Press release: Tartu in Light is building its first Lightpath!

Since this Monday installation artists are moving around Tartu City centre and preparing city space light-installations. Architectural lighting design workshops are in progress! We’re glad to announce that the festival has gained international recognition. Besides Estonia, we have participants from Russia, Egypt and yes, even from Iran. Yesterday’s testing at Dome Church of Tartu already brought a lot of people to see whats up.

Architectural lightig design workshop objects as well other light-installations created by selected light artists will form the very first Lightpath in Tartu that will be opened for public already this Friday at 9pm at Tartu New Theatre (Tartu Uus Teater) where official festive opening is taking place. An audio-visual performace will be held by Mick Pedaja and VJ Alyona Movko. The Lightpath trajectory is: University of Tartu Museum/Dome Church of Tartu – Dome hill – Town Sqaure/Hall – river Emajõgi/bridge Kaarsild – Tartu City Museum. It’ll be opened for public until midnight of October 23. Also, guided tours will take place every evening.


TAVA16 focuses largely on lighting design education. The following workshops will take place this week:

Thursday, Oct. 20., Head of ÅF Lighting Allan Ruberg will give an introduction to a user centered approach to public lighting and address the key issues in successful master planning. We welcome all public sector representative twho are working in the field of public space design.

Friday, Oct. 21. Varvara Guljaeva and Mar Canet Sola will introduce how you can control the color of light to compose animations, patterns, pictures etc.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21.-22. Guerilla lighitng workshop and public lighting action will take place. It’s free to particpate. Feel free to bring along your entire family! Guerrilla Lighting is an open source idea for creating magical moments of quality lighting that demonstrates the power of light to transform spaces.

You can still sign up for the international lighting design conference and lightfair that will take place at Aparaaditehas in Oct. 21 at 9am. A discounted ticket that doesn’t include lunch meal can be bought just before the start.


The festival exhibition „The Promised Light“ continues as well. The second part will be opened on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6pm in Tartu Art House. It’s an internation group exhibition. Participating artist are: Anna Salmane and Krišs Salmanis (Latvia), Bence György Pálinkás (Hungary), Berat Işık (Turkey), David Kellner (Austria), Diana Tamane (Estonia/Latvia), Jevgeni Zolotko (Estonia), Matija Plevnik (Slovenia), Rapolas Valiukevičius and Aukstasis Moxlas (Lithuania) and Terje Toomistu (Estonia). The curator of the exhibition is Tanel Rander.

You can upload your photos of light-installations to our website. Best ones will be awarded.

We are waiting for You!