European Capital of Culture jury visit to Narva

On Monday, 26th August Narva had an opportunity to present itself to a jury of experts, responsible for deciding which of the two Estonian cities, Narva or Tartu will become the European Capital of Culture in 2024. It was a beautiful day. We are so proud and thankful for all contributors, speakers and hosts of many diverse locations - all of you did your absolute best to present the beautifully diverse and rich city that Narva is. Great thanks to our partners who came over from St. Petersburg to Rakvere to show your support! Photos by Aron Urb.

Schedule of the visit:

Visit to Narva Candidate City, European Capital of Culture 2024

Travel Party
Sylvia Amann, Member of the Panel
Jiří Suchánek, Member of the Panel
Anu Kivilo, Member of the Panel
Mikko Fritze, Member of the Panel
Sylvain Pasqua,Team Leader for Cultural and Creative Industries at the European Commission
Kadri Jauram, Head of Department of Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Culture of Estonia

Monday, 26th August

9:00 - 9:45 Morning coffee at Albatross Cafe (Narva-Jõesuu) with Maksim Iljin, Mayor of Narva-Jõesuu; Aleksei Jevgrafov, Mayor of Narva and Narva2024 team members

10:00 - 11:00 Vaba Lava Narva Performing Arts Centre and Multimedia Creative Hub “OBJEKT”

10:00 - 10:30 Meeting the region’s municipalities and partners at Vaba Lava Narva. Greetings by: Aleksei Jevgrafov, Mayor of Narva; Viktor Karpenko, Head of Ivangorod City Council; Aleksandr Abramenko, Head of Krasnenkaya Rechka municipal formation, St.Petersburg; Mari Knjazev, Head of Development at the Rakvere City Government; Larissa Shabunova, CEO of Fortaco Estonia, Honorary Consul of Finland in Narva; Ivo Posti, Director of Narva Museum

10:30 - 11:00 Tour of Linda 2 development by Allan Kaldoja, Founder and owner of Vaba Lava Narva Performance Art Centre and Multimedia Creative Hub OBJEKT
Vaba Lava building: Tour of Vaba Lava with Anzelika Shticalov and Steven-Hristo Evestus
Tech Heroes media camp visit with Jana Pavlenkova
Creative Incubator building: Tour of Integration Foundation with Irene Käosaar
Tour of Multimedia Creative Hub OBJEKT with Jana Pavlenkova, Anton Ossipovski and Maria Ossipovksi-Magerova (Creative Narva, Founder of Formés fashion brand)

11:00 - 12:45 Drive around Narva
Vabaduse St. 20 Community Centre. Greetings by: Natalja Poljakova and Jelena Uljanjonok, NGO New Bridge (“Uus Sild”)
Pähklimäe Gymnasium. Greetings by: Slava Konovalov, Director, and Maria Samburenko, street artist and art teacher
Narva Yacht Marina and Art Club RoRo Tour of Art Club Ro-Ro by Roman Boiko, founder and owner of the club. Coffee with an author and journalist Andrei Hvostov

12:45 - 13:25 Narva Art Residency (NART) visit
Tour of the Residency by Ann Mirjam Vaikla, CEO of NART
Meeting Mart Kalm, Rector of the Estonian Academy of Art and Anne Pikkov, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at the Estonian Academy of Art
Meeting an artist Maria Kapajeva, together with the members of the Kreenholm Club

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch in Muna Café Courtyard at Narva College of Tartu University
Greetings by: Katri Raik, member of Estonian Parliament and Narva City Council, Minister of the Interior (2018 - 2019), former director of Narva College
Kristina Kallas, political scientist, former director of Narva College
Vladislav Virtonen and Eva Lennuk, Narva2024 volunteers

14:30 - 15:45 A walk through the Old Town of Narva and along the Narva River Promenade
Tour guide: Jaroslavna Nazarova, Research Fellow at Narva Museum
Meeting Sergey Morozov, Artistic Director of Drama Theatre Na Liteinom, St.Petersburg
Performance “Two Castles” by Narva’s national cultural associations’ choirs Nadezhda and Svjatogor

16:00 - 17:00 Kreenholm Manufacture visit
Meeting Jaanus Mikk, CEO of Narva Gate (Kreenholm Manufacture)
Meeting Julia Savitskaja, Founder of Narva Opera Days
Rehearsal of Narva Opera Days Orchestra, conducted by Jüri-Ruut Kangur
Meeting Taaniel Raudsepp, Director of Tallinn Art Hall, Founder of Kreenholm Art Biennale and Corina Apostal, Curator of Tallinn Art Hall

17:00 End of the visit