BSR Cultural Pearls

The project BSR Cultural Pearls helps smaller cities and regions be more attractive to live in and improve their quality of life by engaging people in cultural activities and developing a stronger sense of commonship.


Project summary

BSR Cultural Pearls makes smaller cities and regions increase their social resilience with local assets in an innovative way. The project tackles challenges from authorities (responsible departments e.g. for social services, economy, tourism, culture) in places which are more vulnerable, non-central and prone to decreasing quality of life. While their role should be to halt a downward spiral, they often lack capacity, innovative solutions and instruments to do so. These tools would be used e.g. to increase engagement of civil society and build social cohesion through connectedness and shared values, to spur creative processes with different actors of the local ecosystem, or to link them to national and international channels for inspiration and visibility. To overcome these barriers, the partnership develops a Cultural and social resilience uptake programme with three key elements:

  • 1st, to make authorities develop a “culture and resilience action plan”.
  • 2nd, to support authorities in the implementation of these action plans with a “peer-mentoring /co-learning programme”.
  • 3rd, to showcase selected cities and regions as “BSR Cultural Pearls” with BSR-wide communication activities.

This leads to places in which citizens and stakeholders have a stronger sense of belonging to society, feel engaged and act for the common good. This way, the community is more attractive and stronger prepared to respond to external disturbances. Such a city or region can be defined as more resilient.


The project is co-financed by Interreg Baltic Sea Region.






Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat

Regional Council of Ostrobothnia

Danish Cultural Institute

Vidzeme Planning Region

Baltic Sea Cultural Centre

Heinrich Böll Foundation Schleswig-Holstein

Creative Estonia

Ministry of Justice, European Affairs and Consumer Protection of Land Schleswig-Holstein

ARS BALTICA / Nordkolleg

Varde Municipality

Alytus city municipality administration