It always happens on the first Advent Sunday, when a candle lit in the Town Hall Square lights up all of the downtown Christmas lights.
The same place will also meet every coming Sunday and Christmas Eve. These cheerful meetings of the Town Hall Square, and of course
the whole Christmas season in Tartu, are supported by the city’s cozy concert halls, museum workshops, festive churches, large
Christmas markets and, sometimes, winter dance festivals.
Over five years, the festival has featured a variety of approaches to ambient music from around the world – including internationally renowned artists such as Biosphere from Norway and Cabaret Voltaire founder and world-renowned environmental recorder Chris Watson.
The Tartu Food and Wine Festival offers authentic Estonian flavors from small Estonian producers and pop-up restaurants, as well as a large selection of wines. Everyone can take part in open tastings and get advice from the best Estonian slimmers. Family-friendly entertainment, neighborhood home cafes, a night promenade by the River Ema, a children’s area and much more add to the taste of food and wine.
The Tartu World Film Festival for Visual Culture presents documentaries on anthropology and ethnography. With a movie, the audience
gets a chance to travel through all the continents within a week, focusing on strangers who become much more familiar with the movie.
Exhibitions, workshops and meetings with filmmakers will be held during the festival.