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The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) organized four Northern Dimension Future Forums in November 2018. The first was the…

Design Thinking Approach as a strategic tool for ensuring creativity and innovations in public sector

The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) organized the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Culture: Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers on 15 November 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The event gathered over 50 participants from 11 countries to discuss and share inspiring experiences and lessons learnt on design thinking approach in public service and cultural and creative crossovers addressing societal challenges. The participants represented universities, cultural institutions, NGOs and governmental organizations. The event was moderated by Ms. Signe Adamovica from IdeAllies, Creativity Lab, Demola Latvia, PULSE HUB.

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Moderator Signe Adamovica opening the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Culture

The event was opened by professor Riitta Kosonen, Director for the Center for Markets in Transition, Aalto University, and the Lead Coordinator of the NDI. Professor Kosonen gave an overview of the role of NDI in the Northern Dimension policy and supporting the work of the four Northern Dimension Partnerships. In November 2018, NDI organizes four Northern Dimension Future Forums in close collaboration with the ND Partnerships focusing on the jointly selected topics and the work is planned to continue through a three-year-project on a Northern Dimension Think Tank.


Ms. Riitta Kosonen, Director, Center for Markets in Transition, Aalto University, the Lead Coordinator of the NDI


Ms. Birgit Autere Finnish MFA, Prof. Riitta Kosonen, Ms. Ilze Gailite-Holmberg NDPC and Lena Karnovich EEAS 

In their welcoming words, Ms. Maija Lummepuro, Chair of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Steering Committee, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, and Ms. Aleska Simkic, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Russia, and Mr. Luka Ezerskiy from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia expressed their support to the collaboration in the framework of the Northern Dimension policy and its continuation,  as well as the NDI as the bridge-builder in providing a neutral platform for the academia and decision-makers to share and discuss evidence-based knowledge and ensure people-to-people contacts.

Maija Lummepuro ND Future Forum St Petersburg 2018 web1
Ms. Maija Lummepuro, Chair of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Steering Committee, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland

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Ms. Aleska Simkic, Deputy Head, Delegation of the European Union to Russia

Luka Ezerskiy ND FF on Culture St Petersburg 2018
Mr. Luka Ezerskiy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia

The Forum was structured around two interactive sessions – Knowledge Arenas – focusing on two thematic areas: Design Thinking in public services and Solving societal challenges through culture and creativity.

First, we heard three inspirational examples of applying design thinking approach to develop and pilot public services in Estonia, Russia, and Finland. Ms. Tiia Vihand from Estonian Design Centre introduced the design-led innovation methodology and training programmes on design thinking created for the public sector in Estonia. Ms. Maria Stashenko from Design Thinking Center in Moscow presented a civil action bottom up -process of creating services for disabled in the Moscow metro. And Ms. Emilija Veselova from Aalto University in Finland gave an account of the Design for Government masters’ course focused on service design for Finnish ministries together with students and civil servants.

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Signe Adamovica, Emilija Veselova, Tiia Vihand, Maria Stashenko, Lilita Sparane and Ilze Gailite-Holmberg in the Knowledge Arena 1: Design thinking in public services moderated discussion

In the moderated discussion, the commentators highlighted the interesting opportunities that design thinking can bring to developing public administrations, work processes and public services. The examples and models created are worth sharing and can create a c basis for new collaboration projects in the framework of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture.

In the second part of the day, the speakers focused on sharing experiences and successful examples of cultural and creativity projects and opportunities in solving pressing societal challenges such as inclusion of immigrants, health care for elderly with dementia, enhancing sustainable mobility and invigorating depressed areas. Mr. Henrik Haartmann from C:NTACT - an independent theatre and media organisation dedicated to social and cultural integration and education in Copenhagen, Denmark - gave an enthusiastic presentation of a programme created for enhancing inclusion of young immigrants in the society in Denmark through artistic modes of expression with a network of cooperation in several countries (C:NTACT). Mr. Odd Håpnes from Norwegian Resource Centre for Arts and Health in Norway gave an insight into the national training program for health and care workers on music-based caregiving targeting at elderly conducted in Norway. In her presentation, Ms. Elena Belova from International Centre for Social and Economic Research “Leontief Centre” in St. Petersburg, Russia, introduced the international Green Moblity project and the achievements in developing a sustainable mobility in the cities of St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Petrozavodsk and Pskov. Ms. Olga Gracheva refrom the NGO Kaykino introduced outcomes of the Kaykino Creative Projects enhancing multidisciplinary cultural engagement and community well-being through cross-sector collaboration between arts, business, creative industries, community initiatives and local municipal authorities in Volosovsky region in Russia.

