The city of Helsinki is very much in this development ideology as well but the problem is that it is only a municipality. The government runs projects and the government-based foundation funds the projects. They have the same goals as the Helsinki has. But it seems that they have really little to do with each other so in a sad way they seemed to go to the same direction but one of them has a high class Mercedes and the other one has an old Lada.
The funny thing looking from The Cable Factory point of view is that 20 years ago when we started and more than 20 years ago when the tenants started to lobby the city of Helsinki to fund the cultural center as we are now, nobody quite understood what it was about. It was just some freaky idea from the artist community. And for many still unexplainable reasons they were allowed to do that. And they and their idea was given this building.
But 5 years ago the city of Helsinki started to write strategies again to watch different topics and the biggest one of those is the strategy of business and trade. Surprisingly when I was reading it we were there all around. It was a lot about Helsinki wanting to be an active funny city and a good platform for small companies to grow and creative people to find a space for their passion and their work. And now I am reading the new strategies, there seemed to be a strategy out of everything in Finland, in Helsinki. We even have a food strategy here. What we have been doing 20 years here is now in the crossing of most of these strategies and it is going to be interesting to see where it is going to lead. From my point of view first it has to melt together with the governmental ideas and projects and then we will stop doing 2 separate things and start to work together for the same goal.
- Decline of coalmines in the Ruhr
- Role of the UK Government
- Dortmund U
- Culture policy in Russia
- Action plan in Sweden
- Changing Landscape of Support System in UK
- Municipality vs Government
- Finnish support of non-institutionalized culture
- Classical institutions vs pop culture
- German support for culture
- Role of digital technologies in Estonian identity
- Role of E-government in Estonia
- Reinventing Estonia
- Lithuanian Cultural Policy
- Cultural funding in Slovakia