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4th Call for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

The Fourth Call for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020 will be open from 1st May to 30th September 2016

The call is open for all 4 Priority Axes:

  1. Using Innovation to Maintain And Develop Robust And Competitive Communities
  2. Promoting Entrepreneurship to Realise the Potential of the Programme Area’s Competitive Advantage
  3. Fostering Energy-Secure Communities through Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  4. Protecting, Promoting and Developing Cultural and Natural Heritage

For further information, please visit the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme website.

Open call for Helsinki Design Week programme 2016

Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. This year the it will be held on 1.–11.9.2016. The festival programme is curated and individual event organizers can apply for the programme through the open call. The open call for programme entries is open until May 27.

Further information here.

Open tender: "Testing innovative methods to evaluate cultural and creative spillovers in Europe" project

Deadline: 8th April 2016

Last year, the European research partnership on cultural and creative spillovers published its report on ‘Cultural and creative spillover effects in Europe: Report an a preliminary evidence review’ authored by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy. It has galvanized the debate about how to find a better way to comprehend subsequent impacts and effects of the arts, culture and the creative industries. Now, the  European research partnership on cultural and creative spillovers is launching a call to be involved in a secondary research stage.

This project will focus on testing evaluation methods of cultural and creative spillover effects in the arts, culture and the creative industries in Europe. European research partnership welcomes individual or a consortium bid(s) from parties interested in completing case studies in different nations in the EU28, EU candidate countries and Eastern Partnership countries. 

More information here.


NDPC Annual report 2015

The NDPC Annual report is based on the NDPC Action Plan 2015, adopted by NDPC Steering Committee on March 24-25, 2015 in Helsinki. The Action Plan follows the overall aims of the NDPC set forth by the NDPC Memorandum of Understanding of May 20, 2010 and the NDPC strategy for 2012-2016. The NDPC also bases its work on the NDI report 11 Dimensions: Cultural and Creative Industry Policy Development and Practices within the Area of NDPC (2015).

Please read the resport on NDPC website.


"Creative Business Models: Insights into the business models of cultural centres in Trans Europe Halles" is a report that aims to analyse the notion of creative business models in cultural organisations and to set the scene for understanding the state-of-the-art and the adoption of innovative creative business models by the European independent cultural centres in the TEH network.

Using the population of the 45 independent cultural centres operating in 27 European countries, the report provides information and insights about their business, governance and organizational profiles.

The report is one of the outcomes of the project Creative Business Models for Creative Organisations, managed by TEH in partnership with the creative businesses incubator The Creative Plot (Lund, Sweden) and supported by the Culture Department of the City of Lund, Sweden. The project set the ground for our current project Creative Lenses: Business Models for Culture (2015-2019).

To read the report, please visit the TEH web.

Trends and Challenges in Cultural and Creative Industry Policy Development within the Northern Dimension Area

Cultural and creative industries (CCI) are developing and growing rapidly throughout the Northern Dimension area. In many of the ND countries the CCIs have been growing faster than any other sector of the economy during the past few years. Nevertheless, the ND countries comprise a very heterogeneous region in terms of CCIs. This heterogeneity stems largely from the fact that the countries are at different stages of development considering the CCIs. Depending on the stage of development, there are considerable differences in how the CCIs are viewed ranging from traditional arts and culture to a focus on creative economy. Similarly, there are differences in which sub-sectors are included under the CCIs. Furthermore, the CCIs are only beginning to have a national policy status throughout the region, and the focus and real actions taken to develop the sector are varied.

Cultural and Creative spillovers in Europe: Report on a preliminary evidence

Cultural and Creative spillovers in Europe: Report on a preliminary evidence

In 2014, Arts Council England (ACE), Arts Council of Ireland, european centre for creative economy (ecce), European Cultural Foundation, European Creative Business Network (ECBN) and Creative England initiated and funded a collaborative research project about the evidence and causality of spillover effects in Europe. Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) was commissioned in January 2015 to undertake this analysis, for their dedication and collaboration in delivering this research.

The research consisted of:

  • the creation of the first evidence base of 98 spillover projects,
  • a review of evaluation methods and the strengths and weaknesses of existing methodologies,
  • finding an evidence-based concept and definition of ‘cultural and creative spillover effects’,
  • recommendations for future research on spillover effects.

