The Baltic Culture Fund Supports Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Joint Cultural Projects

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2019 01 17

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From January 2019, grants are available from the Baltic Culture Fund for joint cultural projects between Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The goal of the Baltic Culture Fund, founded on 8 July 2018, is to promote cultural cooperation between the Baltic countries and strengthen the internationalisation of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian culture through joint cultural projects and events. Grants are awarded annually and the deadline for applications is 20 May.

“First of all, I see the Baltic Culture Fund as a tool that will help to present joint cultural works and projects of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to the world more prominently, to speak about them louder in one voice, and to aim at bigger international response. The Fund also serves as one more link to connect more closely the cultural events of the Baltic States, to encourage cooperation of the artists, and to search for common permanent underlying values in the variety of culture,” – says the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Mindaugas Kvietkauskas.

The Baltic Culture Fund will support professional events and projects in architecture, visual art, design, literature, sound art, performing arts, libraries, museums and archives. The Fund also welcomes interdisciplinary projects.

The Fund especially supports new and one-off cultural events outside the Baltic countries, such as concerts, exhibitions, festivals, performances, international events with a Baltic focus, and showcases and forums promoting the internationalisation of culture.

The Fund is administrated by national cultural endowments on a three-year rotation basis; the Cultural Endowment of Estonia is the first to coordinate the Fund’s activities.

According to Daina Urbanavičienė, chair of the Lithuanian Council for Culture, the Fund will be one more step towards closer cooperation of the Baltic States. “We have to encourage cooperation of artistic and cultural organizations and circulation of ideas in international projects so that we could find a firm place and be noticed in the most important cultural platforms in the world,”– added Mrs. D. Urbanavičienė.

Each Baltic country will contribute 100,000 euros to the Fund annually. The Fund also accepts donations.

The grants will be 25,000–100,000 euros per project, with at least 20% of self-financing to be added by the organiser. Only legal persons from Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania will be eligible for support. The lead partner for each project must bring in partners from all three Baltic countries.

Project applications will be assessed by an expert committee of six representatives, hailing from various cultural domains and will each be appointed for a period of three years. Each country will be represented by two committee members appointed by the supervisory board of the national cultural endowment.

The statutes, application procedure and logo of the Baltic Cultural Fund are available on the programme’s website at www.kulka.ee/programmes/baltic-culture-fund. The working language of the Fund is English.

Contacts:

Estonia

Cultural Endowment of Estonia

Suur-Karja 23, 10148 Tallinn

Fund leadership period: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021

Latvia

State Culture Capital Foundation

Vilandes iela 3, Riga LV-1010

Fund leadership period: 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2024

Lithuania

Lithuanian Council for Culture

Naugarduko g. 10, 01309 Vilnius

Fund leadership period: 1 January 2025 – 31 December 2027