Tartu 2024, Mana Kaasik

European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024

Tartu, together with Southern Estonia, is the European Capital of Culture 2024. 

The arts of survival, or "ellujäämise kunstid" in Estonian, is the artistic concept of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024. The arts of survival are the knowledge, skills, and values that will help us lead a good life in the future. These are the knowledge, skills, and values that we endorse, cherish, share with and learn from Europe. 

The four most important arts of survival featured in the Tartu 2024 programme are uniqueness, sustainability,awareness, and co-creation.

The University of Tartu supports the values of the capital of culture and manages several projects included in the programme.

Urban nature festival "Nature creates"

The “Nature Creates” festival makes you notice the biodiversity around us. We will delve deeper into the connections between nature and culture in urban spaces and enjoy nature-inspired works.

Organiser: University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden

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Festival of Heritage

UNESCO's Heritage City Viljandi shows that heritage is an improver: the festival discusses how folklore and traditional knowledge can help us find sustainable solutions to economic and environmental problems, and visitors get to learn folk skills themselves.

Organiser: University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy

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Kissing Tartu 

It is an initiative of human consideration and respect, consisting of an educational programme, concert performance and an unprecedented mass kissing session. We will talk about things in a simple and honest way, and provide great entertainment. 

Organiser: Tartu Student Club

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Tartu World University

This is a series of community academies, in which active communities from South Estonia as well as the world's top scientists and cultural figures inspire each other and improve the world. You will have the chance to seek solutions to global problems locally, and vice versa, together with other forward-looking people. 

Organiser: University of Tartu Centre for Ethics

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Toomemägi Revisited

Toomemägi, central to the city of Tartu, comes to life with light, culture and science. You can walk around among the ruins of the cathedral and witness a holistic light show. You will get to experience surprising installations that showcase the cultural heritage of the University of Tartu. Toomemägi is truly worth exploring. 

Organiser: University of Tartu Museum

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Student Days Festival brings pancakes and sock wrestling

Enlighti võrgustik

ENLIGHT pursues its ambitions and successfully secures 14.4 million € 

Tartu linna päeva südaööks valmis ühiselamu seinal hiigelpilt käppadele kukkuvast kassist

A huge mural of a cat landing on its feet was completed on the dormitory wall by midnight on Tartu City Day