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Current Projects

After careful consideration, the 43 applications received by the deadline of 31 March 2018, were whittled down by the Committee of Senior Officials to the final 7 projects for which contract negotiations are ongoing. Please find the projects below:

2018-2019 Baltic Sea Festival Advisory Board

Lead partner: Sweden (Swedish Radio Berwaldhallen) in partnership with Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia

The Baltic Sea Festival has been running since 2003, offering both a cultural programme (focusing on music) and a seminar programme concentrating on leadership and sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region. Through music and discussions, the festival hopes to create a platform for democratic dialogue focusing on regional issues.

The vision for the Baltic Sea Festival is to further develop the platform into a yearly meeting point where people with an engagement in the Baltic region can meet, discuss and exchange initiatives and ideas for the future. Environment, leadership and the younger generation’s possibilities for education and work being potential themes.

This funding will help establish an Advisory Board, comprised of key decision makers and lobbyists from the region, that can help pinpoint a new aim for the festival, making the event more relevant and significant through the development of the programme as well as engaging new partners and audiences.

More information about the Baltic Sea Festival 2018 can be found here.

Project partners:

Finland – Hanaholmen

Latvia – Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia

Lithuania – Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania

Russia – Swedish Consulate-General, St Petersburg, Russia

2018-2019 Integrating Belarusian Business Studies in the Baltic Sea Region Higher Education

Lead partner:  Finland (University of Turku) in partnership with Belarus, Germany, Latvia, and Russia

The overall aim of the project is to expand teacher and researcher resources in order to shape an international network focusing on Master Level executive education with a specific perspective on international business and entrepreneurship. The resources would take new digital technology into consideration.

The project will provide a way to integrate Belarussian Higher Education more closely into a Baltic Sea Region Higher Education context, building on the experiences from the CBSS Eurofaculty concept and current teaching and learning methods.

Project Partners:

Belarus – Belarusian State University

Germany – Berlin School of Economics and Law

Latvia – University of Latvia

Russia – Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON)

2018-2019 The Baltic Sea Region Youth Camp 2019 - an initiative for increasing youth participation

Lead Partner: Norway (Eastern Norway County Network as Chairman of the Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC)) in partnership with Denmark (UBC) and Poland (ERB)

How can policymakers better integrate young people in the decision-making process in the Baltic Sea Region? About 100 young people from all countries across the Baltic Sea region would take part in a three-day camp in Gdansk, June 2019 leading up to the Annual Forum of the EUSBSR in 2019. The Baltic Sea Region Youth Camp 2019 (BSRYC 2019) will focus on topics like sustainable development and the European Year of Cultural Heritage by organising cultural workshops, panel discussions as well as offer the chance to meet politicians and experts.  The BSRYC 2019 will also allow the participants to strengthen and formulate an idea of Baltic identity through an interactive cultural programme.

The outcome of the camp will be used for the continued effort to strengthen the voice of youth and actually involve them.

Project Partners:

Denmark – Ungdomsskolen Kolding, Kolding Kommune as Chairman of Union of Baltic Cities (UBC)

Poland – Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic (ERB)

Poland – The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre (BSCC)

2018-2019 Digital approaches in cultural heritages towards a pan-Baltic cooperation network

Lead partner: Latvia (National Library of Latvia) in partnership with Estonia, Germany, Lithuania and Sweden

The project highlights the growing demand for access to cultural heritage and, therefore, the need to digitalize our common heritage. It seeks to establish a sustainable framework for pan-Baltic cooperation in using digital approaches. The network will interlink institutions, experts and young professionals working in these fields.

The project supports the vision of the Baltic 2030 Action Plan which aims to improve access to excellent educational opportunities and a high quality of life for people of every age and background.

Project Partners: 

Estonia – National Library of Estonia

Germany – Rostock University Library

Lithuania – Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania

Sweden – National Library of Sweden

2018-2019 Nordic authors crossing borders in the Baltic States

Lead Partner: Denmark (The Confederation of Nordic Associations/FNF) in partnership with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

The project aims at strengthening the cultural identity and branding between the Nordic and Baltic countries through visits to schools, high schools, universities, libraries and other cultural institutions across the Baltic Sea region focusing on children, young people and adults in both urban and rural areas. The awarded funding will enable the Confederation of Nordic Associations to further develop this concept. The visits help to create social cohesion thanks to the promotion of common values such as democracy, artistic freedom and equality.

