Projects by URALIC Centre

Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture was established in 2013 by the Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples (MAFUN) as an initiative to raise awareness of Finno-Ugric peoples and languages, strengthen common Finno-Ugric identity and to stimulate local socio-economic development in traditional territories of Finno-Ugric peoples. Since then, Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture has become one of the key programmes of international Finno-Ugric collaboration. The titles of Finno-Ugric capitals of culture have been held by the Udmurt village Bygy (2014), Seto village Obinitsa (2015), jointly by Hungarian village Iszkaszentgyörgy and the City of Veszprem (2016) and Karelian village Vuokkiniemi (2017). The curent Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture is the Mari village of Shorunzha . Based on an agreement with MAFUN, URALIC Centre serves as the Programme Bureau for Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture during the 2nd 4-year cycle of the programme (2019-2023). Click here to find out about the ongoing competition for the title of Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2020. 

“SANA 2019: Civil Society Network for Indigenous Languages”  unites organisations involved in the preservation and revitalization of indigenous Finno-Ugric languages in the Baltic Sea Region.  The project overlaps and supports the goals of the UN-proclaimed International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, to the implementation of which project partners will provide substantive contributions.  The project brings together the following 7 partner organisations: Association “ECHO” (Karelia)  as the lead partner, Centre of Support and Public Diplomacy of Indigenous Peoples “Young Karelia” , the Karelian Language House (Republic of Karelia), the Community of the Small-Numbered Izhorian People (Shoikula), Centre for Development of Indigenous Peoples “URALIC” and Seto Cultural Fund (Estonia) and the Saami civil society organisation “Giellabalggis” (Finland). The project is funded by the Baltic Sea NGO programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Click here for more information about the project, including the ongoing mini-grant programme for language activists in the Baltic Sea region. 
URALIC Centre has partnered with SPEAKLY, a leading online language learning platform, to develop and disseminate innovative online language courses for indigenous Finno-Ugric languages. The first such language is Mari – an indigenous Uralic language with approximately 400,000 speakers in the Russian Federation, including in Mari El Republic. SPEAKLY’s Mari language course will be unveiled during the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019. URALIC Centre for Indigenous Peoples will support SPEAKLY with identifying next Finno-Ugric languages for which to develop SPEAKLY courses, and will help disseminate SPEAKLY courses through URALIC Centre’s extensive partner network in Finno-Ugric regions of Russia and Scandinavia.  Click here for more information about SPEAKLY's collaboration with URALIC Centre.