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Granted network projects strengthen connections between Nordic and Baltic countries

On the second round of short-term network funding in 2022 Nordic Culture Point received 56 applications and decided to grant funding to 13 short-term network projects. The total granted amount was 245 251 euro.

Several of the granted projects work within performing arts or visual arts. However, many of these projects include also other art forms in their collaboration. What is seen as especially valuable on this round is that as much as 60 % of the projects include both Nordic and Baltic partners. According to the Expert Group it is important that the programme succeeds in creating new contacts between the Nordic and Baltic countries.

One of the granted projects was Art-Based Learning at Nordic Art Museums and Art Galleries. The project will form a network for professional collaboration between art educators at six art institutions in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. The project believes that art-based learning has a strong impact for both individuals and the society at large.

Network Funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture that aims to strengthen artistic and cultural cooperation in the Nordic region and the Baltic countries. The next application round will be in the winter 2023 when both the short-term network funding and the long-term network funding will be available. Short-term funding is for projects working together up to 1 year whereas the long-term funding is for projects up to three years.

On the Granted projects-page you can see a list of all granted projects on this round as well as the previous rounds.

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Mobility funding granted for travel in the Nordic-Baltic region

The final application round of 2022 for mobility funding within the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture has now ended. 322 applications were received in this round, and a total of 91 applications were granted funding for cultural and artistic co-operation in the Nordic-Baltic region. The total amount granted was EUR 153,190. The next application round will open on 3 January 2023 and close on 31 January 2023. You can find the results from this and previous rounds here. Mobility funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, which aims to strengthen artistic and cultural co-operation between professional artists and cultural professionals in the Nordic Region and the Baltic countries.

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43 projects received funding from Culture and Arts Programme

The second round of the Arts and Culture Programme in 2022 received 140 applications for funding totalling EUR 5 014 182.  The budgeted total funding available of EUR 1 494 698 was divided among 43 applications, corresponding to 31 % of the applications. The individual grants ranged from EUR 7000 to EUR 90 000.

All projects that have been allocated funding can be found on the Nordic Culture Point website.

We cannot give individual feedback to applicants. For more information about criteria, please see the programme website. You are welcome to contact us for advice when preparing your next application.

Two rounds of applications per year
The Arts and Culture Programme supports Nordic co-operation in the field of arts and culture. Funding can be sought for a project with artistic or cultural quality that promotes a diverse and sustainable Nordic Region. The funding programme is run by Nordic Culture Point.

The funding programme has two application rounds per year. The next round of applications will take place between 7th of February and 7th of March 2023. The application period closes at 15:59 Finnish time.

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Nordic investment in climate compensation for culture projects

In most cases, the production and distribution of art and culture has an impact on the climate. Although there are several ways to reduce the climate footprint, climate compensation is often necessary to achieve carbon-neutrality targets. In order to contribute to the development of skills, tools and guidelines in this field, the Nordic ministers for culture have decided on a joint pilot project.

Many important investments are underway to aid the green transition of the cultural sector. Several institutions and stakeholders in the Nordic Region have valuable expertise which more of them should leverage, which is why there is the potential to step up the co-ordination, strategic development and exchange of knowledge, methods and guidelines at the Nordic level.  The ministers acknowledged this in the proposed pilot project for climate compensation, which was discussed at the ministerial meeting in Helsinki on 2 November.

“The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our time, and we must all work hard to find solutions for accelerating the green transition. The Nordic cultural sector is following suit and working on the Sustainable Cultural Experiences project, which we’re supporting by way of funding of DKK 500,000. Together, we’ll work for a greener cultural scene and make it possible for stakeholders who are at the forefront of sustainability efforts to contribute their knowledge and tools,” says Anette Trettebergstuen, Norway’s Minister of Culture and Equality and chair of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture in 2022.

Tools and guidelines

The pilot project will involve both representatives from the Nordic funding programmes and experts in the management of climate compensation with the aim of supporting the exchange of knowledge and raising awareness.

The project will fund the development of tools and guidelines that will help culture projects budget for climate compensation. To that end, the project will be able to contribute to an increased awareness of climate compensation efforts also among authorities that administer funding to the cultural sector.

New initiatives for sustainable cultural experiences

In their co-operation on culture policies, the Nordic ministers for culture have agreed to work in a targeted manner to promote new sustainable initiatives within the Nordic Region’s art and culture sector. The pilot project on climate compensation is part of the Sustainable Cultural Experiences project, one of several strategic initiatives in efforts relating to the Nordic prime ministers’ vision of the Nordic Region as the world’s most sustainable and integrated region by 2030.

The project includes A Green Roadmap for the Cultural Scene in the Nordic Region which, at the general level, will make it easier for those living in the Nordic Region to choose sustainable cultural experiences. The project also includes Sustainability LAB, which is examining the connection between schooling and the cultural sector in respect of sustainability issues. Within the project, a study is also being conducted where gender-disaggregated information on cultural consumption is compared with the climate footprints of various cultural experiences.


