Northern Europe

CCF – Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia

The purpose of the Culture Capital Foundation (CCF) is to promote a balanced development of creative arts, education and the preservation of cultural heritage. CCF’s tasks include promotion of creative arts processes, financing arts and research projects by individuals and legal entities in the cultural sector, awarding honorary scholarships to outstanding representatives of culture and arts, promotion of  education and improvement of professional qualifications,  development of international cooperation and popularisation of Latvian arts and sciences abroad. The CCF activities are focused on the areas of Literature, Music and Dance, Theatrical arts, Film arts, Visual arts, Cultural Heritage, Traditional Culture, and Architecture.

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DEPS – Department of Studies and Future Trends, French Ministry of Culture and Communications

Department of Studies and Future Trends is the main research department of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, with special responsibility for developing  socio-economic studies in the field of culture.  DEPS  gathers cultural statistics,   provides a quantitative and qualitative definitions  and provides guidelines for development of  national cultural policies. Except collecting cultural statistics, it aims to contribute with his studies to the analysis of cultural institutions and cultural  life.  and it  offers forward-thinking assumptions regarding cultural, economic, sociological or political trends.

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Telemark Research Institute

Telemark Research Institute (TRI) is an independent, regionally based research institute with clients and projects throughout Norway as well as internationally. It acts at local, national and international levels. Its main activities include the dissemination of research and development results through lectures, papers and scientific articles.  Its main fields of interest are regional/rural development, economics, local government, information technology and geographic information systems, culture, cultural policy, sports, health and welfare, and environmental issues. TRI employs about 30 researchers. Its clients are ministries, directorates, counties, municipalities, regional councils, companies and organisations from around Norway, and it takes part in European research projects as well. TRI provides applied research by combining practice-oriented knowledge with high scientific quality. The Telemark Research Institute receives basic funding from the Norwegian Research Council and is also a member of FFA (Association of Norwegian Research Institutes).

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Culturelab aims to promote an individual and community development through arts and cultural activities and creative and innovative use of cultural resources, such as physical assets and opportunities for cultural engagement. Its special areas of interest are: cultural diversity and cooperation for sustainable development, arts and positive change in communities, building community identity, culture as economic engine for local development, personal social development through arts and culture, urban renewal and revitalization. Culturelab’s main activities are: research, initiation of innovative projects, consulting, training and evaluation. In conducting research, Culturelab uses an interdisciplinary approach and operates with observatories and think-tanks in different domains.

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Chris Torch

Originally an actor and theatre director, Chris Torch extended his career into the domains of culture management, production and cultural policies.

Chris Torch is a  Senior Associate and the founder of Intercult in 1992. After restructuring Intercult in 1996, he was an Artistic Director and CEO until 2010. As a Senoir Asscociate, Chris Thorch is running large scale international arts projects and plays an important role in developing intercultural politics being an outspoken advocate for intercultural action. He regularly lectures both in workshops and courses Intercult initiates. He was a vice-president for Culture Action Europe until October 2010. Additionally, he is a Trustee for The European Museum Forum, a board member of the River//Cities Platform, an active member of the Steering Group for the Platform for Intercultural Europe as well as a founding member of Theorem (Association promoting the work of young Eastern European artists).

During his time as a director, producer and actor, he founded Jordcirkus in 1977, an independent and international theatre company based in Stockholm, and Shikasta in 1993, a semi-independent and culturally diverse ensemble within the framework of the Swedish National Touring Theatre, Riksteatern.

Chris holds a BA and an MA degree in Dramatic Arts and Business Administration from Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA.

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