An Inclusive Cultural Sector in the Nordics was a flagship initiative launched by the Norwegian Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2017, co-founded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and the Nordic Council of Ministers for the three-year period 2017-2019.
The project aimed to identify challenges and solutions for social inclusion and inclusiveness both in the professional and voluntary cultural sector. The project took its point of departure in the gathering and sharing of knowledge across the Nordic countries, and had an arts-centred approach to embracing diversity. It has explored how organisations, institutions and artists can enrich the work they do by embracing a wide range of diverse influences and practices.
The project explored three main focus areas, namely 1) Inclusive and diverse cultural structures; including issues relating to participation, recognition and representation in arts and culture; 2) inclusive and diverse institutions, including issues relating to tools and methods for engaging and building relations with new audiences and artistic expressions; and 3) inclusive and diverse local communities, including issues relating to culture and the role of civil society as driving forcess in the process of creating inclusive local communities.
The closing conference "Nordic Dialogues" was held in Oslo in December 2019, with participation from the UNESCO Secretariat.
A number of recommendations have been presented to the Government. The project launched a series of Nordic topical networks for exchanging ideas, experiences, knowledge tools and methods; including but not limited to networks for artists with multicultural backgrounds, libraries, art museums and music and arts chools for children.
The final report of the project is available on the project website (in Norwegian only). Six topical publications have also been launched, most of them in English.
6 million Norwegian Kroner (NOK) in national funding, as well as 6 million Danish Kroner (DKK) in funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers.
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A number of Nordic government agencies for the arts have been closely involved and have participated in the project's Nordic working group. In addition, a number of arts and cultural institutions in the Nordic countries, including in autonomous regions, h