EUSBSR Priority Area Culture Conference “Learning from the past. Looking into the future”
On 13-14th of November, the BSR “cultural family” will gather in Estonia during the conference of Priority Area
Culture of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
The conference in Tallinn will constitute an occasion to introduce the first results of PA Culture flagship projects, its
actions and achievements regarding improved cultural cooperation within the Baltic Sea Region.
The reason to gather in Tallinn is not only Estonia’s presidency in the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), but
also its prominent position as a regional leader in promotion of CCIs. As one of PA Culture’s main objectives is focused
on the promotion of cultural and creative industries in the Baltic Sea Region, this topic will be discussed during the
first day of the conference.
On the second day, panelists representing the main Baltic cultural stakeholders will continue the BSR Cultural
Dialogue which was launched at this year’s EUSBSR Annual Forum in Turku by bringing together representatives of
the local, the regional, the national and the BSR level. Culture & social inclusion was identified as a first topic of
common interest and branding the BSR across the world through culture was another point of the discussion in
Turku that will be continued in Tallinn.
As funds for culture are never sufficient and yet we are entering the new EU funding period, available financial
instruments for cultural projects will also be discussed during the Tallinn conference.
Since the Kick-Off event in Berlin in April 2013, Priority Area Culture has earned its solid position on the cultural map of
the region. While being presented at several regional conferences and through activities of its flagship projects, the
future is focused on fulfilling EUSBSR goals and delivering concrete results. Therefore, the future of PA Culture will be
a topic of another panel of the conference.
Following the conference, Tallinn offers another cultural event for film enthusiasts. The splendid Black Nights Film
Festival (www.poff.ee) opens its doors on Friday 14th. One of this year´s Festival focuses is Polish cinematography
and therefore both festival and conference attendees are invited to the Festival’s opening with reception, hosted by
the Polish Embassy in Tallinn. The Black Nights Film Festival is linked with the PA Culture conference also by the
Baltic Sea and Nordic Countries long length feature film debut competitions.
November in Tallinn appears to be quite hot as for winter’s month, so don’t forget to save the dates for those highly
interesting cultural events in your calendars.
Priority Area Culture Coordinators: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and Ministry
of Justice, Cultural and European Affairs of Land of Schleswig-Holstein,
Host: Ministry of Culture of Estonia
Partners: Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn, ARS BALTICA, Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Black Nights