The project Emajõgi - the Birth and Death of Tartu aims to bring Emajõgi to the forefront of Tartu's and the wider Europe's attention.
This project participates in the first Tartu 2024 culture and education programme development process, as a part of "Tartu with Europe" programme line. Projects that successfully complete the process will advance in to the European Capital of Culture programme.

Tartu has, since its inception, been bound to Emajõgi. The river's ability to move merchandise and bring together people was one of the main reasons why the first settlement was founded here over a thousand years ago. Ever since then, the city has lived in the beat of Emajõgi - the river has guided the city's growth and development. Despite the role that Emajõgi has played in Tartu's and its citizen's lives, few recognise the improtance of the river.  

For the purpose of the planned exhibition, an architectural exhibition space will be built on the right bank of Emajõgi, where through audiovisual and lighting solutions the history of Emajõgi will be brought to life. 
Led by: Nele Dresen ( ja Kristi Musteikis (
Read the initial project description from the Bid Book (p 37)