BSR Cultural Pearls 2024 title candidates move into action plan development phase

20. September, 2023

The competition for the BSR Cultural Pearls title 2024 continues. After pre-selection, all
twelve municipalities that applied for the title are qualified for the next step, which is the
development of a Cultural & Resilience Action Plan (CuReAP). This phase runs from 25
October 2023 to 16 November 2023.
During this time, candidates will develop an action plan focused on culture-driven social
resilience. They will receive support from a national mentor and expert webinars, and will
have access to a catalogue of good practices. This catalogue offers insights and knowledge
on strengthening social resilience, fostering a sense of community and belonging, and
enhancing resistance to future shocks using cultural tools.
The four candidates that have submitted the most convincing action plans will then be
awarded the title of BSR Cultural Pearl 2024 by an international jury. The final
announcements are due in December 2023.
The twelve candidate municipalities are: Cēsis (Latvia), Druskininkai (Lithuania), Härnösand
(Sweden), Helsingborg (Sweden), Hiiumaa (Estonia), Jakobstad (Finland), Kiel (Germany),
Kristinestad (Finland), Närpes (Finland), Nykarleby (Finland), Rūjiena (Latvia), Svendborg
The support for the development of the CuReAP plan and the award title are parts of the BSR
Cultural Pearls project, which seeks to help municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region leverage
culture to enhance social resilience within their communities. The 3.5M euro project is running
for a period of three years until December 2025 and is funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea
Region programme.
For more details about the BSR Cultural Pearls project and award title, visit

Photo: Kaie Kiil