Baltic Audience Links Project Partners
The River//Cities Platform Foundation, Poland
The River//Cities Platform Foundation is a successor of the informal network River//Cities Platform established in 2006 in Warsaw, and currently unites 40 organisations from all over Europe. The aim of the River//Cities is to increase the impact of culture on the sustainable development of urban waterfronts for the benefit of their citizens. We want to increase access and enable civic engagement in waterfront public space and culture, and develop cross-sectoral cooperation (between e.g. art, culture, education, tourism, city planning, environment, transport). We do it, for example, through best practise and expertise share at seminars, workshops or at the website and FB. R//C activities explore and link European and local perspectives by sharing experiences and models, developing educational and artistic programmes and disseminating the results within the European civil society.
Intercult, Stockholm, Sweden
Operating in Sweden and Europe since 1996, Intercult initiates and leads collaborative culture projects and networks. Having an active interest in national and European cultural policy IC also participate in the development of intercultural and international project competence.
Intercult shares experience through seminars, conferences, lectures and mentorship. Engaging in trans-border cultural projects, Intercult embraces the challenges of contemporary diversity, voices and expressions. It works cross-disciplinary and trans-regionally, inviting artists from different disciplines and places to the projects and Basecamps at their venue. Intercult works with partners from all over Europe, Caucasus and Africa. With 20 projects in-house since 1996 IC has several direct experiences of managing EU and other international culture projects. From the home base on the south side of Stockholm, Intercult interacts as a project-based platform, engaging with others on art management and cultural policy development. With artistic expression as a starting point, they focus on the value of intercultural competence aimed at artists, organisers, policymakers and sponsors – creating conditions for the exchange of ideas and models.
The role of culture as a factor for urban development in particular cities confronted with change, harbour cities, industrial areas, river division is an issue that has engaged Intercult for a long time. Some years ago Intercult developed: BLACK/NORTH SEAS – a 3,5 years multidisciplinary commissioning, producing and touring project linking Black Sea and North Seas artists.
Intercult also operates actively in several national and European networks, being one of a founding members of River//Cities, member of Culture Action Europe CAE, IETM, Platform for Intercultural Europe PIE and the National Touring Theater in Sweden (Riksteatern).
One of the current projects lead by Intercult is project: ‘CORNERS turning Europe Inside Out’. – a long term collaboration between culture organisations in Europe – to promote cultural exchange, collaboration and dissemination of culture in Europe’s smaller cities and suburban areas and ACCESS EUROPA – a platform that gathers members from the Swedish cultural sector aiming to increase their engagement in European projects and collaborations.
Laimikis.Lt is an interdisciplinary platform for urban research, community art & co-design (social design) initiatives, non-formal learning and activism.
Its mission is to promote participatory urban culture by launching creative communities initiatives in underused public spaces, running non-formal educational activities, and facilitating inclusive cultural development of the neighbourhoods. Laimikis team treats public spaces as an open field for playful and creative interaction (sharing and co-acting) and applies arts-based and participatory action research approaches. “Laimikis.lt” was registered as NGO in 2oo9, while as a creative group it has been working in the following areas since 2oo7:
• studying the potential of underused places to become public spaces;
• exploring and developing tools for citizens communication and cooperation;
• initiating community art projects, urban games, neighbours party gatherings;
• developing and putting in action scenarios for regeneration of public spaces and neighbourhoods;
• arranging informal and non-formal learning activities: workshops and trainings in public and community art, participatory planning, and creative communication in public space;
• documenting changing city life and street styles, collecting photo-materials and interviews with passers-by and neighbourhoods residents;
• supporting young designers by promoting their collections and building links between artists and communities.
The partnership also includes a Baltic Sea Cultural Centre (R//C’s Member from Gdańsk). The organisation is not listed officially on the ‘partner list’ but still expressing a will to contribute to the Baltic Audience Links project.
Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Gdansk, Poland
The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk (the BSCC) is a public cultural institution of the Pomorskie Voivodeship. It promotes culture and deals with organising cultural cooperation between the region and other countries, especially those on the Baltic Sea. We have been contributing to culture by organising international, national and local art and science projects since 1992.
Among its undertakings there are musical, literary, scientific and film projects, exhibitions, a number of interdisciplinary activities, workshops, cultural and social campaigns as well as a publication activity. BSCC is actively involved in shaping the Baltic Sea cultural policy.
Since its beginnings, the BSCC has been acting for the sake of promoting a dialogue between cultures of the world, which is the most important issue that has been raised by them, also in the context of multicultural Baltic Europe. The events organized by BSCC refer to such issues as national stereotypes and neighbourhood problems, regional and European roots of cultural legacy of Pomerania and memory of the past as an element of contemporary culture.
The Centre’s seat is the 16th century Old Town Hall, which is one of the few Renaissance buildings that have survived the war damage. The interior is magnificently embellished and open to the public. Reconstructed with BSCC’s help, St. John’s church accommodates St. John’s Centre. Apart from reconstruction works, BCSS carries out art activities (exhibitions, concerts, theatre performances) there.