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The Baltic Culture Fund was established in July 2018 to promote cultural co-operation in the Baltic region and to strengthen internationalisation of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian art and culture. The new fund supports professional events in the field of arts and culture by allocating grants up to €300.000 every year. The Nordic Council of Ministers has made an additional contribution of €100.000 to the fund. The first grants were awarded in July 2019.

Cultural Endowment of Estonia administrates the Baltic Culture Fund for the first three years. Kertu Saks, the chairwoman of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, is grateful for the rapid establishment of the new fund:

The Baltic Culture Fund was established to support and encourage cultural cooperation between the Baltic states to achieve more international impact. The three Baltic states want to show to the World that We play together.

International cooperation is always a challenge but the old saying – when there is a will, there is a way – really holds in the case of creating Baltic Culture Fund as the project developed from an idea to the signing of mutual agreement by three Baltic Ministers of Culture in less than two years.

It would not have happened without great advisers from the Nordic countries who served as experts on the Baltic Assembly meetings. Furthermore – thanks to their good will and effort, the Baltic Culture Fund received an extra contribution from the Nordic Council of Ministers. We are very grateful!

The Nordic Culture Fund has contributed to actualise the plans of developing cultural co-operation in the Baltic region and establishing the new Baltic Culture Fund. As a recognition of this work, the fund’s director Benny Marcel will be awarded the Baltic Assembly Medal on 28 November.

“This gesture of the Baltic Assembly means a lot to me but, first of all, it is a true recognition of the important co-operation between the Baltic and the Nordic states. We do this together and it will continue to grow and expand”, Marcel says.

Since 2002, the Baltic Assembly Medal has been awarded to persons who have contributed to upholding the unity and co-operation of the Baltic countries.
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Read more about the Baltic Culture Fund here.