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Critical discussions at Arctic Arts Summit 2022 

The biannual Arctic Arts Summit was hosted in Whitehorse, Yukon at the end of June 2022. The summit hosted a number of professionals working in the circumpolar culture field, and the three-day-summit included concerts, panels, speeches, theatre, and most importantly, critical discussion. Petra Laiti, grant advisor at Nordic Culture Point, hosted a panel session on Arctic mobility and funding opportunities during the summit. The panel included Eline Wernberg Sigfusson (DK) from A/Nordi/C, Ragnar Siil (EE) from Creativity Lab, Susanne Næss Nielsen (NO) from Davvi Senter for Scenkunst, and Kai Latvalehto (FIN) from Ambassaden residency in Oulu.  

“Very quickly into the planning phase of the discussion, we realized we were there to talk about power. I think even the location of Whitehorse raised plenty of thought in all participants on the themes of accessibility, travel funds, opportunities for underrepresented groups, and Indigenous visibility in particular”, Laiti says. 

The Culture and Art Programme at Nordic culture point will have a special focus on the Arctic in the near future. Although funding for Arctic cultural collaborations can be applied for in any application round of the Culture and Art Programme, in the remaining application round of 2022 and the two rounds in 2023, part of the funding is reserved especially for collaborative art and culture projects in the Arctic. 

“Mobility in the Arctic is such a vast, layered topic. There are no limits to the different dimensions. Arctic mobility – which is more necessary than ever – could be at the forefront of change when it comes to slow travel, sustainable travel, cross-border collaboration and organizational collaboration. Everyone on our panel agreed that making mobility more sustainable for the culture field requires quite a few changes to the ways in which we are communicating and collaborating amongst ourselves, too. It has to be made easier for the grant applicant to combine different kinds of opportunities in service of the climate, but also the social effect of visiting remote communities”, Laiti ponders. 

The next application round for the Culture and Arts Programme opens on the 12th of August 2022.

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Nordic youth conference on democracy and freedom of expression

In the autumn of 2022, Voksenåsen will organize a Nordic youth conference with a focus on democracy and freedom of expression in Nordic countries. The target group is Swedish, Norwegian and Danish youth aged 15-24. The conference is intended as a first step in the work to establish an annual conference of and for Nordic youth with the overall theme of democracy and freedom of expression.

The goal is to create an event that contributes to the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience related to democracy and freedom of expression, and which can act as a catalyst for democratic talent development and Nordic networking in the field. At the conference, participants will meet decision-makers, researchers, experts, and representatives from civil society in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The program will include various formats with the main emphasis on active participation and interaction between the participants. Examples of current content are debate training, courses in political influence, discussion and reflection exercises related to democracy and human rights, etc.

The project is funded by Norden 0-30.

Read more:

https://www.eventcreate.com/e/nordisk-ungdomskonferanse

https://www.instagram.com/nordicyouthconference/

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10 years of Kids in Jazz

Kids in Jazz is an international jazz festival for kids and youth, hosted in Oslo by Improbasen. This year is the festival’s 10 year anniversary, which will be celebrated with 9 concerts from 11th to 16th of August with performances on Oslo’s buzzing jazz scenes – with guest musicians from Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Mexico, Italy, Japan, Portugal and different corners of Norway.

The festival brings together close to a hundred young jazz talents from more than 12 countries. The concerts are held on various stages in Oslo, and the young musicians play together in band constellations across language and country borders. Ahead of the festival, workshops and seminars are organized in both Norway, the Nordic countries and a number of other countries. After the anniversary year 2022, Kids in Jazz will continue to work on developing the Nordic children’s jazz network with new seminars in collaboration with the Åland Institute of Music and the Culture School on Bornholm.

Kids in Jazz is organized by Improbasen, a resource center in Oslo for children and young people who want to learn about jazz and improvised music.

The project has been funded by VOLT.

