Partners Baltic Sea Festival 2019
The Arvo Pärt Centre. Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is one of the most famous and successful contemporary composers from the countries around the Baltic Sea. The Arvo Pärt Centre was founded in 2010 by the composer and his family. The centre is home to the composer’s personal archive, but also works as an information and music centre, and is a meeting point for musicians, researchers and music-lovers – anyone who is interested in Arvo Pärt’s music and his artistic ideas and heritage. The goal of the centre is to create opportunities to preserve and explore the creative heritage of the composer in his mother tongue and home country, Estonia. The centre is in Laulasmaa, 35 kilometres from Tallinn, on a peninsula in magnificent nature, a pine forest with a view of the Baltic Sea.
The Black Diamond is a modern waterfront extension to the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Black Diamond functions as a Cultural center for the Royal Library with literary events, theatrical performances and conferences. The facilities include a 600-seat auditorium, the Queen’s Hall, used for concerts—mainly chamber music and jazz—there are also exhibition spaces, a bookshop, a restaurant, a café and a roof terrace. Two museums are based in the Black Diamond, the National Museum of Photography and a small museum dedicated to cartoon art. Its quasi-official nickname is a reference to its polished black granite cladding and irregular angles.
Hanaholmen – Cultural Centre for Sweden and Finland, works to develop collaboration between the countries in all areas of society. Hanaholmen plans and organises different kinds of events, courses, seminars and projects, and evaluates various societal development needs. Hanaholmen is also a conference centre and hotel with a view of the Baltic Sea. Hanaholmen administrates four Nordic foundations, of which the biggest is the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation. The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation is also Hanaholmen’s mandator, which means that it’s ultimately responsible for Hanaholmen’s operations. The cultural centre at Hanaholmen was opened in 1975 by King Carl XVI Gustaf and president Urho Kekkonen. In 1967, Finland’s jubilee year, Sweden decided to remit 100 million SEK of wartime debt, and a return gift was required. The Finnish government decided to open a jointly administered cultural centre to develop collaboration between the two countries.
Just a bridge span from Old Town of Riga, on the left bank of the Daugava, looms an extraordinary, culturally significant edifice, the Castle of Light – the National Library of Latvia. The library building houses a modern information centre and ample space for cultural and social events, exhibitions, offering one and all multi-themed reading rooms and access to rare books and audio/video recordings besides the usual printed matter. The mission of the Library is to build and maintain a repository of national and international literary works, securing access to them for the general public. Over four million units are now located here, mostly Latvian and foreign publications about Latvia and Latvians but also rare handwritings, maps, music, films, newspapers and magazines. Opened in August of 2014, the striking edifice is the masterwork of the world-renowned Latvian architect Gunārs Birkerts (USA).
National Library of Lithuania in Vilnius is the country’s flagship library and host of regular public events and exhibitions. Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania is a national cultural institution open to all users, active in the areas of dissemination of information, culture, science and education, performing library activities and ensuring implementation of the national information policy falling within its competence. The mission is to be the Lithuanian space of knowledge creating value for the public.
ReGeneration 2030 is a movement led by teenagers and young adults in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Regions making the United Nations Agenda 2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs) become reality. We provide a platform for youth to not only demand change but also create it. Our Summits on the Åland islands are powerful arenas for the movement.
Östersjöfonden (The Baltic Sea Fund) is a foundation working to protect the Baltic Sea. The mission is to create a meeting place for Baltic Sea actors of all kinds. The foundation is spreading knowledge and inspiration, and are annually awarding forerunners with the Baltic Sea Award. We are rewarding and highlighting the heroes of the Baltic Sea, people who show the way forward through their work and commitment. By these means, we want to draw the regions attention to our common and sensitive sea. We want to encourage new initiatives and engage more people.
Raoul Wallenberg Academy is acting in the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg, by supporting young people to find the courage to make a difference and to take action for equal rights. The organization cultivate the four qualities common to positive change-makers in society such as Raoul Wallenberg: empathy, courage, leadership and cooperation, by offering tools, education and long-term school projects. Raoul Wallenberg Academy was founded in 2001 by, among others, Raoul Wallenberg’s sister Nina Lagergren and has been a partner to the Baltic Sea Festival for several years.
Världsnaturfonden WWF is one of the Baltic Sea Festival’s most long-lasting partners and they have been with us from the start in 2003. The World Nature Fund WWF has over the years helped us to pay attention and spread knowledge about the Baltic Sea’s sensitive environment with many meaningful seminars and other initiatives.
Sveriges Radio P1 och P2 and Berwaldhallen including the Baltic Sea Festival is part of the Swedish Radio and also the Swedish Radio Concert Hall. Sweden’s Radio P2 broadcasts all concerts from the Baltic Sea Festival. Listen directly or afterwards in the app Sweden’s Radio Play. The concerts are available for listening for 30 days after the broadcast. Several concerts are also broadcast via EBU to countries in the rest of Europe. Program leaders from Kulturradion and Science Radio are moderators of the talks.
The Baltic Sea Festival is supported by:
Council of The Baltic Sea States
Ministry of culture
The Arts Council