Cluster Namibia comprises Alliance Franqaise, British Council, Camoes In stitute represented by Diogo Cao Language Centre, Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, Goethe Zentrum Windhoek as well as the Embassies of Finland and Spain.
Organisers : EUNIC
Brussels/Consociatio Institutorum Culturalium Europaerum inter Belgas (CICEB), UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, European Older People's Platform - AGE, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
EUNIC aims at establishing partnerships and networks amongst the European cultural institutes in different countries around the world.
The main objective of EUNIC in Lebanon is to improve the coordination between European Cultural centers, start new initiatives, organize joint activities and events, and respond collectively to European open calls for proposals in order to generate additional funding.
The members of the Lebanese cluster of EUNIC are - The British Council, the Goethe-Institut, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Instituto Cervantes, the Danish Cultural Institute, the Institut franA'ais du Liban and the Serbian Embassy as associate member.
During the Romanian presidency, the Romanian Embassy to Beirut and the Romanian Cultural Institute together with the EUNIC partner institutes organized many cultural projects in Lebanon as well as contributed to the development of European projects in the Middle East and North Africa region.
In 2011 more than a 1,000 people turned out over the weekend of 14-15 May to attend the launching event of the EUNIC in Lebanon in Beirut's Sanayeh gardens.
Moreover, among the EUNIC projects of 2011 and 2012 was "FA'te de la musique", a project coordinated by Institut franA'ais, promoting culture through music on June 21st in Beirut as well as in various Lebanese cities.
EUNIC is not orientated primarily toward the environment, but "the EU as a world leader on environmental matters felt that it was important to have their launch on the very important issue of the environment," said Wael Hamidan, IndyAct executive director.
Originally agreed upon in January, EUNIC intends to launch a string of other events in the near future, including "European Culture Day," which will promote foreign language training.
With the cluster [launch] we hope to facilitate action and cooperation in the cultural field between Lebanon and the EU; we would also be interested in reflecting European culture in the Lebanese cultural arena," said Romanian cultural attache and EUNIC Lebanon president, Dan Stoenescu.