Round tabel on creative industries in Hiiumaa
BEN – Baltic Euroregions Network Estonian round table took place in
Kärdla, Hiiumaa (the island in Western Estonia); the roundtable was held
despite the stormy weather during two days, on 14th and 15th of October
Discussions at the roundtable were focused on issues of improving
life quality and promoting creative industries in border areas. Hiiumaa
County Governor Hannes Maasel welcomed participants of the BEN
Roundtable; he outlined the importance of international cooperation
activities for Hiiumaa county. Along BEN, another important cooperation
network for Hiiumaa is the B7 – a union of islands in the Baltic Sea.
Carita Pettersson, Head of the Nordic Council of Ministers Estonian
office, presented information on NCM programmes in Estonia. According to
Carita Pettersson, support to the cross-border cooperation, including
the discussion of possible barriers to the cooperation and ways to
overcome those, are among priorities of activities of NCM in Estonia.
BEN partners presented their recent projects and discussed ideas for
new activities. Hiiumaa County government is a partner in Interreg
Baltic Sea programme project “New Bridges” that tackles urban rural
planning. In the framework of the project a sociological study of the
quality of life of people living on Hiiumaa Island is being carried out.
This is the third study during the 15-year long period; the study
provides policymakers with unique information on the development of the
community of islanders in Hiiumaa. Preliminary results of the study were
presented at the roundtable.
The issue of how to promote development of creative industries in
rural areas was discussed by representatives of the Peipsi Center for
Transboundary Cooperation (Tartu) and NGO Arhipelaag (Hiiumaa). Border
areas are suffering from peripherality and are lagging behind in the
economical and social development. Utilising the rich natural and
cultural heritage and promoting development of creative industries , is a
resource for the economic development of those peripheral rural
regions. NGO Arhipelaag has developed several event based attractions
for tourist and for creating jobs, including Cafeteria Day, Festival of
Good Energy, Theatre in Harbour, Dark Nights Film Festival etc, that
showed to be successful in energising the local community and bringing
tourist to the Hiiumaa island. Peipsi Center for Transboundary
Cooperation is planning activities on mapping of creative industries in
the Lake Peipsi region and in promoting creative industries will use the
experiences of NGO Archipelaag.
The roundtable participants considered important to continue the
cooperation within the Baltic Euroregions Network that serves today as
an important platform for exchange of experiences and knowhow in
promoting the development of border areas and supporting the
cross-border cooperation within Estonia and in the Baltic Sea Region.
Reet Kokovkin, firstname.lastname@example.org, +372 5178597
Gulnara Roll, email@example.com, +372 5016102