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Stands for: Baltic Game Industry – Empowering a booster for regional development

Description: The project “Baltic Game Industry” (BGI) develops practical solutions to strengthen the game industry in the Baltic Sea Region and establish it as a competitive global player.

BGI comprises three components - policy developments towards favourable framework conditions for the BSR game industry, capacity building and empowerment of innovation intermediaries to effectively support game business actors and strengthening their business power and business opportunities and opening-up new markets beyond entertainment, exemplarily with VR-applications in health care.

The core element is the installation of durable game incubation structures, programmes and schemes that effectively support the emergence and viability of game start-ups in the BSR.

Status: Granted PA Culture Flagship Status in June 2015. Approved project of Interreg BSR programme, start October 2017. Duration 36 months.

Partners: BGZ Berliner Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit mbH (BGZ Berlin International Cooperation Agency) - Lead |State of Berlin| City of Helsinki | Tartu City Government| Norddjurs Municipality| Ventspils city municipal authority “Ventspils Digital centre“ | Invest Stockholm | Public Institution Lithuanian Innovation Centre | HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences | Krakow Technology Park LLC| Kaunas Science and Technology Park| Foundation “Ventspils High Technology Park” | Nodibinājums “Ventspils Augsto tehnoloģiju parks” | Neogames Finland | Swedish Games Industry (Association of Swedish Game Developers)| AHK Service SIA | Hamburg Institute of International Economics | Dania University of Applied Sciences | Metropolia University of Applied Sciences | Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology | University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf | Unit of Clinical Alcohol Research, Clinical Institute, University of Southern Denmark

Contact: Christine Sauter | bgi(a)


The Baltic Sea History Project is the first effort to create a collective view on history and culture in a European region. The project partners aim to create new social strategies and concepts to have a framework for a future intercultural dialogue about regional and transregional history, culture and identity. With the help of new documentation technologies (like Wikis, blogs etc.) the project goes beyond the limits between traditional methods of documentation (like books) and new approaches. The project started in 2011. With financial support of the German Federal Government and the EU Culture Programme a first project partnership was established, a basic concept developed and one first pilot project implemented. Until the end of 2015 the Baltic Sea History Project will be further developed with the support of EUSBSR Seed Money e.g. in terms of technical infrastructure, the integration of different groups of authors (youth, students, scientists, ‘normal citizens’) and on building up relationships to ‘recyclers’ like tourism industry, publishing institutions, journalists etc. in order to prepare the implementation of the overall project. With the overall project it is intended to raise the awareness that there is not only one perspective on historical events, but multiple perspectives, which have to be exchanged on a basis of mutual understanding and respect. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain people in the Baltic Sea Region have been looking for a common historical identity. Many towns for instance share the Hanseatic heritage, brick Gothic architecture, and Protestant culture. But there is more to Baltic Sea history than that: a variety of languages, cultural diversity and also centuries of warfare and conflicts. This also includes discussions about traumatic experiences in the “century of extremes”. However, one should not expect that there is only one authoritative story of Baltic Sea history to which everyone can agree. A story providing definite statements that would end all discussions. Instead one should look at the history of the Baltic Sea region through a prism of multiple perspectives. So far, however, politics of memory as well as history teaching in schools are still nationally confined. This gap has not been bridged by new media, which are also predominantly nationally oriented so far. Have a look at Wikipedia and read any article on history: You often encounter old content hidden in new technology. The Baltic Sea History Project wants to create new content for new technologies. A Baltic Sea history seen from multiple perspectives, for a wider audience, written by people from all over the Baltic rim.

Status: Project under further development. The project has received seed money from the EUSBSR Seed Money Facility.

Partners: Academia Baltica (Lead) | Aue-Säätiö | Szczecin University | Tallinn City Archives Associated Partners: ARS BALTICA | Baltic Development Forum | Council of the Baltic Sea States | Borussia Foundation | Department for Northern European Studies at Humboldt University Berlin | Tartu University Institute of History and Archaeology | The Monitoring Group on Cultural Heritage of the Baltic States | Thomas Mann Cultural Centre | University of Latvia Department of Medieval History | University Vechta Institute for Cultural Studie

Contact: Academia Baltica e.V. | Dr. Christian Pletzing | Akademieweg 6 | 24988 Oeversee, Germany | Phone: +49 4630 550 | Christian[dot]pletzing[at]academiabaltica[dot]de | |



Stands for: The Baltic House

PA Culture

Policy Areas: Increase Prosperity | Global competitiveness | Connection the Region

Description: Baltic House wants to put the spotlight on contemporary art and gather artists, activists, researchers, entrepreneurs etc. in order to discuss and reflect topics of social and political relevance, that are addressed by the exhibited art. Moreover Baltic House functions as an incubator for new ideas and projects, that the region can profit from. The sustainable, interdisciplinary and participatory approach is crucial for Baltic House and forms the foundation for a promotion of Baltic Sea Region culture and a strengthening of civil society in the region.