Find out more:

https://www.facebook.com/kidsinjazz

https://www.kidsinjazz.com/

https://www.improbasen.no/

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Norden 0-30 supports 9 projects

Group of people holding hand together in the park

The second application round for the Nordic 0-30 collected 27 applications for 707 889 €. The expert group decided to share support for 9 projects for 306,236 €. The individual grant amounts varied from 10,516 € to 50,000 €.

The number of applications continues to rise, which pleases the expert group and shows that Nordic youth co-operation has returned to full swing. Among the applications, there were especially many events and conferences, an important sign that the need and willingness to arrange meeting places for young people is relevant again.

Some examples of projects that received grants are:

Nordljud – Nordic Student News Group by Studentradion i Sverige

The project will create Nordic Student News Group, a network where students, young professionals and journalists collaborate to create and share relevant news from across the Nordics. The idea behind the news group is to collaborate between Nordic student radio stations, journalism students and youth interested in working in media, in working and sharing news with each other.

LEAD Sustainability by Norges KFUK-KFUM

LEAD Sustainability is a Nordic network collection for young people between the ages of 18-30 with the main theme of sustainability. LEAD Sustainability will be a meeting place for young people across national borders, experiences, level of education and commitment. The purpose of this project is to increase youth knowledge and provide concrete tools for youths to be able to act on their commitment and create young action in the sustainability field.

FINO 2022 conference by Finnish Medical Student’s international committee

FINO (The Federation of International Nordic Medical Students’ Organisations) is a yearly conference that brings together Nordic medical students to engage with current health issues. It is organized by students, this year in Tampere 3.-6.11.2022 with the theme Individual Health.

The next round for Norden 0-30 is 6.9.2022 – 6.10.2022. 

All projects that have received funding can be found on Nordic Culture Point’s website.  

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Additional funding allocation for residency activities to support Ukrainian cultural creators

The Ministers for Nordic Co-operation have decided to allocate additional funding for artist residencies 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.

Nordic Culture Point will administer the allocation of additional funding for artist residencies in the Nordic and Baltic countries with the aim of inviting Ukrainian artists and cultural creators to stay. The purpose of this extra investment is to enable more Ukrainians to have a safe and secure place to pursue their creations.

“It’s great that Nordic Culture Point has the opportunity to support Ukrainian artists and cultural creators to enable them to continue with their artistic work and to continue networking despite the perilous situation brought about by the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” says the director of Nordic Culture Point, Ola Kellgren.

The additional funding can be applied for by Nordic and Baltic residency centres. More information about the allocation and the application process will be published in August.

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Nordiska ministerrådet söker en direktör till Nordisk kulturkontakt

Vill du jobba med förverkligandet av Nordiska ministerrådets Vision som har som mål att Norden blir världens mest hållbara och integrerade region i 2030? Vill du vara med och förverkliga nordiskt kultursamarbete? Är du den direktör som kan bidra till att skapa mervärde för de nordiska ländernas samarbete inom kultur- och konstområdet?  

Nordisk kulturkontakt i Finland är en kulturinstitution inom det officiella nordiska samarbetet som är centralt beläget i Helsingfors, Finlands huvudstad och på Sveaborg, en ö utanför Helsingfors. Institutionen är en viktig kulturaktör och en kreativ, involverande och delaktiggörande plattform för såväl kulturmöten som samhällsdiskussioner. Nordisk kulturkontakt har till uppgift att administrera nordiska kulturministrarnas stödprogram samt att profilera det nordiska kultursamarbetet på både nordisk och internationell nivå. Institutionen samarbetar med de andra samnordiska kulturhusen och -institutioner under Nordiska ministerrådet. Direktören kommer också att ha tillgång till ett resursrikt ekosystem med 12 nordiska institutioner. Kultur ska i första hand förstås som själva kulturfältet, men det är också möjligt att genom utställningar, evenemang osv sprida kunskap och inspiration om hur man kan arbeta med klimatanpassning, biologisk mångfald och integration m.m. utifrån nordiska kulturella premisser om dialog och jämlikhet.Integrering av hållbar utveckling, jämställdhet och ett barnrätts- och ungdomsperspektiv har en central roll i Nordiska ministerrådets all verksamhet.

