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SPOT partners from Estonia, Slovenia, Romania and the UK gathered in Narva

On July 29, 2022, SPOT partners from Estonia, Slovenia, Romania and the UK gathered in Narva, the “capital” of the Estonian case study Ida-Virumaa, to explore the 13th century Narva Castle and 19th century Kreenholm district where in the Narva Art Residency they also met with local stakeholders. The debate around Soviet memorials in Estonia was gaining momentum, so the researchers also paid a visit to one of the most controversial of them — Tank T-34 between Narva and seaside Narva-Jõesuu, just across the border with Russia. A symbol of liberation from the fascist regime for some, a symbol of Soviet occupation (a regime no better) for others, the tank was removed from public space and placed into the Estonian War Museum in Viimsi, near Tallinn, on August 16, 2022. The discussions around of Soviet symbols and memorials in public space remain to be settled not only in Estonia, affecting the course of both cultural tourism and Europeanisation across the continent.




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