The Joint Working Group on Culture

Cross-border regional cooperation in the field of culture is an integral part of the Barents cooperation. The development of cultural life serves the social and economic development in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region.

The aim of the Joint Working Group on Culture (JWGC) is to strengthen cultural identitiesmulticultural dialogue and cultural ties between the Barents countries and the regions. In addition to the regional cultural administrations, the JWGC has representation from the Finnish, Norwegian, Russian and Swedish ministries responsible for culture and from the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples.

In the line with the overall vision of the multilateral cooperation formulated in the Barents Programme 2014-2018, the JWGC strategy Cultural Cooperation in the Barents Region 2014-2018 highlights the importance of capacity building and exchange. It also encourages facilitating and promoting networking, creating different kinds of new cultural meeting places, focusing on the strong relationship between culture and cultural and creative industries as well as creating new international opportunities for strengthening the competitiveness of the cultural operators in the Barents Region.

JWGC established Barents Scholarship for Cultural Cooperation in 2016. More information here.


Previous programmes:

New Horizons in the Barents Region (2011-2013) was the third Cultural Programme. It highlighted the importance for further strengthening cultural cooperation and its impact on regional, social and economic development in the Barents Region.

The second programme of Cultural Cooperation 2008-2010 was "New Winds in the Barents Region" was the framework for inter-regional cultural cooperation in the region. It highlighted cultural diversity and the importance of culture and cultural industry as a unique tool for the development of the region. The overall objective of the Programme was to further strengthen cultural cooperation and thus increase the impact of culture in the Barents Region.  

The first Programme Voices in the Barents Region was implemented in the period of 2003-2006. 



David Ek (chair)
Ministry of Culture
Tel: +46 84053897

Eva Jonsson 
Norrbotten County Council
Tel: +46 705498062 

Camilla Thorn-Wollnert
Head of Cultural Affairs  
Region Västerbotten 
Tel: +46 70 377 5779  

Pia Brinkfeldt  
Region Västerbotten 
Tel: +46 705165745 

Helena Aaltonen
Regional Development Specialist
Regional Council of Kainuu
Tel: +358 447100854 

Maija Lummepuro
Counsellor for Cultural Affairs
Ministry of Education and Culture

Tel: +358 295330198, +358 400800218

Tomi Aho
Special Advisor
Arts Promotion Centre, Lapland 
Tel: +358 295330850

Auli  Suorsa
Regional planner
Council of Oulu Region
Tel: +358 503868443

Ulla Lassila
Special Advisor
Art Promotion Centre, Oulu
Tel: +35 8295330860

Hanna Susitaival
Special Advisor
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Tel: +358 295330910

Olga Andonieva
Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Tel: +7 4956294394

Alina Ivashchenko
Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Tel: +7 4956291010

Veronika Yanichek
Minister of Culture of the Arkhangelsk Region
Tel: +7 8182286369, +7 9212980366

Anna Tomchik
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia
Tel: +7 8142785507

Vitaliy Emelyanov
Minister of Culture of the Republic of Komi 
Tel: +7 8212287560

Sergey Ershov 
Committee on Culture and Arts of the Murmansk Region

Sverre Miøen
Senior adviser
Ministry of Culture 
Tel: +47 22248013 

Karoline Andreassen Tandberg
Finnmark County Council 
Tel: +47 78963005

Bjørg Helene Jenssen 
Director of Culture, environment and public health 
Nordland County Council
Tel: +47 95867220 

Ellen Østgård
Director of Culture
Troms County Council
Tel: +47 77788224, +47 91324339

Representative of Indigenous Peoples Working Group (WGIP)
Valentina Zganich
Member of the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples 
Tel: +8 8185342046, +8 9115829585




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