Tallinn

Tallinn, a city of 404,000, is the political and financial capital of Estonia. The city is best known for its well preserved Old Town, the area of streets, houses, churches and squares that developed from the 13th to 16th centuries when it flourished as a Hanseatic trading centre. Nowadays not only is Tallinn ranked among the Europe's most technology-oriented cities, leading the way in everything from free public WiFi to e-government, it also has a dynamic business community that's eager to engage in new areas.

Discussion regarding cultural and creative industries began in a more active form in city level of Tallinn 2005, due to the need to obtain an overview of the size and development potential of this sector of the economy. In 2006, first mapping of local creative industries was done, followed by the Vision of Tallinn as a Creative City in 2008. Since then creativity, creative industries and innovation have been more in focus moving towards the creative city.

Even though Tallinn does not have yet a separate strategic document for development of creative industries in the city, different activities have been undertaken both from cultural and business perspective to support the development of the creative sector. These activities have two main focuses:

1) City as an attractive living, working and visiting environment - meaning the development of space and supporting of vivid cultural life in the city aimed at attracting and inspiring locals, visitors, investors and talents. The city is rife with cultural offerings, from its award-winning KUMU art gallery to its acclaimed, annual Black Nights Film Festival. Even more will be on the agenda in 2011, the year Tallinn takes on the title of Cultural Capital of Europe.

2) City as an attractive place for local and international businesses, including development of sectors with greatest potential, creative industries being one of them. New initiatives have been started to create suitable environments for creative people (e.g. creative incubator, development of the Culture Cauldron), to support the establishment of new creative businesses (e.g. start-up grant) and to develop existing companies to be more competitive (e.g. clustering programme).

There is a wide range of activities, projects and programmes in various fields in Tallinn’s creative scene, initiated by different organizations with the help of public and private support. Open-mind thinking, active cooperation and networking between different actors makes it easy to come up with new ideas, bring along new entrepreneurship and move towards a more competitive and attractive region.

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