The "International Forum on the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC)" will focus on creative economy and cultural cooperation in the Northern part of Europe. To the forum, there are invited cultural operators, creative enterprises, financing institutions and other stakeholders to share their experience and make their input before the NDPC Preparatory Committee submits its final proposals.
ARS BALTICA is represented at the forum by Andrea C. Bayer from the ARS BALTICA Secretariat. Together with Irina Kizilova (Deputy Director "Institute for Cultural Programs", Saint Petersburg) she takes over the moderation of one of the three round tables taking place on Thursday, 20 May. Thus, ARS BALTICA is actively involved in the discussion on "cultural heritage, festivals and experience tourism".
The NDPC should be up and running from 2011. It shall function as a complement to the already existing national and international organisations and institutions working with cultural cooperation and exchange. Its main objective is to facilitate access to funding for long term projects and enterprises which can create jobs around them and be self sustainable.
The Nordic Council of Ministers has given its support to the preparatory work to establish the NDPC. The Forum is arranged by the Nordic Council of Ministers in cooperation with the City of St. Petersburg.
The Northern Dimension (ND) policy was elaborated in 1999 with the participation of EU Member States, Iceland and Norway and the Russian Federation. Geographically the ND focuses on Northern Europe, northwest Russia, the Baltic and the Barents Seas, the Arctic and Sub-Arctic areas.
"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)