By bringing Nordic creative professionals together, Nordic Match aims to establish collaborative processes that are both groundbreaking and sustainable – a pop-up think tank so-to-speak, and a creative community.

Why, you ask?

Because the Nordic countries have so much to be proud of in terms of equality, creativity, human rights, prosperity, education, and sustainable thinking. Let’s tackle pressing social and global issues by building on what we have, but making sure we go even further.

Practicalities

The participants are chosen through an open call. Nordic Match will cover the participant’s travel to and from Helsinki, accommodation in an apartment together with the other participants (with a private room), and all meals throughout the four days. The participants will arrive in Helsinki on 29 March, and the program will start  30 March in the morning. The travel back home will be on 3 April in the morning.

Theme

Next Nordic Match will take place in Helsinki from 29 March to 3 April. This time, the topic is “Freedom of Speech”. Every Nordic Match also has a local partner, not as an employer but as a way to advance the ideas and solutions, and hopefully put them into practice. This spring, our partner is the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike).

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) is the Finnish national funding, expert and service agency for promoting the arts. Taike funds professional arts with over 40 million euros a year. Further, Taike works nationally and internationally in order to make Finnish art known worldwide and to create interesting possibilities for artists and art lovers, benefitting the society.

A recent addition to the agency is the launch of Public Art Advisory Services. This service focuses on art connected to building and to urban development. The Public Art Advisory Services will be our current partner in the workshop of spring 2020.

The upcoming workshop will focus on questions concerning the public space and freedom of speech. Who decides on the surroundings we live in? What is the role of art in our living premises and public spaces? What do we mean when we say public art? Do artists in the Nordic countries take freedom of speech for granted? To what extent is our freedom of speech regulated by for example the market and western values.

Apply

The application round for Nordic Match is now open – you can apply as a participant during Nordic Match from 29 March to 3 April. The application deadline is 29 February 2020.

To get an overview of the early days of Nordic Match, read about the previous rounds on our blog.

Nordic Match is a joint initiative by Nordic Culture Point and creative agency Måndag.

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