Tartu is flying exceptionally high at the beginning of June, during the largest outdoor aviation event – the Estonian Aviation Days which bring together the greatest daredevils. The two-day event includes presentations of the PPA surveillance aircraft L-140 as well as demonstration of the first serially produced vertical takeoff jet Harrier. It also showcases foreign aerobatic pilots’ performances, such as the Swedish Airshow, light jet group Baltic Bees, heavy fighter Viggen 37 from Sweden and much more. There will be various attractions, interest flights and a culture programme.
International street artists’ festival TaDaa! Festival brings together dozens of artists from both Estonia and abroad, promoting open access to all forms of street performance for the entertainers and the audience. The festival days are filled with music, dance, circus performances, theatre and fire shows as well as anything and everything that embraces the street environment.
In 2015, Tartu, the intellectual capital of Estonia, became a member of UNESCO’s Cities of Literature programme. The best event to treasure and explore the wealth of literature is during the international literary festival „Prima Vista”. The aim of the festival, which features both local and international guests, is to promote literature as well as to enrich cultural life in Estonia, building cultural bridges between different cultural communities.
"World Film" is dedicated to the documentary cinematography and creative documentaries, concentrating on anthropological, ethnographic and analytical approach to cultures and societies. The program turns attention to cultural exchange as well as cultural representations of everyday life across the world. The festival is accompanied by relevant exhibitions, workshops and meetings with filmmakers.
One of the oldest and biggest ski marathons in the world, Tartu Marathon, celebrates its 45th anniversary. The lively sports event that brings together thousands of skiing enthusiasts each year from all corners of the world is held in the middle of the picturesque Southern Estonian hills and forests. The marathon includes traditional 63km and 31km tracks for professionals as well as an Open Track event, Relay Marathon and races for children.
Dates: 11.02, 16.02-18.02, main event taking place on 18.02
February is one of the best months to enjoy the variety of tastes Tartu has to offer because 14 of the city’s best restaurants present unique three-course menus as part of the Tasty Tartu („Maitsev Tartu“) campaign. The participating restaurants surprise guests with delicious dishes that combine local produce, modern trends and rich fantasy. Foodies can also rate the restaurants to determine the best special menu.
Kalmar County Museum is a cultural heritage museum that in the programs wants to connect contemporary issues with local heritage. The museum is the office for Bridging Ages, an international organization on Applied Heritage and the Time Travel method. The museum has had international projects in about 20 countries all over the world on learning through history, learning and reflection on issues like migration, democracy, environment, gender, education. Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are part of the Bridging Ages organization, plus 20 other countries around the world.
Slush is the focal point for European and Asian startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international influencers, investors and media. The two-day event brings together the leading tech scene in wintery Scandinavia, amidst one of the most dynamic tech ecosystems in the world.
More info: http://www.slush.org
Nordic Business Forum is one of the leading business conferences in Europe. The annually held event brings together world-class speakers, top executives, and business leaders.
More info: https://www.nbforum.com/nbf2018/
Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, promotes design internationally in collaboration with various partners and offers city citizens through design a forum to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. The festival programme contains around 250 events every year, and includes both events targeted for professionals and the general public. In 2017, the festival boasted about 161,000 visitors.
More info: http://www.helsinkidesignweek.com/