Som en strategiskt lagd direktör ska du leda och utveckla en institution med både evenemangs- och stödprogramsverksamhet på två olika ställen så att den fortsatt kan upprätthålla en verksamhet med hög kvalitet och med en mångfald i såväl dess innehåll som kontaktytor. Direktören bistås av en styrelse som, inom de ramar som Nordiska ministerrådet angivit, är ett rådgivande organ inom institutionens verksamhetsområde.

Vi söker dig som har:
  • Relevant akademisk utbildning/examen
  • Flera års dokumenterat goda chefs- och ledarerfarenheter
  • Erfarenhet av att arbeta med verksamhetsutveckling inom kulturområdet
  • Erfarenhet av att arbeta i en politisk miljö/offentlig förvaltning, samt
  • Erfarenhet av administrativt arbete, ekonomistyrning och förhandlingar samt av internationellt samarbete.
 
Vidare ska du ha förmåga att:
  • Leda, företräda och utveckla verksamheten på ett professionellt och strategiskt sätt
  • Säkra att verksamheten uppfyller sitt uppdrag och når sina mål med de resurser som verksamheten förfogar över
  • Goda kommunikativa färdigheter
  • Leda och engagera kompetenta medarbetare i en dynamisk organisation som präglas av stödprogramsadministration samt produktion och förmedling av publika evenemang inom såväl kultur som andra samhällsfrågor
  • Samarbeta väl med finländska, nordiska och internationella, aktörer, samt
  • Formulera dig väl både muntligt och skriftligt på något av ministerrådets tre arbetsspråk (danska, svenska eller norska) och på engelska.
Det är meriterande om du har:
  • Erfarenhet av nordiskt samarbete
  • Ett brett nätverk
  • Erfarenhet av publikutveckling
  • Erfarenhet av arbete med mångfald och jämställdhet.

Direktören har det juridiska och ekonomiska ansvaret för institutionens löpande verksamhet och rapporterar direkt till generalsekreteraren för Nordiska ministerrådet, samt ingår i ministerrådets utvidgade ledningsgrupp. Direktören ansvarar för vidareutveckling, samordning och planering av verksamheten baserat på institutionens överordnade strategiska mål, årlig budgettilldelning och årligt beviljningsbrev från generalsekreteraren. Institutionen har 15 anställda. Direktören företräder institutionen i såväl det nordiska som det internationella samarbetet. I tjänsten ingår resor, framförallt i Norden.

Vi erbjuder

Ett utvecklande arbete i en nordisk och internationell miljö med kollegor från hela Norden. Som direktör har du en tidsbegränsad anställning med en första anställningsperiod på fyra år, med möjlighet till förlängning med högst fyra år. Lön efter överenskommelse. Den som har en statlig anställning i ett av de nordiska länderna har rätt till tjänstledighet för att arbeta vid en samnordisk institution. Direktören har en möjlighet till en bostad med subventionerad hyra på Sveaborg.

Nordiska ministerrådet är de nordiska regeringarnas officiella samarbetsorgan. Nordisk kulturkontakt är en av Nordiska ministerrådets tolv samnordiska institutioner. Institutionerna förverkligar ministerrådets vision på sina respektive områden i samarbete med nationella och internationella aktörer.

För mer information se https://www.nordiskkulturkontakt.org/sv/

Sista datum för ansökan är den 17 augusti 2022. Ansökan lämnas in via Nordiska ministerrådets ansökningsportal. Ansökan och namnet på den som sökt är undantaget offentlighet om den som sökt begär detta.

Mer information om tjänsten

Om du vill veta mer om tjänsten kan du kontakta avdelningschef Torfi Jóhannesson, telefon +45 29 69 29 33, eller e-mail torjoh@norden.org, eller seniorrådgivare Annika Söderlund på annsod@norden.org. För information om anställningsvillkor vänligen kontakta HR@norden.org.

