Arctic Arts Summit 2019 - The Arctic as a Laboratory for sustainable art and cultural policy 4 - 5 June 2019, Rovaniemi, Finland

4.6.2019 0:00–5.6.2019 23:00

University of Lapland

The Arctic region is changing rapidly. On the one hand, ecological, cultural, social and economical changes pose challenges for well-being and sustainable development and on the other hand, some of the changes also create new possibilities. In the Arctic Arts Summit 2019 the challenges and circumstances in the Arctic are seen as 'laboratory' in which sustainable art and cultural policy is developed in collaboration with all of the Arctic counties. Artists and representatives of art and cultural policy will discuss the theme and promote circumpolar collaboration. The event will be the second Arctic Art Summit: the first one was arranged in Harstad, Norway, in 2017.

'Arctic laboratory' as a theme of the event refers to innovative collaboration between art and cultural sector, creative industries, business owners and regional development. The Arctic region with its challenges is seen as a testing field. The aim is to create models for art and cultural policy that support sustainable development. These models are needed globally, says Timo Jokela, professor in the University of Lapland and the leader or the Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design (ASAD) network. 

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