Friendship mural painted in Tartu to celebrate 30 years of friendship with Tampere
Tampere's Estonian twin city Tartu got an amazing new landmark in September to celebrate the 30 years of twin city relations between the cities. Young artists from Tampere and Tartu painted a huge mural into Tartu's Friendship Bridge with the support of SirkusRakkausPumPum from Tampere. Friendship mural was released on 10th of September as part of Finland Day in Tartu.
Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas and Tampere Deputy Mayor Aleksi Jäntti had an honor to open the occasion and tag the emblems of both cities into the bridge.
- This artwork made by young artists from Tampere and Tartu is a perfect example of the spirit of cooperation and co-creation that has always existed between the cities. I'm particularly happy that the mural is located here at the Friendship Bridge, and it remains as a permanent part of Tartu's urban environment and life of local youth, Tampere Mayor Aleksi Jäntti said.
In the future, young people can use the artwork as a noticeboard, where they can add music, poetry and other content by using QR codes.
The 30-year twin city relations between the cities were also celebrated in a Climate-neutral Cities Conference held in Tartu, which discussed sustainable development, cities' actions to green transition, loss of biodiversity, and sustainable mobility.
Both Tampere and Tartu belong to European Commission's 100 Climate-neutral and Smart Cities by 2030 mission.
The events in Tartu were arranged by the cities of Tartu and Tampere, Tampere-maja, Finnish Institute in Estonia, Embassy of Finland in Tallinn, Operation Pirkanmaa, Tartu Youth Work Center, SirkusRakkausPumPum, Diggiloo project, European Commission and book store Utoopia.
Twin city relations of Tampere and Tartu will be celebrated in Tampere in the beginning of December.