Tartu 2024 survey open to South Estonia cultural organizers to Wednseday

A culture-filled Tartu street.
A culture-filled Tartu street. Source: Tartu2024/Facebook

Culture organizers in South Estonia can take part in a survey which will be used in preparation for Tartu's European Capital of Culture in 2024.

The survey is the second of its kind to take place, and is conducted jointly by the Tartu City Government, the Tartu 2024 Foundation, and local governments and cultural bodies in South Estonia, a city government press release announced Monday.

The survey will examine assessments and expectations om professional skills and know-how, operating environments, partners and cooperation.

The previous survey two years ago helped prepare the winning European Capital of Culture application, and launched a series of cultural compass (Kultuurikompass) forums which have brought together hundreds of cultural figures to date.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Tartu 2024 Foundation, Mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas (Reform) said that cooperation between Tartu and South Estonia in the implementation of the European Capital of Culture is even more important in the light of the coronavirus crisis, and helps to develop cultural management as a result.

"I am sure that this survey, whose preparation cultural leaders of the South Estonian development centers also contributed to, will give impetus to the preparations for Tartu 2024, and the knowledge-based promotion of the cultural field in the entire region," said Klaas.

Kristiina Avik, survey project manager, added that anyone who organizes cultural events involving audiences is welcome and awaited in responding to the survey.

"Not just the leaders of cultural centers or museums, but also the instructors of craft and hobby schools, leaders of district and village associations, tourism entrepreneurs, youth workers and many others constitute cultural organizers whose competencies, problems, expectations and challenges we are interested in," said Avik.

For those wishing to participate, a questionnaire is here (link in Estonian) and is open to Wednesday, May 27.

It is open to culture organizers in Viljandi city, Põlva, Valga and Võru counties, as well as Tartu city and county itself.

The results will be presented at the next Cultural Compass forum on September 8, in Viljandi.

Tartu was nominated Estonia's European Capital of Culture in late August last year, defeating Narva in the bid.

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