Baltic Sea Cultural Cities


Baltic Sea Cultural Cities project: connecting citizens and cities through culture is a platform for cooperation, cultural exchange and regional identification. It's motto: “Water connects us, but culture unites us”. The goal of the project is to connect cities, people and cultural actors in the region and strengthen the regional identity while promoting cultural diversity. NDPC is an associate partner in this project.

Main aims of the project are:

  • Regional cooperation: sustainable, long-term culture format creating a regional identity
  • Citizen Participation: increasing the visibility and accessibility of the region’s creativity and cultural heritage
  • Regional Identity: strengthening feeling of togetherness, solidarity, tolerance and regional identification.

Regional cooperation

  • Nominating bianually a “Baltic Sea City of Culture”
  • Focus on cities and regions fostering cooperation among them, not competition
  • Producing synergies

Citizen participation

  • Strong focus on citizen participation and ownership, increasing the number of contacts between people and cultural actors
  • More about co-creation than consuming cultural offers as a spectator
  • Addressing especially the younger generation as well as excluded parts of society


Seed Money Funding was granted to the project by Swedish Institute (Sept 2019 – Feb 2021).

Council of the Baltic Sea States

Ars Baltica Secretariat

City Culture Institute in Gdansk

Regional Council of Ostrobothnia

Kaunas Artists House/Kaunas City

Union of Baltic Cities, Cultural Cities Commission

City of Kiel, Department for Education, Youth and Culture

Ministry of Justice, European Affairs, Consumer Protection and Equality of Land Schleswig-Holstein

Agency for International Affairs and Regional Cooperation, Kaliningrad Oblast

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (Associated Partner)