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Takeaways of the NDPC Forum "Culture as a factor of growth"

The V International Forum within the framework of NDPC took place on 14 November 2018 in Saint Petersburg and explored the theme of Urbanism as a part of modern cultureExperts from Russia and other NDPC countries (Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Poland) took part at the Forum. There were no formal conclusions to the Forum, however, the event recurrently highlighted the necessity for a cultural and creative industries' (CCI) event in Russia that discusses and presents the actual developments in the CCI area, a platform that highlights developments but also sets forth further aims and challenges. Networking between local CCI representatives and Russian – non-Russian experts became of great value: several cross-border collaboration projects are being developed from the Forum meeting days. It is also very clear that the focus on the role of CCIs and their synergy with other sectors should be developed and nurtured, as this synergy is the provider of future development in CCIs, social integration, economic impact growth, regional development and other aspects of growth. Thus, the future NDPC Fora should continue to address not only culture and creativity, but rather their impact for the benefit of development of wider societal aspects, and how this impact be grown and furthered. There should be stronger focus on cross-border networking, collaboration, knowledge and best practices exchange, therefore it would be advisable to involve more experts from a variety of NDPC Partner countries. Read more.

Looking back at the Northern Dimension
Future Forum 2018

The Northern Dimension Future Forum 2018: Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers was held on 15 November 2018 in Saint Petersburg. The event gathered over 50 participants from 11 countries to discuss and share inspiring experiences and lessons learnt on design thinking approach in public services and cultural and creative crossovers addressing societal challenges. The participants represented universities, cultural institutions, NGOs and governmental organizations. NDPC contributed when creating the contents' part of the Forum, as well as attended the Forum both as experts and participants. Read more about the Forum and get speakers' presentations here.

Creative Industries. Matchmaking event in Riga

Creative Industries. Matchmaking event was held in Riga on 7 and 8 December 2018. It launched the three-year TabFab expansion and coopeartion project and a number of activities in Latvia and Denmark. TabFab is a former tobacco factory in Riga which will be transformed into a new, innovative creative quarter. During the event the winner of the international sketch design competition for the new TabFab creative quarter was announced. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark congratulated the Latvian architect company NRJA that was given the first prize by the international jury. Creative Industries. Matchmaking gathered representatives from incubators and higher education representatives in order to strengthen entrepreneurship and collaboration. The project is developed by the Ministry of Culture of Latvia, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Danish Culture Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Danish Embassy in Latvia and creative industries actors in Latvia and Denmark. The project is supported by the Danish Industry Fund, the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Upcoming CCI events
Symposium "Modernising Cultural and Creative Industries within the EU: Discussing the New European Agenda for Culture" on 6 February 2019 in Brussels.

Tallinn Music Week from 25 to 31 March 2019 in Tallinn.

Nordic Place Branding Conference on 3 April 2019 in Stockholm.

How to write
a good project application?

As next year's funding calls for Nordic Culture Point's administered grant programmes are approaching, get useful advice from Berit Anne Larsen, Expert at Nordic Culture Point, on how to write a decent project.

Cult-CreaTE project kicks off
On 13 and 14 November 2018 in Riga NDPC contributed as Associated Partner to Interreg Europe project Cult-CreaTE "Cultural and Creative Industries Contribution to Cultural and Creative Tourism (CCT) in Europe" launch conference.  The project deals with various aspects of CCI and CCT development, their existing synergies and cross-overs to be carried out in 8 regions of Europe, with prospects and initiatives to be developed within private and public sector.
NDPC Steering Committee meeting and Mid-term evaluation of NDPC
On 15 November 2018 in Saint Petersburg the 31st NDPC Steering Committee meeting took place. Among other matters it was introduced that the research company PROMAN will evaluate the NDPC work since its beginning in 2010. The evaluation is funded by European Commission, and all four ND Partnerships are due to be evaluated in 2018-2019.
Cross-Innovation conference in Hamburg

The conference took place on 29 and 30 November 2018 in Hamburg at Virtual Reality Headquarters aiming to start a new European network with the goal to constantly exchange on developments of CCI cross-sector innovation and development, and to forge development of beneficial policies on national as well as European level. The key topics were: the benefits of cross innovation, the role of the public sector in fostering cross industry cooperation, the superpower of creativity today and in future for different industries, best practice approaches accross Europe, as well as researchers' perspective on cross innovation.
Nordic Culture Point's calls in 2019

Nordic Culture Point has spread the information about the first calls of its grant programmes to be opened in 2019. Please note that all grant application deadlines are at 15:59 o'clock, Finnish time.
NORDBUK grant programme: 1.1 – 1.2.2019
Mobility funding: 3.1 – 4.2.2019
Funding for artist residencies: 8.1 – 7.2.2019
Network funding (short-term and long-term): 16.1 – 18.2.2019
Culture and Art Programme: 4.2 – 4.3.2019
Please visit their website for more information.


We wish you a Joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May the ND partnership spirit light the New Year to come!

NDPC and Secretariat
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