The 11 proposals are: the Anu Raud Center, the Arvo Pärt Music Hall, the Heliorg Concert Hall, the Kahn Center, the Manufactory of the Narva Kreenholm Cultural Quarter, the Pärnu Art Hall, the extension of the current National Opera Building, the Saaremaa Museum in Tallinn Film City, Tartu Cultural Center and Science and Technology Center.
The Chairman of the Culture Committee, Aadu Must, said the number and variety of proposals submitted were very gratifying and it was very difficult to make a choice.
He also stressed the importance of promoting regional balance and cultural life outside the capital: “We want to use cultural capital to promote cultural buildings that bring different cultural areas together and encourage cross-sectoral cooperation.”
Commission Vice-President Heidy Purga said the proposals submitted were very diverse and undoubtedly important, but the amount of funding was limited.
The Commission will now analyze the proposals, focusing on costs, maintenance and sustainability. The Riigikogu will select the winning project based on the committee’s proposal.
The cultural foundation (Eesti kuultukapitaal) supports the arts, folk culture, physical fitness and sport as well as the construction and renovation of cultural buildings. Financing comes from alcohol and gambling taxes as well as private donations.
Kumu, the Estonian National Museum (ERM) and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater were all built with money from the foundation.
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