6 countries have signed the Agreement on the Establishment of the Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). The official signing ceremony between the governments of the Republic of Finland, the Republic of Latvia, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Sweden was held on 28 May at the Ministry of Culture of Latvia.
NDPC focuses on improving operational conditions for cultural and creative industries, bridging the gap between various sources of funding and strengthening cooperation between project owners, business communities, the public sector and international institutions throughout Northern Europe, and facilitates state, regional and private funding attraction for the implementation of significant cultural and creative industries projects in Finland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.
Source: NDPC website. Photos from the signing ceremony can be found at the NDPC website.
OPEN CALL: REFINERY 2018-2019
Refinery of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Products in the Northern Dimension Area
The project is looking for participants from the field of tourism and creative industry to develop sustainable cultural tourism products and services
Application deadline 25.5.2018
Open to applicants from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Lithuania and Germany
WHAT IS REFINERY?
The project enhances the collaboration between the tourism and creative industries within the Barents and Baltic Sea regions. The main target is to create sustainable cultural tourism products and services to each participating region. The project brings professionals from the creative field and from the tourism sector together and organizes service design workshops where participants create new ideas for products and services together.
The set of three service design workshops includes the basic knowledge of service design, its concepts and methods. The approach is practical. Participants develop ideas and make “fast and dirty” service prototypes together. Workshops are led by facilitator and service designer Elisa Lahti MA (Master of Art and Design). She has several years of experience from various workshops, including service design, product development and professional identification.
Information letters to the selected participants 8/18-9/18
1. Workshop Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia 10/18
2. Workshop Vilnius, Lithuania 12/18
3. Workshop Rovaniemi, Finland 2/19 or 6/19
Final task for participants 9/19
Participants provide a description of developed/tested services/products 11/19
WHO CAN APPLY
Professionals from the creative field and from the tourism sector, individuals or organisations, with an idea or pilot project and strong interest to develop new products or services to the field of cultural tourism from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Lithuania and Germany.
HOW TO APPLY
Participants can apply with an informal application letter with the brief description of the service/product they are willing to develop during the project. Maximum length 1 A4.
Send the application with a title “Refinery application” by 25th May to Refinery –project assistant ninni.korkalo(at)gmail.com
The project will offer three moderated workshops (Petrozavodsk, Vilnius and Rovaniemi) and provide participants with meals (mainly lunches and coffees) and accommodation during their stay in above mentioned cities. Project budget does not allow for a daily allowances or airport transfers but you can contact our project team about travel costs reimbursement.
Project is supported by Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and operated by Ministry of Education and Culture, Arts Promotion Centre Finland in co-operation with regional cultural authorities.
Call announcement (PDF)
Ninni Korkalo, Cross-Art Collective Piste, +358408312314, ninni.korkalo(at)gmail.com
Katja (Ekaterina) Rakkolainen, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, +358295330853, katja.rakkolainen(at)taike.fi
Call for projects that put culture at the heart of Baltic Sea cooperation and empower the future-builders of the region: Call open from 15 February – 31 March 2018
Regional Identity is a long-term priority of CBSS aiming to develop and foster the concept of a belonging to the Baltic Sea Region through engagement, dialogue, people-to-people contacts, networks and multilevel governance. We would like to see projects that focus on either one or all of the following: culture, education, children and youth.
Projects for, with and by children and young people are highly valued. The projects shall aim to strengthen children and young people’s influence and participation in organisational, cultural, and educational settings (international labor and student mobility, improved common education and labor market) and to strengthen a sense of “we-feeling” in the Baltic Sea Region.
Cultural co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region has many facets and we welcome projects driven by the highest artistic quality, as well as where culture is used as a force to build bridges across borders, as well as social and political differences. The declaration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 offers a fantastic opportunity to focus on Baltic Sea Region cultural heritage. Looking at our common history fosters mutual understanding and is an important prerequisite for jointly tackling the challenges the Baltic Sea Region faces today.
What are the platforms for cooperation on education in the Baltic Sea Region in the future? CBSS has for years devoted attention to higher education, with projects within this field still remaining of high interests. We also welcome projects in other fields within education and projects that address the need for a strategic approach toward education in the region.
To qualify for funding, projects must also reflect dimensions of sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Projects supported should provide space for both professionals as well as ordinary citizens to get involved and make their voices heard. Respect for the inviolability of human dignity – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability is implicit and every project should take gender mainstreaming into consideration.
Project Support Facility (PSF) in brief:
- The projects should be transnational in character and aim to have a sustainable outcome.
- The maximum amount of co-financing granted is 65 000 euros.
- The project proposals may be initiated by individuals, groups, organisations, institutions, associations and companies in the CBSS Member states, as well as CBSS Expert Groups and CBSS Networks.
- The granted projects should have the potential to become a basis for a network, partnership or cooperation model that would become viable beyond the duration of the project life itself.
Apply by 31 March 2018
Read more at: www.cbss.org
IV Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Forum
New cultural routes and sustainable development - from theory to practice
IV International NDPC Forum is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation along with the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture on 18 November 2017 traditionally in St. Petersburg under the auspices of the VI St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.
The Forum as during the previous years is dedicated to development of the “Northern Dimension” region through means of culture. However, if in the focus of last year's discussion there were basically all sectors of the creative and cultural industries, this time the Forum will mainly focus on the cultural tourism, and this choice is not random.
In the context of globalization cultural tourism is seen as an effective tool for managing intercultural dialogue and social partnerships, a mechanism for the region inclusion into the world cultural markets - in other words, there are reasonably high expectations for this sector as a booster for territorial development.
What makes a project sustainable? How can various creative initiatives contribute to the sector development and sustainable growth? How to go global? How to influence local cultural policies? Or, perhaps, it is high time to take active part in their design? All these questions will be covered within The Forum discussions.
Having gained and analysed data of previous Forums, we are passing to the important step from the overview and defining basic terms of CCI to practical solutions. The Forum aims to figure out new vectors for the development of the region, identify tools and methods of cultural project design using the example of relevant regional and international cases, outline a new agenda for the development of the creative tourism in the region and the ways the sector can contribute to efficient cultural policy making.
The first plenary session, aiming at overviewing the region in the whole, will focus on projects that have potential to shape new cultural routes and unite various cities and districts through common projects. The mechanisms of interaction between all participants of this sector, and tools to make local product competitive both locally and internationally.
The second plenary session is dedicated to the cultural specialization of smaller cities. Specific local cases will show creative potential of various districts, the needs, challenges and ways to meet them in order to contribute to the economic growth and raise the quality of life in districts.
This year the Forum will propose a format for active participation. The business game will offer an interactive practice oriented approach. Leading Russian and foreign experts will teach practical skills of project design and market analysis. These skills are considered to help participants to build bridges that will lead from theory to practice.
The forum is addressed to entrepreneurs, experts in creative and cultural industries, governments and policy makers, cultural activists, local communities.
Registrations are open until 13 November at: http://ndpcrussia2017.com/
The programme of the forum can be found here.
Newsletter from Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture has been published.
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;
Read the NDPC Newsletter here.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
03.02.2017 - 06.03.2017
18.08.2017 - 20.09.2017
Read more on the Nordic Culture Point website.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
There is still time to participate Creative Business Cup - either in the challenges or buying the ticket.
Read more on Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture website.
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.
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.
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.
19.01.2017 - 21.02.2017
28.08.2017 - 28.09.2017
Read more on the Norden website.