Exploring the Northern Dimension

2nd International Forum ‘CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTH’, St. Petersburg, Russia

On 17th December 2015, Saint Petersburg will be hosting the 2nd International Forum in the framework of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) ‘CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTH’

Forum is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The event will be attended by representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the North-West Federal regions of Russia, experts in the field of creative industries and cultural tourism of the Northern Dimension.

2016 is the year of the Russian Federation Presidency of the NDPC, which is an important inter-regional platform for international and interregional cooperation in the field of culture among the "Northern Dimension" Member States. The main objective of the NDPC is mutually beneficial cooperation of the participating countries in the economic and social spheres to achieve sustainable development in Northern Europe.

Registration as well as more information on www.ndpcrussia2015.com, web registration available from November 8, 2015.

Preliminary programme of the Forum

4th Call for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

The Fourth Call for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020 will be open from 1st May to 30th September 2016

The call is open for all 4 Priority Axes:

  1. Using Innovation to Maintain And Develop Robust And Competitive Communities
  2. Promoting Entrepreneurship to Realise the Potential of the Programme Area’s Competitive Advantage
  3. Fostering Energy-Secure Communities through Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  4. Protecting, Promoting and Developing Cultural and Natural Heritage

For further information, please visit the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme website.

6 countries signed the Agreement on the Establishment of the NDPC Secretariat

6 countries have signed the Agreement on the Establishment of the Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). The official signing ceremony between the governments of the Republic of Finland, the Republic of Latvia, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Poland, the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Sweden was held on 28 May at the Ministry of Culture of Latvia.

NDPC focuses on improving operational conditions for cultural and creative industries, bridging the gap between various sources of funding and strengthening cooperation between project owners, business communities, the public sector and international institutions throughout Northern Europe, and facilitates state, regional and private funding attraction for the implementation of significant cultural and creative industries projects in Finland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.


Source: NDPC website. Photos from the signing ceremony can be found at the NDPC website.

A Briefing Note "Culture in EU development policies and external action" published

A Joint Communication by the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission titled “Towards an EU Strategy for international cultural relations” was published on 8 June 2016 and will be discussed by the Council of the EU in autumn 2016.

Read more from the viewpoint of Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture: http://www.ndpculture.org/blog/culture-in-eu-development-policies-and-external-action

A new Work Plan for Culture adopted by the Council of the European Union

The Council of the European Union adopted Conclusions on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022.

The plan is considered a strategic instrument setting priorities and defining concrete actions to address the increasing shift to digital technologies, globalisation and growing societal diversity in the area of cultural policy.

The Work Plan, adopted on 27 November 2018, sets out the following five priorities for European cooperation in cultural policy-making:

  • Sustainability in cultural heritage
  • Cohesion and well-being
  • An ecosystem supporting artists, cultural and creative professionals and European content
  • Gender equality
  • International cultural relations

The priorities are complemented by 17 concrete actions to be carried out over a period of four years. The Work Plan is part of the European Agenda for Culture strategic framework.

Source: European Commission

A recent study "Collaboration and Innovation in the Northern Dimension Countries" by the ND Partnership on Culture

A recent study published by the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) suggests, amongst other findings, that there are seven important cross-sectoral innovation elements that should be taken into account when developing policy in this area. They are:

  • Connectivity is the key to the preparatory phase of cross-sectoral innovation teamwork;
  • CCIs’ roles as mediators or initiators of cross-sectoral innovation to be better understood;
  • Multilevel approaches should embrace innovation risks taken by diverse partners; 
  • A broader definition of CCI innovation and its impact (including "soft" innovation) to be adopted;
  • Attention needs to be given to the long-term assessment of impact and tracking of results;
  • A broader vision of cross-innovation in relation to sustainable development goals (SDG) is timely;
  • Legal frameworks to be developed to facilitate CCIs' involvement in cross-sectoral innovation.

The study “Collaboration and Innovation in the Northern Dimension Countries” was carried out within the framework of an EU-funded study project “Cross-sectoral cooperation and innovation within Creative and Cultural Industries - practices, opportunities and policies within the area of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture”. The project was conceived and its activities supported by the NDPC secretariat.

NDPC CollaborationInnovation

 

One of the aims of this project was to support the NDPC's 2021–2024 strategy development. However, the results of the project should be of interest to policymakers and representatives of CCIs and industries across the Northern Dimension (ND) region. NDPC is hopeful that the ideas presented in the study will help to trigger new policy improvements and cross-innovation activities in the wider ND innovation ecosystem.

The key objective of the study was to assess the ability of CCIs to connect with other sectors and contribute to cross-sectoral innovation. It provides the foundation for defining CCI inter-sectoral "cross-innovation" potential and international opportunities related to the ND countries. A mixed-method approach that forms the background of the study was based on the data analysis of 121 recent case studies from 11 countries that were collected in the course of nine months, thanks to the support of over 100 contributors.

The wider components of the project also included four thematic Experts' Focus Group events, four Policy Briefs, one Scientific journal publication and other articles, as well as wrap-up events. Information about the project and its results are available on the new web resource ndpccrossinno.eu

The final event of the project which will include the presentation of the findings of the study, as well as a feedback and networking session with CCI representatives and experts from across the ND region will be held on 11 March.

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in Cultural Value

Artist-led contributions to the cultural value agenda: developing theory, methods and policy insight

The Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick and a-n The Artists Information Company are pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship to commence October 2014 working on a project entitled ‘Artist-led contributions to the cultural value agenda: developing theory, methods and policy insight’.

The PhD will be supervised by Dr Eleonora Belfiore of Warwick University with Susan Jones, Director of a-n, as the designated non-HE supervisor.

This studentship will cover full-time University tuition fees and include an annual tax free stipend at standard AHRC rates (currently £13,726 a year). In addition, a-n will provide up to £1,000 pa to cover travel and research expenses to a total of £3000 over the studentship and up to £5000 towards fees to cover self-employed artists’ loss of earnings to contribute to research focus groups or interviews.

Deadline for applications: 25 June 2014.

Interviews will be held at Warwick University on 8 July 2014.

For more information, plese see: Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, The University of Warwick

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Eleonora Belfiore (e.belfiore(a)warwick.ac.uk).

Apply Now: N.I.C.E. Network & Award

N.I.C.E. Network & Award

Deadline for application is 15 April 2014.

The European centre for creative economy (ecce) is charged with the sustainably development of the creative industries and the pan-European networking from the Ministry of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State North Rhine-Westphalia.

Arctic Design Week Open Call

Arctic Design Week is the world’s northernmost design week. Theme for the week is Arctic Transition - how we improve living and business, and how prepare for change in the Arctic. The intention of the week is to bring together creative Arctic know-how, help companies to understand the value of design in business and to enhance living in the Arctic sustainably using design. Arctic Design Week is a platform to tell stories, introduce Arctic know-how and create and try out new concepts.

Now you can apply for the programme through the open call. The open call for programme entries is open until Nov 11.
 

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