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The Ministry of Culture is funding the proposals of three authorities for purchasing technical equipment
Theatre productions, exhibitions or other things offered in the cultural field mostly require command of the Estonian language. With the support of the proposals round “Increasing the capacity to present other language information” museums and theatres can purchase equipment with the support of the European Social Fund, which helps translate information from Estonian into Russian and English.
The Minister of Culture Indrek Saar explained, that culture must be available to everyone, including those that are better at Russian or English. “It would be a shame if good experiences are held back by a language barrier. If we consider audio guides natural when in a foreign language environment, then why should it be different in Estonia, where significantly large communities with another mother tongue live. This will definitely help the spread of Estonian culture as well as integration,” Saar said.
In the spring of 2015 the Ministry of Culture called for all Estonian performing arts institutions and museums to submit proposals about the needs for technical equipment for the benefit of poorly integrated permanent residents and new immigrants participating in Estonian culture. Support to the Endla Theatre, Tallinn Energy Discovery Centre and Tartu City Museum shall be allocated from the third proposals round. 11 theatres and museums are already purchasing equipment, there are now a total of 14.
On Monday, January 15th, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar announced the start of the Culture Friend 2017 competition. As always, private individuals, institutions, companies and organisations will be honoured who have made a financial contribution or supported activities in the cultural field.
On 2 January, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar and Ago Tuuling, the Chairman of the Management Board of the Confederation of Estonian Employees' Unions (TALO), signed the salary agreement for cultural workers for 2018. The agreement calls for increasing the gross minimum wage of cultural workers to €1,150 a month as of this year.