This week’s recommendations are for adventurous people who are interested in culture and who are not afraid of dark corners or sharp experiences of poetry.

Tartu Love Film Festival “tARTuff”

13–18 Aug Tartu Town Hall Square

“tARTuff” is an annual open-air festival of love films held in Tartu since 2006. In 2018, “tARTuff” will take place on August 13-18, when Tartu Town Hall Square becomes once again the largest open-air cinema in Estonia. A total of 11 films about love will be shown on the giant outdoor screen in six days. Traditionally, in addition to the feature films, documentaries are shown at Athena Centre, and you can attend numerous special events. All screenings are free of charge.

The concert features the music from the courts where Michel Sittow served. The music is juxtaposed with short lectures on the theme of court festivities, both in Estonian and English.


17 Aug PADA

On Friday, August 17, we will celebrate Bashment’s 20th anniversary at Pada. Music is played and performed on various stages with the best international and Estonian daughters and sons of reggae. For the first time in Estonia and at Bashment, the superstar Richie Loop and a talented young singer Demetri from Jamaica!


17–19 Aug Põlva County

On August 19, the fair of local products takes place in the yard of Põlva Peasant Museum in Karilatsi. There will also be different workshops, information tents, and a cultural programme. There is something to do for the whole family.

Film Roll Festival 2018

18 Aug Järva-Jaani Old Equipment Shelter

The Film Roll Festival will take place at the Järva-Jaani Cinema Museum and at the Järva-Jaani Old Equipment Shelter, in the middle of old buses, trams, and trolls. The festival shows classic movies with a 35 mm film projector. Dozens of kilometers of rare filmstrips roll through the old projectors.

Magical 18 – Dark Romantic Evening in Rakvere

18 Aug Rakvere Citizenship House Museum

The magic and the dark romance give each other a hand. Two well-chosen acoustic or semi-acoustic musical groups step on the stage, whose music is also influenced by a mild mystical element. Kallomäki from Finland carries out a folkloric-ritualistic purification concert, and Tont from Estonia forces all the evil that surrounds us to back away and he does it with his shamanic rhythms inspired by the sounds of nature.

Light night at Keila-Joa

18 Aug Keila-Joa park

The Estonian State Forest Management Centre and the University of Tartu, Viljandi Culture Academy invite all to Keila-Joa on the 18th of August to the light festival “Light night at Keila-Joa”. During the evening they will make Keila-Joa shine with the help of light installations, musicians, and workshops. A magical path of light will go through Keila-Joa, which is created by various light artists from all over Europe. The selection of installations is specially combined for the event and is complimenting the beautiful nature in Keila-Joa.

Marina Costa-Jackson (soprano, Italy-USA) Kai Rüütel (mezzo-soprano, special guest) Stefan Pop (tenor, Romania) Edward Parks (baritone, USA) Estonian National Symphony Orchestra Conductor Risto Joost The programme consists of arias by Puccini, Verdi, Bizet and ensembles from well-known operas.