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January 2015
01. January - 30. December The museum is fascinating! Tartu
20. January - 20. December The productions of Sõltumatu Tantsu Ühendus in Tartu in 2015 Tartu
February 2015
14. February - 30. November Concert Series “To the listener" Tartu
August 2015
31. August - 06. September Theatre Festival Draama Tartu

Estonian Theatre Festival Draama is a curated festival; its main programme is prepared by writer Tõnu Õnnepalu and an artistic council. In addition to the main programme that is compiled by the curator, the festival also has a versatile side programme that includes children's productions, dance performances, discussions, exhibitions, music events, etc. In addition, the main event in the Estonian dramaturgical life is attended by several international critics and observers.

September 2015
18.-20. September Japanese Pop-Culture Festival AniMatsuri Tartu

AniMatsuri is a Japanese pop-culture festival held for the ninth time and intended mainly for youngsters. Interesting lectures, exciting competitions, workshops, martial arts demonstrations and much more will take place. The main attraction is the cosplay contest taking place on the second day. The winner of one of the categories will fly to London for the European championship. In addition, many exciting events will take place during September. 

19. September 16th Suur Paunvere Exhibition and Fair Palamuse alevik, Palamuse

his fair has everything to offer, from food and plants to handicrafts and clothes. There is a cultural programme on the main stage and a variety of activities for children. Those wishing to can visit Palamuse Museum as well as its church and pharmacy.

20. September SEB Tartu Cycling Marathon (MTB marathon, 89/40 km) Otepää

The third largest mountain bike marathon in the world offers positive emotions to many different age groups and cyclists. A total of approximately 7500 cyclist will participate in the marathon. The 89 and 40 km main events take the participants away from the hustle and bustle of the city, to the diverse nature trails of Southern Estonia. Off-road cycling also awaits the youngest members of the family.

20.-25. September Researchers’ Night Festival Tartu

 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 2015, TÖF will already celebrate its 10th anniversary. We will investigate topics related to maintaining health and healing illnesses. Therefore, the newest achievements in treatments will be discussed this time, those who are interested will be taken to discover secret laboratories, the elite of medical science will be asked to introduce their work and it is possible to take part in numerous free workshops, Science Theatre viewings, movie nights and experiments. 

26.-27. September Festival of Archaic Creation REGIÖÖ Tartu

The theme of this year’s Regiöö festival is ‘Land of wonders’, taking in both those of the world of folk lore and those of different peoples and different countries. People have passed on their traditions from generation to generation through folk songs and poetry. Masters of music, song, dance and handicraft from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Scandinavian countries, Poland and Russia will be giving their own interpretations – ancient and modern alike – at this year’s festival.

October 2015
02.-04. October International Author's Song Festival “Fall of the Leaf Music” Tartu

 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 “Fall of the Leaf Music” (“Lehesaju Muusika”) festival. Performers from faraway countries and different places of the world come to the festival.

03. October Tartu City Marathon/ Tartu City Run 2015 Tartu

Tartu City Marathon track, which runs on the streets of the historical university town, has been considered as the most exciting marathon courses  in Estonia. The following distances are opened: marathon (42 km), half-marathon (21 km) as well as 10 km of Tartu City Run and Tartu Student Marathon. On the 10 km distances also the Nordic Walkers are warmly welcome. In addition, special children races are held.

05.-08. October Tartu jazz and rhythm music festival "IDeeJazz" Tartu

 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.

08.-10. October International Early Music Festival “Orient et Occident” Tartu

 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.

28. October Lindora Fair Lindora

Lindora Fair is held every year on 28 October. It unites the people from three south-eastern Estonian municipalities – Vastseliina, Meremäe and Lasva – as well as visitors from all over the country and around the world.

Those who are looking to sell something are welcome to sell them at the fair; those looking to buy something are welcome to do so, too – and so is anyone who is simply looking to meet others and have a good chinwag!

Originally, the only ‘goods’ bought and sold at the fair were farm and other domesticated animals. Today, however, all sorts of things can be found here – from industrial goods to handicrafts and fresh garden produce.

A unique cultural programme has become part of the fair tradition, featuring performers from the local area and beyond.

November 2015
13.-29. November Tartu Black Nights Film Festival PÖFF Tartu

 Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) is an international film festival that will take place for the 19th time in 2015. 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. The festival of 2015 will focus on Georgian film art.

19.-21. November European Poetry Slam Championship / festival “Crazy Tartu” Tartu

 Winners and organizers of the championships of 25 European countries will be expected to participate in the European Poetry Slam Championship. The preliminary rounds take place in different cafés, the final, on the other hand, in the Tartu New Theatre. A true merry-making of European performance poetry will be due. At the same time, the annual festival “Crazy Tartu” will take place in the Genialist’s Club, where this time, in addition to Estonian representatives, performers from Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Finland will appear. 

December 2015
11.-12. December Street dance festival “Battle of EST” Tartu

 Battle of EST (BOE) is the oldest street dance competition with the most impressive list of performers in Northern Europe. The main events include breakdance team competitions. One can also witness hip-hop, popping and solo b-boying contests. This year’s 15th international BOE festival is an honest rejection of everything with a fake glitter, turning the dance battle competitors into real artists of life! It is a riot of people dancing themselves breathless, while living and breathing the dance culture.


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