Interakcia’s Projects at the Exhibitions Right in the Centre of Minsk

The exhibition called Faces of the Projects tells about twenty-eight initiatives supported by the European Union in Belarus. Staged in the open air in very central Gorky Park, from July 1 until July 21, the exhibition invites Minsk residents and tourists alike to have a look on particular persons who are improving Belarus thanks to the cooperation with the European Union. Three projects run by Interakcia Foundation are on display in Gorky Park.
The very versatile exhibition reflects many directions and fields where the EU has been cooperating with Belarusian non-state actors and authorities: environmental protection, energy efficiency, rural territories development, gender equality, assistance to hospice patients, science and education, and many more.
The European Union provides annualy around 20 million euro for various cooperation programs with Belarus; the EU is the largest contributor to the cooperation programs with Belarus.
The exhibition is not only about showpieces, it does not just boast achievements. It also presents personal stories of those who reached success or bettered their cities or villages in the course of the initiatives funded by the EU.
For instance, schoolteacher Maria Fedorova and her students Anzhela Svilenok and Karina Myadelets learned how to detect detrimental chemical elements contaminating water through compact chemical laboratories. Thee and almost 400 other adult activists and school students have been participating in the project Small Rivers – Big Challenges.  
Another story is told by Andrei Borovik, City of Polotsk Senior Architect, who represents the project that will bring a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan to Polotsk. Thanks to the project, he could discover the cutting-edge approaches used in the EU to deal with transportation problems. In February, this year, Andrei Borovik and other officials as well as experts, entrepreneurs and journalists from Polotsk had a study trip to the German city Dresden, which is one of the last year finalists of a European contest for the most mobile cities.
The third project of Interakcia Foundation that can be viewed at the exhibition in Gorky Park concerns photography. The initiative called Say Cheese! gave hundreds of photographers from the Eastern Partnership countries perfect opportunities to expand their professional networks, attend several photo plein airs, seminars and portfolio reviews, and even take a course in the online photo school of the Eastern Partnership! Dozens of these photographers gained new job offers and obtained prestigious European professional qualifications. Irina Dainakova from Belarus is one of such photographers. Her series of photographs "Children in Sport" was ranked second at the Sony World Photography Awards 2015 Professional.
The exhibition Faces of the Projects («Проекты в лицах») is open in Minsk until July 21; then it will go on a tour around five Belarusian cities: Vitebsk (July 23 – August 11), Mogilev (August 13 – September 1), Gomel (September 3-22), Brest (September 24 – October 13), Grodno (October 15 – November 3). 

12 July 2015 

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