​TARTU TOURS (FREE)

Ivo Kruusimägi

STREET ART TOUR IN KARLOVA

JULY 30th 10.00 - 12.00

 

Start: ​Kvartal (next to the V Spa main entrance)

End: Barlova (Tähe 29)

 

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Tartu, even though a small city, is well known for its high quality colourful, satirical and political street art. Exploring this fascinating phenomenon that has turned a small bohemian university town into Estonian street art capital, provides an interesting insight into the urban scene of the city. This workshop guides participants into the cozy wooden neighbourhood of Karlova, which is an historic district of Tartu, currently home to Tartu’s art schools. The tour explores both the history of this beautiful district as well as the lively street art adorning the buildings, fences and forgotten corners of this neighbourhood.

SMARTENCITY PROJECT – TURNING OLD SOVIET BLOCKS INTO A SMART CITY

JULY 30th 13.00 - 14.00

Start: Tähe 2 (near the large mural on one side of the building)

End: St Mary’s Church (Pepleri 1)

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SmartEnCity is an international project, which aims to develop a smart and economic urban environment using Smart Zero Carbon City as its main base concept. Tartu, as one one of the pilot cities in the project, is turning the city’s Khrushchyovkas (typical low quality soviet apartment blocks) into so-called smartovkas. This entails reconstruction of the buildings, as well as providing innovative solutions in transport, street lighting, cooling and heating. This tour will take participants on a stroll around the smartovka neighbourhoods, providing insight into how this project is managed, how the process has been carried out and what could other cities learn from Tartu’s experience.

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Minea Kaplinski

Louis Höflinger - Tartu Art Museum

TARTU AS A HISTORICAL UNIVERSITY TOWN

JULY 30th 14.30 – 16.30

Start: Tartu Dome Church (Lossi 25)

End: Delta Centre (Narva mnt 18)

 

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Tartu University, first established in 1632, is one of the oldest universities in northern Europe. In time, other schools and universities have found a place in Tartu and over centuries, the city has become a hub of science and education, with up to 1/7 of the town’s population being students and scholars. In addition to contributing to the feel and mindset of the town, the university has had an enormous impact on the city’s architecture and development. This workshop takes us to the various university buildings all throughout Tartu, visiting both the historical ensemble that embodies the ideas of a university in the Age of Enlightenment as well as more modern complexes.

SUPILINN DISTRICT – A STORY OF GENTRIFICATION IN POST-SOVIET ESTONIA

JULY 30th 17.00 - 19.00

Start: Kroonuaia Bridge (near Emajõe Street)

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Supilinn, located in the immediate vicinity of the city centre, is a unique place where the city, the countryside, and nature meet. Supilinn formed in the middle of the 18th century, becoming a slum and suburb of Tartu, where unique wooden houses, laid-back way of life, overgrown green gardens, River Emajõgi, and the frog pond all formed an integral part of its community. However, in recent years this identity has started to change as gentrification has brought about rapid developments into the neighborhood. On this tour we learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing the area, all the while experiencing firsthand how this former slum is going through a transformation and how this is affecting its unique atmosphere.

Minea Kaplinski

BOAT TRIP ON RIVER EMAJÕGI

JULY 31st 19.30 – 21.30

 

Start/End: City Center (Estriver boat dock near Tartu Market Hall)

 

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NB! Since the boat accommodates 25 people at the maximum, please pre-register HERE

The river Emajõgi (Mother River), meandering its way through vast swamplands between Lake Võrsjärv and Lake Peipus, has always played an important role in the history of Tartu and remains to this day one of its most important symbols. During this trip we board a small boat named Signild to explore Tartu from another viewpoint, hear more about these important waterways and their history and present, but also take the time to enjoy the beautiful evening and summer sunset.

RAADI DISTRICT – HOW TO RETURN A FORMER SOVIET AIRFIELD TO THE CITY

AUGUST 1st 17.00 – 18.00

 

Start/End: ERM main entrance

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During the Soviet period, the former grounds of Raadi manor became home to a heavily guarded Soviet military airfield. As such, a large part of the Raadi district, located just a mere few km from the Tartu city center, was cut off from urban development and remained practically untouched even years after Estonia’s re-independence and the subsequent abandonment of the airfield. However, the days of Raadi as an uninhabited brownfield are nearing their end. With the new complex of Estonian National Museum showing the way, various real-estate developments are slowly starting to close in, as more people are realizing the potential the area holds. Join us on a walk to and around the Raadi district as we explore its colorful history, experience firsthand the slightly apocalyptic landscapes the soviet military left behind right next to a historic university town and try to understand the reasons and meanings behind how Raadi has been perceived historically and what the district’s future might hold.

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Minea Kaplinski

​FULL-DAY MOBILE WORKSHOPS (WITH A SEPARATE FEE)

PEIPSIVEER CULTURAL SPACE: ONION VILLAGES AND THE OLD BELIEVERS

JULY 30th 10.00 - 18.00

 

Start: 10.00 from Vanemuise alumine parkla (Ülikooli Street)

Back in Tartu at 18.00

 

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The shores of Lake Peipus in East-Estonia have for centuries been the home of the Old Believers – religious refugees who opposed the official teachings of the Russian Orthodox Church and settled in Estonia in the 17th century. This transformed the area into one of rich cultural diversity where Russian Old Believers’ Culture mixed with that of the Baltic Germans and Estonian peasants.Nowadays the villages of the old believers, the so-called onion villages, are situated next to each other, forming a colourful, meandering chain on the shores of lake Peipus. Many old ways of life still survive in these rural villages to this day with growing onions (amongst other fresh produce) and fishing in the lake Peipus being an important part of local identity. On this tour we visit these quaint little villages and their surrounding landscapes, getting a glimpse into the everyday life, traditions and cultural attractions.

SETOMAA – WHERE EAST MEETS WEST

JULY 30th 9.15 - 20.00

Start: 9.15 from Vanemuise alumine parkla (Ülikooli Street)

Back in Tartu at 20.00

 

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Setomaa – the land of Seto people – is a unique cultural pearl of Estonia. It is a land located on the border of East and West, Russia and Estonia. Despite of all the historical and political challenges that Setos have faced and are still facing, they have managed to preserve their unique culture and traditions, being one of the most traditional small cultures of Europe.During the excursion we’ll learn about the way of life of Setos, their interesting, yet quite tragic history, about challenges in the society brought about by political and spatial changes. We’ll eat some Seto food and visit a local soap-maker – a successful small entrepreneur who is living his life and running his business between two worlds. We’ll also have a unique chance to drive through Russia without a visa – possible only at Setomaa! On top of that, one member of the group will be dressed up as Seto, wearing all the wonderful silver jewellery, and the beautiful local women will demonstrate us how the Seto leelo sounds.