TARTU CENTRE FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Tartu Centre for Creative Industries (Tartu Loomemajanduskeskus/LMK), founded by the City of Tartu, has been operating since 2009.
- Regional development centre of creative industries
LMK is the regional development centre of creative industries. It functions as the coordinator of creative industries in Tartu and South Estonia by providing information and training programmes as well as legal and economic consulting for creative entrepreneurs. We help new start businesses to establish themselves, reduce their failure rate and accelerate their growth. Through our activities we aim at urban and regional revitalisation stimulating business development as well as economic diversification.
LMK is a business incubator offering pre- and incubation services for both would be entrepreneurs as well as already existing companies in creative industries.
LMK provides entrepreneurs a tailor-made development program involving personal business consultants and mentors. The incubation program includes workshops, seminars, online training courses, participation in business fairs etc.
Incubation period lasts from 2-4 years with evaluation sessions once a year, where we assess the progress of the company and set targets for the next year.
The priority areas of the LMK are fashion, contemporary art, film, design, and performing arts.
- Initiator and co-organizer of events
LMK is a co-organizer of a variety of events and initiatives such as:
LMK runs the Tartu Regional Film Fund offering a 20% cash rebate scheme for both local and international filmproductions shot or postproduced in Tartu and Tartu County. We also collaborate with the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) in co-organizing Tartu Love Film Festival tARTuFF, the side festival of PÖFF as well as Black Nights Film Festival in Tartu.
- The international performing arts festival Performa Borealis in the framework of Tartu 2024 - European Capital of Culture.
- A major annual international business event sTARTUp Day
Tartu Centre for Creative Industries comprises a set of integrated facilities at the addresses Kalevi 13, 15 and 17 and Lutsu 3 and 5.
Both facility complexes have different seminar rooms as well as open air stages for concerts and other activities.
Apart from companies involved in the incubation program, whom we nurture through their early years and who later move to premises on the open market, we also take in long-term tenants – already established companies in creative industries.