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Round table on cross-overs between creative industries and cultural tourism

During the VII Northern Dimension Forum held on 7 April in St.Petersburg a special round table discussion was organized by NDPC on interaction and cross–overs between CCIs and cultural tourism, as well as innovative approaches in those sectors. The round table looked upon the CCIs and the possible synergies to be forged with cultural tourism, community involvement and creative museums. It was acknowledged that CCIs and cultural tourism are fast and mobile growing sectors important for economic development, but also social well–being and quality of life. In regards to further most important activities where NDPC could intervene, the experts and round table participants listed exchange of experience and knowledge between countries in policy development and support instruments, networking and sharing experiences on community involvement, building networks of successful businesses and creating meeting places as well as knowledge base – developing research and studies, monitoring CCIs and cultural tourism businesses. The Forum was organized by ND Business Council and Association of European Businesses (AEB). Photo by AEB.
EUSBSR PA Culture seminar in Riga within radi! week
Continuing to tour around the Baltic Sea, Policy Area (PA) Culture coordinators of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region (EUSBSR) came to Riga on 31 May to inform about the opportunities for cultural and creative operators in the Baltic Sea Region. PA Culture seminar was held within the Creativity week radi! in Latvia. This was a perfect occasion to get introduced to PA Culture by getting to know current flagship projects and information on how to gain flagship status, as well as to find out about available funds for culture (EU and regional funding opportunities). PA Culture representatives also informed about their planned activities in the field of culture and creative sectors. This was the right place to meet potential project partners and representatives of granting institutions, pitch ideas, find partners and overall - expand the network.
 
Senior Official Group for Culture
Within the framework of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), the Senior Official Group for Culture (SOGC) met in Warsaw on 15 June. The results of the CBSS Polish Presidency programme within priority “Creativity” and overview of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) cultural cooperation were presented. In order to foster the coordination of activities in the field of culture in BSR, Policy Area Culture Steering Group Meeting was held subsequently in joint format with SOGC members and representatives of BSR cultural organizations. They discussed the results of the 4th Seed Money call and the 1st and 2nd Interreg BSR call. New Seed Money selection procedure and establishment of project assessment criteria were described, as well as the current state of play of PA Culture Flagships was presented. The meeting included presentations and networking about the current and future activities in the field of culture in BSR countries, including the 7th EUSBSR Forum in Stockholm (November 2016) and the 8th EUSBSR Forum in Berlin (June 2017).
EUSBSR Seed Money support for projects
Applications for Seed Money support from EUSBSR to kick-start your project idea will be open from 28 September 2016 to 15 February 2017. Seed money provides a great opportunity to develop your project idea further, expand your partnership and prepare for the next step - elaborate an application for submission to any funding source available in the Baltic Sea region. Although it's summer, it would be wise to start planning! More information: here.
NDPC and Demola cooperation
Multidisciplinary team of students working on a new webpage and visual identity ideas for NDPC has successfully participated in the Final Pitch & Graduation of Demola Latvia Spring 2016 season. Students presented their achievements to a larger audience and NDPC is looking forward to implement their ideas in real life. This cooperation was possible thanks to EU co-financing and support from Cube Media. Demola facilitates co-creation projects between university students and organizations, with the aim to find innovative solutions to the needs of organizations, that are seeking for the spark of creativity, design thinking and new ideas.
 
The 24th NDPC Steering Committee meeting
The 24th NDPC Steering Committee meeting took place on 31 May at Kaukametsä Congress Centre in Kajaani, Finland. It was a parallel event to the Barents Regional Council meeting. NDPC strategic development issues for the coming four years, as well as the planning of NDPC’s events and workshops for 2016 was discussed, including the annual NDPC Forum in St. Petersburg on December 2016. SC also worked on the potential CCI collaboration projects with regional partners, and the inception phase of NDPC study "Mapping Exercise: how could CCI foster innovation in tourism in the ND area” was presented.
 
Steering Group meeting of the Northern Dimension Institute
Ilze Gailīte-Holmberg, Senior Adviser of NDPC, participated in the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) Steering Group meeting on 26 May at Aalto University School of Business in Finland. Amongst other issues on the agenda, there were discussions on Northern Dimension Day in 2016 and collaboration between NDI and ND partnerships, including NDPC. Good news from the NDI - among other things they will make a new informative video on ND partnerships and their work and present success stories.
 
The 7th Strategy Forum of EUSBSR and Northern Dimension Day
The 7th Strategy Forum of EUSBSR will be hosted by Sweden together with the Nordic Council of Ministers and in close cooperation with the European Commission. The Strategy Forum will be held on 8-9 November 2016 at the Brewery Conference Centre in Stockholm, Sweden. The overall thematic focus will be the future for the Baltic Sea Region and a desired vision for 2030. The Strategy Forum will be used to discuss how the EUSBSR can or should contribute to a desired development within its three objectives: Save the Sea, Connect the Region and Increase Prosperity. The second Northern Dimension Day will be held back-to-back with the Strategy Forum on 7 November. Following the lines of the EUSBSR Strategy Forum, the ND Day will be envisioning the future of the Northern Dimension in 2030. Topics of discussion include e.g. visions about the achievements of ND cooperation by 2030 and topical challenges within the thematic areas of the four partnerships in 2030.
 
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