37 Applicants Were Granted Support from the Culture and Art Programme


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37 projects were granted funding from the renewed Culture and Art Programme’s latest application round. As usual, the funding was attractive to many. Namely 224 applications, adding up to just over 7 million euros, were received by Nordic Culture Point. The successful applicants, 16 per cent of the total number of applicants, sharee 1,1 million euro.

The Culture and Art Programme supports Nordic collaboration projects of high quality. Application from all culture and art disciplines are welcome. Among the granted projects were this time around many cross-disciplinary projects, but even music, theater and visual arts were well represented.

Only one project was granted the highest possible grant, 100 000 euros, last year. During the first application round this year, four projects were granted the same amount. Among these four was for example Far North with their project Disko Arts Festival. Disko Arts Festival is an immersive artist residency and new work incubator festival with focus on development of new original works of experimental and hybrid formats in contemporary music, theatre and performance. The aim is to create a space for groups of artists to work intensely on new productions and parallel give public performances and host open sessions for children, youth and grown-ups.

The smallest funding was this time granted to Nordic Championship in Poetry Slam 2017, Nordisk mästerskap i slampoesi 2017. Poetry slam is a mixture of poetry reading, stand-up and spoken word and the competition builds on the participants own texts and reading of them to the public. The public who also is the jury, judges the texts and how the participants interpret them. The Slam Poetry championship is to take place during the Norwegian Litterature Festival in Lillehammer this year.

The Culture and Art Programme supports Nordic cooperation within art and culture. The general aim is to provide support to innovative projects of high artistic and cultural merit, that promote a multifaceted and sustainable Nordic region. The next application period is 18.8 – 20.9.2017.

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