TALLINN - The southern Estonian university town of Tartu and the Latvian capital Riga are entering into a cooperation agreement aiming to increase cooperation in 2023 and 2024 when Tartu, together with South Estonia, will hold the title of European Capital of Culture.
Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas and representatives of the Tartu 2024 team visited Riga on Tuesday, where they met with Riga Mayor Martins Stakis and other representatives of the city of Riga. This was the first face-to-face meeting of the two mayors, which laid the foundation for subsequent cooperation.
"The goal of Tartu and South Estonia is to be visible as the Capital of Culture also in our neighboring countries and Riga is undoubtedly a very important partner for us. The desire of both cities was to join forces in cultural exchange as well as marketing and the cooperation agreement to be concluded is a confirmation of this," Klaas said.
As a result of cooperation between the two cities, several Tartu 2024 events will also come to Riga and Riga's culture will in turn come to Tartu. Next year, two Tartu 2024 events will be held in Riga. In the summer, a Tartu 2024 marketing event will take place in Riga, and at the end of the year, in addition to Tartu, the entire European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 program will also be publicized in Riga.
Riga is Tartu's sister city and was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture in 2014 -- exactly 10 years before Tartu.