On behalf of the Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples (MAFUN), we are proudly announcing the fourth competition for the title of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture! The official announcement was done 17th of March 2016 in Hungary, when the Estonian foreign minister, Marina Kaljurand visited Iszkaszentgyörgy.

The programme of Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture is a flagship initiative of MAFUN that aims to raise awareness of Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic peoples as well as Uralic languages, to strengthen collective Finno-Ugric identity and to stimulate sustainable development in different corners of the Finno-Ugric world.

We can gladly say that this is one of the most successful Finno-Ugric initiative, although it has been running only three years. The first title-holder, Bygy was visited by at least 10 000 people in 2014, and the next Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture, Obinitsa has been reached by more than 25 000 visitors during 2015. Last year the international jury decided to share the title between Iszkaszentgyörgy and Veszprém, which can result with even more annual visitors. Besides being the City of Queens, Veszprém is the biggest municipality ever in the history of the Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture.

Yet Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture can bring for you and for your municipality a lot more than tourism. By winning the title you will have a chance to build international relationships in cultural and economical level, develop yourself and surrounding environment etc. This initiative gives also a chance to meet with talented, enthusiastic people from all over the Finno-Ugric World. Besides, the title of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture opens the door to promote and preserve your cultural heritage.

Based on the experiences of two Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture – the Udmurtian village Bygy (Capital of Culture 2014) and Seto village Obinitsa (Capital of Culture 2015) we can say with confidence that the programme is meeting its expectations.

We encourage you to acquaint yourself with the details of the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture programme what are findable on the website and to participate in the competition for the title of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2017 with your village, town or city. Don’t forget that the applications must be sent for 31th of May, 2016.

By sending an application you can raise the cooperation between the inhabitants of your municipality, plus you can broaden the synergy with the Finno-Ugric World which needs common aims and true solidarity of kindred people more than ever.

We hope to see you among the applicants!

With best regards,

Käbi Suvi, the president of MAFUN

Peter Aranyi, the head of the Finno-Ugric Cultural Capital Programme Bureau