The two cities which will partner with Tartu during its stint as European Capital of Culture in 2024 have been decided.
On Tuesday the third city Bad Isch in Austria, was awarded the title. The other 2024 European Capitals of Culture is the northern Norwegian city of Bodo.
Bad Ischl, with only 14,000 residents, is located in northern Austria near Salzburg. The Norwegian city of Bodo is located north of the Arctic Circle, farther north than any previous European Capital of Culture.
The concept of Tartu, as a 2024 European Capital of Culture, is 'Arts of Survival'.
'It is very exciting that all three 2024 European Capitals of Culture are small cities, not capitals or well-known cultural centres. This confirms that the size of a city alone does not set any boundaries when the concept that is offered is persuasive,' said Kadri Jauram, Head of the Foreign Relations Department at the Ministry of Culture.
The broader goal of the Capital of Culture competition is to have lasting cultural impact that involves the community and develops the living environment. The Capital of Culture journey helps make a city more attractive for the local community as well as internationally and attracts numerous tourists.
Editor: Helen Wright