Project Partners: 

Estonia – The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Estonia

Latvia – The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia

Lithuania – The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania

2018-2020 Well-being residency network

Lead Partner: Latvia (Association Sansusī) in partnership with Finland, Russia and Sweden

The Well-being Residency is an evolving concept which merges arts residencies and socially engaged art. The project wants to create an artist-in-residence program where culture is used as a tool for recovery, ameliorating social inclusion and well-being. The project will qualify and document the interaction between artists and the target group, in a situation of recovery (care homes, hospitals, prisons or reception centres). The project operates in rural and remote areas and is organized in collaboration with local communities; social and healthcare institutions.

Project Partners: 

Finland – Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Regional office of Lapland

Finland – Cross-Cultural Organisation Piste ry

Latvia – VSIA Rigas cirks

Russia – Social and Cultural Youth Centre

Sweden – Norrbotten County Council

2018-2019 NordicBaltic Festival Platform

Lead partner: Sweden (Sweden Festivals) in partnership with Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Poland

The NordicBaltic Festival Platform (NBFP) has been in development since 2011 and has gathered until now 11 partners from 9 different countries. The NBFP has the role of an incubator and network for arts & culture festivals in the region.

The project aims at engaging up to 500 festivals in its activities (dance, theatre, puppetry, film, etc), enhancing their audience, connections and visibility. The platform allows the various festivals and respective organisers to share experience on working in the region and business strategies in order to maximise efficiency (e.g. save time, money) when tackling common challenges in the field (e.g. audience development and increasing employment/revenue streams, etc.).

Project Partners: 

Denmark – Helsingør Teater

Estonia – PLMF Arts Management Ltd

Faroe Islands, Denmark – The Nordic House

Finland – Finland Festivals

Greenland, Denmark – The Nordic Institute in Greenland

Iceland – Reykjavik Arts Festival

Latvia – Latvian Concerts

Lithuania – Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

Norway – Norway Festivals

Poland – The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre

Below you can find more information about the past or ongoing projects funded by the PSF during 2017 and 2016.

2016-2018 At the Water’s Edge

The project ‘At the Water’s Edge’ is a transnational and cross-generational communication project, which aims to foster exchange of memories from the Baltic Sea Region from the time when the sea was divided by the Iron Curtain. The idea of the physical sea as a connection but also a separation between different nations is at the very centre of the project. While the political aspect of the sea as a border and the imagined Iron Curtain is viewed differently by the Eastern and Western Baltic Sea Region, for both sides, the sea is also seen as a place of summer vacations and a source of livelihood. By combining all the different layers of memory and connections, the project aims to strengthen the regional identity and the communication between the citizens of the Baltic Sea Region. The memories and different perspectives on the Cold War will be reflected through simultaneous exhibitions in all of the nine countries bordering the Baltic Sea.

Project Partners:

Estonia – Unitas Foundation

Denmark –  Koldkrigsmuseum Langelandsfort

Estonia – Okupatisioonide Muuseum

Finland –  Nordens Institut på Åland 

Germany – Schiffbau-und Schifffahrtsmuseum Rostock

Latvia – SERDE

Lithuania – A.Moncio namai-muziejus (Lithuania),

Poland –  Galeria Miejsce

Russia – The Kaliningrad State Art Gallery

Sweden –  Gotlands Konstmuseum

2017-2018 Urban Climate Change Adaption

Climate change is happening around us, in our immediate environment, cities and seas. Adapting to the climate change is imperative for resilient societies. The Paris climate agenda and Sustainable Development Goals call for global, national and local action.

Therefore, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), together with the Baltic Development Forum (BDF) and the Union of Baltic Cities (UBC), plans a capacity building programme, made up of a series of workshops to train decision makers and stakeholders in the Baltic Sea region in a set of risk management approaches for climate adaptation known as bottom-up methodologies.

While Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and other decisions are made at national levels, real decision making often takes place at the local level where issues of implementation are addressed. The purpose of the workshops is to provide a platform to discuss knowledge sharing and next steps for capacity building in bottom-up methodologies at a regional or municipality level. The workshops will be organised in three different locations around the Baltic Sea Region. The workshop programme will be adapted to the local context.

