Tartu in Light | TAVA


TAVA or Tartu in Light is a consistent, international, cross-disciplinary festival of light art and lighting art. The pre- and main events of the festival will last for 30 days.

The main program of the festival consists of international workshops, outdoor installations,  a conference, a light fair and indoor exhibitions. In addition, smaller-scale satellite programs will be organized in collaboration with culture organizations and companies of Tartu. The whole event is site-specific – light art as well as installations of architectural lighting will be created taking into consideration the quiddity of Tartu, and they will be built on-site.

TAVA18 includes citizens as well as local companies and culture organizations. Together Tartu will be transformed into Light World that invites people interested in culture to South Estonia as a rushlight in the Nordic season of darkness.

The Axis of Light of the festival starts from the Central Park of Tartu, including the shores of the river Emajõgi and Atlantise House, passes through the yard of Tartu City Government, Town Hall Square and Pirogov Square to the historic building of the Ministry of Research and Education in Tartu. From there on the road continues along Munga and Rüütli Streets, passes by St. John’s Church that dates from the 13th century and is decorated with ca 200 terracota figures, and reaches Lutsu Street and Tartu Toy Museum’s buildings that are among the oldest preserved wooden houses in Tartu. Then the road takes you along the slopes of the Dome Hill (Toomemägi) and Kassitoome to Kassitoome Valley (Kassitoome auk). 


all installations have been made especially for Tartu

interactive tools to reflect upon and analyze social issues, the audience can contribute to the making of artpieces.

Light education:
lab, presentations, conference, workshops – exchange of experience, results exhibited instantly to the public. Both purchasers and consumers are taught to ask for effective lighting solutions.

Meeting point:
professional light artists are put in touch with students, producers with purchasers, citizens with tourists.

The festival is organized in collaboration with Tartu City Government. Other partners: Tartu Toy Museum, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, St. Johns Church, Tartu Art College, Tartu Art School, Nooruse Gallery, Tartu Art House, NGO Elektriteater, Tartu Uus Teater, Genialistide Klubi, SA Tartumaa Tourism, etc.

The festival is organized by NGO Valgusklubi.

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