The task of the Ministry of Culture is to promote the internationalisation of Estonian culture, to develop cultural relations and diplomacy between countries, and to participate in the formation of cultural and sports policies in international organisations.
Estonian cultural attachés abroad
The main responsibility of Estonian cultural attachés is to introduce Estonian culture, and preserve and promote cultural relations between two countries. Cultural attachés work in Estonian embassies in Berlin, Brussels, Helsinki, London, Moscow and Paris, our Consulate General in New York employs a cultural affairs coordinator.
Culture 2020 and international cooperation
General principles of international cooperation up to 2020
The state will create opportunities for the internationalisation of culture. Culture has an important role in external relations, export and the country’s public image. The network of representatives of culture is going to be widened, cooperation will be increased with the different ministries and export-promoting organisations, support for the development of cultural exports and cooperation is going to be increased significantly. More than before, the state will increase its efforts to network on target markets outside Europe, for which cultural organisations and creative enterprises have expressed their interest and where they have the capacity to enter the market.
European Capital of Culture 2024
In 2024, the title of the European Capital of Culture will be awarded to three cities: one Austrian city; one city from an EFTA/EEA country, candidate country or potential candidate for EU membership; and one city from Estonia. The Estonian Ministry of Culture together with the Association of Estonian Cities announces the call for applications for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2024 in Estonia. The deadline for submitting the application is 1 October 2018.
The Ministry of Culture develops foreign relations in cooperation with other ministries, institutions and organisations, and thus contributes to the positive image of our country and to the development of cultural exports.
Head of Foreign Relations Department
Phone +372 628 2323