Projects like “The Baltic Sea History”, “Baltic Sea Heritage Atlas” and “Network of creative industries” are parts of a series of cultural initiatives that will give the region a positive and attractive image. At the same time it will recognize culture as a resource for creativity and innovation enhancing the potential for economic growth and employment.
The aim of the new priority area under the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is to promote a common cultural region because it has an outstandingly diverse and attractive cultural life and a cultural heritage of great value. BDF is a part of the stearing group for this area coordinated by Poland and Schleswig-Holstein. And as the subtitle for the area is: developing a common culture and regional identity it is of great importance for BDF to participate.
The first meeting of the PA Culture stearing group took place 17-17 April in Berlin back-to-back with three days of culture and media arranged by NDR – Nord Deutsche Rundfunk and Ars Baltica. It very much flagged the identity of the region together with the cultural development and coordination going on. Minister of Justice, Cultural and European Affairs in Schleswig –Holstein, Anke Spoorendonk, participated all three days in the event.
BDF – represented by Dan Axel, editor-in-chief of newsWave – the daily news regional webpage under the ONE BSR umbrella – made a visual presentation of the communication project underlining the importance of communicating cross border using news as a cultural and identity building tool. A panel debate showed a big interest in accepting communication and information as an important factor.