Sunday sessions

It’s been raining and it’s a bit cold first thing, so the heating has been turned back on. Over breakfast there is some light discussion about Eurovision and the strange former links of that some countries retain (for example, Lithuania and Georgia). Then it’s down to business. Fairly serious business.

budgets3The morning session is occupied by sharing of practical information required to make individual partnership agreements. Weronika and Agnieszka went through the necessary organisational issues with regard to contracts – whether signing with organisations or signing with individuals to deliver the project work. They explain how the project funds will be distributed, in two stages, and how payments will be released.

They emphasise the need to keep good financial records, making copies of all the receipts, needing to identify what the receipt is for, what budget category it is.

budgetsThere is some discussion of press and publicity, keeping the project co-ordinators informed. They explain how visits will be made to see the projects as they progress, or particular events, and especially for final documentation.

budgets2In relation to work which produces artworks, Borderland recommend using a Creative Commons licence with regard to this work being made. A Creative Commons licence is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use and build upon a work that they have created.

‘CC provides an author flexibility (for example, they might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of their own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author’s work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work.’

More info on that here: and here

The participants then had individual budget sessions for their projects to clarify questions, alongside dedicated one on one sessions with Chris and Willemijn (each getting 45 minute slots). Here’s a short sample from Olha and Valentyna’s discussion with Willemijn about their project, ‘Stories of the New Borderland’ which will collect oral histories and use digital media to create animated stories across the Ukraine-Polish border.

Valentyna: I have crossed this border about 50 times, and it doesn’t take 20 minutes – it can take up to 6 hours, so I have spent a lot of time there on this borderland, so I have got to know the people there quite well. In the project we want to learn how to make the stories interesting, not just facts. So the stories are a source of inspiration.

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