Nordic-Baltic political consensus underpins culture

Monday, 04 October 2010

On Wednesday, 4 February, Estonian Minister of Culture Laine Jänes and, on behalf of the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Karitas H. Gunnarsdóttir and the director of the Nordic Culture Point Bergljot Jonsdottir will open the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. The new joint programme supports long- and short-term network building, artists’ residencies, and mobility for professional art and culture practitioners in all artistic fields.

The artistic goal is to create a platform for an innovative, dynamic Nordic-Baltic art and cultural life. About DKK 11 million have been allocated to the programme for 2009.

Estonian Minister of Culture Laine Jänes attaches great relevance to the new programme, as it supports co-operation between different art domains.

“By joining the programme, Estonian and Nordic culture professionals can experience vivid and multidisciplinary cultural exchange, because of the three different application modules available,” says Jänes.

The first module is designed for network funding and developing partnerships.

The second module enables all culture professionals and artists to apply for mobility funding.

The third module provides funding for artists´ residencies to receive artists, cultural workers and other art professionals from the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Experts from the Baltic countries are also appointed for the evaluation process.

The programme runs from 2009 until 2011 and is administered by the Nordic Culture Point in Finland; applications can only be sent via Nordic Culture Point's website:

The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture is part of a major political agreement between the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Baltic governments, which establishes the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme in the fields of public administration, culture and business. The programme is financed by the Nordic and Baltic countries on an equal footing, based on the relative size of the economies of the countries.

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