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Please find all relevant information on recent and upcoming activities in our latest newsletter.

#1 11th PA Culture Workshop on Preservation of Cultural Heritage in the Baltic Sea Regon

The 11th PA Culture workshop is devoted to the preservation of cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea Region, with a particular emphasis put on wooden architecture & sustainable cultural tourism.

Wood construction is present in all the Baltic Sea Region countries and it is valued all the more as the number of wooden houses and churches decreases year by year. Therefore, the purpose of the workshop is to find common grounds in terms of antique wood and wooden architecture preservation within the region. In this context, the event aims to exchange good practices and experiences as well as to brainstorm among stakeholders, while taking into account key needs and values. Because of its theme, the workshop will also provide support for building regional identity and expanding knowledge of traditional architecture and cultural tourism.

The workshop consists of three panels:
Panel I: The preservation and protection of wooden architecture
Panel II: Sustainable tourism in the context of wooden architecture
Panel III: Local examples of protection of wooden architecture sites

Dr Marcin Poprawski - researcher and lecturer at the HUMAK University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and at the AMU University in Poznan (Poland) in the Institute of Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Anthropology and Cultural Studies.
Registration will be open until 13 November. More information can be found on PA Culture's website.

#2 PA Culture Online Workshop: Umbrella funding for small- and micro-scale cultural intiatives in the BSR
PA Culture held an online workshop "Umbrella funding for small- and micro-scale cultural initiatives in the BSR" alongside the 11th EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Annual Forum on 2 October 2020.

The BSR is a vivid region with regards to trans-national cultural activities of formal and informal associations. For many actors, the obstacles to funding through the classical cultural funding mechanism are often too high for various reasons. This showed the need for a funding instrument for small culture initiatives with low bureaucratic effort. The idea for a Baltic Sea-wide umbrella project with microfunding for cultural initiatives has therefore been pursued.

Cultural actors from several sectors, representatives of funding programmes, funders and beneficiaries were represented at the workshop. During the online workshop they traveled:

- from “WHY”: all the reasons why micro-financing opportunities can be beneficiary for straightening co-operation and growth of the CCI sector in the BSR.
- through “HOW”: decoding the concept of micro-funding and looking at different models - from direct financing to so called regranting.
- to conclude with “WHAT’S NEXT”: finding out what’s possible and what’s not in a given framework and timeline. What should be our next steps, who should/ could do WHAT and WHEN?

The current regulations allow indirect support tools for citizen-run microprojects in certain circumstances. A better use of this option could meet the identified requirements. The new Interreg programme period could provide possibilities for small projects. PA Culture will support this development in the further programming process and promote to cultural actors the use of opportunities given by (experimental) small project funds. Cultural actors shall be informed about the possibilities within new (Interreg and other) programmes as soon as possible after programming is finalized.

"Microfunding is so essential when you want to create new networks!"

Watch this short message from workshop's participants and organizers about microfunding.

The online workshop was organized by PA Culture and moderated by Agata Etmanowicz - audience development implementer, founder of Impact Foundation based in Warsaw.

#3 BSSSC Annual Conference 2020

The workshop on culture and BSR identity at the virtual BSSSC Annual Conference on September 30th brought together 30 people to discuss and further develop the initiative “Baltic Sea Cultural Cities”, which is strongly supported by PA Culture. The session was moderated by Dr. Kaarina Williams from the Council of Baltic Sea States and Stefan Musiolik, PA Culture Co-Coordinator.

Here are some conclusions from the cultural session:
  • Connecting Citizens & Cities through Culture is the guiding principle of the project initiative Baltic Sea Cultural Cities. This view was shared by the participants of the Workshop. It was consensus, that  culture is the easiest way to bring people together and gives us power even in the time of pandemic.
  • The initiative Baltic Sea Cultural Cities, which is still in its seed money phase, is of particular interest for the youth. Young people feel especially inspired by the initiative. They delivered a firework of ideas how to fill the idea with life. For example, young people from Kaliningrad voted for a Baltic Sea Streets Festival, including sports, street food, open air concerts and cinema, street art competitions, a bike race through BSR countries and much more.
  • A working group of the Baltic Sea Youth Platform dedicated to the project, developed the idea of a Baltic Sea Crocodile Festival, an intergenerational and inclusive festival for all BSR citizens, taking place every year in different BSR countries. The Youth Platform is ready to include interested youngsters to further accompany the initiative. Thus, sustainable youth involvement is secured. Furthermore the project partners indicated their will to invite young interested young people to project partner meetings.
  • Furthermore, within the workshop project partners of the initiative underlined the economic benefits of the envisaged label Baltic Sea Cultural City. For example, the head of the administration of Cesis Municipality (Latvia) illustrated the spill over effects of cultural assets and a vibrant cultural life on the economy. A lively creative sector can stop the shrinking of cities and regions.
  • The project initiative is in its seed money phase led by the CBSS Secretariat and gets strong support from the BSSSC and the Union of Baltic Cities. Representatives of the Baltic Sea Cultural Center Gdansk, the cities of Kaunas/Latvia and Kiel/Germany, the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia/Finland, Oblast Kaliningrad and Land Schleswig-Holstein are involved in the project. Interested cities and regions are welcome to join in.
  • Next step of the project is to ensure financing for the main project.

#4 Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2020 Competition

The CBSS is calling 18-30 year olds from around the region to join the competition Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue 2020 – let’s create a sustainable future together! The competition will have three fields of entry to choose from: creative writing, graphic design and project idea.

Creative work will be encouraged and prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners at every category will be issued. The open call deadline is 30 November. The finalists will be selected by a renowned jury and awarded during the online ceremony on 12 December.

The competition is hosted by the Council of the Baltic Sea States, funded by the Federal Foreign Office and supported by the Baltic Sea Youth Platform.

#5 Baltic Stories

Baltic Stories is a digital magazine, devoted to promoting the cooperation around the Baltic Sea, joint initiatives and flagship projects of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The stories within the magazine have been developed during the last year by 'Pomorskie in the EU' Association.

The full version of the Baltic Stories magazine can be downloaded here.



Urb Cultural Planning

Urb Cultural Planning's conference “Game of Cities: Culture, Participation, Democracy” will take place online from Gdansk on 19 – 21 November 2020

The conference addresses how municipalities can empower citizen driven community development, the cultural planning approach will be used to address different social challenges. "Game of Cities" will gather urbanists, city planners, artists, researchers, and academics, as well as students, community organizers, politicians and activists to explore culture perspectives in urban strategies and practice. With help of keynotes, panel discussions, and workshops, the aim of the three-day event will be to experience, sense, and feel how urban transformation can be triggered by participation through a cultural planning approach.

More information can be found here.

Creative Ports


The Creative Ports partners have gathered their best internationalisation practices to be piloted during different cultural and creative industries events and occasions around the Baltic Sea. These Internationalisation Tool Pilots include joint showcases, fair visits, festivals, acceleration programs and much more – covering multiple CCI Sub-sectors such as film, gaming and music industries. Some of Creative Ports' Internationalisation Tool Pilots such as the event Pitching for a Better Baltic Sea, the exhibition Baltic Home (that is now available online) and the training course Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy took place in September and October.

The next Tool Pilot, a brand new online festival on creative work, design and regenerative thinking MESH Festival, takes place on 10-13 November.

These Tool Pilots will be followed by many more in the course of the winter and spring 2021. The latest information about the Internationalisation Tool Pilots can be found on Creative Ports' Facebook and Twitter by the hashtag #MadeWithCreativePorts
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