A New Appointment as the Head of the NDPC Secretariat
We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Dace Resele to the position of Head of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Secretariat. Dace holds a BA in Humanitarian Sciences from the University of Latvia and an MA in Politics and Culture Management from her studies at the Political Institute of the University of Strasbourg. During the course of her professional career, she has acquired significant experience working in the realms of international cooperation and cultural and creative industries. Dace has also served as Assistant and Cultural Counsellor to the Ambassador of Belgium to Latvia, and International Cooperation Coordinator for the Vidzeme region and Lower Rhin Department. More recently, Dace was responsible for cultural programming and implementing cultural projects at the National Library of Latvia and worked as Executive Director of the International Riga Zine Festival. In addition, Dace has significant experience engaging in various cultural and creative industries-related projects including the festival for adventurous music Skaņu Mežs, the sound art and social responsibility related project “Skan,” the permanent book exhibition “Book in Latvia” at the National Library of Latvia and many others.
Dace Resele, Head of NDPC Secretariat
The Sixth Senior Officials Meeting of the Renewed Northern Dimension
NDPC took part in the Sixth Senior Officials Meeting of the Renewed Northern Dimension (ND) in Brussels on March 5, 2019. It was attended by the Senior Officials of the 4 ND partners - the European Union, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation. NDPC informed the Senior Officials about its recent developments and future plans. ND participants, the regional councils, international financial institutions and other representatives involved in ND cooperation also participated in the meeting. The Senior Officials acknowledged the further development of the NDPC and its potential towards growth of the cultural and creative industries sector in the area. They welcomed the partnership's continued work on network development, knowledge building and policy exchange. They welcomed the NDPC initiated studies in creative innovation and cultural tourism and linking these studies to hands–on work with practitioners, as well as the development of synergies with other cultural and creative initiatives in the region. They called on national ministries and relevant regional actors to further cooperate in support of the work of the NDPC and to further support and build on on-going activities between NDPC partners' organisations. They welcomed the signing of the Agreement on the Establishment of NDPC Secretariat, to be hosted in Riga; welcomed the appointment of the new Head of the Secretariat and positively evaluated the progress achieved in drafting the Host Country Agreement. They greeted the success of the partnership's Annual Forums in St. Petersburg, and called on the partnership to continue close cooperation with the Northern Dimension Institute, the Northern Dimension Business Council and relevant regional cooperation structures, such as the regional councils, to further regional and cross-sectorial links. Read more and check Chair's conclusions here.
The 6th Senior Officials Meeting of the Renewed ND in Brussels
Flashback on the 10th Northern Dimension Forum and NDPC Round Table discussion
10th Northern Dimension Forum "Sustainable development in the era of global change: growth factors and (un)known challenges" was held on 4 April, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Within the Forum, NDPC co-organized a Round Table “Sustainability and Synergies of Creative Industries and Cultural Tourism”. With the help of case studies, the Round Table focused on an analysis of how these two sectors create products that encourage the development of human capital, social inclusion, strengthen connectivity, support responsible innovation and contribute to the development of the region. The focus of the Round Table was public sector and mostly non–commercial activities. The conclusions of the Round Table were as follows:
• Taking into account rapid societal changes and the challenges within the CCI and creative tourism sector, one of the prerequisites for its further development is to boost professional capacity. It is evident that there is a lack of trained, educated specialists within these fields. That is why occasionally those are the investors who are upgrading the professional skills of stakeholders.
• Cultural tourism should be more environmentally and socially responsible. That is a relatively recent issue within these sectors, but it goes hand in hand with the common Northern Dimension directives that could be more accentuated in the implementation of future projects.
• In order to encourage local social initiatives, CCI organizations should apply an NGO approach to regional development through work with communities, raising social awareness and supporting individual social or cultural initiatives.
• Collaboration between administration and authorities – local, municipal, regional and international – on the one hand, and NGOs, local businesses, on the other hand, is necessary in order to create the most effective services and products for the benefit of communities. It is crucial to develop specific cooperation mechanisms, e.g. private companies supporting CCI structures whose business values are overlapping with theirs.
• International cooperation serves as a quality indicator and helps to evaluate local strengths and weaknesses within the creative tourism and CCI sectors.
On April 5 the NDPC and Danish Cultural Institute also organized the Annual Workshop of NDPC "Sustainability and synergies of CCIs and Cultural Tourism in small and meidum business development perspective". Read more about the events held in St.Petersburg here.
European Cultural Routes
NDPC was invited and attended the Routes4U project consultation conference on European Cultural Routes development in Helsinki on March 26-27, 2019. Among NDPC recommendations was that Priority Area Culture and Tourism collaborate more in future on lobbying their common interests and creating beneficial synergies. Besides on April 9 Latvia's government approved the country's joining to the Council of Europe's European Cultural Routes Programme.
NDPC Annual Report
NDPC has published the Annual Report highlighting the work carried out in 2018. The signing of the Agreement on the establishment of NDPC International Secretariat was definately one of the priorities and main achievements in 2018.
Northern Dimension Institute's Policy Brief – Designing Innovative Public Services
Following the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Culture: Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossoverson which was held on November 15, 2018 in St. Petersburg, the Northern Dimension Institute has issued the Policy Brief on Designing Innovative Public Services. The ND Future Forum on Culture focused on the potential of creative and cultural cross-overs in producing public services that tackle societal challenges more effectively.
The CO-CREATE hanbook for creative professionals
The CO-CREATE handbook, elaborated from the insights and research developed during the Erasmus+ funded CO-CREATE project, is meant for training in collaborative design. In particular, it presents the methodology for developing train-the-trainer workshops on co-design. It can be used for accompanying co-design courses while it also features examples and practical information. This handbook has been created for both students and organizations interested in implementing co-design training activities.
Report: Business model profiling of cultural centres and performing arts organisations
As part of Creative Eurpe funded project Creative Lenses, Paul Bogen has written a report which gives an overview and analysis of the current profiles of arts and cultural centres and performing arts organisations. It looks into their models, structures, activities, management, finances and practices, highlighting major similarities and differences between them.
Events not to miss
April 24-25: Creative Lenses final conference: Culture and Business Models in Challenging Times in Helsinki.
May 16-19: The TEH87 conference “pARTicipation” in Dresden.
Funding for projects available at Baltic Culture Fund
The Baltic Culture Fund aims to promote cultural cooperation between the Baltic countries and strengthen the internationalisation of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian culture through joint cultural projects and events. The Fund especially supports new and one-off cultural events outside the Baltic countries, such as concerts, exhibitions, festivals, performances and international events with a Baltic focus, such as projects in architecture, visual art, design, literature, sound art, performing arts, libraries, museums and archives. The call for project applications is open until May 20.
More information on NDPC and culture and creative industries news and events on NDPC website www.ndpculture.org and Facebook: NDPCpage