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Cultural history meets Eider-farming and ecology in the Arctic

EXPERIMENT – EIDER & FARMER creates a multi-disciplinary art exhibition about a mutually beneficial human-animal relationship between eider and humans in the Arctic.

The project develops through a creative dialogue between artists, curators, Eider-farmers and scholars. The aim is to document, learn and share experiences from different Eider-farming traditions across the countries where the tradition of collecting Eiderdown is still vivid: Denmark, Iceland and Norway. Experiment – Eider creates awareness of this unique arctic heritage and raises questions regarding wildlife and global warming.

Experiment – Eider was granted funding from Culture and art programme in 2021. Some participants have also received Mobility funding in 2020 or 2021 for their travel before and within the project.

The exhibition can be visited at Nordic House in Reykjavik until end of July 2022.

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Ethno Arctic for young folk musicians

Ethno Arctic is a music camp with workshops and concerts for young folk musicians between 18 and 25 years of age. The main focus is on national minorities in the Arctic. The young participants play their own traditional music , create networks and exchange experiences during the camp.

The project has paid attention to accessibility and diversity by enabling persons with engaging persons with disabilities or persons whom identify themselves as LGBTQ+. The gender ratio among participants has been in balance. Accommodation has been adjusted to diverse needs of participants.

Communication among the nordic participants has been in both national majority languages (danish, norwegian, swedish) and the minority languages of participants (kalaallisut, kven and sami). International participants from regions outside of the Nordic countries got acquinted with the participating Nordic languages, too. Music was a common language for all participants.

Ethno Arctic received funding from VOLT for covering costs for Nordic participants in application rounds 2020 and 2021. An album from workshops at Ethno Arctic 2021 is available on  http://www.ethnonorway.com

 

More information on:

http://www.ethnonorway.com
https://youtu.be/8g3RNhjXZF8
https://www.instagram.com/ethnonorway/
https://www.ethnonorway.com/ethno-nyheter

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Nordic collaboration for sustainable development in audiovisual industries

The Nordic Eco Media Alliance (NEMA) is an independent pan-Nordic group that works to encourage and boost sustainable development and climate action in the Nordic audiovisual industries. NEMA was established in 2020 by seven audiovisual sustainability experts from five different Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

NEMA works with sustainability issues in the film and TV industry on multiple levels:
– developing educational frameworks and workshops,
– hosting events,
– running informative campaigns,
– taking action on a political level,
– writing reports and
– taking part in events from debates to festivals.

Nordic Eco Media Alliance has received funding from Culture and art programme for organising a webinar on sustainability for Nordic film- and TV industries for benchmarking and showcasing pan-nordic sustainability knowhow. They have continued the collaboration with Network funding for changing the storyline of film and TV productions into a more sustainable narrative. This will be done via yearly Nordic reports and communicating findings through case studies, webinars and talks.

More information and collected resources on:
https://nordicecomediaalliance.com/

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Emphasis on Arctic in Arts and Culture Programme 

Do you work with art and culture in Arctic? The Culture and Art Programme supports international collaborative projects in the field of art and culture, and currently has a special focus on the Arctic. 

Applicants can apply from anywhere in the world, but the project needs partners from at least three countries, at least two of which must be Nordic.

Although funding for Arctic cultural collaborations can be applied for in any application round of the Culture and Art Programme, in the remaining application round of 2022 and the two rounds in 2023, funding is reserved especially for collaborative art and culture projects in the Arctic.

The application period this year runs from 12 August to 12 September. The two application rounds in 2023 open in February and August. The exact dates will be confirmed later at nordiskkulturkontakt.org.

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Have a nice summer!

Nordic Culture Point is closed for the summer from Midsummer’s eve 24 June until 8 August. Books that have been borrowed from our library from 7 June onward have their due date 16 August. We wish to thank all our visitors and partners for the past spring. See you in August!

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Nordic Remix

Nordic remix- Combined voices of the future was created by a team of musicians, storytellers, videographers, photographers and journalists in Sisimiut, Greenland. The collaborate art project was made by combining different expressions, languages, traditions and heritages and resulted both in a multi-media piece and a concert with newly written music.  

