The Creative Europe program has granted support to the project Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) with 199.964,40 € during the next three years. CCL is led by the British organisation Julie’s Bicycle, which encourages cultural leaders to strengthen sustainable development. The project is a logical next step after what Julie’s Bicycle already has done in Great Britain. CCL will make international cultural leaders aware of their ability and responsibility to develop a more sustainable society together with “green” actors and policy makers.
CCL was chosen from among 404 applications for the small Creative Europe Program. In total 51 small projects will receive support of up to 200.000 €. 43 small and bigger projects with participation from the Baltic Sea Region have also been granted support. In 2016 Creative Europe will in total fund 37.1 Mio. € for cultural projects across the Union. The project partners contribute up to 40 % of the budgets. The total budget of the CCL-project thus adds up to 333.000 €.
The cultural and creative sector can do pioneer work in the search for innovative solutions for the burning issues of society.
The other five CCL partners come from respectively France, Belgium, Slovenia, Serbia and Macedonia. As the only actor within the CCL partner-consortium from the Baltic Sea Region, ARS BALTICA will be working on integrating cultural actors from the whole region into the project, communicating the project’s proceedings into the region and to actively promote developed strategies. Moreover, ARS BALTICA will host a meeting with all partners at Nordkolleg Rendsburg in Germany in May 2017. Rendsburg will thus again be the melting pot of an innovative international crowd.
Marcus Hagemann explains what the Creative Europe grant means for CCL, ARS BALTICA and the Baltic Sea Region: "The grant is a clear signal that the cross-sectorial approach, that ARS BALTICA has been integrating into its work in the last two years is the right way to go. Strategic and clever networking with diverse partners and networks helps upscaling culture and brings added value for the whole Baltic Sea Region. Moreover, it opens up new opportunities for cooperation all over Europe."
CCL demonstrates very well, how cultural institutions and actors profit from international networking. Due to their international networks and partnerships, they can re-valuate their situation and re-invent themselves. The majority of the cultural leaders in the Baltic Sea Region are already working beyond national borders, now it’s time to scale-up and work beyond genres and sectors. Under the premise of cross-sectorial work, cultural leaders from the Baltic Sea Region and beyond will increasingly have the chance to innovate the concept of a sustainable society by cooperating with businesses, science and politics. These kind of collaborations are needed in order to find solutions for the burning issues of our societies.
Marcus Hagemann emphasizes the potential and necessity of such involvement: "We all have the obligation to address societal challenges with the best means of our respective tools, and the cultural and creative sector can in this case do pioneer-work in the search for innovative solutions. Julie's Bicycle is an impressive example for such great work with concrete results, and we are honored to be teaming up with them and the others for CCL."
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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)