Tartu 2024

Tartu and Southern Estonia will hold the title of European Capital of Culture 2024! This is our great opportunity and a mutual challenge.


The South Estonian LEADER action groups together with the partner cities (Tartu, Võru, Valga), the Tartu 2024 Foundation and the National Geographic Estonia magazine are preparing the South Estonian community program.

The South Estonian community program within the framework of Tartu 2024 has grown out of the South Estonian yellow windows cooperation project. The path of the yellow windows is based on the initiative of communities and introduces places that highlight the nature, values, stories and legends of South Estonia.

The aim of the project has been to strengthen the identity of the region and to introduce South Estonia to visitors through values that are important to us. These values are clean nature, diverse cultural heritage, local food and crafts, healthy lifestyle, sustainable and innovative solutions, social cohesion and communities.

The South Estonian community program is also aimed at strengthening the identity of South Estonia as well as introducing the cultural heritage and nature of South Estonia.

Within the framework of Tartu 2024 – the European Capital of Culture, 24 events will take place as part of the South Estonian community program, which will be selected from the ideas submitted by the communities participating in the open application round.

For events, the following is important:

1) Supporting the identity and cultural heritage of South Estonia;

2) Cooperation and networking;

3) Green solutions and innovation;

4) International partnership and partnership with other events of Tartu 2024;

5) The capacity and skills, competences of the active group of the event organizer, including the clarity and feasibility of the event budget and the co-financing capacity.

The planned time for the open application round is January 2022.

The development team of the South Estonian community program is coordinated by Kristiina Tammets, CEO of Tartu County Development Association. Contact: kristiina@tas.ee, tel. +372 5340 9873.