Projects by URALIC Centre

Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture was established in 2013 by the Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples (MAFUN) as an initiative to raise awareness of Finno-Ugric peoples and languages, strengthen common Finno-Ugric identity and to stimulate local socio-economic development in traditional territories of Finno-Ugric peoples. Since then, Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture has become one of the key programmes of international Finno-Ugric collaboration. The titles of Finno-Ugric capitals of culture have been held by the Udmurt village Bygy (2014), Seto village Obinitsa (2015), jointly by Hungarian village Iszkaszentgyörgy and the City of Veszprem (2016) and Karelian village Vuokkiniemi (2017). The next Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture will be in the Mari village of Shorunzha in 2019. Based on an agreement with MAFUN, URALIC Centre serves as the Programme Bureau for Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture during the 2nd 4-year cycle of the programme (2019-2023). Click here to read the Statutes of the Programme. 

“SANA 2019: Civil Society Network for Indigenous Languages”  unites organisations involved in the preservation and revitalization of indigenous Finno-Ugric languages in the Baltic Sea Region.  The project overlaps and supports the goals of the UN-proclaimed International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, to the implementation of which project partners will provide substantive contributions.  The project brings together the following 7 partner organisations: Association “ECHO” (Karelia)  as the lead partner, Centre of Support and Public Diplomacy of Indigenous Peoples “Young Karelia” , the Karelian Language House (Republic of Karelia), the Community of the Small-Numbered Izhorian People (Shoikula), Centre for Development of Indigenous Peoples “URALIC” and Seto Cultural Fund (Estonia) and the Saami civil society organisation “Giellabalggis” (Finland). The project is funded by the Baltic Sea NGO programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Click here for more information about the project, including the ongoing mini-grant programme for language activists in the Baltic Sea region.