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The Baltic Sea region provides an ideal model on how an economy, based on knowledge and driven by innovation, can be developed. The region has a rich Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) sector, characterised by strong and diverse national and regional cultures. Yet, the sector has not exhausted its export opportunities and potential for transnational cooperation.
This is where Creative Ports steps in.

In view of the high economic value of the Baltic Sea region’s CCI, public authorities, business development organisations, incubators as well as cultural institutes, transnational networks and NGOs, all have a role to play. Internationalisation and transnational cooperation will enhance the economic possibilities of the CCI and result in spill over effects to related sectors.

However, a lack of sufficient international contacts and experience in cooperation processes has a significant detrimental impact on this. In addition, cultural institutes, transnational networks and NGOs – though familiar with working on the international stage – generally know less about the specific strengths, weaknesses and needs of the regional CCIs.

This can all be overcome through a range of measures that will be implemented through Creative Ports!

Joining Forces

Creative Ports brings all of the relevant groups together to bundle their competencies, create synergies and thereby better achieve the objective of internationalisation. We are comprised of 14 partners from the countries around the Baltic Sea – funding agencies, municipalities, international cultural institutes, and universities – who joined forces in a consortium led by the Goethe-Institut (DE):

City of Vilnius (LT), Creative Estonia (EE), Danish Cultural Institute (DK), European-Russian InnoPartnership (RU), Filmby Aarhus (DK), Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft (DE), Westpomeranian Region (PL), Media Dizajn Szczecin (PL), Media Evolution Southern Sweden AB (SE), ARS BALTICA (DE), South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences SBC (FI), Tallinn Business Incubators (EE) and Tallinn University of Technology (EE)

Learning from each other and sharing

Creative Ports aims to improve and encourage collaboration between the CCI actors of the participating countries and to further develop strategies and processes around internationalisation.

For this, we will hold a range of workshops and seminars throughout 2020 and 2021, offering the partners an opportunity to share experiences and best practices on internationalisation. These encounters will create opportunities and provide ample space for joint development of training and networking formats, as well as discussions and analysis around methods of supra-regional cooperation.

We will exchange tools of internationalisation, test them in a transnational context and develop learning modules from them. We all work with local cultural and creative actors and SMEs and ensure facilitation of transnational cooperation with peers from other regions. Companies and other players in the CCIs will thereby unveil opportunities for internationalisation and initiate joint value creation.

The results of the collaborations and strategy sessions will be structured and documented via a publicly accessible platform. On the platform, Creative Ports will provide: learning modules to share lessons learned from the internationalisation activities; regional profiles of the CCIs in the Baltic Sea region; and recommendations for intermediaries in the respective regions.

Creating ports of creativity, opportunity and international exchange

Through the implementation of a range of measures, Creative Ports will address the weaknesses of the CCIs, and promote their strengths to build greater capacity and resilience in them on the global stage. Ultimately, we want the CCIs to capitalise on untapped possibilities, for the export of innovative products and services as well as transnational collaborations.

Creative Ports is a project funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme of the European Union, running from September 2018 to August 2021. It is a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

You can find more details on the Interreg BSR Project Library.