Status: Under development. EUSBSR seed money received. Project planned for April 2017 – December 2019.

Partners: Baltic Sea Cultural Centre Gdańsk (Lead) | Cultura21 | Färgfabrikken | Gesellschaft für zeitgenössische Konzepte e.V. | | Rauma Art Museum | The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art in Riga

Contact: The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk | Magdalena Zakrzewska-Duda | magdalena.zakrzewska(a)



Stands for: Balticlab: Innovation programme for the Baltic Sea Region

PA Culture

Policy Area: Culture | Creative Innovation

Description: Balticlab brings entrepreneurs and creatives in the Baltic Sea region together to prototype the future through joint initiatives. Balticlab consists of two curated and linked yearly events: the large-scale Balticlab Networking Weekend and the smaller project-building Balticlab Ideation. The aim of the programme is to create a community of entrepreneurs and creatives, who through collaboration and strengthened connectedness empower the region to become more innovative, creative and prosperous.

Status: Balticlab is in its third year and is fully funded by the Swedish Institute and the Council of the Baltic Sea States as a permanent leadership and talent programme.

Partners: Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat & Swedish Institute (Lead)

Contact: Mirjam Külm | CBSS Secretariat | mirjam.kulm(a) | balticlab(a)



Stands for: BSR Integrated Heritage Management

PA Culture

Policy Areas: Increase Prosperity | Connect the Region

Description: TheIntegrated Heritage Management Initiative refers to the EU Directive for establishing a framework for maritime spacial planning (MSP) and the EU Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Protocol 10 and wants to strengthen its status by integrating international cultural heritage concerns to MSP and ICZM policies in the Baltic Sea Region. In order to achieve this the project will develop best practices for shared information systems and focus on policies, management and decision-making processes regarding the integration of underwater and coastal cultural heritage. Moreover the project will develop a knowledge base and recommendations for planners and investors. By strengthening the understanding of the BSR underwater heritage characteristics and integrating sustainable management to regional approaches, the project will make the maritime heritage of the BSR accessible for cultural and tourism businesses.

Status: Received funding from CBSS Project Support Facility. As a next step the project will apply for Interreg BSR Programme funding. Project planned for November 2016 – October 2019.

Partners: State Archaeological Department of Schleswig-Holstein (Lead) | CBSS Monitoring Group on Cultural Heritage | HELCOM and VASAB Joint Working Group on MSP | National Heritage Boards & Maritime Museums of Baltic Sea States | Polish Maritime Museum Gdansk | National Board of Antiquities Finland | Estonian National Heritage Board

Contact: Marianne Lehtimäki | marianne.lehtimaki(a)


Stands for: Cross Fab - Facilitate multidisciplinary innovation processes in the Baltic Sea Region through cross-overs of creative industries to other sectors

PA Culture

Policy Area: Global competitiveness | Connect the region

Description: CROSS FAB wants to enhance the development of new products, services and processes in the Baltic Sea Region. That will be achieved by multidisciplinary innovation processes based in the creative sector. CROSS FAB will accelerate and strengthen the formation of multidisciplinary teams and provide guidance in creating, shaping and maturing ideas and starting a business path.

By benchmarking, developing and comparing different methods and skills; applying network based activities and practices; branding activities and picking a certain number of real industry cases to pilot in each of the partner countries CROSS FAB will support innovation and offer new entrepreneurial opportunities through synergies of creative and other industries, provide increased value for traditional industries, as well as better market access and growth of SMEs in the BSR region.

Status: Supported by Seed Money Facility of EUSBSR. Project planned for 36 months from mid 2016.

