The International Conference “Nordic culture and arts transformation in frame of achievement of UN SDGs” took place in Scandic Helsinki Aviacongress Hotel, Vantaa, Finland from May 05-06, 2023.

The Conference aims were to share experiences and good practices and advance the understanding of how Nordic culture and arts can contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The event brought together 62 participants from 4 different countries to discuss area’s unique cultural heritage and artistic traditions. It provided a platform for showcasing the achievements of young people in regional cultural cooperation, highlighting their contributions to promoting sustainable development and addressing global challenges.

The Conference included debates, two-panel discussions and four working groups with 10 speakers.

At the Conference, participants and experts shared their experiences about their journey to SDGs, was to raise awareness about the importance of culture as a powerful tool for engaging and empowering youth. It emphasised the role of culture and the arts in fostering dialogue, understanding, and collaboration among young people.

The key presentation was delivered by Morte Hagevik, Porgrunn Culture School (Norway), Marko Kokko, Vekarateatterin RY (Finland), Susanne Kallanvaara, Burgarden Gymnasium (Sweden) and Ivan Vasilevkikh, Folkevirke (Denmark).

At the Conference, we attended many youngsters aged from 12 to 26. The Conference’s central stage was given to youth, where there have shared their own opinion and experience, asked many questions, criticized some ideas and thoughts of the experts and provided their vision on the children and youth role in the achievement of sustainable development, their impact on the future of the region to live in the most dynamic, sustainable and integrated area in the world by 2030.

The overall format of the events was rated 9.1 out of 10. Pre-events information and communications were rated 8.7 out of 10. The overall organisation during the events was rated 8.6 out of 10. The overall conference was rated 9.32 out of 10

Overall, the Conference servesed as a platform for exchanging knowledge, sharing experiences, and create new opportunities for collaboration, sparking innovative ideas, and reinforcing the understanding of culture’s transformative potential in the context of achieving the UN SDGs.

Project was supported by Nordic Culture Point