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Tartu, Narva and Kuressaare are candidates for the European Capital of Culture 2024

8. October 2018 - 10:31

Three applications were received for the European Capital of Culture 2024 competition – from Tartu, Narva and Kuressaare. At the end of the month it will become clear which cities will compete in the final round.

The cities had to submit their candidacy materials to the Ministry of Culture by October 1st.

“We thank all the cities that have been interested in becoming candidates during the last year. The international commission will now undertake a thorough analysis and discussion,” said Heili Jõe, Head of the Foreign Relations Department.

The selection will be made by an independent and international 12-member commission. The commission will be in Tallinn on October 22nd and 23rd, when the cities that make the final round will be announced. The European Capital of Culture in Estonia will be determined by the end of 2019.

Becoming the Capital of Culture will bring additional funding to the selected city for implementing its vision. The Estonian state will support the capital of culture programme in an amount equivalent to the support of the local government and other financial sources that may total up to € 10 million. The European Commission will bestow the Melina Mercouri Prize on the capital of culture, which will total €1.5 million.

Three cities will simultaneously bear the title of European Capital of Culture in 2024: one Estonian city, one Austrian city and one city from a European Free Trade Association country (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), a EU candidate state (Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey) or a possible candidate state (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo).

More information:
Heili Jõe
Head of Foreign Relations Department
628 2228
heili.joe@kul.ee

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