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How can we integrate people from different cultural backgrounds? Through cultural events and workshops!


The Integration Foundation has selected nine cultural projects promoting integration for funding to the total value of 48,000 euros. These projects create excellent opportunities for residents of Estonia who speak different languages to communicate with one another.

Jana Tondi, Head of Language and Cultural Immersion with the Integration Foundation, says there is no more effective way of integrating people from different cultural backgrounds than by getting them to talk to one another. “Attending cultural events and taking part in workshops gets people who speak different mother tongues talking together more,” she said.

Below is an overview of the projects that are being funded.

OÜ ÕM Festival’s ‘Voice of the Hills’ is a one-day festival of music and cinema that is being held on three stages and in an underground cinema at the Estonian Mining Museum. It will provide an eclectic programme, from rap to techno and a documentary programme focussing on Ida-Viru County. Performing at the festival will be Tommy Cash, Röövel Ööbik, St. Cheatersburg, Gorõ Lana, Dead Furies and Holy Motors as well as artists from Tallinn and Ida-Viru County. The underground cinema, which has been created in cooperation with the Sõprus cinema, will be screening Eldoraado (1971), Poissmees ja Volga (2014) and Tuhamäed (2017), for the latter of which the festival marks its premiere.

The Ida-Viru County Integration Centre project ‘Comings and Goings in Culture’ is an educational undertaking involving visits to museums (including the new Estonian National Museum) and a series of lectures and discussions. 200 young people from different schools in Ida-Viru County will be taking part.

The ‘Musical Bridges’ project of the Centre for the Further Training of Musicians will involve hundreds of youngsters from schools in Tallinn and Ida-Viru County. Four workshops are being organised as part of the project, which will culminate in December with a joint concert involving all of the schools.

Russian-medium Narva School no. 6 is working with Estonian-medium Kambja School to organise a joint dance festival going by the name ‘United by the Language of Dance’. The festival will involve dance workshops as well as a visit from the Vanemuine Theatre with an educational programme entitled ‘Dance through the Ages’, which will showcase the history of Estonian ballet and teach the participants dance steps. Students from the Vanemuine School of Dance and Ballet will present excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ballets and the theatre’s own productions.

The Lastekaitse Liidu Lastelaagrite OÜ project ‘The Magic of Science’ will be bringing the AHHAA science theatre to children’s camps.

The NPO Allika Küla project “Let’s Play Instruments Together” will be organising an accordion masterclass and concerts for youngsters.

The NPO Eesti Semiootika Selts project ‘I Remember’ will be bringing together young people from Russian- and Estonian-medium schools to discuss the content of Leelo Tungal’s work Seltsimees laps. Contributing to the discussion alongside the students will be historians, journalists, film-makers and semiotics specialists.

The NPO Rajamuusika project “Festival IDeeJazz’17 @ Narva” will be bringing jazz music to various parts of Ida-Viru County.

Nutigeen OÜ’s project ‘Family Robotics Day: Kids as Robotics Teachers’ will be a bilingual robotics event.

A total of 28 applications were submitted to the competition. The maximum amount of support that can be granted to a single project is 10,000 euros.

For further information please contact:
Jana Tondi, Head of Language and Cultural Immersion, Integration Foundation, telephone: +372 659 9069, e-mail: