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The Jury's Final Report Now Available

The European Capitals of Culture Expert Panel's Selection Stage Report is available to read on the website of the European Commission at It explains the strengths of Tartu's bid and also highlights the aspects we will be working on in the coming years. 
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Sjoerd Bootsma Shares His Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 Experience

In September, we had the honour of interviewing the Programme Manager of Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018, Mr. Sjoerd Bootsma, in Tartu. As Tartu 2024 secured the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) title a bit more than a month ago, we are now continuing to learn from the experiences of past ECoCs while taking our own first steps as a future title holder. Here's what we we found out about the LF2018 success from Sjoerd. 
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Berk Vaher: Tartu shares Arts of Survival with Europe for 2024

Estonia is wondering now: who are we in European future and which route can we help it take? More will be known by the end of August when a 2024 European Capital of Culture is designated from Estonia. Already in the preselection feedback, the international expert jury made it clear that expectations go beyond the bidding cities’ hopes for their own gain and success. The verdict also largely depends on the boost they give their broader regions. Equally if not more vital, though, is how the bidding programmes relate to Europe – how the cities are ready to handle issues shared by many European cities and regions.

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Tartu 2024 Thank You Party on 31 August in the Widget Factory

On 28 August, after the Tartu 2024 team presents our bid book "Arts of Survival" to the international jury, they will decide whether Tartu & Southern Estonia will become the European Capital of Culture 2024. Regardless of the result, on 31 August Tartu 2024 invites all Tartuvians, Southern Estonians, and our guests to the Widget Factory (Aparaaditehas) to celebrate the finale of those inspiring years of being a candidate city.
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