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Join NDPC's hackathon in St. Petersburg!

The beautiful summertime is over and NDPC is kicking off new projects. Culture and creativity is a driving force in regional and international sustainable development, and grassroots ideas are at its core. If you are passionate about making the world better through innovative problem-solving and want to contribute towards shaping a more inclusive world, we invite you to join the Creative and Cultural Industries hackathon Shaping the Future, taking place in St.Petersburg on November 13, and build a more sustainable future together. The core topic of the hackathon is sustainability, focusing on ideas that help us meet the needs of the present without compromising our future. It is going to be a one-day hackathon where participants will aim to build practical solutions that solve real issues through a creative approach, developing projects within the following three sectors: livable cities, circular economy and diversity. We await participants from all kinds of fields: cultural, IT, urban planning, social well-being and others, regardless of experience. More information and registration: The hackathon is organized by the Russian Ministry of Culture jointly with the NDPC.

UrbCulturalPlanning project

NDPC has partnered with the UrbCulturalPlanning project which uses culture and creativity to make living better in the neighborhoods in cities or in rural areas in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). Funded by the Interreg BSR programme, the main objective of the project is to advance the capacity of public authorities in the BSR and local NGOs and associations to collaborate on citizen driven cultural planning. The project is a cross border partnership of 14 Project Partners and 36 Associated Organizations in 8 countries. The lead partner of the project is Danish Cultural Institute. The biggest UrbCulturalPlanning project event of this year – the Conference “Urban Transformation through Art and Culture” was held from July 4 to 6 in Kiel, Germany. It was a meeting time of representatives of art and city planning field, as well as other specialists, providing presentations of the leading professionals and experts, valuable insights and ideas along with the time for debate. For three days dozens of distinguished leaders and experts presented their opinions on the most touching issues of cultural planning and beyond. The next project event – Urban Lab will take place at Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 9–11 September 2019. The focus for this Lab is the theme of visioning.

Refinery project
The platform meeting of the project Refinery of Sustainable cultural tourism products in the Northern Dimension Area took place in Finnish Lapland from June 1 to 3. It was held within the Arctic Arts Summit that was organized in Rovaniemi. The aim of the project is to enhance the collaboration between the tourism and creative industries within the Barents and Baltic Sea regions in order to create sustainable cultural tourism products and services to the area. The participants of the project – entrepreneurs, tour operators and developers, as well as artists and creative professionals were involved in several moderated service design workshops. Service design as a method and the tools and strategies the project gives to the participants has proven to be valuable, as the results currently show that many participants have managed to develop their services further and some of them have even created new products that are already at the market. Refinery is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and operated by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Arts Promotion Centre, Finland in co-operation with regional cultural authorities. Funding is also granted by NDPC. We look forward to hearing the next updates of the project.

Refinery meeting photo
MAD International Summer School of Design and Baltic Sea Festival
held with NDPC support

The fourth MAD International Summer School of Design under the theme "Transhumanity" took place in Sigulda, Latvia, from August 15 to 25. During ten days, the participants sought design solutions to challenges that concern the human body, combining nature studies with practical workshops assembled within traditional crafts and modern technologies. The aim of MAD was to understand design and craftsmanship to the bone, while taking action, creating things and experimenting with space and materials. Pettersen & Hein were amongst the tutors of the summer school, and their participation was supported by NDPC. It is a design practice founded in 2015 by the Norwegian artist Magnus Pettersen and the Danish furniture designer Lea Hein.

NDPC also supported the Baltic Sea Festival which took place from August 24 to 31 in the Baltic and Nordic countries. It is an international music festival that was founded in 2003 with the aim of using the platform of classical music to invite stakeholders to cross-border conversations about creating a sustainable future for the Baltic Sea region. 7 festival days with classical music were combined with 7 talks where some of the region’s most interesting personalities met to talk about sustainability and music. These conversations took place before each concert during the festival and featured artists, politicians and other influential people from participating cities.

A new board game for policymakers

Innovate! is a board game that has been created to help policymakers to improve the way they work together, strategise and incorporate the views of key stakeholders to address large-scale issues (Air Pollution, Ethics and Data Ownership, Inequality, Public Health Systems or Waste Reduction). The game is developed by Nesta in partnership with Digital Liberties.

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Events not to miss

September 10: International conference “Circular Economy in the Nordic-Baltic Region: How far have we come?” in Riga.

September 11: the 9th European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) in Helsinki.

November 13: Creative and Cultural Industries hackathon Shaping the Future in Saint Petersburg.

November 28: Northern Dimension Future Forum: Fresh and sustainable experiments of the Global North in Espoo.

Funding opportunities
The Council of Europe-EU Joint Programme "Routes4U" (deadline: September 9) – funding available for projects to develop tourism products, services and Cultural Routes cards in the macro-regions.

Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme Culture
Culture and Art programme (deadline: September 19) – provides support to projects with artistic and/or cultural quality which promote a multifaceted and sustainable Nordic region (all areas of art and culture eligible);
Short term network funding (deadline: September 26) – enables periods for cooperation, exchange of ideas and knowledge between professional artists and cultural workers in the Nordic region and/or the Baltic countries;
Mobility funding (opens: September 19, deadline: October 21) – provides support for travel and/or stay of professional artists or cultural workers within Nordic and/or Baltic countries.

Interreg Central Baltic Programme
The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 (deadline: October 15) – finances result orientated cross-border cooperation projects in Estonia, Finland (including Åland), Latvia and Sweden, that aim at solving common challenges together and across borders.

WORTH Partnership Project (deadline: October 31) – creates and supports through incubation programme transnational collaborations between fashion designers, creative people, manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) and technology firms looking to develop design-driven and innovative products. 
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