Project Partners:

Sweden – Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Denmark – Baltic Development Forum (BDF)

Finland – Union of Baltic Cities (UBC) – Sustainable Cities Commission

2017-2018 Reclaiming Stormwater Ecosystem Services

The proposed project contributes to a sustainable development of a prosperous Baltic Sea Region by developing a teaching and training course on sustainable urban stormwater management and related ecosystem services. The course will bring together students, decision-makers, planners, and other professionals for a multi-actor, mutual learning programme, comprising on-site lectures, workshops, and online courses. The course will be embedded and disseminated through the “Baltic University Programme” to reach stakeholders from the entire Baltic Sea region.

The project will demonstrate the potential of sustainable stormwater management to respond to climate change-induced increasing risk of urban flooding, and for the improvement of urban ecosystems. It will demonstrate state-of-the-art approaches and the innovation potential and capacities, related to sustainable stormwater management, existing in the Baltic Sea region.

Through its multi-actor approach and active knowledge and experience exchange across the Baltic Sea region, the project will foster macro-regional cooperation and developments.

Project Partners:

Finland – Turku University of Applied Sciences Ltd.

Germany – Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg

Lithuania – Kaunas University of Technology

2017-2018 From SDGs towards Sustainable Tourism

The CBSS long-term priorities had been reviewed in 2014. They explicitly support a sustainable tourism development by means of strengthened tourism cooperation in the BSR and joint tourism development. The Global Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015. The CBSS have renewed their commitment to a more sustainable development of the BSR in 2016. What has happened since? How has tourism fared of a more sustainable development? The project “From the SDGs towards a Sustainable Tourism in the BSR” will track down the status quo of sustainable tourism in the BSR, identify best practices, trigger processes, gaps and differences in order to develop, provide and communicate solutions. The project is supposed to be only a first formal step towards a more systematic approach to promoting sustainability in the tourism sector: a flagship process in the frame of EUSBSR’s PA Tourism, which aims at really achieving impact.

Project Partners:

Germany – Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.

Lithuania –  Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania

Estonia –  Estonian Rural Tourism Organisation (ERTO)

Germany – Ministry of Economics, Employment & Health Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Finland –  City of Turku, Visit Turku

Belgium –  Executive Secretary Baltic Sea Commission

2017-2019 ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue (ABCD)

The ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue (ABCD) intends to gather creative and cultural practitioners, provide space for discussion in an open environment and create synergies for and with the participating partners. The format wants to highlight cross-sectorial links an allow policy-makers to follow the debates and share their perspectives on the impact of culture and cultural practice. The underlying understanding is that culture is an essential driver for sustainability.

The main ambition is to contribute actively to integrating the cultural landscape in the Baltic Sea Region by bringing innovative cultural players together and establish a forum for continuous exchange. This forum will allow exchanging good practices, ideas and new project developments. The core focus is to link existing initiatives, to reflect on initiatives, their success stories, developments and challenges with the respective tools of the ARS BALTICA focus areas Exchange, Expertise and Reach-Out. The travelling character of the ABCDs allows communicating the issues and topics discussed in one country to be also put on the ABCD agenda in the next one in order to understand, whether there are recurring or contrasting themes and observations. The ABCD format allows gaining a specific understanding of the national cultural players and sectors, a necessary step in order to link them better on an international scale. Moreover, the ABCDs function as a tool to raise awareness about culture as a driver for sustainability and other key issues, that illustrate that culture and cultural practice are the horizontal binding force in our societies.

Project Partners:

Int – Nordkolleg Rendsburg GmbH – ARS BALTICA Secretariat

Finland –  Union of Baltic Cities – Cultural Cities Commission

Poland – Baltic Sea Cultural Centre

Denmark – Performing Arts Platform Aarhus

Estonia – VABALAVA Theatre

Latvia – RIXC / Center for New Media Culture

Russia –  Territorium Filmfestival

2018 Ageing Workforce, Social Cohesion & Sustainable Development

The project focuses on the challenges of policies fostering the labour force participation of elderly people in order to compensate for the social and economic consequences of demographic change within the Baltic Sea region. The policy dialogue and knowledge exchange established by the project aims to contribute to evidence-based decision-making and to support the development of sustainable policies for the region. Deliverables include the publication of a joint discussion paper with input from researchers and policymakers from the region; a dialogue event with stakeholders from research, policy and societal organisations to consolidate the findings of the discussion paper; and the publication of a policy brief, summarising the project results and recommendations for future policy interventions within the Baltic Sea Region. The results will be disseminated through the proven European-wide communication channels of Population Europe, the network of demographic research centres in Europe.

Project Partners:

Germany – Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V.

Poland – SGH Warsaw School of Economics

Sweden –  Lund University