The Baltic Culture Fund has announced the list of projects to receive grants in 2021. From a total of 29 applications, 6 projects were selected in the fields of performing arts, literature, music and visual arts. One of the six recipients is the Baltic Take Over project, organised by the New Theatre Institute of Latvia together with the Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Kanuti Gildi SAAL/MTÜ Teine Tants (Estonia). 65,000 euros were awarded to the project.
The first project activities are planned to begin this year. The project management team together with partners from Helsinki will visit all three countries, observe performances, meet artists and create a one-week artistic programme, which will be performed in Helsinki in June 2023.
This programme will be for local residents and Scandinavian performing arts professionals. “This is a very exciting project. We believe that the project activities will further reinforce the connections between artists of the Baltic countries and will help weave long-term partnerships with performing arts spaces in Helsinki and a variety of institutions, as well as promote performances and creative artistic works in Scandinavia,” says Gintarė Masteikaitė, Director of the Lithuanian Dance Information Centre.
This is the second project funded by the Baltic Culture Fund in which the Lithuanian Dance Information Centre has participated. The first project, Presenting Baltic Dance Art at International Fairs, was delayed due to the pandemic and was adapted for the current situation in the world. In May 2022, the second Baltic Dance Platform will be held in Tallinn, and for the first time a Baltic dance showcase and comprehensive information about contemporary dance in the Baltic region will be presented to professionals and guests at the international dance biennale internationale tanzmesse nrw (Germany).
The aim of the Baltic Culture Fund, founded in 2018, is to promote cultural cooperation among the Baltic countries and strengthen the internationalisation of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian culture through joint cultural projects and events. The Baltic Culture Fund supports new and one-off cultural events outside the Baltic countries, such as concerts, exhibitions, festivals and performances, as well as showcases and forums promoting the internationalisation of Baltic culture. Grants are awarded annually.