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Northern Dimension in 2030 – How to grasp the opportunities and fight the challenges?

The second Northern Dimension Day took place in Stockholm, Sweden, back‐to‐back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy…

New NDPC Newsletter available

Newsletter from Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture has been published.

Main topics:
NDPC Steering Committe approves support to the Latvian project – Creativity week radi! (create!) 2017;
The NDPC International Forum;
NDPC Steering Committee Meeting within EUSBSR 8th Annual Forum;
Culturability workshop in Riga;
NDPC project approved for Interreg BSR Seed Money Funding;
CCI events in the region;
PA Culture project development workshop;
Arctic Arts Summit 2017;
6th annual meeting "Baltic Sea region: from planning to common actions";
New study "Crowdfunding: Reshaping the crowd's engagement in culture";
The new ARS BALTICA Baltic Sea Region Cultural Mobility Funding Guide;
And more...

Read the NDPC Newsletter here.

Supporting the promotion and development of transnational thematic tourism products linked to cultural and creative industries

COS-TOURCCI-2017-3-03: Supporting the promotion and development of transnational thematic tourism products linked to cultural and creative industries

This call for proposals aims at co-funding projects developing and promoting transnational tourism products related specifically to the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) subsector 'cultural heritage'. A particular focus is being placed on using CCIs-related technologies in promoting these tourism products and enhancing visitor's experience.

Eligibility of applicants

Applicants must be legal entities and must correspond to the definition of at least one of the target organisations mentioned in section 6 of the call that are active in the field of tourism, cultural and creative industry (CCIs). Applicants must also be fully or partly public or private bodies; private bodies must be properly constituted and registered under national law.

Only applications from legal entities established in the following countries are eligible:

  • EU Member
  • States countries participating in the COSME programme pursuant to Article 6 of the COSME Regulation

The consortium must gather a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 members/partners—different legal entities—covering at least 4 eligible countries.

The consortium must be composed of at least:

  • a) one managing authority of a UNESCO cultural site included in the World Heritage list
  • b) one SME—Small and Medium-Sized enterprise—acting in the tourism or the CCIs subsector cultural heritage
  • c) one national or regional or local public authority

For more details, please consult the text of the call available at EASME website.

Submission of proposals

The deadline for electronic submission is 29 June 2017 17.00 hours (Brussels time).

For more information see EASME website.

Cross-country report "Mapping exercise: How could creative industries foster innovation in tourism in the Northern Dimension area?”

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture launches a new report, exploring the CCS/CCI and tourism linkage challenges. "Mapping exercise: How could creative industries foster innovation in tourism in the Northern Dimension area?" explores creative industries and tourism linkage challenges in the Northern Dimension area. It is financially supported by the European Commission and developed by PROMAN for the NDPC. The cross-country report is supplemented by reports from 11 Northern Dimension countries on the development of their CCS/CCIs and tourism sector.

The aim of the report was to investigate the ecosystem and good practice examples of creative industries and tourism sector cooperation in the Northern Dimension countries, as well as to provide evidence and guidance on further action needed in order to accelerate innovation potential that creative industries could bring to tourism development.

The report demonstrates that there is already a substantial level of engagement between both sectors in the Northern Dimension countries. However, there is a room for improvement, since many CCS/CCI – tourism sector cooperation possibilities in ND countries are ‘under-utilised’ and require intervention, although there is no classic ‘market failure’. A list of recommendations drawn from the report suggests a variety of steps to be taken and opportunities that would arise from a targeted and thought-out CCS/CCIs and tourism sector co-creation.

NDPC expects that this report will lay foundations for a more productive dialogue and introduction of concreate measures to provide a further fruitful interaction between both sectors in the Northern Dimension area.

Cross-country report "Mapping exercise: How could creative industries foster innovation in tourism in the Northern Dimension area?Download the report here

Towards cross-overs between cultural and creative industries and other sectors

Ilze Gailite-Holmberg (Senior Adviser of ND Partnership on Culture), what does the future look like in cultural and creative industries in the Northern Dimension area by 2030?

Photo:  Senior Adiser Gailite-Holmberg with Northern Dimension Business Council member Pavel Isayev during ND Day.

ND Partnership on Culture Newsletter is published

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture newsletter shares memories from autumn's events, including the international NDPC Cultural Forum and ND Senior Officials' meeting.

Read the full newsletter on NDPC website.

FORUM D’AVIGNON RUHR 2016 "CREATIVITY: RAW MATERIAL, RESOURCE, FUTURE"

Artists and creative minds, politicians, entrepreneurs and scientists from throughout Europe attended the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr 2016 in August to discuss creativity as an ever-present ray of hope and its potential for more traditional areas of large-scale industry, the new digital economy and ultimately for culture itself.

The forum documentation, presentations and photographs have now been published. Please dowload the presentation on this link.

Why is the Number of Finno-Ugric Peoples Decreasing?

