The best overview of cultural life in Tartu can be found online at the Kultuuriaken (City’s "cultural window"). Kultuuriaken allows anyone to post relevant information on the web. Thanks to active users, Kultuuriaken is updated daily and offers visitors the most up-to-date information on cultural events, museums, youth activities, and sports in Tartu.
Monthly cultural calendars in Estonian, English and Russian are available at the Information Centre of Tartu.
Tartu is home to the theatre Vanemuine , the oldest theatre company in Estonia. It also stands out as the only three-genre theatre in the country, staging operas, operettas and musicals, classical ballet and modern dance and drama.
Theatre Vanemuine has 3 different buildings in Tartu – Grand Building (Vanemuise St. 6), beautiful art-nouveau style Small Building (Vanemuise St. 45a) and black-box Harbour Theatre (Soola St. 5b). Children`s perfromances are also staged at Tartu Toy Museum’s Theatre House (Lutsu St. 2).Tartu Uus Teater (Lai St. 37). Tartu Uus Teater (Tartu New Theatre) is a small and fresh theatre company which aims to bring alternative and contemporary theatre performances to wider audiences. See website for full calendar of upcoming performances.
The University of Tartu also has its own theatre company – Tartu Student Theatre, established in 1999. Although its members are not professional actors, the critics have often considered it as semiprofessional theatre for its high-quality productions. Performances are staged at various venues around town, such as Genialistide klubi (Lai St. 37), Tampere maja (Jaani St. 4), and Athena Conference Centre (Küütri St. 1).
Most films are shown in their original language with Estonian subtitles, with the exception of dubbed children’s movies.
Movie theatres:Cinamon in Tasku Center (Turu St. 2)Ekraan (Riia St. 14)Elektriteater (lLai St. 37). Tartu Elektriteater is a small art-house cinema, located in the building of the Tartu Uus Teater at Lai 37, opposite the Botanical Garden. It opens its doors usually on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7pm in order to show non-commercial European films or a new Estonian movie.AHHAA 4D Experience Cinema (Ringtee 75, Lõunakeskus).The Ahhaa Science Centre’s 4D cinema combines the effects of spatial movement, stereoscopic vision and special effects.
Tartu’s main concert venues are Vanemuise Concert Hall (Vanemuise St. 6), St. John’s Church (Jaani St. 5), White Hall of the University of Tartu History Museum (Lossi St. 25), and the University Assembly Hall (Ülikooli St. 18).
For a monthly listing of concerts at the University Assembly Hall, visit: www.ut.ee/en/assembly-hall-concerts
For lovers of jazz and rock music, the places to check out are:Tartu Jazz Club (Ülikooli St. 20), Genialistide Klubi (Magasini St. 5), Genialistide Klubi is a meeting place for Tartu’s subcultures of Tartu – it is a favourite with special and open people where theatre, music, cinema and joy are combined. It also has a cafe and a small record store. Klubi Rock n Roll (Tiigi St. 76A).
For its size, Tartu has a remarkable number of museums, including a beer museum, print museum, toy museum, and the AHHAA Science Centre, the largest of its kind in the Baltics. More information on museums is available at: www.visittartu.com.
Cultural centres provide information and organize a wide range of events. In addition, they operate as cultural embassies or networks for the nations whose cultures they represent.Finnish Institute
Ülikooli 11, phone: (+372) 7427 319, email: tartu [ät] finst.ee
The Finnish Institute operates a small library with current daily newspapers from Finland, information about Finland and cultural events.
Academic French Institute
Ülikooli 17-201, phone: (+372) 737 6246 and 506 9641, email: prantsuse.instituut [ät] mail.eeTartu Institute of German Culture
Kastani 1, phone: (+372) 7422 639, email: dki [ät] dki.eeNordic Council of Ministers, Tartu Office
Raekoja plats 8, phone: (+372) 742 3625 and 504 6570, email: madis.kanarbik [ät] norden.eeTampere House
Jaani 4, phone: (+372) 738 6300 and 564 53 822, email: maja [ät] tamperemaja.eeThe Granö Centre of the Universities of Turku and Tartu
Kreutzwaldi 6, phone: (+372) 522 6897, email: granokeskus [ät] utu.fi.
Sports activities are carried out by various amateur and professional groups under the auspices of the Academic Sports Club of the University of Tartu. Courses mainly take place in the designated sports facilities of the University of Tartu:
The main Sports Hall: Ujula St. 4
Stadium and gym: Staadioni St. 21 (close to the Sports Hall)
Toomeoru outdoor tennis courts: Toomemägi, Baeri St. 6
The University's rowing base is located at Ranna tee 1.
To choose an activity or check schedules and fees, please contact the Sports Club (Ujula St. 4) at the beginning of the semester.
University Sports Club
Email: info [ät] tysk.ee
Phone: (+372) 737 6280Fitness Club
Email: ivika.varton [ät] ut.ee
Phone: (+372) 56 478 117
In addition to the University’s facilities, you can also choose from various sports clubs in town. Tartu has a water sports centre, Aura (Turu St. 10), with a full-size swimming pool, water park and fitness club.