The process demanded change of mindsets and openness to ideas and new perspectives that derived from being together and working with a variety of expressions with new people from Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sápmi and Sweden. The shared stories and traditions created a special level of understanding for each other. 

The project was funded by Culture and art programme, which enables artic collaborations for arts and culture.

Video credits:

Produced by Francesca Vincentie
Edited by Julia Rignot
Sound Design by Francesca Vincentie
Images courtesy of Are We Europe, Arctic Sounds, Inuuteq Kriegel, Christian Helgi, Aputsiaq Jonathansen, and Julia Rignot
Music courtesy of Working Dogs

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One-on-one appointments with grant programme advisers are available!

Autumn’s application rounds for the Nordic and Nordic-Baltic grant programmes will open after sommer holidays. In August, the Nordic Culture Point intensifies the grants information with a possibility to book an online appointment with a grants adviser.  We offer appointments on  23–24 August and you can choose either general information about grant programmes or advise on a certain funding form.  The language is Scandinavian or English – but this is something to discuss individually with your adviser!  

Book your appointment here 

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Mobility funding granted for travel in the Nordic-Baltic region

This year’s second application round for Mobility funding within the Nordic-Baltic mobility programme for culture has now ended. In this round, 386 applications were received, increase from the previous application round. A total of 98 applications were awarded funding for cultural and artistic co-operation in the Nordic Region and the Baltics. The total amount granted was EUR 142,350.     

The next application round opens 29. August, and the deadline is 28 September 2022. 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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Första mentor/adept-paren valda till mentorskapspiloten

Pilotprogrammet för mentorskap inom det nordisk-baltiska mobilitetsprogrammet för kultur etablerades för att öka utbytet av kunskap, lärande och erfarenheter i regionen. Målet är att främja växelverkan, hållbarhet och långsiktiga relationer över gränserna mellan erfarna och yngre konstnärer och kulturarbetare.   

Programmet fick 33 ansökningar och följande 10 deltagare valdes och parades ihop med de i förväg valda mentorerna. Information om mentorerna och programmet finns här 

Amanda Hakoköngäs med mentor Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir 

  • Kulturarbetare, skribent och utställningsskapare från norra Finland, Lappland. 

Gabriele Janilionyte med mentor Kelli Turmann 

  • Antropolog, ledare av kulturella och sociala projekt, genomför olika interdisciplinära projekt för att skapa förändring i litauiska städer genom samhällsengagemang. 

Giedrė Putramentaitė med mentor Virpi Näsänen 

  • Frilansande projektledare specialiserad på modern cirkus (och annan scenkonst). 

Inka Kynkäänniemi med mentor Christian Bermudez 

  • Helsingforsbaserad konstnär som arbetar med video, skulptur, installation och text, samt långdistanscyklist. Hennes verk handlar ofta om tid, kollektivt delade känslor och de olika relationer som varelser, föremål och samhällen skapar med världen och varandra. 

Laura Cemin med mentor Israel Aloni 

  • Italiensk konstnär som bor i Helsingfors, aktiv inom visuell konst och scenkonst: ”fastän mitt arbete alltid har sitt ursprung i performativ handling, kan det förekomma i många olika medier och former, som liveföreställningar, text, foto och installationer med föremål.” 

Manca Dornik med mentor Gleb Divov 

  • Slovensk dragspelsartist baserad i Helsingfors, nyligen utexaminerad från den finska dragspelspionjären, professor Matti Rantanens klass vid Sibelius-Akademin. Utöver dragspel studerade hon också orkesterledning och komposition som biämnen. 

Rebekka Bohse Meyer med mentor Jenni Koski 

  • Performansdesigner som skapar immersiva performansinstallationer huvudsakligen med ljud. 

Sandra Cecilie Quist Lund med mentor Inga Žolude 

  • Författare utbildad vid Biskops Arnös författarskola och Konstfack i Sverige. 

Sanna Soni med mentor Jesper de Neergard 

  • Producent och dockteateragent med en kandidatexamen i kulturförvaltning. 

