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TARTU IN LIGHT / TAVA

Introduction

Tartu Architectural Lighting and Light Art Festival TAVA2020 is a consistent, international, and cross-disciplinary festival of lighting design and light art. The festival takes place biannually and TAVA2021 is the third addition.

The main events of TAVA2021 will take place on October 27-30, 2021. The workshops and the side program will create a festival lasting almost a month. In cooperation with Tartu in Light, the Annual General Meeting of the Outdoor Lighting Association LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International) will take place for the first time in Estonia, bringing together nearly 300 specialists in the field of light art and architectural lighting.

The main program of TAVA2021 consists of international workshops, outdoor installations, conference, light fair and indoor exhibitions. In addition to this, a side-program with engaging concerts, light shows, fireworks and other performances will be created in cooperation with Tartu cultural institutions and companies. The whole event is as site-specific as possible - most of the light art and architectural lighting installations are created taking into account the uniqueness of Tartu and concerning topics that are of great importance to Estonia. Together, Tartu will be transformed into a World of Light, that welcomes people interested in culture to South Estonia as an inviting glimmer of light in the Nordic season of darkness.

Principles

Site-specific:
most of the installations are made specifically for Tartu.

Interactivity:
interactive tools for reflecting on and analysing social topics, the viewer has the opportunity to participate in the creation of a work of art.

Light education:
conference, workshops - exchange of experience, all the results will be exhibited instantly to the public. Both purchasers and consumers are taught to ask for effective lighting solutions.

Meeting point:
professional light artists are brought together with students, producers with consumers, citizens with guests.

Professionalism:
the artistic choices are made by a team of curators, which is selected of indisputable top artists in their field and open competitions are held to select performers.

Effectiveness:
TAVA's ambition is to be a major lighting design and light art event in the field of contemporary art and architecture. We aim to develop the light awareness in the society and create a favourable environment for the high-quality lighting design and light art in Estonia and worldwide.

The festival is organised in collaboration with Tartu City Government. Other partners are: St. John's Church of Tartu, Tartu Art College, Tartu Art School, Gallery Noorus, Tartu New Theatre, Tartu county Tourism Foundation and others.

The festival is organized by NGO Valgusklubi.