The goal of "Baltic Sea Cultural Cities" is to connect cities, people and cultural actors in the region with the objective of strengthening BSR regional identity through promoting the BSR’s cultural diversity. Regional identity to be understood as a feeling of togetherness, solidarity, tolerance and identification with our region. Part of the project idea is to biannually assign a label Baltic Sea Cultural City. An issue of particular importance for the project initiators is the participation of citizens. All parts of society and in particular the younger generation shall have their say.
The project is still at its beginning. The initiators of the project will open up a discussion with the audience how to best fill the idea with life. Questions to be discussed: What makes a cultural city from your perspective? What do you think about the nomination of a Baltic Sea Cultural City? What should be the criteria for such a label? What is the expected benefit for citizens, municipalities, culture and economy?
The workshop will be moderated by Mr Stefan Musiolik (Ministry for European Affairs Schleswig-Holstein, Coordinator Policy Area Culture of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region) and Dr. Kaarina Williams (Senior Adviser for Regional Identity of the Council of the Baltic Sea States). The session takes place within the BSSSC Annual Conference 2020 - Strong and Inclusive Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region Now More than Ever!
Participants from all over Baltic Sea region: politicians and regional administration, European decision-makers, state government representatives, entrepreneurs, NGOs, academia and all those, who have the Baltic Sea Region at heart and in the centre of their agenda are invited to take part by registering on HOPIN platform.
The draft programme of the Conference is available here.
"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)