BALTIC PEARLS AND ARS BALTICA AStrand of Baltic Pearls: AHistory of Cities in the Region The working meeting on a previously approved book and lecture ‘A Strand of Baltic Pearls: A History of Cities in the Region’ was planned to be held in Szczecin in October 2004. That meeting was postponed and it will take place on the beginning of the next year on Visby, Sweden. The authors who will contribute to the book and the related lecture series will be invited to discuss their efforts in greater detail. There will be prof. Jan M. Piskorski, the leader of this project; prof. Nils Blomkvist from Gotlands University College, Centre for Baltic Studies; prof. Alvydas Nikzentaitis from Lithuanian Institut of History; prof. Jens E. Olesen from History Institute of the Greifswald University and prof. Edward Włodarczyk from History Institute of the Szczecin University. Ars Baltica Forum The Ars Baltica Forum held on September 23-25, 2004 in Gdańsk, was the venue where representatives of policy makers, cultural operators and artists
discussed the conditions and challenges for the cultural cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. The Forum was organised by the Ars Baltica Secretariat at the Baltic Sea Culture Centre in Gdańsk and the Ars Baltica Organizing Committee. The Forum’s cooperation partners are the Polish Ministry of Culture and the Office of the Marshall of the Pomeranian Voivodship. The UBC General Secretary Paweł Żaboklicki, the Chairman of the Commission on Culture Sławomir Szafrański and editor of the MareArticum magazine Magdalena Lewoc were representatives of the UBC during this meeting. Mrs Lewoc presented the magazine, that from 1999 holds the Ars Baltica Logo, and Mare Articum editorial board plans for the future. Mr Szafrański proposed to organise a meeting of cultural networks that are active in the Baltic Sea Region. It could be possible to organise it together with Les Rencontres association based in Paris at the beginning of 2006 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
UBC Commission on Culture vowed to take a more pro-active stance in developing the network of cultural institutions in UBC member cities. This includes more frequent correspondence with city officials and those from local institutions about ongoing and incoming cultural events and efforts to improve the frequency of information updates on the UBC web site. Further information: Ms Marlena Chybowska Commission on Culture City of Szczecin Tel. +48 91 4245660 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NETWORK ON YOUTH ISSUES SETS ITS GOALS For the first time a working group (WG) met in Kalmar, Sweden in February 2004. At the meeting the aims and goals of the Network were discussed. Among other things it was decided to work towards a youth Conference in 2005, where also several young people outside of the Network will have the possibility to take part. It was also decided that the Network should produce a booklet with chronicles written by young people around the Baltic Sea, set up a website of the Network and to keep working on inviting participants from countries that are not participating today. The following WG meeting took place in Kolding, Denmark in May. The Network had discussions how they should be able to monitor the Network on Youth Issues last meeting in Riga, agenda and documents of the 15 October 2004
The working group of the Network on Youth Issues worked out the most important issues for the Network which are inter alia: to organise the youth conference, to present and promote the Youth Chronicle and the website and last but not least is to fond a way to increase young peoples possibility to affect both the UBC and locally in the member cities.
UBC from a youth point of view and it was decided that each participant within the Working Group shall take part of the information from the networks and commissions. The website was also an important issue for the Network since it is essential to reach out with information to enable the members to get in contact with each other more efficiently. The Working Group (WG) consists of one youth representative and one civil servant rom eight member cities, an EU advisor, a representative from Baltic Sea Secretariat for Youth Affairs, Kiel and a representative from Kumulus, Kalmar (a Swedish project on developing the international dimension in the youth politics). Further information: Ms Sara Persson Network on Youth Issues City of Kalmar e-mail: email@example.com
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