2nd International Forum ‘CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTH’, St. Petersburg, Russia

On 17th December 2015, Saint Petersburg will be hosting the 2nd International Forum in the framework of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) ‘CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTH’

Forum is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The event will be attended by representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the North-West Federal regions of Russia, experts in the field of creative industries and cultural tourism of the Northern Dimension.

2016 is the year of the Russian Federation Presidency of the NDPC, which is an important inter-regional platform for international and interregional cooperation in the field of culture among the "Northern Dimension" Member States. The main objective of the NDPC is mutually beneficial cooperation of the participating countries in the economic and social spheres to achieve sustainable development in Northern Europe.

Registration as well as more information on www.ndpcrussia2015.com, web registration available from November 8, 2015.

Preliminary programme of the Forum

Creative Economy Spearhead Themes in the Triangle City Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region – A Feasibility Study

Creative Economy Spearhead Themes in the Triangle City Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region – A Feasibility Study

The feasibility study project  “Collaboration between the Triangle Cities Tallinn-Helsinki-St. Petersburg in the field of creative industries” mapped out the common interests to cooperate between the creative industry actors in Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Helsinki. The project arranged roundtable meetings in each city during the spring and summer. During the roundtable meetings common themes could be found quite easily. Ideas were also already in the early stages intertwined with other than the creative industries. This shows that the application of creative competence in other sectors, so-called “creative economy” is well understood by the actors in the Triangle City region. The rountable sessions also showed that there is a consensus among the actors that co-operation in the field of creative industries and creating joint offerings would increase critical mass and visibility.

First edition of Creative Entrepreneurship Academy 2016

Creativity Lab together with Nordic Council of Ministers, Estonian Business School and Creative Business Cup are organising the Creative Entrepreneurhip Academy (CEA) in January 18-22, 2016 in Tallinn (Estonia) and Helsinki (Finland). The 5-days training programme includes interactive sessions and practical workshops, field trips and internationally renowned speakers.

The session is desighned for representatives of organisations and authorities that are responsible of creating strong creative ecosystem for talents and businesses to grow.


NDPC building common understanding on CCI

Baltic Sea Region has never before been so vivid and strong in terms of cultural cooperation. Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture plays an important role in this collaboration, providing support for CCI sectors in the region. I am privileged that I could serve as the NDPC Chairman on behalf of Poland since January 2014.

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture – a regional platform established in 2010 with the aim to support development of cultural and creative industries (CCI) in the Northern Dimension area – acts on two levels: political and practical.

Larger challenges can only be solved across industries and fields

The role of cultural and creative industries (CCI) in fostering innovation and regional development was the focus of attention in the Creative Industries round table of the 6th ND Forum.

In the photo: Kenneth Agerholm (ARTLAB Denmark), Elizaveta Kiseleva (MosART), Ilze Gailite Holmberg (NDPC) and Silja Suntola (Creative Industries Finland) discussing during the creative industries round table. Photo: AEB.

The Future of Northern Dimension cooperation must be secured

In these times of tension between Russia and Western Europe there is a real success story: the Northern Dimension cooperation. It is an equal Partnership between Russia, European Union, Norway and Iceland, concentrating on projects of common interest in four fields: environment, health, transport and logistics, and culture. For each field there is a Partnership with own specific structures. On the political level, the Foreign Ministers´ biannual meetings are the top decision making body for the Northern Dimension. The Ministerial meeting held two years ago under the chairmanship of Lady Ashton was attended by 14 Foreign Ministers.

New Design Policy Monitor 2015 examines future trends in design policies and programmes in Europe

Design Policy Monitor - Reviewing Innovation and Design Policies across Europe

Authors: Anna Whicher, Piotr Swiatek & Gavin Cawood (15 January 2015)

The Design Policy Monitor collates existing statistics on the performance on design in Europe in order to provide input for evidence-based policy-making. The findings reveal a number of intriguing insights: investment in design by government innovation departments is increasing and in 2014, 25 EU member states had design included in national policy. Between March 2012 and December 2014, SEE has delivered 102 hands-on workshops engaging over 800 policy-makers and influenced 17 policies and 40 programmes related to design to a value of €6.2m.

Opportunities for creative industries to Access Finance in the EU

The short analytical report focusing on the financial environment for the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCSs) in EU Member States has been requested to the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) by the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission (DG EAC). The request also involved providing a mapping of funding mechanisms and of regulatory incentives for the CCSs across the EU as well as identifying examples of innovative and most effective practices.

Opportunities for CCSs to Access Finance in the EU - Short Analytical Report

The report was carried out by Cornelia Dümcke, Zora Jaurová and Péter Inkei on behalf of the EENC.

