovo to performing arts facilities in the Netherlands from 12 to 15 September brought a close to the ‘Culture for all-phase III’ activities last month.

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