In the Estonian capital Tallinn, next year’s European Culture Capital project is in crisis. Tallinn and the Finnish city of Turku will share the title of European Capital of Culture in 2011.
The confidence of the Estonian artistic community is on shaky ground, as the council of the foundation set up to promote the project was essentially taken over in the early part of the year by representatives of Estonia’s Centre Party.
The move has raised suspicions that the whole project would be used as a tool of the Centre Party’s election campaign in next year’s parliamentary elections. It is also suspected that there would be moves to get rid of Mikko Fritze, the independent director of the Culture Capital project.
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Political squabbling hampers Tallinn Culture Capital project