A discovery trip to Narva

September 20, 2017

We were part of a discovery trip to Narva hosted by the Estonian Minister of Culture Mr Indrek Saar and the Mayor of Narva Mr Tarmo Tammiste. The programme of the visit was assembled in collaboration with the Narva College of the University of Tartu, Narva Creative Hub, Vaba Lava, Tallinn Music Week, and Narva Gate as part of the 160th-anniversary celebrations of Kreenholm Factory and was supported by the Integration Foundation.

Among the many significant participants of the discovery trip were Pär Nuder, former Swedish Minister for Finance, Mats Gabrielsson, prominent Swedish entrepreneur and owner of Narva Gate, who wishes to see the Kreenholm Manufacture play a decisive role in turning Narva into a post-industrial town. The guests were presented with myriad ideas connected to Narva. City architect Ivan Sergejev introduced Narva’s development plans with Indrek Tiigi going in-depth with the Narva Creative Hub and Vaba Lava projects. A stark overview of the image of Narva in international media – an image we can turn around - was presented by international media expert Maris Hellrand. Jaanus Mikk, CEO of Narva Gate gave us a glimpse into the many possible futures of Kreenholm Manufacture as Jaanus Juss gave us a new # to add to any photo of industrial complexes in ruins. The initiatives of the Ministry of Culture (Kultuuriministeerium) were laid out by Indrek Saar, Minister of Culture, with Helen Sildna, Founder of Tallinn Music Week, showing us the transformative power of a festival and sealing the concept that #NARVAISNEXT.

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Photos by Tõnu Tunnel