According to the census, there are 9,614 “other” Finno-Ugric people living in Estonia: Erzyas, Mokshas, Udmurts, Komis, Karelians, Maris, Hungarians, Finns, Ingrians, and many others. Overall, there are around 25 million Finno-Ugrians in the world. Still, the number of those who speak Finno-Ugric languages keeps declining, says doctor Natalia Abrosimova of the Tallinn University School of Humanities. The main problem among the Finno-Ugric people in Russia is the lack of language policies and nation states in the area.

Read more about the study of Dr. Abrosimova on Tallinn University website.

Nordic Culture Point Culture and Art Programme 2017

The Culture and Art Programme supports Nordic cooperation within art and culture. The general aim is to provide support to innovative projects of high artistic and cultural merit, that promote a multifaceted and sustainable Nordic region.

The programme grants funding to projects within all areas of art and culture, in all project phases. You can apply for funding for projects that invest in cultural and artistic productions and creative work and to arrange and implement projects that build knowledge within the field of art and culture.

Application deadlines

03.02.2017 - 06.03.2017

18.08.2017 - 20.09.2017

Read more on the Nordic Culture Point website.

Nordic Culture Point Mobility Funding for 2017

Mobility Funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance cultural and artistic collaboration in the Nordic and Baltic countries by supporting traveling, networking and residential activities.

Mobility Funding is granted for travels and stays within the Nordic region and the Baltic states. It provides individuals and small groups with access to contacts and sources of inspiration, skills and knowledge in different parts of the region. It also provides an opportunity to present artistic and cultural productions and increase interest in Nordic and Baltic arts and culture.

Application deadlines:

12.01.2017 - 13.02.2017

03.03.2017 - 06.04.2017

21.07.2017 - 22.08.2017

22.09.2017 - 23.10.2017

Read more on the Nordic Culture Point website.

Publication: "Interventions" visualizes environmental change through photography

Global environmental change calls urgently for new perspectives, practices and fresh imaginations. The book Interventions explores new possibilities for visualizing environmental change and introduces innovative ways for communicating environmental change and raising public awareness on environmental issues.

The book was launched on November 26, 2016 at the Oulanka Research Station in Kuusamo, Finland, coinciding with the 50-year anniversary of the station.

Read more on UArctic website.

Vote for your favourite CreatiFI innovative company

Which CreatiFI funded project will win the Audience Award?

You will find all eligible companies and more information regarding their innovative products here. The contest closes on November 30.

CreatiFI, a FIWARE accelerator, reached out to creative individuals, web entrepreneurs and SMEs to experiment with open source technology in order to build innovative products and services to increase the efficiency of and collaboration with other creative professionals and to boost the competitiveness of the Creative Industries in Europe.

The goal of CreatiFI was to be a catalyst in resolving the existing paradox in the relationship between European Creative Industries and ICT, characterised by their dependency on ICT for sustainability on the one hand, and by a significant current gap in ICT-readiness on the other. In order to do this, CreatiFI’s aim was to introduce FIWARE to all corners of the Creative Industries, by supporting and accelerating between 60 and 90 entrepreneurs into developing innovative tools and services for the Creative Industries, and by creating viable (new) players in this area. Finally, besides this direct impact, CreatiFI also actively promoted the further diffusion of FIWARE based ICT into Creative Industries by offering these together in established, sector specific marketplaces. The result of this being a ubiquitous availability of these tools under clear licensing conditions.

The Creative Ringhas been incubated and sprouted from the CreatiFI project.

Forecast Open Call: An International Platform for Pioneering Ideas

Forecast encourages interdisciplinary exchange and public discussion on the ideas of the future. From October 1 to November 30, 2016, creative minds from anywhere in the world working in various disciplines may submit their proposals. Of these concepts, Forecast will invite 30 applicants to discuss their ideas and present them to the public at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) during the Forecast Forum from March 27 to April 1, 2017. At the end of the Forecast Forum, each of the six mentors will select one concept to accompany to its realization. The outcomes of these collaborations will be presented October 16–21, 2017, at the Forecast Festival at the HKW.

The call for proposals for Forecast’s second edition has just started. Until November 30, pioneers from anywhere in the world working in various disciplines may submit their project ideas. Selected participants will have the chance to work with accomplished mentors toward bringing their projects to fruition, and to present them to the public.

Following its first edition in 2015–16, Forecast has sought out curator Hou Hanru (CHN), designer Heather Martin (GB), video artist Bjørn Melhus (DE/NOR), architect Philippe Rahm (CH), choreographer Richard Siegal (USA), and composer Jennifer Walshe (IRL) as this edition’s mentors.

Please visit the Forecast website for details.

Slush Music brings music industry and tech together

Along with the Slush community of tech-heads and investors, Slush Music will help the music industry entrepreneurs forward more extensively than ever.

The two day program will feature keynotes, fireside chats, roundtable discussions, fierce duels, and networking.

Read more on the Slush Music website.

Slush startup and tech event is the largest in Nordics and takes place on Nov 20th-Dec 1st in Helsinki, Finland.

