On the 15th of May 2011
The cultural network now includes twenty-one Estonian towns
In a ceremony at the Poska house in Tallinn the Chairman of the City Council of Tallinn Toomas Vitsut and the mayor of Kohtla-Järve Jevgeni Solovjov signed memorandum confirming their affiliation with the cultural network. In doing so Kohtla-Järve became the twenty-first member of the network ‘European Cities of Culture in Estonia’.
The Estonia-wide network of cultural towns was founded on the 15th of May 2009 when nine towns joined a co-operation proposal put forward by the future European Capital of Culture, Tallinn. Later an additional eleven local governments joined, both towns and boroughs. Now the network includes Elva, Haapsalu, Jõhvi, Narva, Narva-Jõesuu, Otepää, Paide, Põlva, Pärnu, Rakvere, Rapla, Sillamäe, Suure-Jaani, Tallinn, Tartu, Tõrva, Türi, Valga, Viljandi, Võru and Kohtla-Järve.