An updated version of the cultural policy profile of Estonia has been added to our database. The former update was from 2014, and we thank our expert author Marko Lõhmus for providing us with all the new information. On some parts, the profile will be updated again in 2021, as the Estonian Ministry of Culture is currently drafting their new principles for cultural policy up to 2030.
The newest version of the Estonian profile reports on important developments, regarding for example the Song and Dance Celebration, an Estonian tradition that is included in UNESCO’s World List of Intangible Heritage. This festival with choir singing and folk dance is an essential part of Estonia’s cultural identity, but the continuation of the tradition is currently under threat. The biggest issue is the low salaries for choir conductors and folk dance teachers. The Minister of Culture decided to implement a national wage subsidy programme, in order to ensure that these professions are popular among younger generations in the future.
Other developments include the construction of new cultural venues in Estonia. Various organisations, municipalities and private persons had the opportunity to propose their plans and the Parliament will decide on funding in 2021. The Ministry of Culture is also working on the establishment of a national support programme for the research and development of the Estonian language and culture, in support of Estonian cultural studies.
For the complete updated profile of Estonia, please click here.