NORDIC MATCH IN OCTOBER TO FOCUS ON THE RIGHTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN CREATIVE PROCESSES

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Declaration on Human Rights both include everyone’s right to culture. Nordic co-operation is increasingly focusing on participating in creative processes, rather than just consuming them, which helps to shape not only society, but everyone’s individual expression. And this isn’t without good reason – extensive research shows just how important creative processes are for individuals and society at large.

However, our cultural institutions are still largely based on archaic models where high levels of artistic quality are assumed to presume exclusivity, and where the intermingling of quality art and interactivity cannot be taken for granted. There’s no doubt that there’s a desire for change, but how do we go about achieving it?

At this autumn’s Nordic Match, we’re inviting innovative and creative professionals from all the Nordic countries to spend a week developing models for and sharing their experiences of combining interactivity, participation, and artistic talent. Our partner in Nordic Match is the Finnish National Theatre, which is currently working on developing new forms of co-operation and productions with young people as co-creators.  The results from Nordic Match, which will take place from 7 to 10 October, will be presented together with the National Theatre, which has free rein to develop the ideas put forward during the intensive week-long think tank.

In addition to this, our Nordic guests will not only be staying and working together with their peers, they’ll also get a taste of Helsinki’s cultural scene, be invited into people’s homes, and establish new networks within and informally around the official art scene.  Nordic Match is a collaboration with the creative agency Måndag and Nordic Culture Point that seeks to create new synergies that don’t differentiate between artistry and entrepreneurship, between official and informal culture practice, or between private life and work. We firmly believe that future initiatives are borne out of working with our neighbours.

Hedvig Westerlund-Kapnas
Senior Advisor at Nordic Culture Point