Väino Sarnet was elected as the new head of Tallinna Kultuurikatel (Tallinn Creative Hub), while the current head assures that persistent problems with funding have been solved.
Sarnet’s previous posts include the assistant county governor of Lääne-Viru County, the director of the Privatization Agency, the head of the public procurement center at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the specialist with the internal auditor of the Tallinn City Office.
Tallinna Kultuurikatel is the follow-up project to the Capital of Culture 2011 foundation and focuses on promoting cultural tourism and trade, as well as interdisciplinary cooperation and innovation in cultural and creative industries.
The venue is located in the former power station building which also served as the location for Andrei Tarkovsky’s classic film Stalker.
However, the project has been fraught with funding problems. Enterprise Estonia (EAS) recently began infringement proceedings against the foundation in connection with alleged false data about construction activities.
Construction must be completed by the summer of 2015 to obtain EU funding. The daily Eesti Päevaleht wrote earlier in May that EAS told Kultuurikatel to come up with 6 million euros to complete the construction or face repaying the money already received.
The current head of Kultuurikatel, Evelyn Sepp, denied alleged violations and told ETV that the funding issue has been solved and the decision on additional funding should be made in May. The work will take about 12-14 months and the venue will be opened next year, Sepp said.