The culture grant programme BarentsKult is initiated to promote larger border crossing culture and art-projects in the Norwegian and Russian part of the Barents Region

The cultural part of the Barents grant program used to be dominated by small low budget people-to-people projects. These projects have been, and still are, of high importance for the Barents cooperation, but the demand to initiate larger cultural projects was prominent. Therefore the grant programme BarentsKult was established to give a boost for larger culture and art projects.

Several artists and cultural workers have their base in the Barents Region and the cultural cooperation across borders has never been more extensive than today. This transboundary cooperation has at the same time made the region an exiting destination for artist living in other parts of the world. The area has therefore become an important arena for cross border contemporary art and culture, and this development is one of the reasons why the Norwegian Barents Secretariat took the initiative to establish BarentsKult.

BarentsKult has been financed by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affaires and the Norwegian counties of Troms and Finnmark. The programme has an application deadline twice every year.


Annual application deadlines are:  February 1st
  September 1st

For more information contact Margrethe Alnes: margrethe(a)


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