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 will be organized in collaboration with culture organizations and companies of Tartu. The whole event is site-specific – light art as well as installations of architectral lighting will be created taking into consideration the quiddity of Tartu, and they will be built on-site.

TAVA16 includes citizens as well as local companies and culture organizations. Together 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 TAVA16 lies in the ruins of Tartu Dome Church, from where it runs across the park of the Dome Hill, across Pirogov’s Square and the Town Hall Square and the bridge Kaarsild to end in Tartu City Museum.


all installations have been made especially for Tartu

interactive tools to reflect upon and analyze social issues, the audience can contribute to the making of artpieces.

Light education:
lab, presentations, workshops – exchange of experience, results exhibited instantly to the public. Both purchasers and consumers are taught to ask for good lighting solutions.

Meeting point:
professional light artists are put in touch with students, producers with purchasers, citizens with tourists.
The festival is organized in collaboration with Tartu City Government. Other partners: Tartu Art College, Tartu Art School, Tartu University Museum, Tartu City Museum, Aparaaditehas, Nooruse Gallery, Tartu Art House, NGO Elektriteater, Tartu Uus Teater, Genialistide Klubi, SA Tartumaa Tourism, etc.

The festival is organized by NGO Valgusklubi.