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Ilze Gailite-Holmberg, Elena Belova, Odd Håpnes, Henrik Hartmann, Olga Gracheva and David Ek in the Knowledge Arena 2: Solving societal challenges through culture and creativity moderated discussion

In the moderated discussion, it was emphasized that artistic projects can have a strong and positive impact not only in cultural sphere, but in all fields of society. It was also pointed out that the best results are achieved when the projects are designed and implemented through cross-sectoral collaboration involving authorities, professionals, NGOs from different sectors together with cultural actors.

The event was organized by the Northern Dimension Institute together with the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture and financed by the European Commission/DG NEAR and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

The Northern Dimension Institute is a an open university network, which is coordinated by the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, as the Lead Coordinator in cooperation with the Northern (Arctic) Federal University and the St Petersburg State University of Economics in Russia.

Programme of the Event can be found here (pdf)
Presentations made in the forum are available below (Pdfs):

Knowledge Arena 1: Design thinking in public services
Design in the public sector - case Estonia, Ms. Tiia Vihand, Director, Estonian Design Centre, Estonia
The Power of Empathy: changing city, policies and culture. Ms. Maria Stashenko, Founder of Wonderfull Laboratory, Director at Design Thinking Center, Moscow, Russia.
Design for Government, Ms. Emilija Veselova, Doctoral Researcher, Aalto University, Finland
 
Knowledge Arena 2: Solving societal challenges through culture and creativity
Social and cultural integration of youth through artistic modes of expression, Mr. Henrik Hartmann, C:NTACT, Denmark
Art and culture in health care in Norway, Mr. Odd Håpnes, General Manager, Norwegian Resource Centre for Arts and Health, Norway
GREEN MOBILITY  – towards Сlean, Healthy and Accessible Environment, Ms. Elena Belova, Academic Secretary, International Centre for Social and Economic Research “Leontief Centre” St. Petersburg, Russia
Developing rural areas: Cultural mosaic of small towns and villages, Ms. Olga Gracheva, NGO Kaykino Creative Projects

 

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) is looking for a Head of Secretariat

The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) is now establishing a Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture as a legal body. The Secretariat functions as a working body of the NDPC and it provides administrative, analytical and technical support to the work of the NDPC, including meetings of the Steering Committee (SC) and the High Level Meetings. The seat of the Secretariat will be in Riga, Latvia. The working language of the Secretariat is English.
 
The Secretariat will be led by a Head of Secretariat, who shall:

  • Contribute to Cultural and Creative Industries development in the Northern Dimension area
  • Support the NDPC annual forum in Saint Petersburg fostering creative industries
  • Elaborate and implement activities of the NDPC in the field of culture, cultural tourism and creative industries
  • Represent the NDPC in international fora, as appropriate
  • Facilitate coordination and information exchange within the NDPC, with organizations of relevance to the NDPC
  • Ensure updating the NDPC website and other communication means of the NDPC
  • Prepare analytical or descriptive information material for the use of the NDPC
  • Develop Personnel Handbook (Staff Regulations, Administrative Manual and Financial Rules)
  • Prepare yearly working plans, budget proposals, annual reports etc. of the Secretariat

Your profile should have:

  • Insight to the Cultural and Creative Industries today, encompassing a variety of creative sectors
  • Considerable networking and fundraising skills and experience, including good connections with relevant stakeholders, both within the region and within the EU institutions
  • Energy and enthusiasm, entrepreneurial mindset
  • Clear, confident and persuative oral communication skills, adapting public presentation to the needs of different audiences
  • Excellent negotiation skills that are effective with a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to multi-task; prioritise and organise workload, balancing pressure and expectations
  • A well developed IT literacy
  • Knowledge and good understanding of NDPC, as well as ability to comprehend the work of the Secretariat in the context of international relations and diplomacy

Required qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree in the area relevant to the NDPC
  • At least five years´ work experience in arts management and/or administration, cultural and/or creative industries/institutions
  • Practical experience of financial management and administrative matters
  • Fluent oral and written English

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience of working in international organisations and/or at national level with links to international processes
  • Practical experience of working strategically, including delivery of Action Plans
  • Relevant experience in implementing complex projects with multiple external partners and contracts
  • Additional language skills
Terms of employment:
NDPC offers an exciting full-time job with attractive salary and conditions. NDPC is employing on a contract for a period of up to three years, with a possibility of prolongation for one year. The appointed candidate can re-apply only once for the position. Prolongation excludes renewed application.
 
The expected starting date for the position would be Friday 1st of February 2019 or as soon as possible after that date. The contract is with an initial 6-month probation period. The nature of position necessitate traveling internationally and working occationally during evenings/weekends.
 
