Narva is next – at least that’s what the organisers of the city’s bid to host the European capital of culture in 2024 think.
Last week, Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid travelled by train to Estonia’s eastern border town to attend the launch ceremony bid for Narva to become a European capital of culture in six years’ time. Trailed by reporters and TV cameras, she told a crowd at the city’s Town Hall: “Narva is the next big success story of Estonia.” - writes estonianworld.com.
If Narva, Estonia’s third biggest town that borders Russia, wins the 2024 title, a year’s worth of cultural events will take place and it is likely that there will be an increase in tourism, investment and regeneration.
Both Kaljulaid and the mayor of Narva, Tarmo Tammiste, called on the town’s civil society to get involved and emphasised the city’s potential. “We can like it or not, but the industrial era is a thing of past in Narva,” Kaljulaid said. “The locations at the crossroads of cultures and narratives have historically always been hubs of creativity and innovation.”