What is it like to be Russian or come from a Russian language culture in Estonia that belongs in Europe? Project Mapping Russophone Tartu is an initiative that aims to connect and empower groups that stay on the side-lines, by raising their awareness of the cultural value of their identity and its importance for Tartu, Estonia and Europe.
This project participates in the first Tartu 2024 culture and education programme development process, as a part of "Tartu with Europe" programme line. Projects that successfully complete the process will advance in to the European Capital of Culture programme.


The relationship between different identities is complex even in Tartu, a city where most of the Russian-speaking population have successfully integrated into the society. Still, many admit that their ethnic minority consists of groups that keep separate from the rest of society. Some even struggle to determine where they belong. Thus, the rich Russian-language heritage and its historical ties to Europe have been underrepresented in Tartu and its international cultural profile.  

The planned project has two main strands:
  1. mapping Russian language cultural heritage and making the map available on paper and as a mobile app.
  2. cultural events programme, which handles different aspects of Russian cultural heritage in Tartu and Estonia.
Led by:  Valentina Lai (tiinka@gmail.com)
Read the initial project description from the Bid Book (p 38)