The Head of Secretariat shall be appointed on the basis of merits with due consideration to gender awareness and geographical balance in accordance with the principle of rotation. Candidates must be citizens and passport holders of a country of one of the Parties to the Secretariat Agreement: Finland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation or Sweden. The decision of the NDPC Steering Committee is final and it is not appealable. 
 
Apply for the position:
Application is by CV and covering letter (max. 1 x A4 page in length) that explains why you are applying for the position and how your experience and expertise fits the position. Your up-to date CV should include your current salary and two referees. Only shortlisted candidates are asked to send a copy of passport(s) before the interviews.
 
Deadline for applications: 17 noon, Thursday 22th of November 2018 (notice UTC+2). Please send your application to here (link)
 
First round interviews will be arranged as video-interviews between Friday 30th of November and Tuesday 4th of December. Second round interviews will be held in Riga on Monday 10th of December. Please let us know in your application if you are unavailable on this date.
 
Enquiries on Mondays 5th and 19th of November from 3 pm. to 5 pm. (notice UTC+2):
  • +358 (0)295 330198 Ms. Maija Lummepuro, Chair of the SC (NDPC and the position)
  • +358 (0)50 4145302 Ms. Riitta Heinämaa, External Expert (recruitment procedure)
The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) www.ndpculture.orgwas established in 2010 as the fourth Partnership in the Northern Dimension Policy. The Northern Dimension (ND) is a joint policy between EU, Russia, Norway and Iceland, with participation of EU countries in their national capacities, regional councils, and other organisations such as research institutes, international financial institutions and others.
The mission of the NDPC is to contribute to social and economic sustainable development, and innovation and diversity in the ND area by focusing on the operating conditions for cultural and creative industries (CCIs). Learn more about the NDPC Strategy 2017–2020 by visiting www.ndpculture.org/ndpc/vision-and-mission

V International Forum in the framework of Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC), St. Petersburg

"CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTH"
Date: November 13-15, 2018
Place: St. Petersburg
 
URBANISM AS PART OF MODERN CULTURE
 
A Concept
The 5th International NDPC Forum, organized by the Russian Ministry of Culture jointly with the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture will be held in St. Petersburg, on November 14, 2018.
 
Urbanism as a part of modern culture will be the key topic of this year’s Forum.
 
The Forum is devoted to the development of the Northern Dimension regions through culture and creative industries. While last year the discussion centered on the advancement of cultural tourism and sustainable development, this time the focus will be primarily on the promotion of culture in modern cities.
 
In the post-industrial society, the cities come forward as the principal actors and competitors in the field of socio-cultural development. Therefore, new models are required of the city as an environment encouraging the progress of culture and creative industries, condensing and concentrating creative and intellectual energy. Such models are the key to stable economic growth and territorial development.
 
Urbanism will be considered from the standpoint of shaping the environment, stimulating a favorable social and economic climate and creative and intellectual potential of residents, as well as the preservation of historical and cultural heritage.
One of the main objectives of the Forum is to consider methods of using urban space as cultural clusters, as well as platforms to boost business and creative industries and acquaint the participants of the Forum with the possibility of renovating the urban environment in the historical and morphological framework of the territories.
 
The Forum is intended for entrepreneurs, experts in the field of creative industries, representatives of government bodies, cultural institutions and public organizations.
 
Programme (pdf)
 
More information can be found on the website ndpcrussia2018.com

Northern Dimension Future Forum on Culture: Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers, 15 Nov 2018 in St Petersburg

Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers
DATE: Thu 15th Nov 2018, at 12.00-16.00
VENUE: Hotel Radisson Sonya, Liteyny Prospekt 5/19, St. Petersburg, Russia

Northern Dimension Future Forum on Culture: Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers brings together decision-makers, artists, and creative professionals to discuss and share experiences on cultural and creative crossovers addressing societal challenges. The crossovers can be understood “as a process of combining knowledge and skills specific to the cultural and creative sectors together with those of other sectors in order to generate innovative and intelligent solutions for today’s societal challenges” (Council of the European Union, 2015). The event aims to inspire the participants through knowledge exchange and interactive discussions focusing on recent experiments by various actors as well as policy developments at various governmental levels.

The Forum features two knowledge arenas focusing on key topics of design thinking in public services and solving societal challenges through culture and creativity. Brief expert and professional presentations are followed by decision maker comments and a moderated discussion.

Participants will include representatives of national, regional and local governments, EU institutions, intergovernmental organizations, funding agencies, practitioners as well as research, academia and civil society.

