Cross-sectoral cooperation and innovation within Creative and Cultural Industries

Project Duration

January 2020 – April 2021


Article “Creative and cultural industries cross-innovations. Collaboration for sustainable growth in the Northern Dimension countries” published in the Journal of Art Management, April 2021, No 136. Published in English and translated into Russian.

Study “Collaboration and Innovation in the Northern Dimension Countries” in English.

121 case studies from 11 countries (Annex to the Study) in English.

Web resource of the project

Video of the Project’s final event (11.03.2021) with presentation of the study findings available here.

Scientific article “Cross-Sectoral Innovation Initiatives. Three Priority Areas in Northern European Countries” in English.

Policy brief #5 “Project Epilogue” (25.03.2021) – in English and Russian.

Policy brief #4 “Serious Games and Gamification” (5.02.2021) – in English and Russian.

Policy brief #3 “Getting Better? CCIs engaging with Well-being and Health: building inclusive communities and resilient societies” (07.12.2020) – in English and Russian.

Policy brief #2 “Hearing and Dancing? How can the Cultural and Creative Industries Engage with ‘Traditional Industries’ to Mutual Benefit?” (15.10.2020) – in English and Russian.

Policy brief #1 “CCI Connectivity and Cross-sectoral Innovation – Creating the Relationships” (18.08.2020) – in English and Russian.




Project title: “Cross-sectoral cooperation and innovation within Creative and Cultural Industries – practices, opportunities and policies within the area of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture”

It is foreseen that fostering CCI ‘cross innovation’ will be an important element of the new Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Strategy 2021-2024. Therefore the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) is running a project, the core of which includes mapping to identify the degree of cross-sectoral cooperation and innovation currently taking place between the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) and other social and economic sectors in the Northern Dimension countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation and Sweden).

In the context of this project ‘cross innovation’ refers to a process by which CCIs share information, collaborate and work with other growth sectors to promote new thinking as well as innovative products, services and activities. The focus is on ‘cross innovation’ between the CCI sector and the digital, economic, environmental, social and education sectors.

In order to identify future CCI inter-sectoral ‘cross innovation’ potential and international opportunities related to the Northern Dimension countries, the project outputs include mapping, reports, policy briefs, articles, experts’ focus groups and case studies looking at different forms of cross-sectoral cooperation and innovation.

The project team wishes to thank everyone who has contributed to suggesting and sharing cross-innovation case studies and stories from all around the region, as well as to all the experts who took part in the focus group events sharing their knowledge and experience as an input to the policy briefs and the research development process.

This is a European Commission project, funded by EU, with the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) as the beneficiary. It runs from January 2020 to April 2021.


Project team:

Terry Sandell, Team Leader (

Petya Koleva, Key Expert (

Yulia Bardun, Research and Events (

Signe Adamoviča, Communications Support (

Liene Lesiņa, Design Support (

Michela Di Nola, Project Manager (

Jennifer Gaeta, Junior Cultural and Creative Expert/Technical Backstopping (

Head of NDPC Secretariat:

Dace Resele (email:, telephone: +37129136112).

Cross-innovation case studies

We are showcasing cross-innovation actors and case studies’ from all around the Northern Dimension region.


657 Oslo




Art_Inkubator in Fabryka Sztuki


Iceland University of the Arts














PROTO Invention Factory


EcoDesign Circle
(Germany, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Estonia, Poland)


Science and art centre “Brewery” 


Cross-Innovation Hub




European Commission

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture

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