The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) is a governmental initiative which brings together national authorities, practitioners from cultural and creative industries (CCI) and experts. It works towards a stronger, more competitive and more resilient CCI sector that contributes significantly to the sustainable development of the Northern Dimension region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation and Sweden).
NDPC implements project activities, offers networking and professional development opportunities to creative professionals and provides valuable insights for policy development to national authorities.
Northern Europe has a rich cultural heritage, as well as national and linguistic diversity and varied cultural and artistic production. The region also has a great deal of experience in cultural cooperation and exchange, as well as numerous professional networks in all sectors of society.
Culture and creativity is a driving force in regional and international sustainable development and a cornerstone for cooperation in the ND area, setting a collaboration framework in wide spheres of society and facilitating social inclusion through means of culture and creativity.
The mission of the NDPC is to contribute to social and economic sustainable development, and innovation and diversity in the ND area by focusing on the operating conditions for cultural and creative industries.
Strategy, Annual Reports
The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture has adopted the strategy for 2021-2024.
The annual report for 2020 is available.
The Steering Committee is focusing on the development of the conditions for cultural and creative industries in the NDPC member countries and in EU. Specific attention is given to the fact that cultural and creative industries defy the traditional division into administrative sectors and call upon a cross- sectorial cooperation both on a national and an international level as they involve various sectors and thus depend on the policy development in education, innovation, enterprise and business, trade, employment, social security, funding and financing, copy right and other legal affairs.
The NDPC has a Steering Committee with national representatives for the countries in the NDPC area. The contacts can be found here.
NDPC is actively involved in the Northern Dimension and Baltic Sea region cooperation frameworks, being a member of:
the Coordination Group of the Horizontal Action Neighbours of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR),
the Steering Group of the PA Culture of the EUSBSR,
the Northern Dimension Steering Group and
the Northern Dimension Institute Steering Group.
NDPC is also a member of the European Creative Business Network and Culture Action Europe network.