The Ministry of Culture and its institutions work to retain the national identity of Estonia as well as to develop and ensure a vital cultural space.
In order to achieve this, we value, retain, develop, acknowledge, and spread Estonian culture, the rich heritage, and cultural diversity as well as the sporty lifestyle both in Estonia and abroad and we support both professional and amateur creative and sporting activities.
The area of government for the Ministry of Culture is organising the state’s culture, sports, and heritage conservation activities and promoting the state’s fine arts, coordinating the state’s implementation of media and audio visual policy and integration strategy. The National Heritage Board belongs to this area of government.
The Ministry of Culture has organised theme years since 2000.
The objective of the Year of Digital Culture is to incorporate digital culture in the e-Estonia success story. It is important for succeeding generations to have access to our living culture and cultural legacy, and for digital solutions to support this. During the year, the activities and events will be carried out by the National Library of Estonia, the National Heritage Board, Estonian Public Broadcasting and the Estonian Film Foundation.
The Year of Digital Culture will be defined by new approaches to reusing and rethinking our cultural heritage, as well as to resolving problems related to copyrights and open data. A Loometiiger (Creative Tiger) programme will introduce digital creativity to the younger generation, and better policies will be drafted for the analysis of cultural big data. Attention will also be paid to the flip side of the digital world, for example, digital addiction, identity theft and cyber security.
In 2013, the seaplane hangars of the Estonian Maritime Museum received the highest recognition in Europe for the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage – the European Union prize for cultural heritage, or Europa Nostra Grand Prix.
Main international cooperation networks
ICOM Estonian National Committee
ICOM Estonian National Committee is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). ICOM is the world’s largest umbrella organisation for museums with more than 30,000 members. ICOM Estonian National Committee consists of approximately one hundred individual members from Estonian museums and four museums as institutional members.
The European Museum Forum (EMF)
A museum organisation operating under the auspices of the Council of Europe since 1977 and has been leading discussions on the social role of museums, promoting the development of museums, handling PR, and awarding the European Museum of the Year prize.
The European Museum of the Year Award is the most prestigious museum award in Europe, which praises innovativeness, audience-orientation and professionalism. The prise is given to a museum that has a unique atmosphere, that can raise public interest, that is creative in its presentation and interpretation of material, and that is socially responsible, imaginative and innovative in educational activities.
In 2014 the annual conference of the European Museum Forum was held in Tallinn. The Annual Award was also presented at that conference. The main organiser of the event was the Art Museum of Estonia.