Three candidates from Hungary: village of Iszkaszentgyörgy, town of Nagykálló and City of Veszprém have submitted applications for the Finno-Ugric Capital of 2016 competition. Thus, the title of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture will move in 2016 to Hungary. Winner of the competition will be announced on July 31 in Tartu (Estonia) during the Congress of Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples (MAFUN).
Active participation of Hungary in the competition of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2016 is a welcome and exciting development in the international Finno-Ugric movement. While for the City of Veszprém this is the second attempt at the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture title, the other two candidates - Iszkaszentgyörgy and Nagykálló - participate in the programme for the first time.
Winner of the Finno-Ugric Capital of 2016 competition will be selected and announced on July 31 by a 5-member independent international jury on the last day of the Congress of Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples that will be held in Tartu (Estonia) on July 29-31.
Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture is an initiative of MAFUN – Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples – with the objectives to strengthen common identity of kindred Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic peoples, to raise awareness of Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic peoples and languages and the Uralic language family, and to stimulate cultural, economic and civic development on a local level. First-ever Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture was Udmurtian village Bygy in 2014 and the current holder of this title is Seto village Obinitsa – Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2015.
More information about the competition of Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture is available on the programme website www.uralic.org .