TAKES PLACE IN TARTU?
What takes place in Tartu 2017? Tartu, a university city with a lively and colourful cultural life, is known for its youthful atmosphere where many internationally important big events take place. This booklet gives you an overview of these major cultural and sports events of Tartu in 2017. Also, many other events take place in Tartu. For more information on these events, see the Window of Culture
4. TARTU WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL 01.–08. JANUARY The Tartu Winter Music Festival is a festival of chamber music in Tartu that offers lovely classics and musical display by Tartu’s very own professional musicians in Tartu St. John’s Church on every day of the first week of the new year. In addition to seasoned and already well-known professional musicians such as countertenor Ivo Posti and guitarist Kristo Käo, piano duo Jorma Toots and Ebe Müntel, the 2017 Tartu Winter Music Festival will also include a recital by the new young concertmaster of the Vanemuine Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Linda-Anette Suss.
TASTY TARTU 01.–28. FEBRUARY February is the restaurant month in Tartu. Tasty Tartu (“Maitsev Tartu”) introduces local cuisine culture and offers new food experiences in several of Tartu’s restaurants. You can enjoy affordable special three-course menus in all of the participating restaurants. The chefs do their utmost to surprise the city’s locals and guests with delicious and enjoyable special dishes. Food lovers can rate the efforts of the restaurants and determine the best special menu at the end of the month.
INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTICS TOURNAMENT “MISS VALENTINE” 09.–12. FEBRUARY For the twenty-third time already the glitter and grace is brought to the wintry Tartu by the gymnasts and group gymnasts to participate in one of the Europe’s biggest gymnastics tournaments “Miss Valentine”, which is also one of the World Cup events of group gymnastics. Top gymnasts from almost 30 countries of the world participate in this very enjoyable competition.
44TH TARTU N SKI MARATHO 26. FEBRUARY Tartu Ski Marathon is one of the biggest of its kind in Eastern-Europe and professionals regard its track as one of the most picturesque and interesting in the whole world. This lively sports party brings together some 10,000 ski enthusiasts from Estonia and the entire world every year. This marathon of classic technique has an option of 63 and 31 km long tracks. For the younger folks there are very popular Tillu and Mini childrenâ€™s races. Tartu Ski Marathon is part of the international long distance ski race series Worldloppet.
FESTIVAL OF VISU AL CULTURE “WORLD FILM” 21.–25. MARCH Anthropological and ethnographic documentaries are screened in the Tartu festival of visual culture “World film” (“Maailmafilm”). During the week the audience is taken to every continent, taking under scrutiny the socalled strangers, and becoming acquainted with these with the help of films. The festival is accompanied by relevant exhibitions, workshops and meetings with filmmakers.
STUDENT FESTIVAL “TARTU SPRING DAYS” 24. APRIL–01. MAY The spring days that bear the student spirit are an opportunity for the participants and the audience to rest their spirit with the help of an intense entertainment and cultural programme. In Tartu, the positivity that is triggered by joint activities has been valuable mental nourishment for visitors for decades.
AUTHOR’S SONG FESTIVAL “MAILA UL” 04.–06. MAY Tens of singers and songwriters from Estonia gather in Tartu for three days every spring in order to bring the thoughts and feelings turned into music before the audience. “Mailaul” (The Song of May) is a festival for a listener who wants to feel together with the performing author.
35TH THON TARTU MARA 07. MAY Tartu Marathon is the biggest cross-country running marathon in the Baltic States with thousands of participants attending every year. The marathon track lies in the varied South-Estonian landscape. The enthusiasts can choose between the 23 and 10 km tracks, both of which can be covered by running or by Nordic Walking. The event includes also childrenâ€™s races.
LITERATURE FE STIVAL “PRIMA VISTA” 08.–13. MAY A recent member of UNESCO’s Cities of Literature program, Tartu shall once again be filled with the magic of the written word during the Literary Festival Prima Vista. The program will once again contain the park library in a park the city centre and the book fare in front of the University of Tartu Library. Professionals meet the competent and friendly audience, all share the best fruits of the art and discuss together the important questions of literary culture.
IVAL MUSIC FEST ” “INDIEFEST 18.–20. MAY Tartu Indiefest brings the local and foreign alternative music to the audience and introduces the independent culture in general. During the daytime, the audience is invited to debates with interesting guests. In the evenings, there are concerts and screenings of relevant films.
NIGHT OF M US
20. MAY During this Saturday evening in May the museums and other memory institutions in Tartu open their doors at a later time and free of charge to celebrate the all-European Night of Museums (Muuseumiöö). This evening’s programme is diverse and exciting. There is a lot to discover in the city which has the highest number of museums in Estonia.
TOUR OF EST
26.â€“28. MAY Tour of Estonia, first held in 2013, is an international competition for professional cyclists. The prologue and two stages of the tour take place on the last three days of May and promote Estonian towns and villages, beautiful nature and lovely places. This year, more than 20 professional teams are expected to participate in the tour. Hobbyist cyclists as well as many professional cyclists who have just finished the tour, will participate in the follow-up event of the Tour of Estonia, the 36th Tartu Rattaralli that is held a day after the professional races.
01. JUNE The International Day for Protection of Children is celebrated in Tartu with a joyous, family-friendly festival. This open-air festival is equally suitable for toddlers and their grandparents. It is a good opportunity to spend a day in good spirits, discovering oneâ€™s talents, gaining new knowledge and sharing the joy of being together through games and good entertainment.
03.â€“04. JUNE The largest outdoor aviation event welcomes aviation fans both young and old on June 3-4, in (and up above) the territory of the Estonian Aviation Museum in Tartu county. It is possible to see parachutists, or go on a sight-seeing flight. Different attractions are open, e.g. simulators, a catapult, a parachute simulator, trampoline beds etc. Two days filled with state of the art aviation equipment and an interesting programme both on land and in air.
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT OF CHURCHES IN TARTU
09. JUNE Together with numerous churches in Europe the churches of Tartu open their doors to all the visitors in the evening of 10 June. During the Night of Churches one can observe the everyday life of various confessions, receive answers to questions, discover the art treasures hidden in churches and enjoy the music in a relaxed atmosphere. There are activities for big and small, from quiet meditations to the conquering of towers.
STREET ART FE STIVAL “STENCIBILITY ”
12.–18. JUNE Stencibility is an annual street art festival that began in 2010 in Tartu, and now it simultaneously takes place in other cities as well. The name is a reference to the stencil technique. The festival is about introducing, promoting and creating new street art. Guided tours and street art maps are available.
TARTU CITY DAYâ€” TRACING TARTU
29. JUNE Every year, on 29 June, plenty of nice and interesting events are taking place in Tartu. The City Day does not sometimes even fit within the City Day in Tartu. It might start already on the eve of the celebration and lasts all the way into the following day as well. The festival discovers the origins of Tartu in meaningful journeys, well-organised concerts and performances, quizzes, in some carefully composed combinations or gripping tournaments, in so far unnoticed corners, and definitely following both new and old traditions of the City Day.
WORLD ORIENTEER ING CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 30. JUNE – 08. JULY In 2017, Estonia will host the World Orienteering Championship for the first time. The aim of this competition is to offer interesting and spectacular contests to the competitors as well as the spectators, to draw Estonians’ attention to orienteering as a wonderful hobby and to provide our best orienteers with the opportunity to fight for medals on their home field. The representative teams from 40–50 countries from all of the continents are taking part in the World Championship and live TV broadcasts are shown in ten countries from the Nordic countries to the US.
FESTIVAL “GLASPERLEN SPIEL
06.–11. JULY Glasperlenspiel (“Klaaspärlimäng”) – the name of the festival is inspired by the novel by Hermann Hesse. It provides a hint that the festival expects musicians that interpret the music from an unorthodox angle. This prestigious festival focuses on special instruments, unusual associations and relations with other fields of art and philosophy.
L TARTU MIL N TRIATHLO 07.–09. JULY Tartu Mill Triathlon is a city triathlon, which has been held for several years. The programme includes a real challenge for professional athletes as well as amateurs’ triathlon for everyone and children’s triathlon. The competition track is very demanding for the participants and offers the audience an exciting spectacle.
07.â€“09. JULY Tartu Hanseatic Days celebrate their 22nd birthday this summer and bring a medieval vibe, joyousness and many splendid events to Tartu in midsummer. For two days, the visitors of Hanseatic Days will partake in live concerts, playful performances and other events that invite both young and old visitors to join in. As usually, the plentiful Hanseatic fair is open.
TARTU RALLY 2017
14.â€“15. JULY The fourth Tartu Rally takes place in July. An international motor sport competition, which belongs to the Estonian Rally Championship official calendar, Tartu Rally offers enough entertainment during the 2 days to all competitors and for the whole family: it is possible to view the competition alongside the track from audience areas, it is worth to come and see the attractive start and finish ceremonies.
THE SUMMER CONCERT OF VAN EMUINE SYMPHONY ORCH ESTRA
30. JULY To the great satisfaction of Tartu citizens a popular tradition of the first quarter of 20th century has been revived – a free summer concert of mainly classical music. This year’s open-air concert is conducted by Paul Mägi, the music director and chief conductor of theatre Vanemuine. The concert will take place in a natural amphitheatre in the heart of the city – the Kassitoome Valley of Toomemägi.
