Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators

National Network
Sweden
Telephone
+46 498 218385
Telephone (other)
+46 498 218764
E-Mail
baltic.centre@gotlandica.se
E-Mail (2)
lena.pasternak@gotlandica.se
Organisation Type
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment
1993
Fields of Activity
  1. International/Cultural relations
General Information
1. Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators (BCWT) is a non-profit organization. BCWT is an international residential workplace and meeting point that was established in 1993 as a tangible result of the writers' cruise Baltic Waves, of the on resolution of the Swedish Parliament and on the initiative of all the writers’ and translators’ organization in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea region. The BCWT is governed by Representatives from the member organizations via the international Board. The executive work is run with 2 employees. The BCWT is financed by the Swedish state through Swedish Arts Council – 1491000 SEK - and regioanlly by Gotland Municipality – 406000 SEK (for year 2009). The BCWT cooperates with all the writers and translators organizations in the Baltic Sea Region as well as the umbrella network Baltic Writers’ Council. The BCWT is since 1996 under the auspices of UNESCO
Mission and Objectives

- stimulate the literary and cultural exchange, serve as a workplace and meeting point for writers and translators from the region
-actively work to promote the BCWT as a site for cooperative projects
-support the creation of a reference library compatible with the guidelines for BCWT, as well as an information data base on the literatures of the Baltic Sea Region
- act as a promoter of formation and a source of inspiration in the cultural field
- constantly seek new forms and partners for collaboration between writers and translators, strengthen the cultural contacts giving priority the east-west aspect
-contribute to increase knowledge and exchanges between literatures and writers

Main Projects / Activities

The BCWT is today internationally recognized institution, operating under the auspices of UNESCO. Since its foundation in 1993 the BCWT has provided accommodation for about 3200 writers and translators from all over the world. Calculated in guests nights it will be ap 50 000 and calculated in book titles it will be at least 3000 books that have been written or translated during the BCWT 15 years’ history. The BCWT has arranged 15 international poetry festivals, numerous translation workshops with different language combinations, seminars and meetings. The BCWT has hosted and co-arranged some major international conferences in cooperation with UNESCO, with European and Baltic Sea perspective. In the EU context the BCWT has been in the avant-garde in questions of the enlarged Unio, and has been developing long-term east-west north-south cultural exchange.

Contact (1) Full Name
Lena Pasternak
Head of the organisation
Lena Pasternak
Contact (2) Full Name
Patrik Muskos