Invited to Kiel by the State Chancellery of Land Schleswig-Holstein, Jan Lundin (Stockholm/ Sweden) together with Eckhard Zirkmann, State Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Culture of Land Schleswig-Holstein, gave a short press conference and officially launched the new ARS BALTICA website.
Jan Lundin highlighted the importance of culture within the Baltic Sea cooperation. Eckhard Zirkmann gave a preview on ARS BALTICA's anniversary event taking place in Schleswig-Holstein from12 to 14 September 2011. A festive gala evening with higher political representatives from the Baltic Sea Region will mark the cultural start of the German CBSS Presidency (July 2011 – June 2012). An ARS BALTICA Forum will offer workshops for artists and cultural operators. The three-day event will provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience as well as for establishing new contacts for future cooperation. Panel discussions on topics from the field of creative industries as well as about cultural identity in the Baltic Sea Region will round the event.
Since ARS BALTICA maintains tight links with the CBSS, the press conference was preceded by a meeting of Jan Lundin and Eckhard Zirkmann together with Gert Haack (Chairman ARS BALTICA), Andrea C. Bayer (Head of ARS BALTICA Secretariat) and Stefan Musiolik (State Chancellery of Land Schleswig-Holstein). On the agenda was the current development of ARS BALTICA and its role within the Baltic Sea cooperation.
"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)