International partners are convinced of Narva’s potential as a purposeful European Capital of Culture


On Friday, 14th June partners from European culture secto become the European Capital of Culture in 2024 and its candidacy programme.

The workshop brought together key figures from other capitals of culture, like current title bearer Matera, Valletta 2018 and Kaunas 2022, the representatives of Finland’s cultural mecca Tampere, applying for the title in 2026, as well as organizations from St. Petersburg and other international partners.

The aim of the workshop was took place in Narva Art Residency, a unique cultural platform, facilitating residencies, art exhibitions, talks and educational seminars.

During the day the delegation also went on a walkabout around Narva, visiting the places identified by Narva 2024 programme team as potential centres for events related top was Narva Promenade on the bank of River Narva and Art Club Ro-Ro, a hub for independent music culture in Narva for more than a decade.

Comments from guests

“Narva is a place where you “feel” the power of being Europe more than in any other city. From here Europe is perceived and appreciated. And it is from here that Europe should rebuild a common sense, from the edges, where one can experience the beauty of hybrid identities and show its value and pride. Narva can become a platform for all European cities that experience the marginality of being “border”, both geographically and culturally, to transform it with opportunities.”
— Francesco Caldarola, Relations and Development manager assistant at Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation

“Narva’s bid demonstrates a strong European dimension and raises important questions related to the European identity, cross-border cooperation, international relations of the EU, multilingualism and much more that other cities of the world can learn from. Building on the unique demographic and geographic aspects of the region, Narva could offer a unique and meaningful project for the whole European community. Apart from the Cyprus ECoC programme, I don’t think there was ever an ECoC case that had such political relevance. Apart from that, the city is going through some postindustrial challenges that Kaunas shares with you as well. It offers some very high potential for creative industries and artistic programming which could turn out as a very attractive and contemporary programme.”
— Ana Čižauskiene, Head of International Relations and Programming of Kaunas 2022

“Narva’s opportunity to the future; where artistic expression is not only about a calendar of events but about the empowerment of resident and visiting communities, be they artistic or not, that connect with each other and the neighbourhood through the power of arts and creativity. These three desires are shared European desires, both long for renewal and transformation and this is why Narva should be next”.
— Toni Attard, Founder & Director of Malta’s CultureVenture Projects

Preparing for Narva’s bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2024, an open call for programme ideas has been announced. Deadline for submitting proposals is June 23rd 2019. More info here

The final bid, setting out the full candidacy programme for 2020-2025 must be filed with the selection committee by August 1, 2019. The winner will be picked by the autumn.

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