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Cultural Training and Activation Initiative (KA3004)
Funded by Karelia CBC 2014-2020

Objective of the project

Improved capacity of cultural stakeholders to provide high quality, versatile and sustainable cultural services on the basis of co-creation models and cross-sectoral approach.

Main activities

• Capacity building for developing new service concepts • Running cross-sectoral and cross-border team-building and co-creation actions delivering new cultural services • Capacity building for co-creation and developing mediators' skills • Strengthening the support services for creative startups, public and NGO sector • Developing innovative forms for culture service operations based upon income-generating activities and public-private funding


CULTA, Cultural Training and Activation Initiative (10/2018-09/2021), was a cooperation project between Russian Karelian and Finnish Northern Ostrobothnia regions. The project focused especially on building capacity of university level students, cultural professionals and businesses in the creative industries to innovate, build and develop the program area's cultural service concepts. With a huge amount of trainings, workshops and webinars, the CULTA aimed to build connections between cultural stakeholders and encouraged them to the cross-border cooperation between Finland and Russia.  During the project over 900 cultural stakeholders were trained and 17 cross-border teams worked for building new cultural services. Several of the teams launched their services or products. Many of the teams were guided to apply funding for further developments and implementation. Also, CULTA provided possibilities to get funding by organizing pitching competitions, for example together with Oulu2026 organization.  To learn more about the project results and about the process, get familiar with the Final Brochure (https://kareliacbc.fi/sites/default/files/assets/files/66/Enabling_book_FINAL_Light.pdf)  and the Online Report of the project (http://bit.ly/CultaCBC), as well as find out about the project activities from CULTA website (https://kareliacbc.fi/en/projects/culta) and social media channels (Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CULTACBC  and VKontakte https://vk.com/culta_karelia).

Basic information




2018-10-12 - 2021-09-30

Total Budget / Programme funding

497 880 € / 448 092 €

Lead partner

Oulu University of Applied Sciences
Lead partner web-site


Karelian Regional Institute of Continuous Professional Education of PetrSU
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences Ltd
Karelian College of Culture and Arts