Read here about upcoming events, conferences with relevance for the Baltic Sea Region and the latest development in EU cultural policy.

  • Cultural Events

    Riga Fashion Week

    Riga Fashion Week will be the hottest ticket in town starting next Tuesday 24th of October, until Saturday the 28th. The event will feature the launch of the 2018 spring summer pret-a-porter collections, along with the 3rd...[more]


    International singer-songwriters’ festival “This is Me” Vilnius

    The International singer-songwriters’ festival “This is Me” (Tai-Aš) is returning to Vilnius this Thursday with three days of inspiring entertainment. From the 19th to the 21st of October Vilnius St Catherine’s Church will be...[more]



    The Creative Climate Leadership programme provides training to artists and cultural professionals to utilise their creative talents and entrepreneurial perspectives to take action on climate change. The next CCL workshop is...[more]


    Territorium Film

    Territorium Film returns to Kaliningrad for the 6th year running next week, with four days of interesting documentary films from German and Russian filmmakers, screening across the city. The festival opens on Friday 15th of...[more]


    Tallin Urban Lab

    The creative platform Urbiquity once again brings its urbanism residency programme to Tallin, with a week of activities and workshops scheduled all of next week in and around Tallin, Estonia. [more]


    Landskrona Foto Festival

    The Landskrona Foto Festival has become one of Scandinavia’s most important photographic events and the countdown is on for the 2017 festival which starts this Friday in Landskrona, Sweden, running through until Sept 17th. [more]


    Exhibition devoted to Arvo Pärt, Gdansk

    Arvo Pärt is one of Estonia’s most esteemed contemporary composers and with their role as current President of the EU, the country will recognise him in an exhibition devoted to his work at the St John’s Centre in Gdansk, Poland,...[more]

  • ARS BALTICA Projects

    Cultural leaders for sustainable development

    Creative Europe funds EU-wide project Creative Climate Leadership with ARS BALTICA participation. The project was initated by Julie's Bicycle from Great Britain and the seven project partners come from across Europe. [more]


    Review on One BSR - An interview with project manager Franziska Schindler

    After having accompanied ARS BALTICA for two years as manager of the One BSR project Franziska Schindler gave us a review and her personal insight into the project’s implementation, achievements and future perspectives.[more]


    One BSR Final Conference

    Today the One BSR final conference takes place in Helsinki (Finland) which marks the end of the project. ARS Baltica representatives will be on side when the achievements of One BSR and the future perspectives of the BSR will be...[more]


    ONE BSR Talent Retention

    The ONE BSR project meeting is today in Riga (Latvia), and the new film on BSR Talent will be presented to the team for the first time. It was created during the 3rd Policy Round-Table Discussion in Gdansk (Poland) on BSR Talent...[more]


    ONE BSR City Guide

    Five Baltic Sea metropoles introduce themselves in a common destination guide launched in December 2013: Hamburg, Helsinki, Riga, St. Petersburg and Warsaw.[more]


    folkBALTICA Winter Concerts

    The next folkBALTICA festival takes place in May – but to deliver a specific foretaste of what is to come, the organizers are presenting winter concerts from January 10 - 12.[more]


    BECC Cultural Exchange to Lithuania

    Our ONE BSR project manager Franziska Schindler went to Salakas, Lithuania as part of the European staff exchange program BECC for culture workers. Read about her experience here.[more]

  • Conferences

    BSSSC Annual Conference Potsdam

    The 25th annual BSSSC conference will be held next week on September 20th – 22nd in Potsdam, Germany. The conference is held every year, and allows for the sharing of ideas and experiences amongst those living and developing the...[more]


    Call for Nordic-Baltic Collaborative Arts Projects

    The NORDIC-BALTIC FESTIVAL PLATFORM (NBFP) is a platform for arts festivals in the Nordic-Baltic area. It aims to foster cultural cooperation in the region, explore the Nordic-Baltic identity in the arts and increase the capacity...[more]


    Conversations on Book Design

    If you are interested in book publishing or want to learn more about subjects such as book rights, marketing and design, do not miss ‘Conversations on Book Design’ tonight at Riga’s NicePlace TELPA. [more]



    Baltic Audience Links is a new network project coordinated by INTERCULT with a specific aim to widen and strengthen the existing networks: River//Cities (EU) and Access Europa (SE), giving them a clear Baltic dimension.[more]


    Registration open for the 8th EUSBSR-Forum

    The registration for the 8th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, taking place on June 13th and 14th in Berlin, Germany, is open.[more]


    European Festival of the First Novel

    The 15th annual ‘European Festival of the First Novel’ returns to Kiel’s Literaturhaus today for 4 days of authors, public readings and general bookish-ness! [more]


    Finding the Leader in Yourself

    During the Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) course at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales, we talked to five participants. Read below what Anna-Kaisa Koska from Helsinki, Finland thinks about the course...[more]

  • Studies & Publications

    Latvian culture between tradition and modernism - A visit at Riga’s New Media Culture Center Rix-C

    Spending the last months of my Voluntary Social Year at the ARS BALTICA Secretariat in Rendsburg (Germany) I visited our project partner Dr. Rasa Šmite for an interview within the framework of my Social Year’s Final Project on...[more]


    What is culture?

