Cross-sectoral cooperation and innovation within Creative and Cultural Industries – practices, opportunities and policies within the area of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC).

This project funded by the European Union involved the eleven Northern Dimension countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation and Sweden).

The project was conceived in the second half of 2019 and launched in January 2020 with completion at the end of April 2021. The end of the inception phase coincided with the outbreak of COVID-19 and adjustments were made to the project accordingly. The obvious, necessary change was that planned physical events had to be reinvented as virtual activities. In retrospect the project team felt this was paradoxically positive. The virtual activities such as the series of Experts’ Focus Groups were extremely productive and time-efficient while the planned travel budgets were used for very useful additional activities not in the project’s original terms of reference.

The core of the project was a mapping study with other supplementary activities including case studies, policy briefs, articles, the Experts’ Focus groups and other outputs including two wrap-up events and this web resource. It is hoped this web resource will help prolong the active life of the project and be one of its legacies.

The objectives of the project included identifying cross-innovative cooperation cases as examples of model elements, creative tools or practices potentially replicable in the Northern Dimension region and contributing to the NDPC’s new 2021-2024 Strategy and increasing the NDPC’s visibility in the partner countries.

This web resource documents many of the outputs of the project and has links to others. Apart from the project team itself, a large number of people very actively contributed to the project and its success.

Thanks to:

Our contributors:

Ada Aadeli, Lovia, FI; Aistė Ulubey, Artscape, LT; Algirdas Orantas, Lithuanian Design Council, LT; Andris Izinkēvičs, Riga City Council, LV; Anine Willums Karp, Head of Community and Growth, 657 Oslo AS, NO; Antonia Blau and Alexandra Resch, Goethe Insitute, DE; Anu-Katriina Perttunen, Creative Finland, FI; Berglind Hallgrímsdóttir and Arna Lára Jónsdóttir, Innovation Center Iceland, IS; Björn Berg Marklund, Lecturer in informatics, University of Skovde, SE; Burak Sayin, Trans Europe Halles network, SE; Carmen Valero, RED NOSES Clowndoctors International, AU; Charles Bušmanis, Designer, Design thinking expert, LV; Conrad Dorer, German Environment Agency, EcoDesign Circle, DE; Daniel Byström, Design Nation,SE; Denis Pyzhikov, KRICPE of Petrozavodsk State University, RU; Dita Danosa, Latvian Design Centre, LV; Donna Hill, Senior Program Officer, Office of the Director, Department for Transition and Developed Countries (TDC), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Switzerland; Ekaterina Sachkova, creativeindustries.ru, RU; Egils Grasmanis, Board Games publisher Brain Games, LV; Eglė Baltranaitė, Klaipeda University, LT; Eglė Girdzijauskaitė, Creative Project Manager, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University  – Vilnius Tech, LT; Ekaterina Cherkes-Zade, Universal University, RU; Elena Khoroshkina, Artecon, RU; Elena Zelentsova, Skolkovo Foundation, RU; Elisa Palomino, Senior Lecturer BA Fashion Print, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, UK; Emilia Cholewicka, Creative Economy Research Center, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, PL; Eva Leemet, CEO, Creative Estonia, EST; Fiona Dahncke, Cross Innovation Hub, Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, DE; Georgy Nikich, art historian, lecturer at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, RU; Gert-Jan Stamgert, taat-projects.com, DE; Gouzel Nezhmetdinova, Head of International Affairs Department of Kazan State Power Engineering University, RU; Guna Datava, Institute for Environmental Solutions, LV; Halldora Arnardottir, SWAIP project, IS; Henryk Stawicki, Change Pilots, PL; Ilmari Huttu-Hiltunen, TUNI, FI; Ina Ločmele, Ministry of Culture, LV; Ilze Gailite Holmberg, CREA.HOLM, LV; Irina Kizilova, Institute of Cultural Programs, RU; Jakub Fiebig, On Stage Application, PL; Jami Andersson, Boost Turku-Entrepreneurship society, FI; Jana Budkovskaja, Multimedia creative hub in Narvam EE; Janis Grinvalds, 3D artist, LV; Jari Jumpponen, Northern Dimension Business Council; Javier Rodriguez, Standart Thinking, EU; Jenny Kornmacher, Cross Innovation Hub, Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, DE; Jonas Olsson, The Swedish Industrial Design Foundation, SE; Justīne Panteļējeva, Riga City Development Department, LV; Justyna Turek, Change Pilots, PL; Karina Vissonova, Institute of advanced design studies, HU; Katerina Sharova, Arctic Art Institute, RU; Krista Petäjäjärvi, Arts Promotion Center Finland, FI; Lilita Sparāne, Creative industries and partnerships expert, LV; Roma Surviliene, National Association of Creative and Cultural Industries of Lithuania, LT; Kaarina Williams, Council of the Baltic Sea States; Kadri Haljas, Triumph Health, Health technology startup, EE; Katarzyna Domagalska, Narodowy Instytut Architektury i Urbanistyki, PL; Katarzyna Krawczyk, Art_Inkubator w Fabryce Sztuki, PL; Kati Fager, crazytown.fi, FI; Katia Zatuliveter, altourism.ru, RU; Katja Armbruckner, Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes, DE; Kerstin Schütt, Twisted Ramble Games, DE; Kristín Valsdóttir, Dean of Arts Education, Iceland University of the Arts, IS; Krystyna Wroblewska, expert on Baltic Sea cooperation and regional development, Gdansk, PL; Ksenia Diodorova, GONZO Design, St. Petersburg, RU; Laetitia Barbu, Designer, FR; Lars Georg Fordal, The Norwegian Barents Secretariat, NO; Leena Janhila, Humak Creve Incubator for Creative Industry, FI; Leena Marsio, Finnish Heritage Agency, FI; Lene Noer, Foreningen GRASSLAND, DK; Linda Sugataghy and Giuseppe L. Bonifati, DOO performing arts group, DK; Linda Thomson, Senior Research Fellow, UCL Biosciences, Genetics, Evolution and Environment, UK; Lissa Holloway-Attaway, Division of Game Development at the University of Skövde, SE; Maciej Hofman, Policy Officer, Culture – Cultural and creative sectors, European Commission; Magdalena Zakrewska-Duda, Senior Specialist on Strategic Partnerships, The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, PL; Magnus Aspli, Arts Council Norway; Malla Alatalo, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, FI; Mara Pavula, Riga Circus and The well-being residency network, LV; Maria Loleit, ornamika.ru, RU; Marina Lebedeva, Medina Art, RU; Marlene Johansson, Expression Umea, SE; Martin Larsson, Incubator Klump, Subtopia, SE; Mateusz Smól, Creative Economy Research Center, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, PL; Mathieu Vrijman, Kultivator Dyestad, SE; Matthias Rauch, cultural innovation officer, Next Mannheim, DE; Mieke Renders, Trans Europe Halles, SE; Monica Urian, Programme Manager, Directorate-General Education and Culture of the European Commission; Monika Tomczyk, University of Szczecin. PL; Nadezhda Gerasimova, otmetky.info, RU; Nana Heinberg, County of Dalarna, Dept of Culture and education, SE; Natasha Skult, Hive, Turku Game Hub, FI; Nikita Rodichenko, tsuru.su, RU; Olaf Gerlach-Hansen, Danish Cultural Institute, DK; Olga Kizina, Creative Business Cup Russia, RU/DE; Paivi Karhunen, Northern Dimension Institute, FI; Päivi Viitaharju, Tampere University of Applied Sciencesm FI; Per Horn, Innovation Manager for EIT Health, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), DK; Per Stromback, Swedish Games Industry, SE; Piotr Hardt, architect, National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning, PL; Ragnar Siil, Creativity Lab, EE; Ruth Lemmen, consultancy and co-founder of Womenize! Games and Tech, DE; Ruxandra Lupu, Design expert, EU; Sanna Rekola, Dance Info Finland; Soren V. Kjaer, Kreativ Facilitator and Innovationskonsulent, DK; Theresia Holmstedt Jensen, County of Dalarna, Department Culture and education, SE; Theresia Jensen, responsible for CCI and Culture and Health, County of Dalarna, SE; Tiago Prata and Johan Lundbladh, TILLT, SE; Timo Mäkelä, Sitra, Finnish Innovation Fund, Northern Dimension Council, FI; Tobias Staaby, teacher, advisor, researcher and author on games and learning, NO; Tomi Aho, Arts Promotion Centre, FI; Trine Richter, Green Solutions House, DK; Vaidotas Vaišis, Science and Research Office, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, LT; Viktor Lindbäck, Enterprise Developer, Swedish National Heritage Board, SE.

