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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.

Tags: Culture & Creative industries, Russia

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