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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.
At today’s August 30th meeting, the government approved the draft of the new Heritage Conservation Act and will send it to the Riigikogu for further discussion and decision-making. The new Heritage Conservation Act will greater a greater balance between the responsibilities of the owners and state in this field of activity and will pay more attention to the needs of the owners.
On Thursday, August 30th, the government decided to provide up to €10 million in funding of the future Estonian Capital of Culture. The Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, will submit the application for the funding for the Capital of Culture next spring, when the planning for the national budgetary strategy for 2021 to 2024 will start.