Inclusive and Diverse Cultural Sector in the Nordics


The Norwegian Ministry of Culture has initiated a three year project called Inclusive and diverse cultural sector in the Nordics (2017-2019) in connection with the Norwegian Chairmanship in the Nordic Council of Ministers. The project is focusing on people of refugee and immigrant background and takes point of departure in the realisation that diversity is crucial to the arts because it releases the true potential of the Nordic artistic talent – from every background.

The Nordic Council of Ministers consists of Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Åland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The countries are represented in a working group, consisting of members from Art Promotion Centre, Finland; Undervisnings-, forsknings- og kulturministeriet, Island; Statens kulturråd, Sverige; Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen, Danmark; Departementet for Uddannelse, Kultur, Forskning og Kirke, Grønland; Kulturministeriet, Færøyene; Kulturbyrån, Åland og Norsk Kulturråd. The group works on identifying challenges, gathering knowledge and initiating activities.

The project works with creating platforms for sharing and developing methods on how the cultural sector to make use of the potential and existing  artistic and cultural competences of  a broader segment of the population.

The project has three main focus areas, namely:

  1. Inclusive and diverse cultural structures
    Participation, recognition and representation in arts and culture
  2. Inclusive and diverse institutions
    Tools and methods for engaging and building relations with new audiences and artistic expressions
  3. Inclusive and diverse local communities
    Local communities as a foundation for building strong connections with art and culture and talentdevelopment

The project builds on existing networks, structures and cooperation.

The project is financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

You can contact the project manager, Silje Eikemo Sande, in the following ways:

Phone: +47 48 31 20 22

Companies or organisations with culture as their main activity, registered in Denmark, Finland, the Faroes, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden or Åland can apply for travel grants from August 1st 2018.

The travel grant can be used to visit other artist groups, associations or institutions within the Nordic region for knowledge and skills development. The aim is to develop knowledge about successful Nordic initiatives.

An application can be submittet for up to two persons for up to five days in another Nordic contry or autonomous region. There is no application deadline.

Links directly to the application form


  • Agency for Culture and Palaces
  • H.C. Andersens Boulevard 2
  • DK-1553 Copenhagen V
  • Telephone: +45 33 95 42 00

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