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NDPC Steering Committe approves support to the Latvian project – Creativity week radi! (create!) 2017. The radi! week will take place in October 2017, highlighting interaction of creative and cultural industries with other sectors, and design thinking and interdisciplinary approach in entrepreneurship, as well as education and smart governance. NDPC has also developed project support guidelines for projects that can be submitted by NDPC members – the Ministries of Culture.

The NDPC International Forum 
will take place in St. Petersburg, on November 17-19. The overall theme of the Forum will be dedicated to cultural tourism and its growing impact on economical and social development.

PA Culture project development workshop

On September 18 NDPC took part at the 6th Strategic Project Development Workshop in Kaliningrad, organised by EUSBSR Policy Area Culture coordinators in collaboration with Territorium Film the Hanse-Office Kaliningrad and with the support of the Government of Kaliningrad Region and the Ministry of Justice, European Affairs, Consumer Protection and Equality of Land Schleswig-Holstein. The topic of the Workshop was EXCHANGE - INVOLVE – CREATE, and the organisers’ aim was to facilitate building of ties between cultural actors from Kaliningrad and the whole Baltic Sea Region. For the participants this was a chance to acquire possible new project partners, connect projects with similar ideas and get to learn more about funding possibilities. The event took place at the Museum of the World Ocean on the backdrop of a day of heavy rain, and consisted of presentations and case studies by the participants and idea sharing and developing workshop. The participants of the event concluded that the Workshop should be the first step to fruitful future collaboration.

NDPC Steering Committee Meeting within EUSBSR 8th Annual Forum
8th Annual Baltic Sea Region Strategy Forum took place in Berlin on June 13-14 at the impressive building of German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Among others - a great thought - provoking session on culture and sustainability, participants' common understanding on necessity of further BSR cross-border collaboration. A joint meeting of regional cultural stakeholders – PA Culture, NDPC, CBSS, ARS Baltica, national representatives - getting to know trends, developments, projects. The NDPC Steering Committee meeting was also held – making plans for common projects and work, as well as upcoming NDPC Forum in St. Petersburg. Thank you all the participating partners for a great input!

Arctic Arts Summit 2017
NDPC took part at the very first ever Arctic Arts Summit in Harstad, Norway, on June 21- 22. Vibrant discussions by prominent politicians and arts professionals of all spheres on the role of culture and creativity, their possibilities of development and cross-border collaboration in the vast Arctic region. Arctic Arts Summit is promised to become a regular forum for culture.

6th annual meeting "Baltic Sea region: from planning to common actions"
Discussion of current issues of interstate and interregional socio-economic partnership in the Baltic Sea region was held on 29 May 2017 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

Culturability workshop in Riga

NDPC was taking part at the conclusive Culturability Workshop - also presenting NDPC/ NDI/ National Association of Creative Industries of Lithuania project CreaDigiTourism. Workshop took place on June 15-16 at the wonderful premises and garden of the Smilgis, followed by a nice evening in the garden of Saules aleja (Sun Alley).
NDPC project approved for Interreg BSR Seed Money Funding

CreaDigi&Tourism – a project in collaboration with Northern Dimension Institute and National Association of Creative Industries of Lithuania addresses the challenge: how to facilitate the development of cultural tourism in the wider BSR by increased interaction and cooperation of tourism operators and cultural and creative industry (CCI) actors. More specifically, the Project focuses on culture and tourism operators’ innovative utilization of non-traditional CCI areas, such as gamification, mobile applications and virtual/augmented reality. The Project targets the more peripheral regions outside large urban touristic places, where CCI and cultural tourism plays or could potentially play an important role in terms of socio-economic development and sustainability of the region.

New study "Crowdfunding: Reshaping the crowd's engagement in culture" has been launched by the European Comission. It provides a thorough overview to what extent crowdfunding is being used in the cultural and creative sectors in Europe.

The new ARS BALTICA Baltic Sea Region Cultural Mobility Funding Guide provides an insight into financing opportunities for cultural mobility in the region.

Latvian creative industries' communication platform FOLD writes about the NDPC's recent report on creative industries and tourism cooperation in the Northern Dimension area. Check out the analytical review of the report, including the Latvian ecosystem and cases studies here.

CCI events in the region

International conference on design in Kaunas, Lithuania – Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives on the Role of Design in combining Social, Technological and Business Development, hosted by Kaunas University of Technology, on 28-30 September in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Join the fantastic community of international and Nordic short and documentary representatives attending the 28th edition of Nordisk Panorama Film Festival, on 21-26 September in Malmö, Sweden.

Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia - one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, takes place from 17 November to 3 December.

Short term network funding is available through Nordic-Baltic Mobility programme. Applications are open until 28 September. The funding covers travel, networking and residential visits. 

Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme invites potential applicants to attend an information seminar on 18-19 October in Riga, Latvia, dedicated to the upcoming third call for project applications.

Interesting read: Nesta writes about museum business models in the digital economy. 
More information on NDPC and culture and creative industries news and events on NDPC website and Facebook: NDPCpage
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