TAVA or Tartu in Light is a consistent, international, cross-disciplinary festival of light art and lighting art. The pre- and main events of the festival will last for 30 days.
The main program of the festival consists of international workshops, outdoor installations, a conference, a light fair and indoor exhibitions. In addition, smaller-scale satellite programs are organized in collaboration with culture organizations and companies of Tartu. The whole event is site-specific – light art as well as installations of architectural lighting will be created taking into consideration the quiddity of Tartu, and they will be built on-site.
Tartu will be transformed into Light World that invites people interested in culture to South Estonia as a rushlight in the Nordic season of darkness. The starting point of the axis of outdoor exhibitions of TAVA18 starts from the Central Park of Tartu, including the shores of the river Emajõgi and Atlantise House, passes through the yard of Tartu City Government, Town Hall Square and Pirogov Square to the historic building of the Ministry of Research and Education in Tartu. From there on the road continues along Munga and Rüütli Streets, passes by St. John’s Church that dates from the 13th century and is decorated with ca 200 terracota figures, and reaches Lutsu Street and Tartu Toy Museum’s buildings that are among the oldest preserved wooden houses in Tartu. Then the road takes you along the slopes of the Dome Hill (Toomemägi) and Kassitoome to Kassitoome Valley (Kassitoome auk).