ARS BALTICA stands for international co-operation between cultural practitioners from across the Baltic Sea Region. We facilitate and encourage co-operation with the aim to emphasize the importance of culture for our modern societies. We advocate for the significance of arts and culture on the political level and promote the cultural life around the Baltic Sea.
Capacity Building and Cultural Sustainability is our driving force.
Our key activities are based on three key terms:
Exchange - We bring cultural practitioners and stakeholders from the region together to continuously contribute to the international dialogue about culture and creativity in the Baltic Sea Region.
Expertise - We follow the cultural trends in the region, create synergies and provide cultural practitioners from the Baltic Sea Region with trainings on relevant and important issues.
Outreach - We think that cultural practitioners from the region deserve more attention for their exceptional work, that’s why we support them in generating on- and offline visibility for their projects.
ARS BALTICA dates back to the early 1990’s when decisionmakers from across the freshly united Baltic Sea Region established ARS BALTICA in order to highlight and promote the cultural ties between the 11 countries in the region. Since the very beginning it’s been ARS BALTICA’s ambition to strengthen co-operation by joining forces and establish new approaches and ideas on how we can tackle the shared challenges of the cultural sector together.
Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS)
ARS BALTICA maintains tight links with the CBSS. Once a year, the networks reports to the CBSS Senior Officials Group for Culture.
Ministry of Justice, European Affairs and Consumer Protection
Ministry of Justice, European Affairs and Consumer Protection of Land Schleswig-Holstein Land Schleswig-Holstein supports the networking activities of ARS BALTICA.
Nordkolleg Rendsburg hosts the ARS BALTICA Secretariat.
On the Move
ARS BALTICA is a member of the network On the Move.
Beyond strengthening the cultural ties in the Baltic Sea Region by promoting cultural events and initiatives, ARS BALTICA is actively involved in different projects and initiatives.
ABCD - ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue
ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue gathers open-minded cultural actors from all sides of the table to share, network and augment the value of cultural work.
BSR Cultural Mobility Funding Guide
The BSR Cultural Mobility Funding Guide is a tool to navigate through the types of mobility, specific cultural disciplines supported and funding institution from all Baltic Sea Region countries.
CCL - Creative Climate Leadership
Creative Climate Leadership is a programme for artists and cultural professionals to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change, and take action with impact, creativity and resilience.
Creative Ports aims to further develop strategies and processes around internationalisation of Cultural and Creative Industries within the Baltic Sea region.
EUSBSR - PA Culture
Policy Area Culture is one of 13 policy areas of the EUSBSR focusing on promoting and visualizing Baltic Sea region Cultural and Creative industries.
CULTURE4CLIMATE aims to offer a collaborative forum where a sharing on how to tackle climate issues and especially a clean Baltic Sea can be made possible.
Baltic Sea Cultural Cities and Regions
Baltic Sea Cultural Cities and Regions aims to connect cities, people and cultural actors in the region and strengthen the regional identity while promoting cultural diversity.
The main aim of the project is to advance the capacity of public authorities in the Baltic Sea region and local NGOs and associations to collaborate on citizen driven cultural planning.
NordicBaltic Festival Platform
The NordicBaltic Festival Platform is a platform for arts festivals in the Nordic-Baltic area that aims to foster connections between arts and culture festivals for sharing experiences and knowledge.
Baltic Sea Youth Platform
The Baltic Sea Youth Platform is a platform for young people and an umbrella coordination mechanism for several youth organisations and youth initiatives in the Baltic Sea Region.
ARS BALTICA Secretariat
c/o Nordkolleg Rendsburg
Am Gerhardshain 44
phone: +49 4331 1438 67
fax: +49 4331 1438 20
c/o Vertretung des Landes SH
In den Ministergärten 8
ARS BALTICA Team
Marcus Hagemann (Director)
+49 (0)4331 143868
Alisa Woronow (Project Assistance)
+49 (0)4331 143867
The ARS BALTICA Organizing Committee consists of representatives of all the member states. The national desks are placed in institutions which have both cultural and political functions in their corresponding countries (e.g. ministries of culture, arts councils, cultural institutions) thanks to which the members of the Organizing Committee stay in a close relation to both policy makers and cultural operators.
Agnethe Skovbye Nissen
Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces
phone: T. +45 33 95 42 00
Kadri Jauram (Head of Department)
Ministry of Culture – Foreign Relations Department
phone: +372 628 23 23
mobile +372 52 680 11
fax: +372 628 22 00
Paula Tuovinen (Director)
Art Promotion Centre Finland
phone: +358 295 330702
Guido Froese (Director)
Am Gerhardshain 44
phone: +49 4331 1438 12
fax: +49 4331 1438 20
Janina Tiskina (Senior Desk Officer)
Ministry of Culture – Division for International Relations
Kr. Valdemara 11A
phone: +371 67330274
fax: +371 67078163
Ministry of Culture of Lithuania
J. Basanaviciaus 5
phone: +370 (85) 219 3455
Ministry of Culture
P.O. Box 8030 dep.
Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – Department of International Relations
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 15/17
phone: +48 (22) 42-10-246
fax: +48 (22) 82-61-922
Mika Romanus (Deputy Director)
Swedish Arts Council
P.O. Box 27215 (visiting address: Borgvägen 1–5)
102 53 Stockholm
phone: +46 8 519 264 97
fax: +46 8 519 264 99