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Now open! Additional round of funding to support Ukrainian artists and cultural creators

In the autumn of 2022, Nordic Culture Point has the opportunity to allocate additional funding for residency activities to support Ukraine’s cultural scene. The war in Ukraine has meant that increasing numbers of Ukrainian artists and cultural creators need a residency placement outside of the country’s borders. 

The special initiative is part of the residency funding module of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture strengthens artistic and cultural co-operation in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

The purpose of the initiative is to enable a safe and secure space for Ukrainian artists and cultural creators to explore their fields and to promote their professional networks in the Nordic and Baltic region and beyond. The funding will also help to facilitate dialogue between Ukrainians and those living in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

The deadline for applications is 31 October. 

In connection with the initiative, a webinar titled “Additional funding for Artist Residencies to support Ukrainian artists” will be held on 11 October at 14:00 (Finnish time). Our funding programme advisor will go through the details of the application round and there will be the opportunity to ask questions. 

The seminar will be held online via Teams. Please sign up HERE.

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First meeting for mentorship scheme in October – get to know the mentees!

In October 2022, an introductory meeting for the mentorship pilot scheme will take place in Helsinki. All ten mentors and ten mentees will attend. After this meeting, both mentors and mentees will continue to meet up regularly online and in their respective home countries for the duration of the six-month scheme. A joint final meeting will be held in Helsinki in March 2023.

The pilot programme for mentorship within the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture has been established to support sharing of knowledge, learning and exchange of experiences in the Region. The aim is to promote interactivity, sustainability and long-term relationships across borders between experienced and younger artists and cultural workers.

Get to know the mentees who have been selected to take part in the mentorship pilot scheme:

Photo credit: Donatas Ališauskas

Giedrė Putramentaitė

Giedre is a freelancer project manager who now specialises in contemporary circus arts.

Most of her experiences stems from both small and large-scale cultural project management in performing arts – during her professional years, she organised more than 15 performing arts festivals, curated various programmes and projects, worked with strategy within both organisations and the contemporary circus arts in Lithuania. Giedre is also a member of the cultural managers association in Lithuania (which she managed for two years), which helps to lobby for the profession.

Giedrė is also interested in leadership, economical sustainability, and collaboration with businesses in the cultural sector.

Primary artistic field: contemporary circus arts

Currently lives in: Vilnius, Lithuania

Photo credit: Gabrielė Janilionytė

Gabrielė Janilionytė

Gabrielė Janilionytė; is an anthropologist, cultural and social project manager, and performing arts producer implementing various interdisciplinary projects in order to effect change in Lithuanian cities through community involvement. She is a facilitator, sustainability enthusiast, and a change-maker who seeks to make a positive social impact in different contexts. She has an interest in sustainable urban development through the circular economy and green infrastructure. She is currently working with communities and running sustainability projects relating to composting and the promotion of biodiversity in public green urban spaces.

Primary artistic fields: architecture, visual arts, cultural heritage, and theatre

Currently lives in: Vilnius, Lithuania

Photo credit: Donatas Ališauskas

Tze Yeung Ho

Tze Yeung Ho (born in 1992) is a Norwegian composer based in Helsinki. He is an organiser and founder of the OSLOFONI project ECCO, a working group member of ECSA (European Composers and Songwriters’ Alliance), and a board member of the Periferien – nyMusikk Oslo concert series. Tze Yeung was the former chair of the Norwegian chapter of the UNM (Ung Nordisk Musikk) festival.

Tze Yeung’s music can be found at the crossroads of understanding. His works explore the territories of speech, translation in language, dramaturgy and poetics, with a particular focus on multilingual approaches. Working exclusively with Scandinavian, Finno-Ugric and Chinese poetry and prose, his music explores the fragile landscapes of (mis)communication through (un)spoken words. Close collaboration with living writers, storytellers and word-based artists is central to his practice.

Primary artistic field: music

Currently lives in: Helsinki, Finland

Photo credit: Jussi Virkkumaa

Sanna Soni

Sanna Soni is producer and puppetry agent with a degree (BA) in culture management. She currently works in Aura of Puppets, which is a network for independent professional puppeteers in Finland. Over the last couple of years, she has specialised in contemporary visual theatre and puppetry production, and has more than seven years of experience in artist management. Sanna has a wealth of experience within both large-scale and more intimate theatre productions, as well as festivals and projects. She was head of production and part of the curatorial team for the Turku International Puppetry Festival TIP-Fest for last couple of years, and works mainly in the independent field of performing arts. In terms of her work, one of her the biggest ambitions is to create more sustainable working conditions for independent artists, both nationally and internationally. As a hobby, Sanna teaches Indian folk and movie industry dances.

Primary artistic field: theatre

Currently lives in: Turku, Finland

Photo credit: Rebekka Bohse Meyer

Rebekka Bohse Meyer

Rebekka Sofie Bohse Meyer is a performance designer creating immersive performative installations. With a musical background, sound lies at the core of her work, having worked with spatial sound, generative sound, and sounds for AI. This has further led to her interest in new technology and research into the immersive qualities of virtual reality. She’s currently working to combine sound, performance, and new technology into a VR opera.

