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1st NBFP Nordic-Baltic Arts Festivals Conference (2015)

Thursday, 29 October:

Venue: Immanuel Church, Kungstensgatan 17, Stockholm


  • 14.00 - 15.00 Registration and coffee

  • 15.00 Welcome by Peter Eriksson, President of Sweden Festivals

  • 15.05 Opening speech by Bengt Göransson, former Swedish Minister of Culture and Honorary Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

  • 15.20 Keynote speech Nordic-Baltic cultural cooperation and identity by Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Member of the Icelandic Parliament, Deputy Member in the Nordic Council, former Minister of Culture and Nordic co-operation of Iceland

  • 16.30 - 17.00 Coffee break

  • 17.00 - 18.00 Panel: On the validity of forming a Nordic-Baltic identity

Moderator: Per Boye Hansen, Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Opera and former Director of Bergen International Festival

Panellists: Katrín Jakobsdóttir; Jurate Katinaite, Lithuanian National Radio Producer, EBU Euroradio Coordinator and former Nordic Baltic Concert Season organiser; Enel Melberg, Estonian-Swedish novellist and translator.

  • 18.00 - 19.00 Concert "Bach in Swedish" by Gunnar Idenstam (organ) and Lisa Rydberg (violin)

  • 19.30 Bus transport from Hotel Birger Jarl to Stockholm City Hall (Hantverkargatan 1)

  • 20.00 Opening day reception hosted by the Mayor of Stockholm at Stockholm City Hall. Sponsored by the City of Stockholm.

       The Stockholm City Hall is one of Sweden’s most famous buildings, and one of the capital's most visited tourist attractions. It houses offices for 200 people including the Municipal Council, and is also famous for its grand ceremonial halls and unique art pieces. The Stockholm City Hall is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held on 10 December each year.

  • 22.30 Bus transport from Stockholm City Hall to Hotel Birger Jarl


Friday, 30 October:

Venue: Hotel Birger Jarl, Tulegatan 8, Stockholm. Conference entrance at Birger Jarlsgatan 61A


  • 09.30 - 09.35 Introduction of the day by Jan Ove Hafstad, Director of Sweden Festivals, NordicBaltic Festival Platform (NBFP) working group member

  • 09.35 - 10.30 Presentations of public funding possibilities focused on the needs of festivals.
    Creative Europe 2014-2020 presented by Elin Rosenström, Creative Europe Desk Culture in Sweden and
    Nordic Culture Fund Senior Adviser Peter Larsen, presenting funding possibilities of Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point.


  • 10.30 - 10.45 Presentation of Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) by Hugo de Greef, EFA Interim Secretary General

  • 10.45 - 12.30 Presentations of 6 collaborative arts projects which are presented by festivals and are seeking partners, followed by comments and questions. All projects have been selected via an open call by the NBFP working group. The projects are listed here.

Moderator: Jan Ove Hafstad, Director of Sweden Festivals, NBFP working group member

  • 12.30 - 12.45 Performance. Excerpts from the opera for children Kjetil the Dragon by Andy Pape. Vibeke Kristensen, soprano. Produced by Drakamöllan Opera Festival

  • 12.45 - 14.30 Networking session and lunch at Hotel Birger Jarl. Conference attendants are welcome to interact with the 6 collaborative arts projects directly at tables of each project.

  • 14.30 - 16.00 Panel: On past and on-going collaborative projects: the ideology of cooperation and practical examples

Moderator: Leelo Lehtla, Director of PLMF festivals, NBFP working group member

Panellists: Ann Mari Engel, Secretary General, Swedish Centre of the International Theatre Institute and former Director of the Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts; Per Boye Hansen, Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Opera and former Director of Bergen International Festival; Erik Söderblom, stage director, former Director of Helsinki Festival and former Artistic Director of International Theatre Festival Baltic Circle


  • 16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

  • 16.30 - 17.30 Open discussion and festival introduction session: small pre-signed-up festival presentations (5 minutes per festival) and discussion for festival managers sharing their cooperation experiences (what has worked, what has not, cross-genre cooperations etc.) and elaborating on how the NordicBaltic Festival Platform could support their goals.

Moderator: Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdottir, Artistic Director and CEO of the Icelandic Opera, NBFP working group member


  • Optional evening programme included in the conference fee. Two performances for participants to select between:
      18.00 – 20.00 Concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Programme
    (NB! A walk to the Concert Hall at 17.40 from the hotel)
      19.00 – 20.00 Dance performance at the House of Dance. Programme


  • 20.30 - 22.00 Closing reception as a Buffet dinner at Hotel Birger Jarl



The NordicBaltic Festival Platform 2015 Conference is supported by Nordic Culture Point.

In cooperation with Hotel Birger Jarl and the Immanuel Church, Stockholm City Hall, Stockholm Concert Hall, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the International Scene of Contemporary Dance, Sweden.

Conference host is Sweden Festivals

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