The project was also supported by the NDPC Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Steering Committee 2020:

Maija Lummepuro, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture; Leniitta Soini Billstam, Assistant Desk Officer Northern Dimension, Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Ministry for Foreign Ministry of Finland; Ida Josefine Fuglsang-Damgaard, Foreign Affairs Officer, Ministry of Culture of Denmark; Anu-Maaja Pallok, Adviser Creative Industries, Ministry of Culture, Estonia; Norbert Kürstgens, Cultural and Media relations with Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, Great Britain and Ireland, German Federal Foreign Office Germany; Karitas H. Gunnarsdóttir, Director, Department of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Iceland; Daiva Parulskienė, Head of the Department of Creative Sectors and International Culture Policy and Milda Vakarinaitė, Chief Specialist, Creative Sectors and International Culture Policy, Ministry of Culture, Lithuania; Lāsma Krastiņa Sidorenko, Head of the Department of Creative Industries and Zanda Jaunskunga, Department of Creative Industries , Ministry of Culture, Latvia; Sverre Miøen, Royal Ministry of Culture, Norway; Urszula Ślązak, Director of International Relations Department, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage; Agnieszka Grunwald, Deputy Director, Department of International Relations, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and Anna Woźnicka, Department of International Relations, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Poland; Maria Sergienko, Counselor of the Division of Foreign Countries and International Organisations; Maria Sveshnikova, Deputy Head of the CIS, EAEU and international organizations section of the Department of Museums and External Relations; Igor Kapyrin, Deputy Director of the Department of European Cooperation, MFA; Luka Ezerskiy, Department of European Cooperation, MFA, and Denis Moskalenko, Head of Division of Regional Cooperation of the Department of European Cooperation; Lena Alexandrovna Karnovich, EEAS-MOSCOW, EU-Russia Cooperation Programme, EU delegation in Russia, Russian Federation; Robert Nilsson, Deputy Director, Ministry of Culture, Sweden.


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