Tartu is the second largest town of Estonia but is widely considered its intellectual capital – being of vital importance in developing the educational system, culture, science and literature in the Estonian language. In 2015 Tartu was designated UNESCO City of Literature, further strengthening the vibrant literary scene.

In 2024 Tartu is the European Capital of Culture – titled The Arts of Survival the capital of culture programme offers a wide range of events and activities attracting both local and international audiences. 

Tartu is offering a 2-month residency period April-May 2024. The call is open for writers and translators of Estonian literature from across the world. One applicant will be selected. The deadline for applications is February 20th. The results will be announced by March 4th at the latest.

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