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International Kultuurikompass Examines the Challenges of Cultural Mobility

The Kultuurikompass forum brings together cultural organisers, creative people, and policymakers from all around Europe to Tartu to solve problems that hinder international cultural exchange.

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18. Apr Kaidi-Lisa Kivisalu

Top European organisers will convene at the fourth international Kultuurikompass forum “How Borderless is Culture?” on May 18 and 19 at the Estonian National Museum and the TYPA Print and Paper Art Centre. The forum focuses on how cultural globalisation gives opportunities for survival in the future while also highlighting local uniqueness.

European culture managers focus on the worldwide movement and residencies of creative individuals. According to Angela Ader, the lead organiser of Kultuurikompass, professional mobility is essential for creatives and organisers. “It has broader effects that creative people and cultural policymakers must consider,” she said.

Thousands of talented people around the world aspire to live and work somewhere else. However, for a variety of reasons, whether social, economic, or political, they are unable to do so now.

“We see that creating culture globally allows creative people to learn from one another and share best practices, preserving local differences.” Furthermore, in order for the European Capital of Culture to be a success, we must encourage cross-border mobility of artists,” Ader added.

On the first day of the forum, at the Estonian National Museum, participants can hear presentations from experts in the field and join three discussion groups that introduce the variety of creative residencies. For one day, an EXPO area will be set up in the museum where all can learn about various mobility and residency opportunities in Europe. The opening day broadcast is also available on the internet.

On the second day, participants can meet creative residencies and members of the European Capitals of Culture network at TYPA. There will be workshops, discussions, and excursions to residencies in Tartu and Southern Estonia.

Speakers at the forum include: Irmeli Kokko (creative residency expert), Bojana Panevska (On the Move), Terje Toomistu (University of Tartu), Kendal Henry (CEC ArtsLink), Marie Le Sourd (On the Move, Res Artis), Marie Fol (On the Move, Res Artis), Mikko Fritze (Tallinn 2011), Baiba Bartkevica (Liepaja 2027), Gediminas Banaitis-Skrandis (Kaunas 2022), Kati Torp (Tartu 2024) and many others.

The first day of the forum is free. Tickets for the second day’s activities can be purchased at Piletilevi. More information about the Kultuurikompass can be found on the Tartu 2024 website: