On 4 May 1993, Tartu and Kaunas signed a memorandum of good intent in the Lithuanian city.
They have worked very effectively together on youth work and cultural exchanges; young artists have engaged in joint projects; and the cities have exchanged experience regarding the organisation of international Hanseatic days.
Kaunas will be the European Capital of Culture in 2022 and Tartu in 2024. Both cities are active cooperation partners in the European Capitals of Culture network.
Representatives of Tartu have been attending the celebrations of the Days of Kaunas City since 1999.
Tartu and Kaunas have a number of common sister and partner cities, such as Rīga, Tampere, Ferrara and St Petersburg.
The City of Kaunas belongs to the Union of Baltic Cities and the Hanseatic League, just like Tartu.
2015 was a remarkable year for both cities, as Kaunas was granted the status of UNESCO Design City and Tartu was awarded the title of UNESCO City of Literature.