Partners: Art Academy of Latvia | Lithuania - National Association of Creative and Cultural Industries | Finland - Aalto University, School of Business, Small Business Centre | Poland - Amicus Society | Estonia - Creative Estonia


Stands for: Cross Motion

PA Culture

Policy Area: Increase Prosperity

Description: Cross Motion promotes the convergence between digital audiovisiual content production industries and the sectors of education, tourism and health.Through intersector cooperation it is planned to develop “crossinnovations', that help facilitate the emergence of new markets and enable growth for SMEs, start-ups etc. So far the Baltic Sea Region lacks a framework for such intersector cooperation, thus Cross Motion will establish an intercluster network of partners.

Cross Motion will raise awareness among the region’s relevant industries by organising a series of highvisibility conferences, hackathons and networking events where we aim to showcase the best practices, success stories and promote cooperation across a variety of borders.

Status: Applied for Interreg BSR support. Project planned to last for 3.5 years (incl. Evaluation).

Partners: Tallinn University, Baltic Film and Media School (Lead) | Estonian Digital Centre | TechHub Riga | Nebula Cluster, Lithuania | Aalto University Foundation | Media Evolution Southern Sweden | Filmby Aarhus | Media Cluster Foundation, Poland | Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein | Oslo University, Department of Media and Communication

Contact: Alessandro Nanì | nani(a)


Stands for: Culture and Sustainability in the Baltic Sea Region

PA Culture

Policy Areas: Increase Prosperity | Global competitiveness | Connect the region

Description: Culturability has brought 140 stakeholders from across the Baltic Sea Region together. Stakeholders are involved in the creative industries, urban development and social innovation. They all perceive culture as a driver for social and eco-friendly innovation.

By organising four workshops in the region, the stakeholders have come together and introduced their work and approaches to each other. Culturability enabled the participants to exchange knowledge and learn about good/best/next practices. Culturability thus functions as a platform supporting cultural and creative small and medium enterprises and other knowledgeable cultural actors. Culturability fosters cross-sector cooperation between cultural and non-cultural actors and thus emphasizes, that culture in a Baltic Sea Region, that has never been more open and cooperative, is a main power for bringing about social innovation.

Status: Project completed. Follow-up project under development.

Partners: Nordic Council of Ministers (Lead) | Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland | Ministry of Justice, Cultural and European Affairs of Land Schleswig-Holstein

Cooperation: ARS BALTICA | Baltic Sea Cultural Center Gdańsk | The Danish Cultural Institute | Riga 2014 | Starter

Contact: Simon Drewsen Holmberg (Main Consultant) | Danish Cultural Institute Riga | sdh(a)



Stands for: Maritime Heritage Atlas of the Baltic Sea

PA Culture

Policy Areas: Increase Prosperity | Global competitiveness | Connecting the region

Description: The Baltic Sea Region has also in the past been strongly intertwined in terms of trade and cultural exchange. Maritime Heritage has been established in order to preserve and promote the maritime heritage of the Baltic Sea Region with modern means. It is planned to develop functional technological tools that increase the visibility of maritime heritage throughout the region.

With this initiative Maritime Heritage wants to increase the interest in the cultural roots and links in the region and thus strengthen the regional identity. The project is a follow up of the Maritime Atlas of South Baltic running under the South Baltic Programme 2008-2010.

Status: Under development. EUSBSR seed money received. Partners envision a project duration of 36 months.

Partners: National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk (Lead) | Forum Marinum Turku | Lithuanian Sea Museum Klaipeda | Naval Museum Karlskrona

Contact: Katarzyna Nowicka | National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk |k.nowicka(a) |


Stands for: Think Tank Transbaltic (TTT)

PA Culture

Policy Areas: Increase Prosperity | Connect the Region

Description: TTT will establish an interdisciplinary collaboration to generate urban and regional development approaches. It will work through creating mobile, productive and creative Think Tanks in the BSR harbour cities in order to develop new approaches and capacities to community development. By organising joint international productions, workshops, research and knowledge exchange with artistic practices TTT establishes a platform for the realization of its objective.

TTT will engage citizens in order to foster participatory approaches and will particularly address migrants, newcomers and young people. TTTs esults will be transferred to a Baltic Tool Kit for city developers and spatial planners.

Status: TTT has applied for EUSBSR Seed Money Facility. In February 2016 it will apply for support from the BSR Programm. Project is planned for January 2017 – December 2019.

