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The First Four Barents Cultural Scholarships Awarded

Barentsin kulttuuristipendin saajat 2017 Arkangelissa
In the XVI meeting of Barents Euro-Arctic Council on 19th October 2017 in Arkhangelsk, the Foreign Ministers of Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation Area handed out the first ever Barents Cultural Scholarships, each of the four scholarships being worth 10 000 euros. From Finland, the scholarship was received by Photographer Jaakko Heikkilä.

In the meeting of Barents Euro-Arctic Council on 19th October 2017 in Arkhangelsk, the Foreign Ministers of Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation Area handed out the first ever Barents Cultural Scholarships.  

The scholarships went to:

Photographer Jaakko Heikkilä from Finland
Poet and writer Mona Mörtlund from Sweden
Travelling theatre Samovarteateret from Norway
Fund for Support and Development of Ethno-Cultural Initiatives (Republic of Karelia) from Russia

Barents Cultural Scholarship

The Barents Cultural Scholarship launched in 2017 will be awarded on a bi-annual basis in the future. Four scholarships, each amounting 10 000 euros, will be awarded at the same time, one to each of the member countries of Barents Euro-Arctic cooperation (Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia).

The purpose of the scholarship is to bring up the cultural activities, artists and ultural cooperation in the Barents region ad to encourage the cultural actors to work in the Barents region.

Joint Working Group on Culture JWGC

The role of Barents Joint Working Group on Culture JWGT in launching the cultural scholarship, defining the criteria and selecting the winners has been essential.  The working group has members from both national and regional level within the Barents region.

The Joint Working Group on Culture is working on a co-chair basis. On the two-year period ended at the Arkhangelsk meetings the national chairperson was Alina Ivaschenko from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the regional chairperson Helena Aaltonen from Kainuu, Finland. The freshly nominated chairpersons for the next two years are David Ek from the Ministry of Culture of Sweden and Stine Jensen from Finnmark, Norway.

More Information

You may read more about launching the cultural scholarship in our previous news
In Kainuu, the contact person for Barents Joint Working Group on Culture is Helena Aaltonen, +358 44 710 0854, helena.aaltonen@kainuu.fi
More about Barents Euro-Arctic Cooperation in English: www.barentscooperation.org

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