Creative industries as a driver of economic development

The Northern Dimension area comprises a very heterogeneous region in terms of cultural and creative industries (CCI). The heterogeneity stems largely from the fact that the ND countries are at different stages of development considering the CCIs. The Nordic countries are among the pioneers in CCIs and globally acknowledged in e.g. design and gaming. Germany is one of the biggest exporters of creative goods despite having vast regional differences in CCI policies. During the past five years, the growth of CCIs in the Baltic Countries and Poland has been rapid and CCI infrastructure has been developed with the help of EU Structural Funds. In Russia, the concept of creative industries is only emerging and the CCIs’ economic value has fairly recently started to gain recognition.

Culture as a Factor of Growth

International Forum within the framework of Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTHwas held in St. Petersburg, December 7–9, 2014.

More than 160 participants representing various fields took part in the forum held at the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts to get informed of the initiatives within the cultural and creative industries (CCI) in the Northern Dimension area. The array of participating organizations was prominent including cultural and foreign ministries, universities, cultural and research institutes, companies and intermediaries in cultural and creative industries, museums, tourism industry, and NGOs from the ND area.

Study: Creating Growth - Measuring Culture and Creative Markets in EU

The main objective of the study Creating Growth - Measuring Culture and Creative Markets in EU is to produce a set of comparative and qualitative studies to give a snapshot of the economic role of CCIs in Europe and to show how, and to what extent, they may be a driving force for European economic growth. This report also aims to aid understanding of the contribution of creativity to other key industries.

Creating Growth - Measuring Culture and Creative Markets in EU

The study is published by EY (formerly Ernst & Young). GESAC,the European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers, commissioned EY to conduct this study. GESAC groups 34 of the largest authors’ societies in the European Union, Norway and Switzerland.

New Work Plan for Culture adopted

Meeting in Brussels on 25 November EU Ministers of Culture agreed on a new Work Plan for Culture, setting out the priorities for European cooperation in cultural policy-making for 2015-2018. The Work Plan addresses key challenges faced by cultural organisations and small and medium sized enterprises in the creative sector at national and EU level in the context of globalisation and digitisation.

Bridging firms, policies and academia for the benefit of the Northern Dimension

The Northern Dimension (ND) is a mosaic of diverse histories, traditions, strengths and challenges. ND area has a lot to gain from taking advantage of the diverse capacities within the region. Furthermore, in times of geopolitical tensions, economic problems and social challenges, joining forces for the joint benefit is increasingly pivotal. We have a lot to gain from tackling common problems and pinning down the potential of freely flowing people, goods and ideas.

How to communicate effectively in CCI projects

Communicating projects in cultural and creative industries is complex. The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) and Have Communications have published a manual to assist CCI project managers in project communication. The manual gives advice in the navigation through an increasingly complex media landscape; in picking and shaping the right stories; and in laying out a fruitful path towards as far-reaching and relevant communication as possible of each given project.

Communicating CCI projects – A Manual

EUSBSR PA Culture Conference: Learning from the past - Looking into the future

EUSBSR Priority Area Culture Conference “Learning from the past - Looking into the future” in Tallinn on 13-14 November 2014.

The conference in Tallinn will constitute an occasion to introduce the first results of PA Culture flagship projects, its actions and achievements regarding improved cultural cooperation within the Baltic Sea Region. The BSR Cultural Dialogue will enter its second round, and available financial instruments for cultural projects and the future of PA culture will provide the basis for various discussions.

More information: www.eusbsrculture.eu

New NDPC Newsletter out

The latest NDPC Newsletter tells about news and events, about Communicating CCI projects, EUSBSR Priority Area Culture Conference and more what is going on in the sphere of cultural cooperation, cultural and creative industries in the Northern Dimension area.

Click here to read the NDPC Newsletter.

MAPSI - Managing Art Projects with Societal Impact

A new study module provides competencies for arts projects with societal impact.

MAPSI refers to a specialization in management of artistic projects with societal impact, and aims to create an international network focusing on educating cultural managers and facilitators to manage and mediate artistic and cultural projects with societal impact.

MAPSI will integrate the transnational and interdisciplinary fields of art, management and societal impact by developing a novel understanding on the interaction between art and society and increasing the skills and competences of future cultural managers to foster the valuable interface. MAPSI is a LLP Erasmus Multilateral Project.

To learn more, please visit project's website.

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