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The Cultural Capital of Europe 2024 selection commission will include Anu Kivilo and Mikko Fritze
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia submitted a proposal to the European Commission to designate Anu Kivilo and Mikko Fritze as members of the expert commission that will choose Europe’s cultural capital for 2024. The international commission will begin its work in the autumn, when a preliminary selection will be made from among all the cities bidding for the title.
Anu Kivilo is the managing director of the Arvo Pärt Centre, Mikko Fritze was a member of the board of the foundation for Tallinn as cultural capital for 2011.
“The cultural capital of Europe is not a title, but rather an opportunity for cities and the areas around them to rise to a new level in terms of culture. Anu Kivilo and Mikko Fritze have abundant experience in organising international cooperation in the field of culture. Their personal involvement in the cultural capital organisational work in 2011 will help to ensure that the expert commission will make a very good and well-grounded choice,” said Minister of Culture Indrek Saar.
An independent international expert commission will make the selection from among the cities applying for the status of cultural capital. The European Commission has to approve the representatives in the selection commission sent by the member countries.
The deadline for cities to submit their applications is 1 October of this year. The international expert commission will make its preliminary selection in the autumn of this year and the final selection has to be made by the end of 2019. The commission may also visit the cities that have advanced to the final round if it so wishes.
Thus far, an Estonian city has been Europe’s cultural capital once. That was the country’s capital Tallinn in 2011. The song and dance festival The Wide World Begins in a Small Land was held at that time along with many other events, and the Seaplane Harbour hangars were completely refurbished while Tallinn was the cultural capital.
Based on the decision of the committee at the Ministry of Culture, Peeter Mauer has been chosen to be the new director of the Estonian History Museum. In his new position, Mauer considers his priorities to be making a contribution to both the content and financial activities of the museum and ensuring the smooth merger of the Estonian History Museum and Estonian Theatre and Music Museum into a single foundation.
Today, on July 8th, the ministers of culture of the three Baltic states will meet in Riga in order to sign an agreement related to the maintenance of the song and dance festival traditions in the three countries and another agreement to establish the Baltic Cultural Fund. In the evening, they will attend the final concert of the Latvian song festival together.