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Creating new practices of sustainability

NDPC has joined forces with the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Ministries for Foreign Affairs and Education and Culture of Finland to run a project on cross-sectoral creativity in the era of climate changes. The project focuses on exploring the problematics of sustainable development experienced by communities in the Northern Dimension area from the perspective of the arts based on the four pillars of sustainability: social, environmental, economic and cultural. The sustainability project will run until December 2020. Within the project, there was a conference organized in Espoo, Finland in the end of October - beginning of November 2019 about the topic of living heritage in the Nordic countries, as well as an interview article created by CAPITAL R about diversity, intangible and living cultural heritage featuring Eivind Falk, the Director of Norwegian Crafts Institute, and Kirstine Eiby Møller, the Curator at Greenland National museum and Archives. Recently the first regional Creative Industries Incubator network meeting also took place within the project.

NDPC updates

NDPC became a member of the Culture Action Europe network. Today CAE is the major European network of cultural networks, organisations, artists, activists, academics and policymakers. CAE is the first port of call for informed opinion and debate about arts and cultural policy in the EU. As the only intersectoral network, it brings together all practices in culture, from the performing arts to literature, the visual arts, design and cross-arts initiatives, to community centers and activist groups.

Refinery workshop

NDPC's supported Refinery project ended with a workshop on storification on November 8 in Helsinki.

NDPC participated in the Sixth Northern Dimension Parliamentary Forum with a presentation to the Parliamentarians on the ongoing activities and future perspectives of the Partnership. The Forum was held on November 19-20 in Bodo, Norway. During the forum wide variety of topics were discussed, including international transport cooperation and maritime security in the High North, environmental cooperation in the Northern Dimension, sustainable tourism and cultural entrepreneurship, strengthened policies to improve health and social well-being through cooperation within the Northern Dimension area, as well as reflections on future policies for the Northern Dimension.

The Sixth Northern Dimension
Parliamentary Forum

Shaping the Future hackathon

Shaping the Future hackathon, jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and NDPC, held on November 13 in Saint Petersburg, gathered more than 60 participants from 10 countries. During the event, participants developed innovative ideas for the creative and cultural industries sector that would help build a more efficient, inclusive and greener world. During the pitch session, participants presented such ideas as a platform that structures and provides users with more objective news, a platform that helps others to learn and use smart devices and applications, and more. Creative and Cultural Industries hackathon Shape the Future was organized as the VI International Cultural Forum. Follow this link to get to know more about the results.

NDPC took part in the Northern Dimension Future Forum ''Fresh and Sustainable Experiments in the Global North'' which took place on November 28 at Aalto University, Finland. Forum panels presented technology and human centered sustainable solutions to societal challenges in the fields of health, transport, environment and culture. During the discussion “Pathways towards more sustainable future” panelists were sharing their experience and professional involvement dealing with climate change challenges. What if we could apply different criteria than GDP to measure economic growth and call it de-growth, zero growth?- was one of the proposals announced. The panel discussion  “Feasibility and sustainability of future technological solutions” tackled the topic of how and if technological solutions could help to slow down the speed of global warming. One of the solutions - to scale-up local solutions to solve global challenges and act beyond Northern Dimension borders. While the discussion “Human-centered solutions for sustainable future” emphasized that only with the simplification of people’s lifestyle, industrial processes, cooperation and co-creation we can still make an impact on global climate processes. The Future Forum was a pre-event to the conference “Clean and Global North - High-Level Event on Regional Cooperation in the North” within Finland's Presidency in the Council of the European Union in 2019 and was organized by the Northern Dimension Institute and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

The wheel chart of sustainability and intangible cultural heritage

How to understand and evaluate the practical meaning of sustainable development? How to better take it into account when working with living traditions? The very special wheel chart is here to help you work with these topics. The tool was developed as part of the NDPC's project ''Creating new practices of sustainability'' and tested during the conference ''Living heritage in the Nordic countries''. It will help to discuss and analyse the different dimensions of sustainable development in relation to living heritage in a practical way. It can also be used to analyze your own work, hobby or the activities of your institution. Give it a try!

Cultural and Creative Cities
Monitor 2019

European Commission has launched the new Cultural and Creative Cities monitor 2019 - a tool designed to benchmark and boost the creative and cultural potential of European cities. The Monitor presents cultural and creative richness of 190 cities in 30 countries.

Future of culture and creative sectors in EU

A new report commissioned by the European Parliament's CULT Committee assesses the way the European cultural and creative sectors are already affected and could be affected in the future by economic, social, political or technologic changes.

Event not to miss

24-25 February, 2020: Urban Lab in Kiel, Germany on the topic of creative bureaucracy. Urbanists and city planners, artists, researchers and academics, students and community organizers, politicians and activists are invited to explore the key aspects of taking an art and cultural perspective in urban strategies and practice.

Funding opportunity
Nordic Culture Point grants in 2020
The calendar of funding opportunities of the Nordic Culture Point for the next year has been published. Take a look at the funding opportunities and do not miss the deadlines, as first grants open already early in January. Grants of Nordic Culture Point give opportunity to create culture, conduct projects and organize meetings between artists and cultural workers in the Nordic region and Baltic States.


Thank you all for the continuous collaboration throughout this year.
We look forward to the new endeavors, projects and partnerships in 2020.
Season's greetings!

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