IVAL T S E F D N A B D IN 12TH W “MÜRTSUB PILL”
03.–06. AUGUST “Mürtsub pill” fills Tartu with the music of wind instruments. Dance and children’s orchestras, big bands and the festival’s joint orchestra perform in this festival of orchestral music, which is biggest in Estonia and unique in the Baltic States. There is a parade of orchestras and a gala concert. Foreign performers come from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Russia, Finland and Sweden.
11TH TARTU STIVAL E F M L I F E V LO “TARTUFF”
07.–12. AUGUST Tartu Love Film Festival tARTuFF has offered great emotions, self-discovery, longing and a warm sense of recognition since 2006. 12 films in six days will be shown at the Tartu Town Hall Square, each speaking directly or indirectly about love. Love can be painful, beautiful, tormenting and forgiving.
THE FOOD FESTIVAL
12. AUGUST Tartu Food festival, a great celebration of Estonian food, takes place on August 12, in the centre of Tartu. A wide variety of Estonian food and fresh produce will be presented and made available for purchase. The cafes and restaurants in Tartu will be offering attractive snacks and dishes made up of local produce. There will be a familyfriendly entertainment programme in addition to the enjoyable food.
ESTI URBA N F U IT
16.–19. AUGUST “UIT” is a place that is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. However, “UIT” visits Tartu in the form of a city festival from 16 to 19 August. The festival excitedly grabs the hands of visitors and playfully runs to discover the Tartu where no one usually happens to go in their everyday life. “UIT” is an international festival with shows, installations, tours and concerts studying the urban space of Tartu, making us notice both new and old, common and extraordinary places and the way the city breathes and hums with life. Happy wandering!
EMAJÕGI RIVER F
18.–19. AUGUST The focal point of the festival is the most essential natural symbol of Tartu – River Emajõgi. Several competitions are arranged around it. Events take place on the river and its banks with lots of good music. This high-spirited event is an excellent meeting place for all folks!
L IN E N I U T R A T H 11T THON A R A M G N I T SK A
20. AUGUST Sports friends can enjoy a marathon track and a halfmarathon track during the Tartu Skating Marathon, the biggest inline skating marathon in the Baltic States and Scandinavia. A day before that, the Tartu Inline Skating Sprint and events for children will be held.
FESTIVAL IN AS APARA ADITEH
24.â€“26. AUGUST The Festival in Aparaaditehas (The Widget Factory) is taking place for the second time and in the course of four days provides a rich cultural program that joins offers from the Aparaaditehas, night cinema, flea market, catering, street sport and music. Events are held both in front of the building and in the yard, but also outside of Aparaaditehasâ€™ grounds, making the streets, yards and corners of the Kastani-Vaksali quarter vibrate with festival vibes.
ESTONIA N THEATRE FESTIVAL DRA AMA
04.â€“10. SEPTEMBER Draama will take over Tartu once more at the beginning of September. The Estonian Theatre Festival Draama is a curator festival. The main programme consists of the most interesting and the best productions of Estonian Theatre. In addition to the main programme of the festival, the topic of which will be published in May, the festival offers an exciting side-programme, music events and an opportunity to spend time in the cosy festival club.
20TH TARTU MOUNTAIN BIK E MARAT
17. SEPTEMBER The mountain bike marathon which is third in size in the world provides joy of participation for cyclists of many age groups and different training level â€“ some 7,500 cyclists ride the marathon. Main tracks are 89 and 40 km long and take the cyclists away from the city noise, to the varied landscape of South-Estonia. Also, childrenâ€™s races are held for the youngest.
RESEARCHERS’ NIGHT FESTIVAL
24.–29. SEPTEMBER Researcher’s Night Festival TÖF is a festival with a colourful programme for the whole family that opens the door to the world of science and values knowledge. In 2017, TÖF will already celebrate its 12th birthday. We will investigate the latest topics in various fields of science. Therefore, the newest achievements in research will be discussed, those who are interested will be taken to discover secret laboratories, the elite scientists will introduce their work and it is possible to take part in free workshops, Science Theatre viewings, movie nights and experiments.
6TH TARTU CITY MARATHON
01. OCTOBER Tartu City Marathon is one of a kind in Estoniaâ€”the whole 42 km long marathon distance is run on one circle. That means that each kilometre of the track is unique and offers new experiences. In addition to the full marathon, runners can choose between 21 and 10 km distances.
INTERNATIONAL AUTHO R’S SONG FESTIVAL “MUSIC OF THE FALLING LEAF”
06.–08. OCTOBER International author’s song festival is a real treat for the listeners and performers of the author’s song genre. The festival holds a solid place among similar festivals of the world. Well-known and talented bards with a long and successful career in the genre, perform at the “Music of The Falling Leaf” (“Lehesaju Muusika”) festival. Performers from faraway countries and different places of the world come to the festival.
