On 28 August, an independent panel of experts named the city of Tartu together with Southern Estonia a European Capital of Culture of 2024.
Estonia is wondering now: who are we in European future and which route can we help it take? More will be known by the end of August when a 2024 European Capital of Culture is designated from Estonia. Already in the preselection feedback, the international expert jury made it clear that expectations go beyond the bidding cities’ hopes for their own gain and success. The verdict also largely depends on the boost they give their broader regions. Equally if not more vital, though, is how the bidding programmes relate to Europe – how the cities are ready to handle issues shared by many European cities and regions.