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2016 Call for Nordic-Baltic Collaborative Arts Projects

One of the main goals of the NordicBaltic Festival Platform (NBFP) is to foster collaboration among the regions' arts festivals. For this aim, the NBFP launched its 2nd Call for Collaborative Projects in spring 2016. On 21 June 2016 the NBFP Working Group gathered in Vilnius, Lithuania to discuss among other issues the outcomes of the 2016 Call for Projects. As a result, 5 ideas were chosen to be presented at the NordicBaltic Festival Platform Conference on 3-4 November 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Conference convenes Nordic-Baltic festival representatives and other arts professionals seen as potential partners for the chosen ideas / projects. Among the latter there is 1 theatre project, 1 combined music & dance project and 3 music projects.


Briefly, the chosen 5 ideas / projects are the following:

“North Around the Baltic Sea”, led by three festivals from Denmark, Finland and Sweden

A classical music collaboration project to celebrate 100 years of independence in the Baltics in 2018, in the format of at least 2 commissioned works, performed by a specially convened chamber orchestra of musicians from the Nordic-Baltic countries, touring in the aforementioned countries in the course of 2018.

Hugo Ticciati (violinist)

O/Modernt Festival (Sweden)

Janne Thomsen (flutist)

Holstebro International Music Festival Klassiske dage (Denmark)


Christopher Sundqvist (clarinettist)

RUSK Chamber Music in Jakobstad Finland (Finland)

NB! The core team of the Project, with the assistance given by the Coordinator of the NBFP, PLMF Arts Management Ltd, applied successfully for a Preparatory Grant of the Nordic Culture Point, under The Culture and Art Programme. As a result, the idea presented to the NBFP 2nd Call for Projects and presented at the 2016 Vilnius Conference will be developed to the fullest by the end of 2017, with the aim to apply for additional funding from the Nordic funds, thereafter implement the envisioned idea in 2018.


“Valmiera Summer Theatre Festival 2018”, led by Valmiera Summer Theatre Festival, Latvia

A festival bridging Latvia and the Nordic countries via brand new productions in the theatre field, performed in unusual urban spaces; paralleled with a film and music programme related to the Nordic code.

Lija Ozolina


“Together”, led by Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival, Finland

A festival including performances combining classical accordion music with modern dance, among others a show outdoors in the snow.

Raimo Vertainen


“Ethno Music oriented festival cooperation across the Baltic Sea (Nordic and Baltic countries)”, led by Ethno Music Festival Sommelo, Finland

Widening and deepening artistic collaboration between partners in the Baltic Sea region in the fields of cultural heritage, traditional singing and music, including research in the chosen themes.

Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen


“Music Masters on Air” (MusMA), led by Saxå Chamber Music Festival / Sweden Festivals, Sweden

Strengthening the collaboration of 6 MusMA family music festivals (in Sweden, Poland, Turkey, Italy and Belgium) in cooperation with Radio Broadcasters to build a European Network for the promotion as well as touring of composers and new music.

Catherine Vancaenegem

MUSMA Music Masters on Air. European Broadcasting Project

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