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What We Do

The Danish Cultural Institute collaborates with partners in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in creating and producing cultural co-creative projects, organising events and promoting contributions to festivals and exhibitions in the field of music, film, theatre, art, design, architecture and literature.

We work with culture in the broadest sense of the word. This means that projects concerning both the so called high culture as well as projects regarding the popular culture are important to us. Culture is not only about encouraging up-coming artists, but also about creating projects that can bring people together and foster dialogue among people with different cultural backgrounds.


We often work in close collaboration with local partners in the countries concerned. This to ensure that a diverse and local knowledge is represented in the projects. Local organisations are more deeply rooted in the culture than we are and therefore we see this as a crucial foundation for creating projects which facilitate cultural exchange.


Some of the projects we are currently working on or continually have on our program are:


Study tours

Danish Cultural Institute organizes study tours and shorter programs for Danish municipalities and organisations, that wish to look towards other countries for new insights and inspiration. Through our strong global network we offer programs and exchanges of a high quality. The study trip can be combined with seminars, concerts and exhibitions. Some of the study trips we usually organise are concert tours for music schools, choirs and orchestras.


For more information please do not hesitate to contact DCI in Riga, e-mail:



UrbCultural Planning project is part-financed by the EU Interreg BSR programme. It runs from January 2019 to June 2021. Danish Cultural Institute in Lativa, Estonia and Lithuanina is the Lead Partner.

To advance the Baltic Sea Region performance in citizen-citizen and citizen-city authorities’ cooperation in order to increase urban social innovation, inclusion, and sustainable development of neighbourhoods in cities and towns in rural areas. Over the past two decades cultural planning has been developed as a proven method for citizen-driven urban social innovation.

The project is expected to increase the use of the methods to enable citizen driven transformations in the BSR. This will benefit challenged communities across the region, increase their quality of life, sense of identity, community and social inclusion, and the sustainable development of the communities.


Read about the project here


Creative Ports                                                                                                                                                                 

The Danish Cultural Institute is a partner in Creative Ports – a project that aims to improve and encourage collaborations between the actors of cultural and creative industries (CCI) in the participating countries and to further develop strategies and processes around internationalisation.

The project brings together public authorities and business support organisations, cultural institutes and researchers to stimulate the internationalisation of the cultural and creative industries.

  • The Creative Ports project will have a duration of 34 months from January 2019 – October 2021.
  • Budget of €3.08 mio.
  • Funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Programme 2014-2020
  • A flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR)
  • 14 partners from countries around 
    the Baltic Sea

DCI’s role in the Creative Ports project is the daily running of the project’s Secretariat as well as the development and implementation of the internationalisation tool Pitching for a Better Baltic Sea.


Read about the Creative Ports project here

Read about the The Interregional Baltic Sea Region  here


Pitching for a Better Baltic Sea

Pitching for a Better Baltic Sea aims to strenghen transnational and cross-sectoral collaborations in the Baltic Sea region within the cultural and creative industries. Gathering start-ups, SMEs, incubators and other CCI organisations and actors from the Baltic Sea region, the project shows how the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for climate shange and sustainability can create value, give direction and lead toward the innovation and investments of the future.

The project creates a platform where all sorts of creative and innovative people interested in the cultural and creative industries can come together to exchange experiences and discuss the importance of a more sustainable future. It creates new opportunities for networking with entrepreneurs, organisations and experts within the field of the cultural and creative industries.

Read about the project here


The Secretariat

The Danish Cultural Institute is responsible for the Creative Ports Secretariat which links up the BSR-wide representations of cultural institutes to the CCI support organisations and public authorities in the partner regions.

The CCI Secretariat operates as a contact point providing international connections, offering internationalisation guidance and information on the Creative Ports project to CCI stakeholders, support organisations and actors.

Furthermore, the Secretariat enables and facilitates so-called ‘tandems’ between EU National Cultural Institutes (EUNIC members) and regional CCI-support organisations with planned joint activities and acts as the project’s contact point.

Additionally, the Secretariat will be a durable platform for lasting cooperation on a transnational level which will help ensure the continuation of the results of the Creative Ports project after the project’s lifetime.


If you are looking for international cooperation possibilities and contacts, need knowledge on how to implement international CCI activities or just want to know more about Creative Ports, feel free to contact the Secretariat at


The Secretariat is operated day-to-day by the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.