Tze Yeung Ho med mentor Katrine Ganer Skaug 

  • Norsk kompositör. Arrangör och grundare av projektet OSLOFONI och styrelsemedlem i konsertserien Periferien – nyMusikk Oslo. 

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Mobility funding granted for travel in the Nordic-Baltic region

This year’s second application round for Mobility funding within the Nordic-Baltic mobility programme for culture has now ended. In this round, 386 applications were received, increase from the previous application round. A total of 98 applications were awarded funding for cultural and artistic co-operation in the Nordic Region and the Baltics. The total amount granted was EUR 142,350.     

The next application round opens 29. August, and the deadline is 28 September 2022. 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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Seven cultural youth projects supported by Volt

The application round for Volt 2022 has been closed. The round collected 12 applications for a total of 351 987 €. The expert group decided to grant support for 7 applications, for a total granted amount of 274 206 €. The individual grant amounts ranged from 8 500 € to 65 850 €.

Among the approved projects are:

Creative Nordic Generation 2030 (CNG) by Fimigrant ry

Projektet Creative Nordic Generation 2030 is an initiative by Fimigrant ry. The project will organize events and workshops around the Nordics to increase youth creativity, skills and knowledge on Nordic Culture. By using Nordic mythology and storytelling tradition, the project aims to create cultural dialogue between the participants as well as youth-led creative performances.

BARNLEK 2023 by Folkdansringen Göteborg

Folkdansringen Göteborg  has been granted support for BARNLEK, a folk dance and folk music festivalis aimed at children and young people, mainly aged 8-16. BARNLEK is a meeting place for different languages and cultural backgrounds. Through dance, music, song, play and social gatherings, children and young people are given the opportunity to get to know each other’s cultures.

The next time you can apply for funds from Volt is in 2023.

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35 projects received funding from Arts and Culture Programme

The first round of the Arts and Culture Programme in 2022 received 134 applications for funding totalling EUR 4 835 670. The budgeted total funding available of EUR 1 102 260 was divided among 35 applications, corresponding to 26 % of the applications. The individual grants ranged from EUR 7,000 to EUR 100 000.

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 here. 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 12th of August and 12th of September 2022. The application period closes at 15:59 Finnish time.

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Network funding granted to 20 projects

Network funding has now been distributed for both short-term and long-term network projects. Nordic Culture Point received a total of 75 applications, of which 20 were for the Long-term network funding and 55 for the Short-term network funding. A total amount of EUR 503 777 was granted to 4 long-term projects and 16 short-term projects.

Overall, the Expert Group was pleased to see an increase in the number of applications compared to the year 2021 that was still greatly affected by the pandemic.

Mentorship programme Future Leaders in Performing Arts was one of the granted short-term projects. The network is primarily targeted to performing arts professionals at the early stages of their careers. The network aims at increasing social sustainability in the future power structures of performing arts by inviting four emerging curators to a one-year mentoring process.

The project Backyard residencies explores possibilities for a sustainable way of running residency programs through regional cooperation and creating possibilities for artists and other professionals to live and work and meet other professionals and audience from the neighbor regions. The network is not only for residencies, but for different organizations in the northern regions of Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Yet another granted short-term project was the PUPSICLES Nordic-Baltic Puppetry Network that aims to create new and deepen the existing connections between ambitious puppetry festivals and organisations in the Nordic-Baltic region. The purpose of the network is to foster and create the means of more sustainable touring for puppet and visual theatre artists, productions and concepts, as well as explore more collaborative programming and sharing know-how.

See all granted short-term network projects and long-term network projects.

Network funding enables periods for cooperation, exchange of ideas and knowledge between professional artists and cultural workers in the Nordic region and/or the Baltic countries. The funding is a part of The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, which strengthens artistic and cultural cooperation in the Nordic region and the Baltic countries.

The next application round for the short-term network funding opens in 20 August 2022. Long-term network funding has only one application round per year and the next round will be arranged in the spring 2023.

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