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Integration Foundation to support six cooperative sports and cultural events
21.03.2016

PRESS RELEASE

The Integration and Migration Foundation received a total of 53 applications for the 2016 project competition for sports and cultural events promoting a unified field of information. As a result of the competition, three cultural events and three sports events will be supported during the year.

Anne-Ly Reimaa, a deputy secretary general with the Ministry of Culture, says that the aims of the competition are to contribute to a more integrated Estonian society and to foster contact and cooperation between people from different national backgrounds via the organisation of sports and cultural events. “We want to encourage and support people from different cultural backgrounds to take part in events and do more together,” she explained.

Jana Tondi, the director of language and cultural immersion with the Integration Foundation, says that a lot of the projects submitted to this year’s competition were of a high standard. “They were well thought through, original and workable,” she said. “There were a number of new applicants this year, too, who looked at things from new angles and provided some tough competition. All this made it much harder for the jury to decide who to support.” 

A total of 15 projects were submitted for the organisation of popular and team sporting events and public events designed for people from different cultural backgrounds. Receiving more than €15,000 in support for the organisation of sports events will be the Estonian Football Association for its ‘We Speak Football 2016’ project. The main target groups of the project are youngsters from Ida-Viru County and the town of Paldiski, who will find out first-hand what Estonian football culture is like and who will get the chance to meet well-known Estonian football players. Activities within the project are also aimed at footballs fans living in Ida-Viru County who are interested in becoming football trainers. 

Almost €7000 euros in support has been granted to Narva Vocational Education Centre for an exercise-related project aimed at Russian-speaking 1st- and 2nd-year students from Narva Vocational Education Centre and Estonian-speaking 1st- and 2nd-year vocational secondary education students from Viljandi Vocational Education Centre, for whom joint one-day sports events will be organised in Viljandi, Otepää, Kõrvemaa and Narva. Lastly, the Ida-Viru County Sports Association will be receiving almost €10,000 euros in support for the organisation of orienteering study days for students and teachers from schools in the county. The youngsters will be taught how to read both maps and a compass and will get the chance to take part in team competitions.

A total of 38 projects were submitted with the aim of boosting integration and inclusion through culture. Almost €20,000 in support has been awarded to the Estonia National Opera for the organisation of the ‘A Narva Full of Music’ festival, which is to be held from 9-13 October. More than 30 events will be taking place as part of the festival all over Ida-Viru County, involving more than 200 people from the National Opera. Tallinn Music Week organiser Musiccase OÜ has been granted €19,500 in support for the organisation of a cultural diversity and equal opportunities programme as part of the music festival. The programme will include the ‘Creativity for Change’ symposium being held on 1 April – a one-day public conference dedicated to cultural diversity, freedom of speech and equal opportunities which almost 800 participants from all over Europe are expected to attend. A music programme entitled ‘Ethnic Diversity’ will also be taking place, from 31 March-2 April; in association with the Telliskivi Street Food Festival, a special programme showcasing international cuisine will be held from 28 March-3 April in restaurants around Tallinn and new pop-up and home eateries; and in cooperation with the Black Nights Film Festival, audiences will get to enjoy a diverse international film programme from 28 March-3 April. Finally, receiving €8000 in support is N-Videopress OÜ for the organisation of its ‘Meetings with Tarkovski 2016’ events in Tallinn, Maardu, Ida-Viru County, Tartu and Pärnu.

‘Promotion of a unified field of information through cultural and sporting activities’ project competitions have been organised by the Integration Foundation since 2014. The total budget for the 2016 competition is €79,175. The competition is being financed by the Ministry of Culture.

For further information please contact:

Jana Tondi

Director of language and cultural immersion
Integration and Migration Foundation
Telephone: +372 659 9069
E-mail: jana.tondi@meis.ee