Mon 28th - Tue 29th May 2018 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Author and artist Mr Veijo Baltzar and Creative Association for Arts and Culture Drom are delighted toannounce “Upgrade 2018!” international cooperation initiative for the purpose of promoting Intercultural Dialogue in the Baltic region. In the frames of this project, cofounded by Nordic Cultural Point, Mr Veijo Baltzar and Drom will organize two 2-day meetings in Baltic states, the first in Latvia, Riga in May 2018 and the second in Vilnius, Lithuania in Septermber, 2018.

The 1st international 2-day network meeting “Upgrade 2018!” will take place in Riga, Latvia on Mon 28th - Tue 29th May 2018 at the House of European Union (Aspazijan bulvāris 28, Riga) under the auspices of Ambassador of Finland to Latvia H.E. Olli Kantanen. The seminar will bring together international participants from Finland, Russia, Estonia and Latvia.

The pursuit of Upgrade 2018! cooperation initiative is to identify a common basis for international long-term cultural collaboration for the purpose of promoting Intercultural Dialogue in the Baltic region and other parts of Europe. The cooperation strategy will be built on the basis of 24 cross-disciplinary law initiatives by Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar for renewing European Union’s policies of multiculturalism, introduced and discussed at the conference.

In April 2014 Mr Veijo Baltzar organized a 2-day minister-level conference “The Conscience of Europe” at the Finnish Parliament Annex, Helsinki. The conference was attended by e.g. former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen (FIN), former President Tarja Halonen (FIN), Minister of Education Jaak Aaviksoo (EST), Minister of Education Krista Kiuru (FIN), Minister of Development Pekka Haavisto (FIN), Minister of Interior Päivi Räsänen (FIN), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Petr Drulák (Czech Republic), Minister of State for Social Inclusion Zoltán Kovács (Hungary) and State Secretary of the Ministry of Education Stefan Chudoba (Slovakia).

Conference issued Veijo Baltzar’s 24-item set of proposals for reforming European policies of multiculturalism and sent to European Commission. “Baltzar’s recommendations and initiatives are most useful contribution to reflections currently under way within the European Commission.” - Mr Walter Zampieri, Head of Cultural Diversity and Innovation of European Commission.

The seminar in Riga will issue renewed and updated law initiatives by Veijo Baltzar in 2018.“We need political initiativeness and fights on various fronts to build sustainable European future. Therefore Veijo Baltzar’s law initiatives to renew policies of multiculturalism in Europe were a crucial turning point. Currently they are topical and of utmost importance.”

Finland’s former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen at Veijo Baltzar’s 50-year artistic career’s anniversary celebration 6 April 2018

The leaders of our world have chosen multicultural way of life; the world is becoming increasingly international
and multicultural simply because of its economic fabric. To the Baltic states this is especially important. Finland
has been international for decades and it is one of the reasons why it has kept its independence. Correctly applied multiculturality is a choice that prevents small countries from being swallowed by bigger ones.

Why does the mainstream population have only formal goals regarding national minorities, as recorded in some articles of human rights, laws and social policies? Why do the minority policies of the majority often follow their own isolated course, as a result of which the minorities are kept in precarious situations and in the margins?

-Veijo Baltzar

- The working language of the international meeting is English
- Please register your participation to nina.casten@drom.fi

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Coordinator of the “UPGRADE! NETWORK”
Creative Association for Arts and Culture DROM

CONTACT PERSON: Director for Communications,
Ms Nina Castén nina.casten@drom.fi, tel. +358 44 5090683