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Culture will play key role in development of the Baltic Sea Region

New focus on the role of culture will strengthen sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region.

25.04.2013

The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten, will open the seminar Culture and Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region on Monday in Copenhagen. The seminar has been organised with the ministries of culture in Poland and Schleswig-Holstein.

Together with the ministries of culture from Poland and Schleswig-Holstein, the Nordic Council of Ministers calls for strengthening the role of culture in the overall understanding and efforts for sustainable development in the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea.

This will happen on 29 April when the Nordic Council of Minsters presents the report Culture and Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region.

The conclusions of the report will form the basis for discussions between international experts from the Nordic countries and the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. Based on the report, the participants in the seminar will, amongst other things, look at new opportunities for strengthening regional co-operation in the field of culture and sustainable development.

The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten, will open the seminar and the speakers will include: Andrew Gryf Paterson, artist organiser, Pixelache (Helsinki), Jaana Simula, Board Member, Union of Baltic Cities Commission on Culture, and Elena Khoroskina, Senior Adviser, Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture.

PROGRAMME

10:00   Welcome by the organizers

-          Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers

-          Anna Ceynowa, Senior Expert, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

10:30   Key note: “Culture as a driver for sustainability in the Baltic Sea Region”

-          Dr. Katriina Soini, University of Jyväskyla, and Chair of COST Action “Investigating Cultural Sustainability”


11.00    Presentation of conference paper “Culture and Sustainability in the Baltic Sea Region – 8 findings, a       number of opportunities and way forward”

-          Thomas Winther, Director, Innogate

-          Oleg Koefoed, Director, Cultura 21 Nordic


11.30    Culture as driver for sustainable Urban Development, Creative Industries and Social Innovation – thoughts, practices from elsewhere and ideas.

-          Phil Wood, Urban Therapist

12.45    Lunch

 

13.45   Linking and building knowledge on culture and sustainable development – the Baltic Sea pioneering culture as the fourth pillar of sustainability

-          Panel session.

Short introductions by speakers with emphasis on their interest to develop (further) co-operation with partners in the Baltic Sea Region on Culture and Sustainability – and how this could link with their current activities, networks and expertise. Followed by moderated discussion, in panel and with floor.

 

Panellists:

-          Helena Kovarikova, Director, European Union National Institutes for Culture

-          Andrew Gryf Paterson, artist-organiser, Pixelache (Helsinki)

-          Jaana Simula, Board Member, Union of Baltic Cities Commission on Culture

-          Elena Khoroskina, Senior Adviser, Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture

-          Anna Enemark, Senior adviser, Nordic Council of Ministers

15.15   Implementing joint efforts on Culture and Sustainability in the Baltic Sea Region – partnership structure, organization and funding opportunities

-          Moderated discussion

 16.00  Concluding remarks

Contacts

Linn Mårtens
Phone +45 29 69 29 26
Email linm@norden.org