Arts of Survival

The Arts of Survival, or Ellujäämise Kunstid in Estonian, is the artistic concept of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024.

Arts of survival are the knowledge, skills, and values that will help us lead a good life in the future.

These are the knowledge, skills, and values which we endorse, cherish, share with and learn from Europe.

The four most important Arts of Survival featured in the Tartu 2024 programme are uniquenesssustainabilityawareness, and co-creation.

Arts of Survival Documentaries is a part of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024’s main programme and embodies the values of the Arts of Survival concept that is its thematic touchpoint. The stories these documentaries tell will reveal the people, both extraordinary and ordinary, and the locales that are important for the existence of a place. This knowledge and these skills and values are intrinsic to South Estonia as a region—we cherish them and want to continue to develop them within our own culture as well as share them with Europe at large.


Tartu 2024 is proud of the regional traits of Tartu and Southern Estonia.

The programme that explores these unique features of ours, its engaging presentation in Europe, and the warm welcome that visitors will receive here will inspire people to travel and spend time here, as well as to return.

As a culturally minded international city and region, we will establish new ties with the wider world and raise awareness of Tartu and Southern Estonia abroad.


After us, there will be no flood.

The Tartu 2024 programme seeks answers to questions of how to lead a good life in the future as individuals, as a society, and as an environment – both in the city and in the countryside.

Sustainable culture is socially and environmentally responsible.

This means that the events, activities, and public communications of the European Capital of Culture will be environmentally friendly and accessible to people with different needs.


As European Capital of Culture, we will exhibit the traits of education and smartness that characterise Tartu and Southern Estonia.

Critically aware, we will explore the relationships between people and technology, information, knowledge, and sciences through the arts.

With entrepreneurial awareness, we will promote participation in culture by creating new experiences and environments.

We believe that it is precisely the awareness engendered by culture that connects young people to Tartu, Southern Estonia and Europe.


The Tartu 2024 code contains cross-generationalcross-sectoral, and transnational co-creation.

Tartu 2024 is the European Capital of Culture for grandparents, mothers, fathers, and children alike. By creating together, we can create a more connected society.

This co-creating European Capital of Culture will be realised through networks by mutually supportive cultural event organisers working with Estonian and European partners in the fields of arts, sciences, and entrepreneurship.