EARLY L A N O I T A N INTER IVAL MUSIC FEST ENT” D I C C O T E T “ORIEN
12.–15. OCTOBER The festival is focused on Oriental culture and its relations with early European, primarily Medieval culture. The goal is to create an artistic whole in which the topics are handled in depth from different viewpoints. Typical to this festival is a double concert format, with an ensemble from Europe playing in the first part and an ensemble from Asia playing in the second part and a final joint improvisation of both ensembles.
16TH INTERN ATIONAL MODERN MUS IC FESTIVAL AFE KT
20.â€“27. OCTOBER XVI International AFEKT Contemporary Music Festival is a sequel to the Estonian Composer Festival that has been held in Tartu for the past 15 years and has also expanded to Tallinn in the previous years. The aim of the festival is to bring contemporary European musical environment to the Estonian viewers and the name change has been brought on firstly due to the gradual expansion of the festival into an international musical event.
ZY TAR A R C “ L A V I T S FE
09. –10. NOVEMBER Crazy Tartu is an international interdisciplinary festival where writers, poets, musicians and artists from Estonia and abroad come to perform. One of the main principles of the festival is to bring as many unprecedented performances to the audience as possible. This principle is also followed when choosing the venue for the event. Each year, a piece of art is unveiled for the first time in the new environment.
TARTU JAZ Z AND RHYTHM M USIC FESTIVAL “IDEEJAZZ
09.–12. NOVEMBER The Tartu jazz and rhythm music festival “IDeeJazz” brings into Tartu the Estonian music that is packed with creative power. Keywords like good sound, improvisation and idea connect the best thoughts of the Estonian jazz elite and the bold projects of the young musicians’ generation, filled with positive energy. The festival draws no clear genre borders – providing very diverse music from mainstream and chamber jazz, ethno and world music to groove rhythms and fusion.
TARTU BL ACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL PÖFF
10.–26. NOVEMBER Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) is an international film festival that will take place for the 21st time in 2016. PÖFF also hosts the animated films’ festival Animated Dreams, short film festival Sleepwalkers and children and youth film festival Just Film. PÖFF offers its Tartu audience an outstandingly diverse and exciting film programme each year. In addition, many events take place outside the cinema halls during the festival.
CHRISTMAS CIT Y TARTU
27. NOVEMBER – 15. JANUARY One thing is certain—Tartu becomes a Christmas City every year regardless of the weather! It happens on the first Advent Sunday when all of the city’s Christmas lights brighten up from the candle lit on the Town Hall Square. People meet in the same place on the following Sundays and on Christmas Eve as well. Those cheerful meetings on the Town Hall Square and the whole Christmas time in Tartu are supported by the city’s cosy concert halls, museum workshops, festive churches, large Christmas Market and the dance festival in the wintry city centre.
MORE EVENTS: The Tartu Russian Ball 08. –09. April kultuuriaken.tartu.ee 11. JAFF Japanese Animation Film Festival 14.–23. April animefest.eu City district festival “The Supilinn Days” 17.–23. April supilinn.ee/supilinna-paevad Country Fair 20.–22. April maamess.ee Happy Big Band Weekend 21.–23. April convivo.ee
Victory Day and Midsummer Eve at Raadi 23. June erm.ee Tower music July–August mailaul.ee/tornimuusika Punk & Rock festival 14.–16. July kultuuriaken.tartu.ee Autumn Fair 09. September kultuuriaken.tartu.ee Tartu Autumn Days 18.–24. September studentdays.ee
Fashion-Performance-Dance 22. Aprill artcol.ee/mpt
Japanese Pop-Culture Festival AniMatsuri 23.–24. September animatsuri.eu
Estonian Enduro Weekend 28. April msport.ee
sTARTUp DAY 08. December startupday.ee
Spring Fair 06. May ettevotlus.tartu.ee/laadad
Street Dance Festival “Battle of EST” 09. December boe.ee
City district festival “The Karlova Days” 08.–14. May karlova.ee/karlova-paevad
Christmas Fair 09. December ettevotlus.tartu.ee/laadad
Sprite Streetball 3x3 tournament 27. May tanavakorvpall.ee Tartu Gymnastics Party 30. May tartuvoimlemispidu.weebly.com Beach Volleyball Premium7 Cup 10.–11. June volley.ee
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The calendar has been complied on the basis of the information available to the Department of Culture of the Tartu City Government on the 18.11.2016. Authors of the calendar hold no liability for possible changes in the programme.