The purposes of the festival are:
· To develop and to promote the art of dance in the Nordic/Baltic area of Europe;
· To establish a common market for dance exchanges among countries of this area, to fortify preconditions for regular Nordic/Baltic and vice versa dance exchanges;
· To foster - via contemporary dance — cultural diversity and development of new forms of artistic expression in the Northern part of Europe;
· Via experience of Nordic/Western contemporary/modern dance communities or independent individuals — to strengthen the status of contemporary/modern dance in the Eastern part of the Baltic sea zone;
· Via inviting experts (journalists, managers, producers, choreographers, teachers etc.) from the rest of the world — to promote and to market dance of the Nordic Europe.
The artistic program of festival has been structured from 3 groups:
1) performances/companies from post soviet countries of the area (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Russia) where contemporary dance has been relatively a new art form without appropriate common conditions (this has been an outcome of soviet times when modern dance forms were even forbidden on this large geographical territory — there are not real systems of financing contemporary dance, no real venues, neither rehearsal, producing premises for contemporary dance etc.),
2) performances/companies from Nordic countries where situation of contemporary dance was a bit similar some 20-30 years ago and were this dance form has developed strongly since then,
3) productions from the rest of the world — from the countries with strong contemporary dance tradition and infrastructure.