Policy Area Culture, Policy Area Tourism, and the Council of the Baltic Sea States are organising together the workshop “Youth and Culture driving resilient communities in the BSR” on 4 October during the 14th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Many cities in the Baltic Sea Region face decreasing attractiveness, brain-drain of young people and dwindling social, political and civil society engagement. Local authorities may lack the resources to counteract this downward spiral. The workshop organisers will bring together local perspectives, practical examples, the Baltic Sea Region policy perspective and an ongoing initiative to build capacity in local authorities making better use of local assets, culture and young people for revitalization and regeneration of their communities, leading to increased social resilience and attractiveness, also for sustainable touristic activities.
The workshop will be moderated by Kaarina Williams (PA Culture coordinator) and Silva Laure (Vice Chair of the Committee of Youth Representatives). The speakers are:
- Felix Schartner Giertta, Council of the Baltic Sea States
- Marie Feddersen, Varde Municipality
- Emilia Hazubska, Pomorskie Tourist Board (Copernicus Trail)
- Youth Representative, Baltic Sea Region Youth Forum
PA Culture focuses on promoting and visualizing BSR culture and creative industries, on preserving and showcasing its cultural heritage and on improving and facilitating cultural cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. PA Tourism aims to reinforce the macro-region's cohesiveness through tourism. The Council of the Baltic Sea States is an inter-governmental political forum for cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.