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

  • Cultural Events


    The vibrant and colourful district of Nørrebro will host a 48-hour marathon event this weekend, celebrating its culture and the local passion for all things Nørrebro![more]


    Riga Pasaules Film Festival

    Nowhere does anthropology come more to life than on film and the Riga Pasaules Film Festival is living proof – ‘Revealing the Unexpected’ with 3 days of documentaries and more. [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]


    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]


    KRASS - the Culture Crash Festival 2017

    Hamburg’s international centre for fine and contemporary art, Kampnagel, will present KRASS the Culture Crash festival, in conjunction with YoungStar Fest for ten days, April 30th. [more]



    Estonia’s cool credentials will get a huge boost this week as 11 towns across the country host events for the Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar. [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

    ‘Museums on Fire!’

    On Thursday 20th April, the OCA in Oslo will present the symposium ‘Museums On Fire!’ as part of the ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North’ project that explores the cultural history of northern Norway. [more]



    Folk and world music is of great importance to many and FOLK TRAD NOW, to be held this week in Stockholm, is a conference that aims to protect and develop the scene for future generations. [more]


    Nordic Biennal Symposium

    With 7 biennials held in the Nordic region, there will be plenty to discuss at the Nordic Biennial Symposium in Gothenburg this week. [more]


    Creative Lenses Forum

    ‘Creative Lenses’, brings together 13 organisations from across Europe to explore the sustainability of arts and culture in the region and Trans Europe Halles will present the latest forum tomorrow and Friday in Lund, Sweden. [more]


    Creative Dialogue Gdańsk

    2017 and 2018 can be the game-changing years for showcasing the value and driving force of the arts and culture for strengthening our societies in a sustainable way. We're looking forward to our Creative Dialogue on March 15th in...[more]


    Baltic 2030 – A vision for the Baltic Sea Region

    We sat down with Krista Kampus, Head of the Baltic 2030 Unit of the CBSS Secretariat and her colleague Olga Zuin to talk about the challenges in working with Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region and the role of the...[more]


    Nordic Larp Talks

    Projects, ideas and inspiration for Live Action Role Playing fans is on offer this week at the Nordic Larp Talks in Oslo, in the lead up to the annual Knutepunk conference. [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

    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]


    Social Impact Scholarship: Eastern Europe

    Calling all social entrepreneurs! If you live in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria or Russia and are looking for a financed opportunity to help grow your idea, then apply now.[more]



    Today marked the beginning of the two-days conference “Schärfentiefe” at Nordkolleg in Rendsburg, Schleswig Holstein (Germany). Representatives from scientific, political, economic and cultural institutions discuss culture in...[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)