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Department of Culture

Department of Culture
Cultural service
Sports service
Youth policy service

Deparment of Culture

The main task of the Department of Culture of Tartu City Government is to support and co-ordinate the cultural, sport and youth activities in Tartu, and provide information and registration of public events. 9 municipal institutions work under the administration of the Department of Culture. The foundations Tartu Folkhighschool with its educational training centre and Tartu Environmental Education Centre with Tartu’s Nature House have also been established.

With 7 theatres, 2 cinemas, a concert hall, a song festival ground, more than 20 restaurants and nightclubs and almost 50 pubs and bars, there is a place to visit every night. For quiet contemplation, there are 20 museums, 10 different galleries and 5 libraries, each one presenting a rich and varied collection.

The cultural and athletic life is supported by more than 350 culture groups and societies; among these are nearly 70 choirs, 50 dance groups/clubs/studios, 60 sports clubs, 60 youth organisations, over 30 bands, 16 different cultural societies, including national minorities, and many more.

Every year nearly 3,500 various large-scale and smaller cultural events take place in Tartu – among these are concerts, performances, exhibitions, poetry and dance nights, sports competitions, etc. Some of the events of long-term tradition are: the Hanseatic Festival, the university spring and autumn festivities, and several other events taking place on the song festival ground and Town Hall square.

Cultural database "Kultuuriaken"


One can get the best overview of the cultural life in Tartu by using the city’s cultural database that is available on the Internet - http://kultuuriaken.tartu.ee. Kultuuriaken was opened for public use in November 2001 and during the first months the page was visited ca 10 000 times per week.
Kultuuriaken is a site where anyone can publish his/her information about cultural events.

Due to its active users Kultuuriaken improves daily and it provides the most up-to-date information for the guests of the city about various cultural, youth, and sports events.

Correct and complete  cultural event information is here.

Viimati muudetud 12.09.2016


The Cultural Service co-ordinates and administers the cultural life of the city. The Service is responsible for designing budgets, providing contract-based operating subsidies and support for organising cultural events and carrying out co-operation projects. An important aim of the Cultural Service is to favour co-operation between public, private and non-profit sectors. Besides its subdivisions, the Cultural Service has numerous co-operation partners in the third sector.

Great attention is being paid to consulting cultural operators about different European Union projects. The Service collects and classifies information on available programs and support schemes, and organises information days together with representatives of various national and international foundations. The Service has launched an electronic mailing list to provide information on project funding and potential partners.

To get an overview of the cultural life in the city, the Service gathers and analyses cultural statistical data about Tartu and compares different culture administration models in modern society.  The Cultural Service has long-term co-operation relations with Tartu’s twin cities Tampere, Turku, Uppsala, Kaunas, Frederiksberg, Baerum, Hafnarfjördur. Over the past years, the Service has been active in developing co-operation possibilities also with Tartu’s partner cities. The priorities of the Service in regard to international co-operation include the following activities: exchange of culture groups, sharing experience with colleagues in other countries, participation in international projects, involving cultural operators from public, private and non-profit sectors, exchange of civil servants in the field of culture, organising joint seminars and workshops.

The Cultural Service acknowledges creative persons and institutions by issuing the annual honorary title “Culture Carrier”, and reviews retrospectively the past cultural year at the reception that takes place in the first quarter of every year.

Viimati muudetud 24.08.2016


The tasks of the Sports Service include the co-ordination and planning of sports life and sports activities in Tartu. In addition to the Sports Service there is the Sports Council of Tartu City, an advisory body consisting of elected representatives of sports clubs and sports organisations.

Tartu was the first city in Estonia that reorganised its sport system and it is now entirely based on club activities. The co-operation partners of the Sports Service include approximately 60 sports clubs, 51 of them are also active in youth sports.
The priority of Tartu’s sports life lies in arranging youth activities. 75 % of sports budget (10 031, 0  thousand kroons in 2002) is allocated to the development of youth sports and 25% goes to sports events and adult sports. 

According to the established priorities, the sports events are divided into two groups: group A includes 15 preferentially developed events: canoeing, rowing, basketball, volleyball, football, athletics, cycling, skiing, ice hockey, judo, wrestling, gymnastics, fencing, badminton and dance sport; group B includes the rest of the events.

Tartu is a city that promotes sports and an active lifestyle. Several of our sports events are well-known on the international level, e.g. skiing events of Tartu Marathon, the Miss Valentine gymnastics contest, the Gustav Sule Memorial in athletics, the Peipsi Cup in junior football, the Tartu Street Race in bicycle sports, etc. Many of Tartu’s athletes and teams have been successful both in Estonia and around the world.

In the past few years there has been a rapid development in active renovation and construction of sports facilities. The largest and the most impressive of these is the Aura Centre that was opened in October 2001. The stadium and sports hall of the University of Tartu have also been renovated. In 2002 a private capital based ice hall is planned for construction. Other projects planned are renovations to the sports building on Turu street and the football squares at Tamme stadium.

Viimati muudetud 23.08.2016

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The task of the Youth Policy Service is to operate in the best interests of approximately 28, 000 young people between the age of 7 – 26 living in Tartu. There are also nearly 23, 000 university and vocational school students in Tartu. The Youth Policy Service supports the youth initiatives complying with the legislation of the Republic of Estonia that provides prerequisites of civil activities for young people, promoting tolerance, appreciation for the diversity of cultures, and healthy and environment-friendly lifestyles and attitudes. There are at the moment three persons working in the Youth Policy Service to achieve these goals.

There are lots of youth associations in Tartu, and many of them have joined NGO Tartu Youth Council, which has proved to be a good co-operation partner with the Youth Policy Service. There has been a constant increase in the extent of support offered by the city and, hopefully, youth events will gain even more popularity. Every year the Youth Policy Service expects projects with fresh ideas from young people in Tartu, and offers support for realising these ideas.

There are two municipal youth centres and 11 NGO youth centres. They all have some special kind of activities. The two municipal youth centres are called Anne youth centre and “Lille Maja”. The NGO centres have names like Tähe (Star) Youth Club, Öökull (Owl), Skatehall, Indigo, Hälly, Koht (The Place), Loovkeskus (Creative Centre), Urg (Lair), Noored Toredate Mõtetega (Youth With Nice Thoughts), Lift and Koidu.

There are several large scale and traditional youth events every year. Like the info fair Stardipalavik, International Youth Day, breakdance competition Battle of the EST, young amateur film festival NAFF, fashion event MOEKE and the Blue Week in cooperation with UNICEF. In the year 2006 there were and will be alltogether over 50 larger youth events.

Viimati muudetud 24.08.2016