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Dear friends of PA Culture, 
January is already about to come to an end, but still we'd like wish you all the best for 2017. We hope you're looking forward to it just as much as we do. 2016 was a challenging year, which leaves us with lots of opportunities for the next year. We'd like to invite you to look back and introduce you to what's coming up! 
Together with our partners ARS BALTICA we hosted two interesting events during and around the 7th Annual EUSBSR Forum in Stockholm. Our session about Cultural Diversity was opened by Sweden’s Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke. She expressed her appreciation and gratitude for the work that PA Culture does and pointed out how essential the links between culture and democracy are: “Culture needs to be free, but at the same time it is also obvious that a free and vibrant cultural life is the very basis for a vital and sustainable democratic society” (read more here).
The session triggered reactions from the audience to bring this kind of discussion to a bigger platform and to highlight cultural activity as a driving force for regional integration, democracy and economic progress. Moreover, it was suggested to link these PA cultural activities better with other Policy and Horizontal Areas. Accordingly, we are currently planning a session on Culture as a driving force for sustainability for the 8th Annual EUSBSR Forum in Berlin. We're going to team up with HA Climate in order to discuss how the cultural and creative sectors contribute to achieving the global sustainability & climate goals 2030 within the Baltic Sea Region.
Strategic Project Development Workshops
The 4th PA Culture Strategic Project Development was organised right after the 7th EUSBSR Annual Forum in close cooperation with the production and resource unit Intercult from Stockholm and took place at the Goethe-Institute Stockholm. The main topic was Audience Development, while the second day of the workshop provided room to discuss with funding experts, among each other and with the PA Culture coordinators (read more here).
Considering bilateral talks and discussions, it became obvious, that challenges for cultural players to receive funding from Interreg remain big, as it’s not designed for funding projects from the cultural and creative sectors. Accordingly, problems arise in the application process and the funding programme’s terminology. These questions need special attention and joint action in order to make it easier for cultural players to apply and receive funding, as also pointed out in the most recent PA Culture Steering Group Meeting, that took place in Stockholm as well.  
The next Strategic Project Development Workshop will take place in April or May this year.
We'll inform you in time!

Seed Money Application Interreg Baltic Sea 
We're happy to announce that the PA Culture assessment of the Interreg Baltic Sea Seed Money applications is finished. Out of seven submitted applications we support the following three projects:
  • BALTIC MAKERS - Craftspeople and artisans in the Baltic Sea Region for commercialisation of handmade goods
  • BSRCulturalPlanning - Cultural planning as an innovative and collaborative tool for citizen participation in inclusive & sustainable city development in the BSR
  • Crea-Digi & Tourism - Creativity, Digital Innovation and Cultural Tourism: Synergies, Network and Capacity Building
By the way BALTIC MAKERS is looking for additional partners especially from Denmark, Germany and Sweden. The complete application needs to be submitted on February 15th. Interested or do you know of someone who might be? Just write an email Dr. Tomasz Kołomański via kontakt(a) from the foundation for Landscape Protection.

Looking forward to meet and work with you this year! 
All the Best

Your PA Culture Team

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