    Culture is a word that’s frequently mentioned, associated with art, tradition and people. But what is it? Over the centuries, hundreds of scientists tried to capture its abstractness and transform it into a text.[more]

  • EU Policy

    Policy Area Culture on Social Media

    Since the establishment of the EUSBSR Policy Area Culture in 2013, ARS BALTICA has supported carrying out a variety of activities together with the PA Culture co-ordinators. Most recently it introduced the PA Culture...[more]


    PA Culture Seminar Kick-off

    The 4th PA Culture Dessimination Seminar is going to take place in Vilnius on the 15th of April! The venue is going to be held at the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. [more]


    Baltic Cities discussing the refugee crisis

    March 14th was the official opening of the Union of the Baltic Cities’ (UBC) conference regarding the impact of the European refugee crisis in the cities of the Baltic Sea Region. The conference will last until March 16th and is...[more]


    EUSBSR Seed Money Facility - Open Call

    For the 4rd time the EUSBSR Seed Money Facility launched an Open Call for project applications in July 2015. Until 30th October projects that contribute to the objectives of the EUSBSR can apply at the Seed Money Secretariat. [more]


    Save the Date: New INTERREG

    On March 17, 2014, the Ministry of Justice, Culture and Europe of the County Schleswig-Holstein will host an “Information event on occasion of the start of the new EU funding period 2014-2020 – Possibilities of INTERREG-Funding...[more]


    Europe supports culture – but how?

    The seminars “Europa fördert Kultur – aber wie?” (Europe supports culture – but how?) take place in January and February in three venues in Germany and aim to facilitate the new Creative Europe programme with all of its changes...[more]


    "Creative Europe" Programme

    The new EU programme, “Creative Europe” will enter into force in next January, making 2014 a good start for the cultural sector, at least compared to the years before. [more]

  • Grants & Funding

    Crossroads of Freedom Competition

    Artists and sculptors have the chance to exhibit their work in a public space in Gdánsk. Entry is now open for the Crossroads of Freedom competition until the 15th May. [more]


    Art – Culture – Science – in dialogue with sustainable development policy

    The tiny island of Vilm in the Baltic Sea is the perfect place for creative souls to escape to for inspiration and a new artist-in-residence programme allows them to do just that. [more]


    Call for Project Support Facility

    The Council of the Baltic Sea States is a politically focused group with the eleven states of the Baltic Sea Region and the European Commission as its members. Their primary purpose is cooperation around governmental activities...[more]


    TAB 2017 Vision Competition

    The Paljassaare Peninsula in Tallinn is a unique environment and the TAB 2017 Vision Competition offers designers and thinkers the chance to reimagine new ideals with regard to the landscape and design in this region.[more]


    Trauma & Revival

    Trauma & Revival, Cultural relations between Eastern and Western Europe is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme and currently accepting applications for two residencies taking place in kim? Contemporary Art Centre...[more]


    Nordic information days held in January in Viljandi and Narva

    The Nordic Council of Ministers offers various support options to encourage cooperations between Nordic countries and the best way to find out more is to attend their annual Information days on the 17th and 18th January. [more]


    Swedish Institute Seed Funding

    Applications for the 2016/2017 round of seed funding from the Swedish Institute, for Baltic Sea Region collaborations are now open! Funding call closes 1st February 2017![more]

  • Training & Education

    Take the LEAP!

    LEAP is a leadership programme designed for entrepreneurship and systems change in the Baltic Sea region addressing some of the world's biggest social and ecological challenges. [more]


    Garage48 Tech for Humanity

    The growing movement of hackathons to make the world better will add another to its list tomorrow as Garage48 Tech for Humanity hacks solutions for tragedies with a distinctly human face. [more]


    Global Government Jam

    For 48 hours this week, small teams in locations across the globe will brainstorm ideas to create new and improved service solutions as part of Global Government Jam. [more]


    Climate Change in Higher Art Education

    During the Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) course at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales, we talked to five participants. Read below what Sigrid Pawelke, living and working in Aix-En-Provence, thinks...[more]


    Culture shapes the ways society evolves

    We spent a couple of days with the first cohort of the Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) course in Machynlleth, Wales. During a full week of intensive workshops they learned about the creative tools to tackle climate change with....[more]


    Space for open creative dialogue

    On March 15th, ARS BALTICA and the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre hosted a creative dialogue together with local cultural players in order to discuss their project, ideas and perspectives on cultural co-operation and pre-dominant...[more]


    Ostseeforum: Jugend - Bildung - Arbeit

    A debate about new possibilies in the Baltic Sea Region employment market takes place on 17th September 2014 from 7 until 9 pm at the Media Docks in Lübeck (Germany).[more]


"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)