Tartu City Day will be celebrated with a diverse programme
Tartu City Government Press Release
26 June / On 29 June, a diverse programme of activities has been planned for Tartu City Day, in keeping with the old traditions of this special day, as well as creating new ones.
This year the organisers of the events have payed close attention to safe distancing, which is why traditional concerts and gatherings will not take place. At the same time, the City Day will be filled with music, which you can enjoy this year virtually as well as while walking by the river. During the course of the day, the city will commemorate great men from the past and recognise this year’s outstanding citizens.
“As every year, this year Tartu City Day will also be a grand celebration. At the Town Hall ceremony, it will be my pleasure to recognise outstanding people, who have done so much for our city, but also remember those, who have made great contributions to building and developing Tartu and Estonia. I am overjoyed that a number of beloved Estonian musicians will also be present to celebrate Tartu, performing in a way that is unusual and unexpected,” commented mayor Urmas Klaas.
At 9.30 mayor Urmas Klaas will be placing flowers at the foot of the monument for Karl Luik, a long-time mayor of the city, at Vanemuine park.
At 10 it’s morning coffee with the mayor. Mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas will offer residents of Tartu coffee on the terrace of café Shakespeare. At the event, there will be discussions about what has been done, as well as what is currently in the works. During the City Day morning coffee event, the mayor will speak and the residents of the city will also have word. The event will also feature music from the accordionist Henrik Hinrikus and the mandolinist Tanel Sakrits. Participants are asked to register ahead of time at https://tartulinnapaev.ee/registreeru-hommikukohvile/ or by calling 1789.
Between 10 am and 6 pm it is crossword time. In keeping with tradition, the crosswords and Tartu city pens await solvers at the Tartu city library, at the Annelinna, Tammelinna and Karlova-Ropka branches, as well as at the reading room in Town Hall Square. The crossword has been written especially for the Tartu City Day.
At 12 the Tartu city medals of honour and awards for beautiful homes will be handed out. The Tartu City medals of honour will be handed out in Town Hall to the builder and designer Eenok Järg, the head organiser of Lehesaju muusika Lyudmilla Mesropyan, conductor Paul Mägi, business leader Emöke Sogenbits, and photographer Malev Toom. The title of Tartu City Beautiful Home 2020 will be awarded to noteworthy properties in the city. The best in competition will be recognised and celebrated as usual with the mayor’s reception. The ceremony will also feature music by guitarist Andres Vago and bassist Silver Sirp. The event is invitation only.
At 12 the video concert “Arriving in Tartu” will begin. Original works will be performed by actors, musicians and songwriters Mari Jürjens, Sandra Üksküla Uusberg and Kristjan Üksküla. The video concert will be streamed on the Tartu City Day website and on the city’s Facebook account.
From 12 to 8 pm, on the hour every hour, the premiere of the Tartu City piano will take place. The city of Tartu has a mayor, a city architect, a city author, a city adviser and a city secretary. Starting this summer, the city piano also joins the list. The premiere of the city piano will be held on the hour every hour, and to meet it you just have to be in the right place at the right time. Performing on the piano are guests Olav Ehala, Sten Heinoja and Sven-Sander Shestakov.
At 2 pm a new playground will be opened at Kaunase pst 58a. The new recreational area has a hiking path for the elderly, biking paths for little bikers and the asphalt surfaces have been covered with games. The wonderful new leisure time space awaits visitors with its pyramid carousel, a jungle gym with a slide and net swing, a surface trampoline, a balance course, a spinning seat and rubber spheres.
At 3.30 pm the headstones of Jaan Vainu and Heinrich Johann Luha will be blessed at the Raadi cemetery. Bishop Joel Luhamets will be blessing the headstones of Tartu’s first Estonian mayor Heinrich Johann Luha and Jaan Vainu, member of the city council, of the Estonian Constituent Assembly and of Riigikogu.
At 5 pm a bench to commemorate Jüri Uluots will be opened at Vanemuise park. Next to the monument to Jakob Hurt at the Vanemuise park, adjacent to professor Jüri Uluots’ former home, the City Day will celebrate Jüri Uluots, the Tartu University professor of law, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia, the acting President, and the founder of the Estonian national continuity by opening a commemorative bench.
At 9 pm the river concert “Songs left unsung” will start. The concert held on a floating stage in water will feature sopranos Pirjo Jonas (Vanemuine) and Maria Listra, tenors Rasmus Kull (Vanemuine) and Reigo Tamm. The programme will include arias and other pieces from operas, operettas and musicals. The performers will also take a deep bow to the Vanemuise Theatre, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The singers will be accompanied by pianist Piia Paemurru.
The traditional recognition of golden wedding anniversaries will be held in the fall this year.
The Tartu City Day began in medieval times as a religious calendar day to celebrate St Peter and St Paul, the patron saints of the city. After reformation, the day was left aside, to be picked up again in 2003. The old tradition has been successfully reinstated in Tartu and the citizens have taken a great liking to it. The City Day brings together the people of Tartu as well as many visitors. More detailed information about this year’s event is available on the city’s website.
Last changed 26.06.2020