A high level Barents Cultural Meeting gathered in Moscow on 9 November 2016, discussed options for fostering regional cultural cooperation in the Barents region, and gave a joint statement, among other things, declaring the establishment of the Barents Euro-Arctic regional Scholarship for Cultural cooperation.
The Nordic Council of Minister launches a new Open Call Programme for Nordic- Russian co-operation. The programme provides funding for Nordic-Russian co-operation and networking projects. The application period runs from 3 October to 31 October 2016.
On June 11th 2016, the 96th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia was celebrated in Kostomuksha. There were official guests of high level from Moscow and around Karelia. The Kainuu region had a strong presence in the celebrations, in form of official guests, performing artists, fair stand personnel and individual citizens participating. In 2017, the yearly celebrations will take place in Olonets.