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.