The Festival of Great Rebirth, Hope, Youth, Love and Music “The Spring of Freedom“ is a project developing citizenship, strengthening the ties of generations, making the history of Lithuania meaningful and connecting important events to the state of Lithuania and its inhabitants. These are the Day of the State and the Day of Re-establiehment of Independence of Lithuania. All the values are reflected in music, literature, theatre and dance. Events, concerts, educational programmes, discos, evenings for all age groups are organised.
Campaign „Memory is Alive because you Witness it“. Sparking of candles on remembrance of freedom fighters. Participants: educational, cultural and other institutions.
Hoisting of flag by the City Hall.
Commemoration at Sausio 13-osios Square. Concert programme of the choir “Aukuras“ from Klaipėda. A fire, Laužas, soldiers porridge, tea.
In Tartu, Christmas comes early each year! On the first Advent Sunday, the Christmas City is opened on the Town Hall Square to brighten up the dark season and bring Christmas joy to everyone. The festive season offers concerts, museum workshops, dance festival in the wintry city centre and the traditional Christmas Market with the most delicious handmade gingerbread cookies, hot drinks to keep you warm as well as other homemade treats and handicrafts.
Black Nights Film Festival PÖFF, an international film festival, invites cinema enthusiasts to enjoy the best and outstandingly diverse selection of motion pictures that satisfy even the most demanding film buffs. There are well-known classics but also lesser known artistic masterpieces and bold debut films. PÖFF also hosts the animated films’ festival Animated Dreams, short film festival Sleepwalkers as well as children and youth film festival Just Film.
Once again, IDeeJazz, the festival of good vibes will bring energy, joy and inspiration to the Estonian autumn! Top artists of the world from nine different countries are going to fill prime stages in Tartu and Narva with charisma and artistic expression. For five days in the middle of November darkness, the festival will bring out the sun! IDeeJazz – good vibes with any kind of weather!
TAVA or Tartu in Light is an international interdisciplinary festival of light and lighting art that consists of international workshops, outdoor installations, a conference, light fair and indoor exhibitions. During the last week of October, the old town of Tartu will be turned into a World of Light with unique and unususal installations to invite audiences to enjoy magnificent outdoor art in the crisp autumn evenings.
The Onion Route, named after one of the most treasured agricultural gems of the area – onion, stretches along the coast of Lake Peipus. There is a friendly mix of different nationalities as well as three cultures in the area – Russian Old Believers, Baltic German manor culture and Estonian peasant culture. You can try your hand in different handicraft workshops and cooking classes preparing food from local produce. You can go on heritage tours, learn archery, conquer the lake with a narrow boat or under sails, or cover village streets or landscapes on scooters or kick sledges.
From 31 August to 1 September, Tartu is buzzing with excitement and bohemian festival vibes, more so than usual. Aparaaditehas, or the Widget Factory, welcomes creative, imaginative and enterprising friends to organise together an extraordinary and entertaining festival. The festival, which takes place in an old factory that has been turned into a culture centre, offers a wide range of events from night cinema sessions, concerts and sports competitions to pop-up cafes, workshops, tours and great bargains at the flea market.
„tARTuFF“ welcomes film enthusiasts to the traditional festival that is dedicated to the multifaceted concept of love. During the six festival nights, you can enjoy films that are directly or indirectly related to love in the biggest open-air cinema in the Baltics. The film programme is supported by various events during the day, such as lectures and tours – all devoted to beautiful and exciting, yet sometimes painful and tormenting love.
At the beginning August, Tartu celebrates Estonian food, our local fresh produce and excellent wine with Tartu Food and Wine Festival. In addition to a number of cafes and restaurants presenting delicious snacks and dishes, the 3-day festivities include concerts, workshops and various family-friendly entertainment programmes. The last day of the festival is dedicated to the enthusiastic and generous community members who welcome visitors to their homes for amazing and tasty treats in their pop-up cafes.