December 08, 2017
On December 8, 2017, IDeA Foundation revealed the results of the Dilijan Intercultural Exchange Project and the concept of the Dilijan Digital Archive at a special event held at UWC Dilijan.
The Dilijan Intercultural Exchange was conducted as part of the Civil Society Cooperation programme funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, with the support of Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation.
The Dilijan Intercultural Exchange project complements IDeA Foundation’s extensive urban regeneration program and reflects its commitment to develop the local community, promote cultural dialogue and support initiatives aimed at enhancing the role of Dilijan as an educational and cultural hub of Armenia.
IDeA Foundation has a special focus on the development of the region, and is transforming Dilijan into a world-class educational, cultural, tourist, health and recreation center.
The Dilijan Intercultural Exchange project builds on the German-Armenian cultural and educational networks that have existed over the course of the 20th century. In the 1960-70s, Dilijan was well-known as an international artists’ retreat hosting German architects, writers, filmmakers, and musicians.
The 4-week workshop in Dilijan was conducted by experts from Armenia and Germany to delve into Dilijan’s past and discover new and interesting historical knowledge, showing the city from a new perspective to a broader audience. The findings and results of the workshop were presented at UWC Dilijan College to the Dilijan community, NGOs representatives, diplomatic corps, and international organizations.
“IDeA Foundation is an open platform of engagement partners, local community and international stakeholders and the Dilijan Intercultural Exchange project is a very good example of productive dialogue between these three in the creation of sustainable programs that will have a long-term socio-economic impact on Dilijan and adjacent communities”, said Rafi Baghdjian, CEO of IDeA Foundation.
The second stream of the Dilijan Intercultural Exchange project will represent the Armenian chapter of the Global Resonances exhibition at the Project partner’s premises – the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin. A unique selection of the artworks and investigations produced at the Dilijan Arts Observatory, a pilot interdisciplinary research project launched as part of the Dilijan Arts Initiative complex program which brought together artists from 15 countries to Dilijan, will be included in the collection of exhibits together with important archival material from Dilijan.