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Guidelines for Applying


The NordicBaltic Festival Platform (NBFP) is a platform created for festivals from all fields of art & culture in the Nordic-Baltic area. It aims to foster cultural cooperation in the region by enhancing the number and strength of connections, the capacity and visibility of those festivals. The Platform is open to festivals from all fields of art.

As one of the practical initiatives to foster artistic exchange, the NBFP has opened its 3rd call for cross-border collaborative projects. The initiative aims to bring together festivals for new and, hopefully, long lasting partnerships and to foster the exchange of practices and artistic ideas. Applying is open for all arts & culture festivals, but similarly for (individual) artists already collaborating with or wishing to collaborate with festivals in the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as Poland and Russian Federation from the wider Baltic Sea Region (BSR).


Applications will be accepted until Monday, 31 July 2017 (included).


Who Should Apply?

Arts & culture festivals or (individual) artists together with local/partner festivals from the Nordic-Baltic countries, plus Poland and Russian Federation, interested in collaborating with their peers (i.e. festivals) in the aforementioned region and presenting the project to other arts & culture festival leaders should consider applying.

Festivals and artists from the following fields of arts & culture are included: music, dance, theatre, film, photography, design & applied arts, digital arts, literature, street & performance art, visual arts, cross-disciplinary.


There will be no artistic limitations to the projects. All project types and applications will be considered. All details that the applicant could give to better describe their project idea will be appreciated. The projects must aim to have minimum 2 partners (i.e. at least one partner festival in addition to the applying festival; or, in case of (individual) artists, the artist plus 2 festival partners from 2 different countries) from the Nordic-Baltic and/or defined BSR area (please note that this does not exclude additional partners from other parts of the world if this would be of core artistic value).

Why Should You Apply?

The main idea behind the current call for cooperative projects in the Nordic-Baltic and BSR area is to liven cultural collaboration within the region and as such the projects would already in essence enrich both the participants and their audiences.


The selected projects will be offered the opportunity to attend the 2017 NBFP dual-city Conference taking place on 21-22 November 2017 in Helsingør/Helsingborg ( and present their projects to the regions’ arts & culture festival leaders for finding potential partners, developing further the project idea, and getting overall feedback, contacts, etc. In addition, the projects would be widely disseminated via various channels and they would receive support and counselling-mentoring from the NBFP Working Group members. All this would translate into increased visibility and audiences in the Nordic-Baltic and Baltic Sea region and several networking possibilities, all benefiting the applicants’ future activities.

Participation Requirements

All selected projects will be presented at the 2017 NBFP Conference. The applicants will be asked to prepare a 10-minute presentation of the project (assistance and guidance from the NBFP Working Group will be available) and be prepared to answer questions about it during 5 minutes (facilitated by a NBFP host). In addition, the applicants should be prepared for an hour-long focused networking session with interested parties/potential partners, together with any materials which could help those potential partners make their positive decision.


Application and Selection Process

Those wishing to apply should download the 2017 Application Form, fill it and submit it as a PDF document by e-mail to, indicating “NBFP Project Application” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Max. 3 additional files (annexes), which would be vital in better describing the project idea, could be sent as well. All the materials should be submitted in English.


The applications must be submitted no later than by Monday, 31 July 2017 at 23:59 CET.

No deadline extensions or late submissions will be accepted.


The applications will thereafter be reviewed by the NBFP Working Group, which consists of experienced arts & culture festival professionals.


The applicants will be notified of their application status at the latest by Thursday, 10 August 2017.

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