CRISP - Project


Cultural Diplomacy to Counter Disinformation

Participants from Eastern Partnership countries united at the international conference for strengthening their efforts in dealing with disinformation with the means of culture.

Quick facts
DURATION02.09.2022 - 05.09.2022
LOCATIONSBerlin, Germany
PARTICIPANTSMore than 60 professionals in field of cultural projects and cultural diplomacy from Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Aterbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).


Project Goals

Cultural Diplomacy is not only considered as a soft power that can help the countries to build communication and establish partnerships, visibility and release touristic potential. From a long-term perspective, cultural diplomacy strategy can help countries tackle fake news and disinformation in different propagandistic sources.

What is meant by cultural diplomacy?
How can diplomacy counter disinformation?
How should countries help the voice of the truth to sound louder with the help of cultural heritage and diplomacy?
Can culture be the speaking trumpet of the propaganda? How to avoid it?

To discuss these questions and to share the best practices we invited to Berlin over the 60 participants from Eastern Partnership countries. 
The program included lectures, workshops, and panel discussions. 

Participants had a chance to develop and pitch their own cultural projects in order to use culture as a soft power to promote and increase democracy, liberal values and international collaboration. 

Target Group

Professionals in the field of cultural diplomacy from countries of Eastern Partnership

  • September 2

Launch event / Pre-event

18:00 – 18:10 – Greeting from CRISP e.V.
                             Kateryna Pavlova, Project Coordinator and Andreas Muckenfuß, Director
18:10 – 18:20 – Greeting from European Academy Berlin
                             Dr. Weronika Priesmeyer-Tkocz, Acting Deputy Director
18:20 – 18:30 – Greeting from Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Department 601
18:30 – 19:00 – Key note speech “How we decolonize cinematography”
                             Olesia Nogina, Creative Producer Ffilms Studio (Ukraine)
19:00 - 20:00 - Exchange and drink

Address: GLS Sprachenschule, Kastanienallee 82, 10435 Berlin

  • September 3

10:00 - 10:30 – Opening
Kateryna Pavlova, CRISP e.V.
Julia Luther, Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Department 601
Markus Priesterath, Federal Ministry of the Interiors of Germany, Division HIII5, Volunteering and Civil Society
Headliner: Valeria Shashenok, photographer, author of "Things that just make sense in a bomb shelter"
10:30-11:30 – Keynote speech “How disinformation influences the image of countries and individuals as well as actors of CuDi? Interrelation of cultural diplomacy and disinformation”
Alim Aliev, Ukrainian Institute
11:45-13:15 – Podium discussion “Tracks of diplomacy and arts of cultural interaction: cultural diplomacy vs cultural relations vs cultural activism”
Rusanda Alexandru Curca, Chair of Coalition of the Independent Cultural Sector of the Republic of Moldova
Emin Milli, Co-founder and chairman of Restart Initiative, Azerbaijan
Yaroslav Minkin, Chair of Youth NGO STAN, Ukraine
Maia Nukri Tabidze, anthropologist and activist, Georgia
Moderation: Florian Dunkel, Director of CRISP e.V.

14:45-16:15 – Interactive workshop “How to bring your heritage back in the public understanding”
Trainer: Mari Gabunia, Education Researcher 
16:30-18:00 – Podium discussion “Shaping the country image together. How to not be this annoying person always correcting the information about your country”
Iryna Minkovska, Chair of the Educational Center for teachers, parents and children "Me and my School", co-author of the reform conception "New Ukrainian school"
David (Data) Chigholashvili, Curator, researcher. Works at the intersection of anthropology and contemporary art
Moderation: Kateryna Pavlova, CRISP e.V.

20:00 – open end: Evening program, informal communication

  • September 4

08:00 - Free choice: early excursion in Berlin “Ukrainians in Berlin in 1920-ies and today”,
Oleksandra Bienert, Historian, Member of Board of CineMova e.V.
10:15 - 10:45 - Recap of day 1, Presenting the award program and criteria for selection
11:00 - 12:00 - Initiatives of EaP countries in Germany and dealing with disinformation
Katja Rumiantseva, RAZAM
Nataliya Pryhornytska, IWEK e.V. / Allianz Ukrinischer Organisationen
Moderation: Anastasiia Halyko, CRISP e.V.

13:00 - 16:30 - Free choice of sessions
Simulation game “CuDi”

Anastasiia Halyko, CRISP e.V.
Lena Hines, CRISP e.V.
Theory of Change
Anastasiia Klonova - Growth & Strategic Partnerships Manager Beetroot Academy
Felix Schartner Giertta - Process lead Norden Association

17:00 - 18:30 - Developing common ideas and preparing the pitches

  • September 5

10:00 – 10:15 – Recap of Day 2
10:15 – 10:30 – Key note speech Hannah Brennhäußer, Goethe Institute
10:30 - 11:00 - Presenting the project pitches
11:30 - 12:30 - Award and closing ceremony



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