15.10.2019 |

The Baltic Sea Cultural Cities kick-off meeting took place 7 October 2019 in Malmö. It was hosted by the CBSS -Council of the Baltic Sea States- and chaired by Kaarina Williams. Project representatives and guest listeners discussed together, how the format of a Cultural City in the Baltic Sea Region could look like. The key idea of the project is to biannually nominate a “Baltic Sea City of Culture”.

The project wishes to further visibility and a stronger identification of the citizens with their region. Under the motto “Water connects us, but culture unites us”, the project partners hope to create synergies and to nurture cooperation across the region.

The idea arose through a common need to work in local contexts and with citizens as cultural participants rather than cultural consumers. With a focus on co-creation, the project aims in particular at involving young people and those from often overlooked parts of society. Another focus area is to shine a light on smaller cities and peripheral regions rather than on the capitals.

The project is still in its development phase, where the partners will work towards a solid framework. Several workshops will be held across the year to carve out a concept. For this, experts from different fields such as design thinking, who can support and guide the partners through the process will be invited.

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"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)