Check out the programme of Tartu 2024!

22. Oct 2023 | News

The European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 has announced the cultural programme for next year!

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Photo journey: Jaan Tootsen “How to make a film with a goat?”

6. Oct 2023 | Jaan Tootsen | Photo journey

There are some thoughts that I have been carrying with me for a long time. Then a ray of light and a refreshing rain comes on these thoughts; a moment and a window of opportunity. Tartu 2024 Arts of Survival woke my thoughts and sprouted an acorn hidden in my grandmother’s medicine cabinet. I’ve been…

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Photo journey: Maria Aua “Zone”

31. Aug 2023 | Photo journey

The text is written by the film “River and a Cat” director Maria Aua. Photos by the author & Aivar Tõnso. In the spring of this year, I took time off and lived in the city of good ideas for two consecutive months to develop my short film idea there. I have never stayed in…

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Photo journey: Ülo Pikkov’s “Sewing Machine”, recorded with a 16mm camera, tells the story of Pechory through the fate of his great-grandmother

27. Jul 2023 | Photo journey

Author: Ülo Pikkov / Photos: Hanna Bender The text is written by the film director Ülo Pikkov. Sewing Machine is a film about the town of Pechory (Petseri) and its people, told through the life story of my great-grandmother. She was born in 1899 in Pechory, and in 1917, the revolution threw her world into a…

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Eight filmmakers to capture the life of Southern Estonia

9. Mar 2023 | News

Tartu 2024 Arts of Survival Documentaries has selected eight filmmakers to capture Southern Estonia on the topic of “Arts of Survival”, the artistic concept of European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024. The selected authors will present Tartu and Southern Estonia in artistically exciting ways. The international directors will bring an external perspective, while Estonian filmmakers…

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Einari Paakkanen: Singing is revealing and tells something about us

12. Oct 2022 | News

Text by: Einari Paakanen Earlier this year, I directed my fourth documentary film Karaoke Paradise, which explores the meaning of music and the mental landscape of us Finns who love to sing karaoke. There is a particularly revealing element in the act of singing: we can’t hide our emotions when we sing. Also, not only…

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Andris Gauja: “Stretching my mind around Tartu”

13. Sep 2022 | Andris Gauja | News

Latvian minds have a long history of going to Tartu to try and make themselves for an inch brighter. It was the second half of the Nineteenth century when many of the New Latvians, as they are called now, went to the Tartu University seeing it as a promising place of education. And it didn’t…

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Jerzy Sladkowski: Breathing With Nature

14. Jul 2022 | News

It’s incredible how South Estonians are connected with nature. All of their everyday activities are in rhythm with nature, it’s amazing! And your mixed forests – in Sweden you won’t find that kind of symbiosis. – Jerzy Sladkowski Polish-Swedish documentary film director Jerzy Sladkowski was the first Tartu 2024 Arts of Survival Documentaries resident from…

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