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

#1 11th PA Culture Workshop on the preservation of cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea Region 

On 19 November, the 11th PA Culture Workshop on the preservation of cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea Region took place online. The event gathered 64 registered users from Poland, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and non-Baltic states as well. Among them there were representatives of the academic community, museums and state institutions, restorers of artworks and subject enthusiasts. The theme of the workshop was the protection of wooden architecture as well as sustainable cultural tourism. The initiative aimed to create a room for discussion among pundits about current challenges related to the preservation and promotion of the wooden cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea Region countries.

The experts shared their experience and observations, which let them recognise the most pressing needs in the conservation field and helped identify the common grounds in terms of antique wood and wooden architecture preservation. The last part of the workshop was devoted to summarising and joint brainstorming to establish recommendations and further actions necessary for securing wooden construction and sustainable tourism development. 

Read more about the workshop and the common position and recommendations that were created after the workshop here.

#2 Baltic Sea Cultural Cities and Regions
Baltic Sea Cultural Cities and Regions is a project aimed at connecting cities and regions, people, cultural organisations and professionals by increasing the visibility of the cultural diversity within the Baltic Sea Region.

The project is a cross-border initiative to nominate annually the titles for the "Baltic Sea City / Region of Culture". Under the heading "water connects us, but culture unites us" it is aimed to create synergies and cooperation focusing on citizen participation and ownership rather than on competition among participating cities and communities.

A new concept note of Baltic Sea Cultural Cities and Regions was published in January, the document can be found here.

The lead partner of the project is the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

Partners include Agency for International Affairs and Regional Cooperation of Kaliningrad; Ars Baltica; Department of Youth and Culture of City of Kiel; City Culture Institute in Gdansk; Cultural Department of the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia; Kaunas Artists' House; Ministry of Justice, European Affairs and Consumer Protection of Schleswig- Holstein and Union of Baltic Cities.
Photo of a former meeting.

#3 Meeting of the EUSBSR Policy Area Culture Steering Group

The Steering Group meeting took place online on 25 January 2021 with about 20 participants. The PA Culture coordinators presented topics such as the last and upcoming workshops of PA Culture, the revised EUSBSR Action Plan, the current status of the “Baltic Sea Cultural Cities and Regions” project and the newest developments in programming of Interreg BSR with regards to funding of PA Culture activities.
#4 Swedish Institute Seed funding

The Swedish Institute provides funding for joint projects in which Swedish organisations meet transnational challenges together with organisations from the Baltic Sea region countries including Russia and the countries of the Eastern Partnership.

The seed funding can be used to start or expand collaborations aiming for example to conduct a feasibility study to develop a larger Baltic Sea regional project, to prepare an application for funding from a EU program or other source of funding or to establish new networks or expand and strengthen existing networks.

A project can run up to 18 months and apply for SEK 100,000 to SEK 500,000. There must be a clear connection to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the framework of the EU Eastern Partnership.

The call closes on 11 February 2021 at 15.00 (CET).


#5 New European Bauhaus

The European Comission launched the design phase of the New European Bauhaus initiative, announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address.

The New European Bauhaus is an environmental, economic and cultural project, aiming to combine design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment in order to help deliver the European Green Deal. The core values of the New European Bauhaus are thus sustainability, aesthetics and inclusiveness. As one element of the design phase, this spring, the Commission will launch, the first edition of the New European Bauhaus prize.

Artists, designers, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, architects, students, and all interested people can share examples of inspiring achievements for the New European Bauhaus, their ideas about how it should be shaped and how it should evolve, as well as their concerns and challenges on this website.

Visit the New European Bauhaus on Instagram.
Watch the statement by Ursula von der Leyen on the occasion of the launch of the design phase of the New European Bauhaus.
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