Arctic Design Week Open Call

Arctic Design Week is the world’s northernmost design week. Theme for the week is Arctic Transition - how we improve living and business, and how prepare for change in the Arctic. The intention of the week is to bring together creative Arctic know-how, help companies to understand the value of design in business and to enhance living in the Arctic sustainably using design. Arctic Design Week is a platform to tell stories, introduce Arctic know-how and create and try out new concepts.

Now you can apply for the programme through the open call. The open call for programme entries is open until Nov 11.
 

Helsinki the first to chair international design network

Finland has been elected as the first country to preside the World Design Weeks network. The first president is Helsinki Design Week founder and director Kari Korkman.​

Finland assumes a greater role within international design field after being elected as the first country to preside the World Design Weeks network. Consisting of 50 design and urban festivals around the world, the network forms a considerable consortium of design week festivals.

The objective of the World Design Weeks is to promote collaboration in the design field, to support product development, and to develop the economy of creative fields. It provides networking and support to both the design field and the fields that utilize design. Founding members include nine design week festivals on three continents: Soul, Tokio, Beijing, Toronto, San Francisco, Mexico, Barcelona, Eindhoven and Helsinki.

Design weeks have developed into local hubs of the creative fields. They connect growth metropolises’ creative urban festivals and their partners, such as academies and companies representing the design industry. Design weeks are being founded at an accelerating pace on all continents.

Read more on the Helsinki Design Week website

Transnational Destination Branding for the Baltic Sea Region

EUSBSR Policy Area Tourism has initiated a discussion paper series. It aims at improving the dialogue and exchange between tourism stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region, particularly those who are actively engaged or interested in transnational cooperation in tourism matters.

The first paper “Transnational Destination Branding for the BSR – Political Aspiration and Practical Application” is the first tangible result of strategic discussions within the Steering Group concerning the potential for joint actions. The paper discusses the reasons for transnational branding of the Baltic Sea Region and analyses the preconditions for such activities.

Download the full paper on EUSBSR website.

Call for proposals: strategy for the international branding and positioning of the Nordic Region

To implement the strategy for the international branding and positioning of the Nordic Region, internal and external stakeholders in Nordic co-operation are invited to apply for funding for Nordic projects and partnerships that seek to strengthen the Nordic brand internationally.

The Secretariat to the Nordic Council of Ministers was tasked by the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation with developing a strategy for the international branding and positioning of the Nordic Region (branding project). As part of the implementation of this strategy, both internal and external stakeholders in Nordic co-operation are now invited to apply for funding for Nordic projects and partnerships that seek to strengthen the Nordic brand internationally.

Read more on the Nordic Council website.

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Newsletter published

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) newsletter includes news about NDPC Annual forum, new identity and website development together with Demola Latvia and lots of interesting information about events and funding for Cultural and Creative Industries.

The newsletter can be downloaded on this link.

NDPC Annual Forum will take place in St Petersburg November 29-30

The main event of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture - the NDPC annual Forum in St. Petersburg in 2016 will take place in St. Petersburg November 29-30. The Forum will address the theme  “Culture as a Factor of Growth”, focusing on the synergies of culture and creative industries (CCIs) and tourism. Special emphasis will be given to gastronomic tourism, innovation in museums and creative clusters.

Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture: Network funding available

Network funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance cultural and artistic collaboration in the Nordic and Baltic countries by funding travel, networking and residential visits.

The idea behind funding networking activities is to make it possible for people in the arts and culture in the Nordic and Baltic countries to work together, forge partnerships and learn from each other. Two different types of funding are available: short-term network funding and long-term network funding.

Application deadlines

19.01.2017 - 21.02.2017

28.08.2017 - 28.09.2017

Read more on the Norden website.

Boosting the competitiveness of Cultural and Creative Industries for growth and jobs

The recent study: Boosting the competitiveness of cultural and creative industries for jobs and growth shows that Cultural and creative industries (CCIs) employ more than 12 million people in the EU, which is 7.5% of all persons employed in the total economy.

Read more and download the study from Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture website.

A Briefing Note "Culture in EU development policies and external action" published

A Joint Communication by the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission titled “Towards an EU Strategy for international cultural relations” was published on 8 June 2016 and will be discussed by the Council of the EU in autumn 2016.

Read more from the viewpoint of Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture: http://www.ndpculture.org/blog/culture-in-eu-development-policies-and-external-action

EU Design Days in Brussels 20-22.9.2016

EU Design Days will be organized in Brussels in September 20-22th 2016. The event will be focusing in following themes: design as a strategic tool to support regional development, design to be used for a circular economy, urban production and design, and design thinking for public sector innovation and regional development.

Also, there is a workshop which considers how design thinking could be applied when co-creating new approaches with and for young people experiencing mental illness. In addition, one of the topics is how the use of design for innovation and growth in Europe could be increased.

Location of the event: BWM Brand Store Brussels, Boulevard de Waterloo 23-24, 1000, Brussels.

Find the registration and more information about the event from EU Design Days website.

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