The Council of the Baltic Sea States has for 20 years strengthened regional cooperation among its 11 members plus the European Commission. The Presidency of the Council rotates among the Member States on an annual basis. Their work focuses on a number of key issues for the region, including economic development, education & culture and the human dimension, providing a platform for governments, organisations, communities and people to build new partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships. The CBSS’s work on Balticlab begun under the SEBA framework, a partnership which has been concentrating resources on project development, dialogue with stakeholders and communications in the South Eastern Baltic Area. Balticlab is also a flagship project of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region under Horizontal Action Neighbours, which is led by the CBSS.

The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency that seeks to establish cooperation and lasting relations with other countries through active communication and cultural, educational and scientific ex- changes. SI works closely with Swedish and foreign partners, as well as Swedish embassies and consulates around the world. Through increased contacts and new networks, knowledge and innovative ideas can be shared and applied in the future to all areas, not least to trade, culture and politics.

Thindividual is interested in building and expanding its regional network, thrilled to combine the outsider view of being an Estonian in Latvian creative environment, and the external networking and contacts that we could use to boost future international art and fashion projects, say introducing Latvian artists and designers to Balticlab collaboration countries Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden and vice versa, building a network and strengthening links between them. The BalticLab programme will now continue through three additional project weeks in Riga, Tallinn and Warsaw, ending the programme with an event in Gotland mid-2014.