The creative council is Tartu 2024 foundation's advisory body, an assembly of experts, whose task is to support the preparation of the European Capital of Culture programme in alignment with Tartu 2024 values and objectives.

During the years 2020 and 2021, the creative council will support projects and teams participating in the first development process, by giving feedback after every module to the submitted project section and evaluating the entire project plan at the end of the development process. The assessment has two main goals:
  • To support the process by giving continuous and supportive feedback during project development
  • To appraise the outcome by determining whether the final project plan fits into the Tartu 2024 programme, keeping in mind set criteria
The creative council will base their feedback and assessment of the final project plans on previously agreed upon criteria.


  • Kati Ilves (visual arts)
  • Mari Kalkun (music, South Estonia) 
  • Kuldar Leis (entrepreneurship, South Estonia)
  • Priit Raud (performing arts, culture management)
  • Anneli Saro (performing arts, audience, higher education)
  • Berk Vaher (literature, Tartu 2024 concept and values)
  • Creative council leader: Tartu 2024 foundation programme coordinator Erni Kask
Former members:
  • Markus Toompere (visual arts, residencies)