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ABCD - ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue

Empowering lasting cultural exchange grounded in shared local perspectives

We’re convinced that we can make significant progress in cultural co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region by gathering local cultural operators in smaller groups and getting their perspective on the big picture of international cultural co-operation in the region. That’s why we’ve created the ARS BALTICA Creative Dialogue, a format that in its starting phase was funded by the PSF Project Support Facility of the Council of Baltic Sea States.

In its first phase the format traveled to 9 BSR countries, involved 42 partners and 264 participants while tackling 4 topics with 4 experts.

In the first set of meetings a one day workshop including a creative networking part and a workshop on audience development, led by Agata Etmanowicz from Impact Foundation (Warsaw), have been offered. The second set of meetings focused on community building and sustainability with a special focus on how to help implementing the SDGs via the cultural sector. The second workshop was led by Oleg Koefoed from Growing Pathways (Copenhagen).

17 ABCD workshops took place in:

  1. Rendsburg (GER) - Nordkolleg
  2. Gdansk (PL) - Baltic Sea Cutural Centre
  3. Riga (LV) - Nordic Council of Ministers
  4. Tallinn (EE) - Vabalava Theatre
  5. Stockholm (SE) - CBSS Secretariat
  6. Kaunas (LT) - Kaunas Artists’ House
  7. Kiel (GER) - Heinrich Böll Foundation
  8. Gdansk/Orli (PL) - Baltic Youth Camp
  9. Mitocin (PL) - Cultural House
  10. Helsinki (FI) - Goethe Institut
  11. Pori (FI) - CrazyTown
  12. Salaspils (LV) - National Botanical Garden
  13. Oslo (NO) - Felix Centre
  14. Vilnius (LT) - Uzupio Incubators
  15. Rendsburg (GER) - Nordkolleg
  16. Copenhagen (DK) - Kulturhuset Islands Brygge
  17. Malmö (SE) - Media Evolution 

From 2021 ABCD was carried out in cooperation with various projects, starting with a cooperation within the project Creative Ports and the focus on the internationalisation of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI). These pilot events led to the Internationalisation Tool and the Learning Module "ABCD Scanning Tool for CCI Internationalisation".