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.
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.
The largest design festival in the Nordic countries breaks its record in scope by offering more than 250 events from 1 to 11 September under the theme Paremmin/Better.
Read more from ND Partnership on Cultureor http://www.helsinkidesignweek.fi/
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 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.
Newsletter from Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture has been published.
VII Northern Dimension Forum & round table discussion by NDPC on interaction and cross–overs between CCIs and cultural tourism;
NDPC and Demola cooperation;
24th NDPC Steering Committee meeting;
EUSBSR PA Culture seminar in Riga within radi! week;
Steering Group meeting of the Northern Dimension Institute;
The Polish Presidency of the CBSS & the Senior Official Group for Culture (SOGC) meeting;
The 7th Strategy Forum of EUSBSR and Northern Dimension Day;
EUSBSR Seed Money support for projects.
Read the NDPC Newsletter here.
In Creative Europe program, following calls for proposals and tenders are open:
Experts for the European Capital of Culture panel (31/12/2020)
Distribution – Support to sales agents 2016 (03/10/2017)
Distribution Automatic Support 2016 (01/08/2017)
Distribution - Support to sales agents 2015 (01/03/2017)
Distribution Automatic Support 2015 (02/08/2016)
Call for expressions of interest - EAC/14/2014 (31/12/2020)
In Creative Europe's Cooperation projects, next publication dates for calls will be in July-August 2016 and the deadline is estimated to be in October 5th, in 2016.
Find more information about calls for proposals and tenders from Creative Europe website.
Sweden Proudly Presents and Welcomes You to Creative Powers for Europe!
Participate in a day of bold discussions and fresh ideas for moving the cultural and creative sectors in Europe forward. In doing so we will take steps towards sustainable development. The national and regional authorities that are the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, the Swedish Arts Council and Region Skåne are pleased to invite you to Creative Powers for Europe!
In June 8th, 2016 European Commission, European External Action Service has published the document Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council - Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations. Read the document here.
“Cultural tourism is rising in Russia and we need recommendations to find synergies between cultural and creative industries and tourism”, stated NDPC Senior adviser Ilze Gailite-Holmberg in her opening words for the Creative Industries roundtable discussion at the 7th Northern Dimension Forum. The roundtable focused on the interaction and cross-overs of CCIs and cultural tourism, and provided examples of innovative approaches to combining them.
The Commission of Senior Officials of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) met in Arkhangelsk, Russia, on 22 March 2016 with the participation of representatives of the European Union and ministries of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. The meeting was held within the frames of the Russian Federation chairmanship in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council.
The development of creative and cultural industries (CCI) and cultural tourism has been identified as the strategic focus of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). This includes also the facilitation of cross-sectorial spill-overs and innovation in CCI, as well as usage of CCI innovation in furthering tourism. In order to build up the knowledge base on the prevailing situation and support the future developments, the NDPC has commissioned a study on the topic. The study will be carried out with an aim to learn more about developments in CCI and its cross-sector spillovers with tourism, taking into account innovative case studies and best practices, as well as policy developments. The information will be utilized to develop recommendations for effective and sustainable integration of CCI and tourism sector. The study is carried out by PROMAN – a leading international consulting company specialised in development cooperation – with the funding from the European Commission.