UrbCulturalPlanning (Cultural Planning as a Method for Urban Social Innovation):
Cities in the Baltic Sea region are challenged by growing societal and demographic changes and an increasing need for sustainable development of neighbourhoods. UrbCulturalPlanning fosters co-creation by citizens and authorities to tackle social exclusion in urban neighbourhoods and promote social innovation throughout the Baltic Sea Region. With help of cultural events and gaming, the project engages citizens into urban social innovation. From a transnational perspective, the project compiles a toolbox with good practices for other cities.
The main objective of UrbCulturalPlanning is to advance the capacity of public authorities in the Baltic Sea Region, its local NGOs and associations to collaborate on citizen driven cultural planning.


  • Nine demonstrator projects across the Baltic Sea Region address urban challenges such as shrinking cities, inclusion and gentrification as well as further phenomena;
  • Through nine urban labs, the project replicates its results to other cities and engages city managers from all over the Baltic Sea Region;
  • Three conferences bring together cultural planning practitioners with policy makers and stakeholders, regional and city planners, culture departments, NGOs, businesses and media;
  • Artist residencies and gaming activities are used to have a fresh view on the potential of neighbourhoods and to involve and empower children and young people;
  • An urban toolkit serves as online database of useful instruments, methods, case studies, and models – helping to manage cultural planning processes and projects;
  • A handbook on the cultural planning method and mentoring services assists urban authorities and communities to deploy urban cultural planning practices.

UrbCulturalPlanning website
UrbCulturalPlanning on Facebook
UrbCulturalPlanning on Instagram
Official hashtag #urbculturalplanning

2019 – 2021

Funding Programme: Interreg Baltic Sea Region
Lead Partner: Danish Cultural Institute, Simon Drewsen Holmberg (Email)

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