Creative industries in Tartu

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Creative Industries have been widely discussed all over the world in the last decade, and from the beginning of this century, Estonia has also been actively involved in those developments. As in many other countries, Estonia carried out a mapping exercise in 2005, and along with an overview of the creative industries, the first set of policy recommendations were submitted. Along with continuing awareness raising activities, the stage was set for more concrete actions to design new support measures for creative industries in Estonia.

The City of Tartu has been closely involved with the development of creative industries in Estonia from the very beginning. Already in 2007 we launched a project called "Nordic Model for Creative Industries' Development" together with partners from Finland, Sweden and Norway and carried out the first mapping of creative industries in Tartu. In 2008 held the first international conference dedicated to the subject and in 2009 Tartu Centre for Creative Industries was established by the City Council.

Tartu Centre for Creative Industries operates as the coordinator of creative industries in Tartu by providing creative industries related information and training, legal and economic consulting for creative entrepreneurs, as well as business incubation (and pre-incubation) services.

In August 2009, a creative businesses incubator renting low-budget office spaces for young cultural entrepreneurs was opened in the building situated at Kalevi 13. In September 2011, another building with offices for creative and cultural entrepreneurs was opened at Kalevi 15. By the beginning of 2012 Tartu Centre for Creative Industries was already operating in a complex of three buildings (Kalevi 13, 15 and 17) housing a business incubator, office spaces, a seminar room, a multi-functional hall, arts and design galleries and a shop as well as a cafeteria. Behind the complex there is large open-air area that will be developed into a park/picnic area with a concert stage.

In addition to physical space, TCCI provides a variety of services to both entrepreneurs and local community.

The entrepreneurs incubated in TCCI receive support according to their development needs and their progress is assessed twice a year according to an evaluation scale elaborated by the business coaches of TCCI. One of the most important tasks of TCCI is to help the entrepreneurs find new markets. For example, in 2013 the entrepreneurs will contribute from UCP project by participating at Martin Markkinat (a fair held in November in Helsinki, Finland) to introduce and sell their products and services and find partners abroad to start export.

Local community has found its way to TCCI due to a variety of events held in the premises, starting from a UCP supported lecture series "Tuesdays of Future" and ending with arts exhibitions, shops, concerts and fairs. In addition, the most popular cafeteria of the neighbourhood is situated in the centre.

The centre is situated in 5-minute walking distance from the city centre and various cultural and educational institutions of Tartu.

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CCI events

Designers' Open Leipzig 2013

25. - 27. October 2013: Design Festival Leipzig | DESIGNERS´ OPEN - one of the leading German design festivals.

InNova Camp Festival

27-28 September, InNova Camp festival will be organized in Klaipeda by KEDA.


30. August - 01. September 2013 - IBUg Festival for Urban Culture in Germany: a lab for international urban artists and a way of life!

in fashion munich

in fashion munich - trade fair for fashion and accessories on 11th and 12th August 2013 in Munich, Germany

Network partners

Part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument)