The application for BSR Cultural Pearls 2025 title is open

The Interreg BSR co-funded Baltic Sea Region Cultural Pearls project is opening its second call for applications, starting the search for the cities to be awarded the Cultural Pearls 2025 title.

BSR Cultural Pearls is a title for smaller towns, cities and municipalities that provides awarded candidates a programme and support to engage culture in building social resilience. By engaging and involving their citizens, increasing quality of life, sense of belonging and trust, they will be able to make their communities stronger and more resilient. 

Local authorities from the Baltic Sea Region – especially those from less central areas – are invited to join this transformative journey and apply.  

The core of every society is communities. They form the backbone of every society’s ability to overcome challenges, collaborate, and build a better future together. Local authorities play an essential role in creating conditions for communities to thrive. In Cultural Pearls, cities learn from each other how to engage culture as a tool for participation and empowerment,” said Felix Schartner Giertta, BSR Cultural Pearls project manager representing Lead partner Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat. 

New applicants will join the network of the municipalities who have already started the work with their communities – BSR Cultural Pearls 2024 Kiel (Germany), Svendborg (Denmark), Jakobstad/Pietarsaari (Finland) and Rūjiena (Latvia) are now undergoing a one-year programme of Culture and Resilience action plan implementation, supported by mentors and experts, through webinars and study visits, and will have experience to share. 

The journey to becoming a BSR Cultural Pearl unfolds in stages. Initially, a selection based on motivation and concept identifies eligible candidates. These candidates then enter a phase of action plan development, creating Culture and Resilience Action Plans with access to specialised tools, webinars, and individual mentorship. An international jury then selects the most outstanding and impactful action plans to award the BSR Cultural Pearl title. 

Applications can be submitted until 24 May.   

More information about the evaluation criteria and the programme itself is available on . 

Culture for Resilience Forum 2024
Those who are eager to learn more about the BSR Cultural Pearls title, meet likeminded people exchanging ideas about communities, culture and resilience, as well as find creative solutions to challenges that cities are facing, we invite you to participate in The Culture for Resilience Forum 2024 taking place on 7-8 May in Jakobstad/Pietarsaari – one of BSR Cultural Pearls 2024. 

The registration for the forum is open until 15 April. To register and find more information please follow: 

The NDPC is one of 12 partners of the The Interreg BSR co-funded Baltic Sea Region Cultural Pearls project.