V International Forum in the framework of Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture "CULTURE AS A FACTOR OF GROWTH"

V International Forum in the framework of Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC)
November 13-15, 2018
St. Petersburg

The NDPC Forum in 2018 explored the synergies between Culture and Creative Industries (CCIs), economic and social development.

There were three main themes of the Forum, supplemented by a plenary discussion Urbanism and creative industries: at the intersection of culture, economy and tourism. The themes of the Forum were:

• Adapting city space as cultural clusters;

• Urban festivals as a platform for start-ups;

• Cultural heritage objects as a part of the modern living.

Experts from Russia, as well as other NDPC countries (Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Poland) took part at the Forum with their presentations, followed by Q/A where time permitted. The experts represented public sector as well as NGOs and SMEs.

There were no formal conclusions to the Forum, however, the event recurrently highlighted the necessity for a CCI event in Russia that discusses and presents the actual developments in the CCI area, a platform that highlights developments but also sets forth further aims and challenges. Networking between local CCI representatives and Russian – non-Russian experts became of great value: several cross- border collaboration projects are being developed from the Forum meeting days.

It is also very clear that the focus on the role of CCIs and their synergy with other sectors should be developed and nurtured, as this synergy is the provider of future development in CCIs, social integration, economic impact growth, regional development and other aspects of growth. Thus, the future NDPC Fora should continue to address not only culture and creativity, but rather their impact for the benefit of development of wider societal aspects, and how this impact be grown and furthered.

There should be stronger focus on cross- border networking, collaboration, knowledge and best practices exchange, therefore it would be advisable to involve more experts from variety of NDPC Partner countries.

More information: http://www.ndpcrussia2018.com/

Forum programme can be viewed here.