Press release 18.10.2016
The Nordic-Baltic festivals’ conference of 2016 brings together arts leaders from the region and beyond.
The 2nd full scale conference of the NordicBaltic Festival Platform (NBFP) takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania from 3-4 November 2016. The conference brings together managers and artistic directors of festivals as well as other arts professionals to exchange ideas and best practices, make new connections and explore various possibilities for cooperation.
“The arts world really is a person-to-person business and if you don’t know somebody, you’re not that likely to start a co-operation with them,“ says NBFP working group member Leelo Lehtla about the main purpose of the conference. The event will be opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, and includes speeches by central figures from the Nordic-Baltic culture scene, among them Thórunn Sigurðardóttir (Iceland), Chair of the Reykjavik Arts Festival, and Diana Civle (Latvia), Director of the Riga Light Festival. The keynote speech will be given by the highly acclaimed young Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas. Discussion topics will include attracting people in the region to festivals, programming a Nordic- Baltic themed festival and how to better use city space in festivals.
In the spring 2016 NBFP launched its 2nd call for arts projects seeking new partnerships. This year five projects were selected and they will all be presented at the conference. In addition, there will be 5 more short presentations by festivals introducing their activities and plans. “We want to give festivals the chance to present themselves on stage as the presentations encourage other participants to approach them and therefore foster active communication during the conference,“ says Lehtla.
The conference programme, delegate list and further information can be found on the NBFP website HERE.
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The NBFP is a platform for arts festivals in the Nordic-Baltic area. It aims to foster cultural cooperation in the region, increase the capacity of festivals and explore the Nordic-Baltic identity in the arts.