BSCC Baltic Sea Cultural Center - Gdansk, Poland
The Baltic Sea Cultural Center in Gdansk, Poland, established in 1992, aims at enhancing cultural diversity in the Baltic Sea Region by realizing projects of European significance.
The Center's goal is to implement multilateral artistic projects, which in terms of structure and concept are more than the traditional form of bilateral cultural exchange. The Center, through its activities, aims to connect artists, curators, cultural operators, researchers and policy makers who are interested in creating a new quality for cultural cooperation in Europe.
The Center's activities focus on nearly all fields of arts. It organises interdisciplinary projects such as scientific and literary seminars, conferences, debates, contemporary art exhibitions, theatre and dance performances, new media presentations, festivals and concerts. The Centre administrates also St. John's Cultural Centre (Gothic church in Gdansk Old Town). The BSCC is a public institution subsidised by the Regional Government (Office of the Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodship).
The BSCC’s seat is the 16th- century Old Town Hall in Gdansk situated on the canal of the Radunia river - the town’s oldest hydro-technological monument. The Centre’s membership in the international network "River//Cities" shows its long lasting interest in waterways. Several of the Centre’s international projects such as: SEAS (meeting of the Baltic and the Adriatic: conference and artistic actions); international conference "Riverbanks as a space for inhabitants integration" and smaller, local ones e.g. historic walks “Gdańsk Fortifications”, "Zuławy" about the area in the Vistula delta or multidisciplinary "Gdańsk the city on water" have been inspired by water and took place on the water or river/canal banks. There are many more similar projects planned in the years to come.
Although today just a distant reflection of its past glory, Gdańsk picturesque network of canals, with the biggest Motława River, still constitutes a great attraction for the inhabitants and tourists alike and should serve as an inspiration for the town’s contemporary spatial and cultural development.