Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples (MAFUN) and URALIC Centre for Indigenous Peoples today announce the start of the competition for the title of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2021. Winner of the competition will be announced on June 19, 2020, in Tartu (Estonia), during the final day of the 8th World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples.
Established in 2013, the programme of Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture is a flagship initiative of MAFUN and URALIC Centre 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 local development in different corners of the Finno-Ugric world.
To date, the title of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture has been awarded to seven villages or cities: Udmurtian village Bygy (2014), Seto village Obinitsa (2015), Hungarian village Iszkaszentgyörgy and City of Veszprém (2016), Karelian village Vuokkiniemi (2017), Mari village Shorunzha (2019) and Mari-speaking village Mishkan in Bashkortostan (2020).
The title of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture has helped raise the profile of the title-holder both domestically and internationally, including via cultural tourism. Even more importantly, the status of a Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture has strengthened local communities and provided new opportunities for development.
MAFUN and URALIC Centre are today announcing the start of the competition for the title of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2021. For this competition, villages, towns and cities from any Finno-Ugric country or region are welcome to apply, except national capitals (in the case of Estonia, Finland and Hungary) or regional capitals in the Russian Federation. The only region that is excluded from the current competition is the Republic of Bashkortostan, given that Mishkan is the current title-holder.
Application materials of the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2021 competition are available on the programme’s website: www.uralic.org/projects/capitals/downloads. The deadline for written applications is April 30, 2020, the winner of the competition will be selected on June 16 in Tartu (Estonia) and publicly announced on June 19 during the 8th World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples.
The competition of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2021 has been supported by the Kindred Peoples’ Programme of Estonia.
Oliver Loode, Head of Secretariat, Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture
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