Baltic Sea Cultural Cities and Regions

The Baltic Sea Cultural Cities and Regions is a project aimed at connecting cities and regions, people, cultural organisations and professionals by increasing the visibility of the cultural diversity within the Baltic Sea Region.

Under the heading "water connects us, but culture unites us" it is aimed to create synergies and cooperation focusing on citizen participation and ownership rather than on competition among participating cities and communities. It is a cross-border initiative to nominate with regular intervals the titles for the "Baltic Sea City/Region of Culture".

The lead partner is the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Partners include Agency for International Affairs and Regional Cooperation of Kaliningrad; Ars Baltica; Department of Youth and Culture of City of Kiel; City Culture Institute in Gdansk; Cultural Department of the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia; Kaunas Artists' House; Ministry of Justice, European Affairs and Consumer Protection of Schleswig-Holstein; and Union of the Baltic Cities.

The initial development of the project is funded through seed money by the Swedish Institute.

More information: Rūta Stepanovaitė, Chair of the UBC Cultural Cities Commission,