European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 and the legacy project of the Tampere26 bid, Operation Pirkanmaa, invite you to the Kultuurikompass forum. 

We will gather in Valga on 7 September and in Tartu on 8 September to examine how cultural cooperation supports regional development.

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7 September

The first day of the forum is divided into three sections:

11.30-12.30 How to create cultural events that move society forward?

Lene Øster, Aarhus 2017 (DK)
The Long-term impact of the European Capital of Culture year of Aarhus

Lene Øster discusses the long-term effects of the European Capital of Culture year. Aarhus 2017 is seen as a cultural and economic success story. It was viewed as the beginning of something huge, a significant development boost for the entire Central Denmark region. Looking back on 2017, what is the current situation and what are the future possibilities in the sphere of culture?
Lukas Alsys, Kaunas 2022 (LT)
"Methods of regional cooperation in Kaunas 2022"

Former regional coordinator of Kaunas 2022, Lukas Alsys, describes his experiences with regional cooperation and the development of the European Capital of Culture programme.

13.30-14.30 Kultuurikompass Talks

Five talks will take place  simultaneously.

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TALK 1: Village Hopping in the Tampere Region
Operation Pirkanmaa organises an initiative named Village Hopping. It is the umbrella title for dozens of projects touring the Tampere Region of Finland. The project increases cultural access in the region. Village hopping transports artists and their audiences from one village to the next, thereby developing the region.

Case: Tampere Region’s Culture Bank

The Pirkanmaa Culture Bank is a free one-stop web service maintained by the City of Tampere for professional operators in the fields of art and culture in the Pirkanmaa region, as well as their on-demand service for offers (e.g., performances, workshops, travelling exhibitions, and expert and production services). Culture Bank coordinator Anna Szalay explains how it all works.

Case: Park Philosophy

Park philosophy week is an annual five-day festival of thought and discussion conducted in Ikaalinen, where people assemble in the Socratic manner to discuss themes of interest to them. Antti Sorri introduces the project.

TALK 2: Together our voices are stronger!
Cultural networks develop solutions to today's problems.

Sini-Mari Lepistö introduces the Culture Up network, a cooperative networking effort of Denmark, Serbia, Finland, the Netherlands, and Ireland. Culture Up aims to strengthen rural cultural organisations and local leaders.

Annamaija Saarela, a cultural networks expert, introduces the award-winning G Livelab Tampere, which is part of the Better Live project to build a more sustainable, fair, and inclusive live music environment in Europe.

TALK 3: Dialogue among Citizens
Tartu World University (EST) establishes community academies in which members of active Southern Estonian communities and well-known scientists and cultural workers inspire each other and benefit the world. Together with all forward-thinking people, we seek answers to global challenges locally and vice versa. Triinu Laan introduces the format.

Timeout Dialogue (FIN) was founded in response to societal polarisation and escalating tensions. Laura Arnikka, the founder of Timeout Dialogue, explores the possibilities of an engaging dialogue style that fosters a better understanding of various points of view on a single issue.

TALK 4: United Region
In Estonia, 2023 is Sauna Year. Sauna year brings together sauna traditions, culture, and customs, as well as entrepreneurs, sauna goods, communities, and leaders. This is the year for anyone who has a sauna in their soul. What ties the sauna tradition and sauna year activities together? Elin Priks shares experiences.

Bodø 2024 Regional Coordinator Maria Hernes Bær will speak about Bodø's ambitions with uniting the big region.

TALK 5: In the Middle of Nowhere
We bring to light active individuals and organisations that conduct events on the outskirts. These cultural centres infuse the area with international cultural activity. We believe that these spark individuals, outstanding idea generators, are worth mentioning since they bring abandoned sites to the forefront and popularise them.

The architectural residency VARES in Valga promotes the value of space and meaningful sustainable space development, highlighting the town's and Southern Estonia's regional uniqueness in general.

Jiri Tintera, a municipal architect in the Valga parish, discusses revitalising the living environment of diminishing cities using Valga as an example.

15.00-16.15 Networking: the European Capital of Culture's local influence

Sarah Caron, a former Esch 2022 communications expert, discusses regional and cross-border cooperation in Luxembourg's European Capital of Culture.

There will be a round table discussion to better grasp the subjects of regional cooperation of European Capitals of Culture.

We also provide simultaneous translation from English into Estonian.

Join us at the Tartu Genialistide Club to wrap up the forum day.

Come visit the forum in an eco-friendly manner! Take public transportation.

We designed the schedule so that everyone may attend the event via train. On September 7, the train travel on route Tartu-Valga-Tartu is FREE for Kultuurikompass participants.

Recommended route
  • 9.52-11.05 Tartu - Valga
  • 17.41-18.57 Valga Tartu
Come by bike or on foot if you live close. Sign up for the car sharing list if you have a spare seat in your car or if you want to get a ride instead. Parking is available near the Cultural Centre.

8 September

On 8 September, we will also host a session to share regional cooperation experiences among European Capitals of Culture. The meeting's goal is to share the strategies, lessons, and outcomes of regional collaboration among different European Capitals of Culture. Representatives of Kaunas 2022, Tartu 2024, Operation Pirkanmaa and Aarhus 2017 will take part in the discussion.

Kultuurikompass programme is created by Tartu 2024. The Kultuurikompass forum is organised according to Tartu 2024, OÜ Acento and Tartu City Government guidelines for organising environmentally friendly events.

What is Kultuurikompass?

Kultuurikompass is a capacity building programme for culture managers, artists, creative and social entrepreneurs in Tartu and Southern Estonia. We invite everyone to learn from each other because knowledge and experience exchange help entrepreneurial and responsible cultural managers find new and more diverse audiences, and achieve their goals. 

Kultuurikompass programme consists of forums and seminars, and it is developed by the Tartu 2024 Foundation and Tartu City Government in cooperation with partners from around the whole Southern Estonia. The first forum took place in January 2019 and by the end of 2020 there 2 international forums, 6 forums, and 2 side events have taken place.