The NordicBaltic Festival Platform exists for festivals across the arts sector in the Nordic Baltic region, to promote engagement between festivals and foster cultural cooperation and festival growth and longevity.
The new fellowship programme will offer opportunities for emerging festival leaders to learn with and from each other as well as specialists in the industry. Ten leaders will be selected to attend two conferences coming up in October in Gdansk, Poland and in February in St Petersburg, Russia. Participants will have all of their costs of attendance covered and enjoy two days at each event, being mentored and trained by experts on topics ranging from management, funding, planning, marketing and so on.
The sessions will be open form discussions as well as some planning and strategizing around festival development. Attendance at the Nordic-Baltic Festival Conference, happening immediately after the fellowship programme, is included, so along with the 2 day intensive sessions, participants will have great opportunities to network with others in their industry.
Eligible applicants should have at least 5 years’ experience working in the festival field and a good level of English language skills. The programme is only open to resident of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Poland, Russia, Åland Islands (FI), The Faroe Islands (DK) and Greenland (DK).
Applications should include a CV and a cover letter and be sent to info(via)nordicbalticfestivals.org by August 16th 2018 (inclusive). Applicants may also be requested for a skype meeting. All successful applicants will be notified by the end of August 2018.
In addition to the fellowship programme, the NordicBaltic Festival Platform has announced a second, extended Call for Collaborative Arts Projects. This yearly call is intended to foster cross-border collaboration, and is aimed particularly at arts and culture festivals, but also encourages individual artists to collaborate with their local festivals to propose innovative new projects.
Three winning projects will be selected from this call and will have the chance to present their ideas to the region's arts and culture festival leaders at the Nordic-Baltic Festival Conference in October this year - an unparalleled opportunity for finding partners and contacts, getting feedback, developing ideas, and gaining visibility, both directly at the conference as well as through continuing support and mentoring from NBFP Working Group members.
Applications to the Call are open to all arts & culture festivals - as well as individuals collaborating with festivals - in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region (Denmark (incl. Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland (including the Åland Islands), Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden).
Applicants should download the 2018 Application Form and submit it as a PDF document by email to info(via)nordicbalticfestivals.org along with a maximum of three additional supporting files, indicating 'NBFP Project Application' in the subject line. The deadline is August 16th (inclusive).
More information about the 2018 Nordic-Baltic Fellowship Programme and Call for Collaborative Arts Projects can be found on the NordicBaltic Festival Platform website.
"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)