Registration (link)

The Northern Dimension (ND) is a joint policy of four equal partners: the European Union (EU), Russian Federation, Norway and Iceland aiming at supporting stability, well-being and sustainable development in the region by means of practical cooperation. The Northern Dimension Future Forums focus on issues, trends and challenges that will shape the future developments in the Northern Dimension priority themes (environment, transport & logistics, culture, and health & social wellbeing) throughout the ND area and need to be somehow addressed in all the ND countries and beyond. They serve as knowledge exchange and brainstorming platforms connecting researchers, academic experts, NGOs, business and policy-makers.

The ND Future Forums are organized by the Northern Dimension Institute in collaboration with the four Northern Dimension Partnerships: Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP), Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS), Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL), and Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). The organization of the ND Future Forums is financially supported by the European Commission/DG NEAR and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. For more information visit: northerndimension.info

Register to the Northern Dimension Future Forums in November 2018!

The Northern Dimension Future Forums will focus on issues, trends and challenges that will shape the future developments in the Northern Dimension (ND) priority themes (environment, transport & logistics, culture, and health & social wellbeing) throughout the ND area and need to be somehow addressed in all the ND countries and beyond. Such issues include, for example, role of creative industries in renewing innovation and industries, role of renewable energy, automatization of transport, increasing antimicrobial resistance of bacteria, and digitalization as an overarching theme to name just a few relevant examples. The ND Future Forums will facilitate decision makers in tackling future challenges and pinning down future potential thereby contributing to sustainable economic progress in the ND area.

Northern Dimension Future Forums in 2018:
 
Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers
DATE: Thu 15th Nov 2018, at 12.00-16.00
VENUE: Hotel Radisson Sonya, Liteyny Prospekt 5/19, St. Petersburg, Russia
 
Programme (pdf)
 
Registration is open and can be found here (link).
 
Black Carbon and Climate Change in the European Arctic
DATE: Mon 19th November 2018, at 13.00-18.00
VENUE: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, Brussels, Belgium
 
Programme (pdf)
 
Registration is open and can be found here (link).
 
Emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia – Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on Northern Europe
DATE: Tue 20th November 2018, at 9.00 - 14.00
VENUE: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, Brussels, Belgium
 
 
Registration is open and can be found here (link).
 
Healthy Ageing
DATE: Wed 28th November 2018, at 10.00 - 17.00
VENUE: Heureka, the Finnish Science Center, address: Tiedepuisto 1, Vantaa, Finland
 
Programme (pdf)
 
Registration is open and can be found here (link).
 
Each Forum will specialize in each of the four ND priority themes: environment, transport & logistics, culture, and health & social wellbeing.
The ND Future Forums will be organized by ND Institute in cooperation with the ND Partnerships. The events are organized with support of the European Commission and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The Forums are free of charge and open to everyone interested in the topic.
 
Welcome to the ND Future Forums!
 

Open Call: Mobility scheme for Artists & Culture Professionals

This call for tenders aims to define and test a cross-border mobility scheme tailored for artists and culture professionals. The initiative paves the way for the full implementation of such a mobility scheme after 2020 within the proposed future Creative Europe Programme.

A call for tenders has been published (EAC-18-2018) to test an experimental cross-border individual mobility scheme tailored for the needs of artists and culture professionals.
The initiative will allow the testing of a new funding scheme to be scaled up in 2019 and 2020, and implemented on a regular basis from 2021 onwards.
 
The successful bidder will design and test a mobility fund that will complement existing mobility schemes available at local, regional and/or national levels. In particular, it should establish the conditions and criteria to implement an effective funding scheme for the individual mobility of artists and culture professionals across borders. The winning bid should also formulate policy recommendations to the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States towards its full implementation in the next Creative Europe programme proposed for the period 2021 -2027.
 
All tendering documents can be found here on the dedicated web page.

Call for proposals: Supporting the development and promotion of transnational thematic tourism products—exploiting synergies between tourism and cultural and creative industries

Support for transnational thematic tourism linked to cultural and creative industries

Deadline: 19/07/2018

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has just published a call for proposals
This call encourages the development and promotion of transnational thematic tourism with synergies between cultural and creative industries. It does so by providing co-financing. 
The call especially targets transnational projects with cooperation between tourism and cultural and creative industry (CCI) related SMEs to create innovative and tangible tourism offers. These offers should use the creative potential of CCIs for new tourism experiences or the enhancement of existing ones.

Are you interested in this call?
See EASME's pagefor all the details and documents.

6 countries signed the Agreement on the Establishment of the NDPC Secretariat

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

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.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
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.

SCHEDULE
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

PROJECT COVERS
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)

Additional information:
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 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

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Forum “Culture as a Factor of Growth” in November in St. Petersburg

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.

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.
 

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