Council of Baltic Sea States - call for proposals is open!

The Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS/CBSS) has published information on the opening of the call for applications under theProject Support Facility for 2024 (PSF, https://cbss.org/psf/psf-2024/ ), open to eligible entities from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden. The project must involve partners from at least three of the aforementioned countries, and the grant for the project can amount to a maximum of EUR 65,000 (see the documentation on the website for details).

Applications can be submitted until March 31, 2024, according to the guidelines and information posted on the PSF 2024 Call page. Only one call is planned, the amount to be distributed is about EUR 300 thousand.

The PSF was established by the CBSS member states in 2012 to co-finance projects developing and strengthening cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. Poland makes an annual contribution to the PSF for projects.

Projects in 2024 are to focus on strengthening resilience, security, cooperation and trust in the Baltic Sea region. In particular, innovative projects that foster understanding, cooperation and mutual trust-building for more resilient societies are encouraged. Submitted projects should relate to one of the three long-term priorities of the CBSS. Specific thematic areas under the Safe and Secure Region priority are also indicated.

PSF 2024 Thematic Priorities:

1. Safe and secure region, where the following three thematic areas were specifically identified:

  1. "Regional identity"
  2. "Sustainable and Prosperous Region"

If you have any questions about PSF 2024, please contact the CBSS Secretariat directly, where Ms. Katerina Popova, CBSS Project Support Facility Coordinator, is in charge of recruitment, +46 73 801 55 20, psf@cbss.org

The 1st call for applications for small projects in the Interreg South Baltic Program 2021-2027 is launched

In just a few days, the 1st call for applications for small-scale projects under the Interreg South Baltic Program 2021-2027 will be launched. Small-scale projects are a new type of projects supported by the Program, aimed primarily at encouraging new institutions and smaller organizations to take advantage of the Program's offer. The smaller financial scale of the projects (total combined budget - up to EUR 200,000), simplified partial settlements (lump sums) should serve as a "safe first step" in testing cross-border cooperation on smaller projects.

Application deadline: 22.02.2024 - 21.03.2024

The deadline for registration for this event is February 23.

Events organized by the Joint Secretariat will be held in English.

Detailed information and application forms are available on the Program website https://southbaltic.eu/-/1st-small-scale-projects-call-to-be-opened-soon-terms-of-reference-and-supporting-measures

WE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGE NEW ENTITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COMPETITION AND GAIN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE PARTNERSHIP OF BALTIC ENTITIES!

Green Up - Round Tables in Dzierzgoń - day 2

The presentation of the developed project fiches concluded the meeting in Dzierzgon today. We would like to thank young people from the Primary School in Bągart, the Wanda Chotomska Primary School in Bruk and the Thousand-Year-Old Polish State Primary School in Dzierzgon for active and fruitful participation in the project work. During the last two days we have jointly developed creative and substantively valuable materials and action plans, which have a good chance of being implemented in the near future and thus improving the life of the local community in terms of ecology, environmental protection and healthier living. The next Roundtables will take place in a fortnight' time, this time in Nowe Miasto Lubawskie.

Green Up - Round Tables in Dzierzgon

Today, the "Round Tables", a project task from GreenUp, were implemented in Dzierzgon. Representatives of the young generation from the Primary School in Bągart, the Wanda Chotomska Primary School in Bruk and the Thousand-Year-Old Polish State Primary School in Dzierzgon and officials gathered at the Regional Investment Association to prepare project fiches together. The young people wrote down all their ideas related to ecology in order to improve their surroundings. During the group work, problems, goals and possible actions were defined in order to implement potential projects, all under the guidance of the three key slogans reduce, reuse, recycle. And tomorrow, the next part of the meeting will present the results of today's work.

Baltic Home in Oslo. Active Creative Project - Day 3

We concluded our visit to Oslo by attending the opening of the Baltic Home exhibition, organised by the Media Dizajn Association and International Development Norway, which took place on Friday evening, 12 January at Tenthaus. In the intimate spaces of the Tenthaus Art Collective, representatives of cultural institutions, diplomatic missions and private individuals, interested in learning more about our local applied art, gathered. Our guests from the "Światowid" European Meeting Centre in Elbląg, the EL Gallery Art Centre and Dzierzgoń Cultural Centre also had the opportunity to make interesting contacts from the Norwegian cultural sector, which we are very pleased about.

The exhibition will be hosted in Oslo until 19 January this year.

The exhibition is part of the Active Creative project to stimulate the spirit of cultural and creative entrepreneurship. The initiative, co-financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway from the EEA Funds under the 'Active Citizens - Regional Fund' programme, aims to strengthen business, cultural and entrepreneurial competences among representatives of the creative sector from both Poland and Norway.

Study visit to Oslo as part of the Active Creative project - day 2 - workshops

The second day of the study visit with Active Creative, on 11 January this year, was marked by training and workshops. We participated in a training session related to new technologies and augmented reality, aimed at professional development and providing insights into emerging trends and innovative practices in the creative industries. During the meeting, we learned the basics of working with VR and how it can be used to, for example, create innovative and effective promotional strategies. We also had the opportunity to learn about the whole range of the latest digital technologies and media platforms available in the field of arts and culture, bringing about a revolution in the above sector. We then moved on to further topics, related to the broader architecture of cultural facilities. We talked about inconveniences and facilities for people with all kinds of limitations, from physical disabilities to hyper-reactivity to sound, for example, in relation to the two venues we visited on the first day.

The VR workshop programme covered the following topics:

Introduction to augmented reality (XR): transmedia and hybrid media; history and development of XR; types of XR; core XR technologies and platforms. Pitching and promoting with XR: analysing XR use cases in product promotion, combining XR with other media to create a cohesive narrative, integrating XR with traditional and digital marketing channels. XR experience design: principles of designing effective and engaging XR experiences, integrating AI with XR for personalised experiences, photogrammetry in XR content creation, tools and software for XR content creation, practical exercises based on selected XR applications. Case studies: presentation of successful XR projects, examples of successful implementations using game technology, analysis of strategies and effects of their application. The future of XR in promotion and culture: future trends and developments in XR technology, holographic screens, game engines as versatile creative platforms, opportunities to integrate XR with other technologies such as AI and IoT.

Tomorrow we will again be training on the topic of virtual reality, focusing on shared virtual reality. Tomorrow evening also sees another major event, the opening of the Baltic Home exhibition, which was on show at the EL Gallery Art Centre in September, this time in Oslo.