Nataša is a new civil society initiative of a number of cultural NGOs working in the Eastern Partnership countries and the European Union. The initiative is based on a set of already existing connections among this group of independent cultural organizations. For the past years these NGOs have been collaborating in the framework of numerous local arts projects, programmes for cross-border cooperation and capacity building as well as cultural policy reform initiatives in the Eastern Partnership context. During the recent Culture for the Eastern Partnership Congress inLublin(www.epccongress.eu) a working group of key players from this field decided to further consolidate their informally established ties by forming a more structured but nevertheless open collaboration platform.
Nataša is not operating as a formal membership-based network or club of professionals. It rather stands for an open platform of like-minded cultural initiatives and individual cultural actors who intend to further connect their deep involvement in other Eastern Partnership culture projects, programmes and networks. Right from the beginning the new platform reaches out to most of the regional projects co-funded by the EU Eastern Partnership Culture Programme (www.euroeastculture.eu), the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (Subgroup Culture) (www.eap-csf.eu), the alumni network of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Programme (www.cultural-managers.net), the Ukraine Culture Network (www.kultura.org.ua), the participants network of the Tandem Cultural Managers Exchange (www.tandemexchange.eu) of MitOst and the European Cultural Foundation, etc. The new civil society platform is open to everybody interested in cultural collaboration across the Eastern Partnership. The platform’s informal, non-representative and non-bureaucratic character is underlined by branding it with the name Nataša.