Partners: Kulturcentrum Ronneby & Ronneby Municipality (Lead) | BB NCCA Kaliningrad | CCA Laznia | Emigrations Museum Gdynia | Gallery Y (Belarus) | Gdynia City Museum Inter Arts Centre | Lund University | Kalmar Konstmuseum, & Kalmar municipality | Kunsthalle Rostock | Nida Art Colony | Noass (Latvia) | ProArtibus Finland | The Royal Art Academy, Department of Walls and Spaces (Denmark) | University of Culture and Arts St.Petersburg | Vaba Lava Theatre Tallinn | Vilnius Art Academy, Dept. of Architecture and Urbanistics

Contact: Torun Ekstrand | torun.ekstrand(a)


The project touched the issue of art in public and digital space. The aim was to create a collaborative network between art institutions and academia in the region, to involve the public in the discourse regarding contemporary art, and to create a common South Baltic identity to be communicated to the public through the project and its resulting artefacts.

14 partners from 5 countries around the Baltic Sea joined to create a co-operative platform for art and academia in Poland, Sweden, Germany, Russia and Lithuania. The platforms objectives were to strengthen the institutions, create opportunities for artists, and interact with people in public space, on the internet, in exhibitions, and on the Stena Line ferries between Gdynia and Karlskrona. The project period was 2011-2014. The project has been partly financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund).

The Art Line project established contact with co-operators in the area of art, academia, and cultural tourism in the five countries mentioned above. The organizational structure of the project was developed to enable the realization of a SB collaborative network between art and academia. There was a wide range of art projects developed jointly within Art Line: workshops, exhibitions, public space projects, interactive projects, online projects, contests, storytelling activities, conferences and workshops about art, science, technology and about art and digital media as well as seminars about art in public space have been successfully completed during the course of the project. Eg. the storytelling project “Telling the Baltic”, the Baltic Goes Digital, Hydro Active City and Space Matters that combined art and digital media in public space and Art & Apparatus made experiments between art and technology.

Status: Project completed. Follow-up project under development.

Partners: Blekinge County Museum (Lead) | Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art – Laznia CCA | Kunsthalle Rostock | Art Centre Gallery EL | Gdańsk City Gallery | The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk | Kulturcentrum Ronneby | Art Exhibition Hall of Karlskrona City | Blekinge Institute of Technology | Kalmar konstmuseum Associated Partners: Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad NCCA) | Nida Art Colony | Stena Line Scandinavia AB | Region Blekinge

Contact: Torun Ekstrand | torun.ekstrand(a)



The project started in December 2010 and ended three years later in December 2013. The conservation of heritage, in particular historical buildings, is a common goal in the Baltic Sea Region (BR). Due to the common identity in the BSR it is very important to protect the historical buildings in order to preserve the individual characteristics and therewith the attractiveness and competitiveness of the cities around the Baltic Sea. Today’s technical improvements often collide with the climate protection goals and lead therefore to unsatisfying solutions. The project thematised the important contents in the field of heritage conservation: How to reduce the energy consumption of historical buildings without destroying their cultural value and identity. Every country in the BSR and Europe has to face these issues and is looking for solutions. That is the point the project has started from. The project’s goal was to trigger innovative solutions of historical buildings conservation of heritage that does not collide either with climate protection or with the texture of the old buildings. The main objectives of the project to reach the goal were (1) forwarding the political discussion on national and transnational level about the installation of new cooperation models between administrative institutions, architects, engineers, housing and building companies, and affected building owners, to implement new strategies for technical, administrative and historical adequate approaches, to create the political and administrative basis to implement the technical, educational, and economical solutions and to declare a transnational common position; (2) finding new technical solutions concerning energetic potentials of historical buildings; (3) upgrading the knowledge and education of architects, engineers, craftsmen, etc. to harmonise the curricula with the objective of an open market.

Status: Project completed

Partners: Department for Heritage Preservation Hamburg (Lead) | Hamburg Ministry for Urban Development and Environment | ocational Training Centre Hamburg | City of Kiel Environment Department | Stockholm City Museum | Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden | Swedish National Heritage Board | City of Malmö Environment Department | Danish Building Research Institute SBi at Aalborg University | Information Center for Sustainable Renovation NGO (SRIK NGO) | Kothla-Järve Town Government | Centre Development Programs (EMI-ECO) | Riga Technical University Institute of Environment and Energy Systems | City of Riga City Development Department | European Foundation of Monuments Protection | Republican Centre for Technology Transfer | KIINKO Real Estate Education | Vilnius Gediminas Technical University |

Contact: Department for Heritage Preservation Hamburg | Große Bleichen 30 | 20354 Hamburg, Germany


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