The Swedish Arts Council and the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in cooperation with the National Heritage Board will carry out a conference THINK "FUTURE" – DO NOW which will be taking place in Visby on Gotland, from Friday 30 march to Sunday 1 April, 2007.

The conference is being organized on the initiative of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs as a part of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), and is aimed at member countries as well as Belarus and Ukraine.

The support and promotion of children culture is a matter of priority for most of the Baltic Sea States and there is a great richness of variety with regard to tradition, approaches and pedagogical and artistic working methods.

With this conference, Sweden is providing opportunity to exchange experience and knowledge in questions of children culture for the purpose of strengthening and spreading working models and good examples that can inspire and lead to further developments in the work for children culture of high quality. The ambition is to develop cooperation and networks in the Baltic Sea Region. The focus of the conference will be upon cross-border meetings, with special attention being paid to pedagogical aspect within literature and cultural heritage.

The conference will have the form of lectures, panel debates, workshops and dialogue seminars. The possibility to choose a workshop will be provided in beforehand.

The conference is aimed at networks and institutions for children’s and youth culture as well as producers, researchers, educationalists, politicians and civil servants, all with a base in questions concerning children culture. Certain points in the programme will be carried out in cooperation with IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People.

The conference is financed by Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Swedish Arts Council and Swedish institute, supported by Swedish National Board for Cultural Heritage, Gotland County Museum, Swedish Travelling Exhibitions (Riksutställningar), Gotland County Library, Gotland County Administartion, SIDA Baltic Sea Unit, Gotland University and sponsored by Strand Hotel Visby.

The conference is arranged and hosted by the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in Visby.

Working language is English with interpretation into Russian.

Please return the registration form at latest
Monday 5 March 2007

Think Future - Do Now