The colored history of Rakvere is one of fits and starts, of centuries and moments, and of traditions and progress. These contradictions have continually been tested against one another, their tensions embodied in diverse artistic creations and
numerous cultural events and institutions whose appeal extend both to local residents of the city and visitors from near and far. These innovations are hardly anachronistic eccentricities, and Rakvere\'s presence in the European Capital of Culture program attests to this. This stature is the result of a sustained commitment
to art and culture and awareness of their connections across the spans of time.
Those investments of energy have helped spread the city\'s unique cultural value far beyond its borders. The competition to rehabilitate and redesign St. Paul\'s Church and re-imagine Vabaduse square continues this commitment and demonstrates the
city\'s healthy spirit of innovation.