Window of Culture (Kultuuriaken)
A database of cultural events called Tartu Kultuuriaken or Window of Culture is the best place to go to get an overview of cultural life in Tartu.
Anyone interested can upload an event to the portal free of charge.
Thanks to its active users, the portal is constantly updated with events and provides visitors with the most relevant information about cultural activities in the city.
Registration of public events or meetings
Registration of a public event
In order to organise a public event in Tartu, you must first register it with the Department of Culture of Tartu City Government (Raekoja plats 12, 2nd floor, telephone +372 736 1355) pursuant to the requirements for organising and holding public events.
You must make sure that no other events are registered to take place at the same time in the same place. We recommend that you contact the Department of Culture early on and reserve a time and a place for your event.
You must also prepare a notice on the registration of an event. Notice is in Estonian.
The electronically signed public event notice, including any required additional documentation (inventory layout, traffic schemes and safety plans, where necessary) must be submitted to the Department of Culture by e-mailing email@example.com.
The notice must be submitted at least 15 working days (but no more than twelve months) before the planned event.
The notice must be submitted at least 60 working days (but no more than twelve months) before the planned event if it results in partial or complete street closure for a longer period than one hour.
The coordination procedure will establish whether the chief specialist from the Department of Culture can issue a permit for the event. In receiving a permit you are given the approval of the City Government. After that, you can advertise your event, add it to the portal Kultuuriaken and carry on organising a great event!
A public meeting is defined as a meeting, demonstration, mass meeting, picket, religious event, procession or other demonstration to be held in open air in public park, on town square, at road, street or in other public place.
The Public Meeting Act is extended only to those meetings that are held in public places in an open air. The public meeting is not a gathering that is effected in internal rooms or which is held in an open air, but access to which is not free (for example, a meeting held in a yard of a living house where only the dwellers are allowed). Events (for example, fairs of commercial purpose, etc) or sports events (see the Sports Act) are not public meetings.
Pursuant to section 67 of the Law Enforcement Act, public meetings must be registered with the prefecture of the place in which the meeting is to be held no later than four working days (but no earlier than three months) before the day of holding the meeting if:
holding the meeting requires the reorganisation of traffic;
the meeting is intended to be held outside a building;
the meeting is intended to be held outside a construction intended for holding gatherings;
in order to hold the meeting there are plans to set up a tent, stage, stand or other large-scale structure;
in order to hold the meeting there are plans to use sound or lighting devices.
Notices on public meetings must be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If a public meeting is organised just hours before it is due to take place, you must call 110 and inform the authorities.
For more information on the registration process of public meetings, go to the Police website.
Advertising options in Tartu
Banners over Küüni Street and Rüütli Street
Ads can be displayed free of charge on PVC banners above Küüni Street (size: 6x1 m). Bookings for these banners can be made once a year, usually from around mid-November to the end of December. Particular details as to when the booking period starts will be shared with organisers of cultural events in a timely manner on Tartu’s website, in the Kultuuriaken portal and via other media channels. Installing and taking down the banners is the responsibility of the person booking the space. Banners above Rüütli Street are subject to a fee, whereas banners above Küüni Street are free of charge.
Concrete advertising columns and Culture Ship (Kultuurilaev)
There are nine concrete columns available in Tartu for advertising cultural events. They are managed by Kultuuritahvel MTÜ
at the end of the pedestrian arch bridge on the Atlantis Conference and Party Centre side;
on Vallikraavi Street;
at the intersection of Pargi and Kalevi streets;
at the intersection of Vaksali and J. Kuverjanovi streets;
at the intersection of K. E. von Baer and Oru streets;
in front of the building located at Tähe 4;
on Näituse Street;
on Lossi Street;
at the intersection of Narva Highway and Puiestee Street.
Kultuuritahvel MTÜ is also the contractor responsible for managing the Kultuurilaev or Culture Ship sculpture, which is located on Küüni Street next to the Tartu Kaubamaja department store.
A fee is charged for the installation of any other advertisements according to the operator’s price list.
Posters are put up by Kultuuritahvel MTÜ. Unauthorised installation of advertisements on such surfaces is not permitted and any such advertisements will be removed.
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