Furthermore, Bohse Meyer facilitates other interdisciplinary and performative artists through her work as a curator and founder of the exhibition space platform BUNKER, located in Copenhagen, Denmark

Primary artistic fields: media, music, theatre, design

Currently lives in: Copenhagen, Denmark

Photo credit: Keithy Kuuspu

Laura Cemin

Laura Cemin (born in 1992, Italy) lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Her work, often presented in galleries and non-traditional performance spaces, unites elements of performance, writing, and temporality with the intention of challenging the boundaries between dance and visual arts. She graduated from Umeå Art Academy in Sweden in 2019 and holds a degree in ballet and contemporary dance.
Her work has been presented internationally in galleries, theatres, and museums including Norrlandsoperan and Bildmuseetin Sweden, Museum für Neue Kunst in Germany, and Kiasma Helsinki in Finland. Alongside her practice as a creator, she works as a dance dramaturgist and guest teacher at the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts.

Primary artistic fields: visual arts, dance

Currently lives in: Helsinki, Finland

Photo credit: Lukas Lund

Sandra Cecilie Quist Lund

Sandra Cecilie trained as a writer at Biskops Arnös author school and Konstfack in Sweden. She has published poetry in Kritiker and OVBIDAT, and has written critique in various magazines. She has a BA in Literary History from Aarhus University in Denmark and an MA in Literature, Culture & Media from Lund University in Sweden, specialising in poetics and performative criticism. Sandra has worked with hybrid forms of critique at Bastard, a platform for experimental performance art, choreography, and interdisciplinary art practices. She currently works in publishing as an editor and translator of children’s literature, and has previously worked at the exhibition platform Forlaget Gestus. Sandra is interested in literature on a wider plane, poetry in the margins, performance art, as well as the aesthetics of archives. Recently, she has been exploring visual poetry and contributed to the magazine ToCall.

Primary artistic field: literature

Currently lives in: Copenhagen, Denmark.

Photo credit: Livia Schweizer

Manca Dornik

Manca Dornik (born in 1995) is a Slovenian accordionist who just recently graduated from the Sibelius Academy from the class of Finnish accordion pioneer, Professor Matti Rantanen. In addition to the accordion, she also studied conducting and composition. Manca has participated in many international competitions in which she has won several first and second places and prizes. She has already played as a soloist with many orchestras. As early as 2015, she received the highest accolade for Slovenian students (the Prešeren award) for her musical activities.

Manca is an active performer as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She has given many performances and produced several recordings at important international festivals. Throughout her career, her dedication has been centred around intensive collaboration with composers, and she has recorded and premiered several new musical works featuring the accordion. Her dedication to contemporary music was also recognised with the Kranichstein Stipendiumpreis in Darmstadt, Germany. Manca recently recorded her debut album “Elements” with Orpheus Classical Label (NYC, London, Madrid).

Primary artistic field: music

Currently lives in: Helsinki, Finland

Photo credit: Aki Viren

Inka Kynkäänniemi

Inka Kynkäänniemi lives in Helsinki and works with video, sculpture, installation, and text. Her work is often connected to time, collectively shared effects, and the varied relations to beings and objects, and the way communities shape the world and each other. Collaboration plays a key role in her work. In recent years, she has worked as a duo together with the artist Iiris Kaarlehto. She has an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.

Primary artistic fields: visual arts, film, crafts

Currently lives in: Helsinki, Finland

Photo credit: Jari Hannuniemi

Amanda Hakoköngäs 

Amanda Hakoköngas (born in 1993 in Finland) is a cultural practitioner, writer, and exhibition producer from Lapland in northern Finland. Since 2019 she has been working at the Aine Art Museum in Tornio, Tornedalen on the border between northern Finland and Sweden. She actively writes articles and reviews about art and culture in the northern areas. At the moment, her interest lies in the different structures of textiles, dramaturgy, and exhibition spaces and the intersection between them.

In 2021/22 she studied postgraduate curatorial studies at the KASK School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium and holds an MA in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, where she also obtained a BA in textile design, scenography, and writing studies at Critical Academy in Helsinki.

Primary artistic field: visual arts, design, architecture, cultural heritage

Currently lives in: Tervola/Tornio/Helsinki, Finland

If you’re unfamiliar with the mentorship programme and the mentors, you can find out more HERE.


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Jesper Smed Jensen acting director

Jesper Smed Jensen has taken over as acting director of Nordic Culture Point. For the last four years, Jesper has worked as a senior advisor in the cultural team at the Secretariat to the Nordic Council of Ministers, from where he is seconded to Nordic Culture Point until a new director is appointed.

Jesper joined Nordic cultural co-operation from the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces where, among other things, he led development work within the Danish State Art Fund and the many support programmes administered by the Agency for Culture and Palaces. He holds a master’s degree in music, film, and media studies.

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Nordic Culture Point library open in the evenings this autumn, three days per week

From 6 September, the Nordic Culture Point library at Kajsaniemigatan 9 will be open in the evenings until 19:00 from Tuesday to Thursday to enable more people to visit us after work. So pop by for a little autumn reading now that the evenings are starting to pull in!

Opening hours from 6 September:

Tuesday to Thursday, 12 to 19
Friday, 12 to 16

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