The honorary title of Kultuurikandja is a way for the City of Tartu to recognise people and collectives in Tartu for their remarkable cultural achievements in the preceding 12 months, or people and collectives whose work and activities have contributed significantly to the creation of cultural values in the city.
Everyone is welcome to nominate candidates for honorary titles. The winners are chosen by a broad-ranging committee established under the order of the Department of Culture of Tartu City Government which is made up of pre-eminent experts in different fields of culture.
The winners of the honorary titles awarded for creative achievements in the previous year are announced during a ceremony taking place at the beginning of the new year. Honorary titles are awarded in 8 categories in an effort to recognise and support the diversity of culture.
Honorary Titles 2020
- Cultural Event of the Year: Car-Free Avenue
- Cultural Organisation of the Year: Estonian National Museum
- Creator of the Year: composer Mihkel Zilmer
- Kultuurikandja of Folk Culture of the Year: artistic director of the Folk Dance Ensemble of Tartu University Aveli Asber
- Young Kultuurikandja of the Year: composer and oboist Gregor Kulla
- Culture Manager of the Year: Krisztina Tóth
- Newcomer of the Year: tARTu shop
- Culture Reflector of the Year: drama critic Karin Allik