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Practical Information for Tartu 2024 Opening Guests Programme


25th January


18:15 Transfers from hotels to the Estonian National Museum

19:00 Welcome Dinner hosted by the Mayor of Tartu, Urmas Klaas

  • Dress code: business attire
  • Venue: Estonian National Museum, A entrance
  • Address: Muuseumi tee 2

22:00 Transport back to the city centre

  • 21:00-… Optionally, the evening continues at winebar Vint (Ülikooli 7)

On the 25th and the 26th of January, we have reserved a special wine bar Vint (Ülikooli 7) just for you. This is the place to meet old and new friends, warm up and celebrate together! Access to this bar is granted by a wristband that will be waiting for you in your hotel room.


26th January

09:15 Joint walk from the hotel to Pirogovi Park

  • Accompanied by volunteers

9:30 Greetings from Tartu 2024 CEO Kuldar Leis and Urmas Klaas, the Mayor of Tartu 

  • Address: Pirogov Park, Ülikooli Street, takes place outdoors

10:00-12:00 Site and Museum Visits in Tartu

12:30-14:00 Buffet Lunch

  • Address: Humal Restaurant, Riia 4

15:00 Doors open at Vanemuise Concert Hall

  • Address: Vanemuise 6
  • To ensure a smooth entrance, please arrive at 15:30 the latest

16:00-18:00 Reception at Vanemuise Concert Hall

  • Dress code: business attire

18:30 Joint Walk to the Public Opening Ceremony Venue (optional)

19:00-20:00 An Outdoor Opening Ceremony by Emajõgi

  • Location: by Vabaduse puiestee
  • Dress code: according to the weather

(15:00)-23:00 Official Tartu 2024 Warm-Up Party

  • Location: Town Square

20:15 Buses to the Estonian National Museum

  • Access only to people who are invited to the sneak peek of the exhibition “Who Claims the Night?”

*21:00-23:00 Exclusive Sneak Peek of Exhibition “Who Claims the Night?”

  • Estonian National Museum, B-entrance, Muuseumi tee 2
  • Special Access Only

*21:00- 02:00 ÖÖ24 at Estonian National Museum

  • Special Access Only

21:00-03:00 Official Tartu 2024 Afterparty in front of Estonian National Museum A-entrance

  • Free Access

21:00-… Alternatively, the evening continues at Winebar Vint (Ülikooli 7)

**23:00 Buses back from the Estonian National Museum to the city centre

*Due to space restrictions access to these events is limited. Please see more in your practical information email.

** Free city buses will run every hour from 22:00-02:00 from the Estonian National Museum to the city centre.

27th January


Optional side-programme:

*09:45 – 14:00 Winter Trails (NB! Participation is based on earlier registration that has now closed)

09:45 Meet-up with the volunteer at the hotel, going to the bus

10:00 Bus departures for Winter Trails

10:30-13:00 Hiking in the winter trails

  •  Please be ready for the cold weather, take winter boots and warm clothes with you

13:00 Lunch in the forest

14:00 Arrival back to Tartu

17:45 – 22:30 Regional opening in Põlva (NB! Participation is based on earlier registration that has now closed)

17:45 Meet-up with the volunteer at the hotel, going to the bus

18:00 Bus to the regional opening in Põlva

  • Please be aware that there is no organised meal at the regional opening

22:30 Back in Tartu from Põlva

*Winter Trails in Emajõe-Suursoo Wetlands takes the seeker of a special natural experience to the frozen marsh trails to experience the heritage and soundscapes in three different places: Varnja, Ahunapalu and Emajõe-Suursoo Keskus. During three weeks in the middle of the darkest and coldest Estonian winter, guided hiking tours, movie nights, meetings with historians and writers, concerts, and an exhibition programme will be held. Winter is coming – it’s time to set off for the Winter Trails Festival!


There might be minor changes in the programme.



Besides the programme we have curated for you, there are plenty of other events happening in Tartu to celebrate the beginning of the title year. See here for all of the events.

If you wish, you can visit the following museums for free on the 26th and 27th of January: Tartu Art House, A Le Coq Museum, KOGO Gallery, Pallas Noorus Gallery, Estonian Sports and Olympic Museum, Toy Museum, University of Tartu Museum, KGB Cells Museum.

Just use the password “Tartu 2024 Opening Ceremony” for free access.


Registration for the Opening Weekend has finished.
Please notify us of any changes you might have in your travel or participation plans at [email protected]


We have organised and will cover your accommodation for two nights. The pre-booking is for 25-27 January but we will modify it according to your registration information. We will contact you about the hotel before the event. Please be aware that going to the regional opening might mean you need to extend your stay in Tartu.

Reaching Tartu

Transport from the airport is organised for guests arriving in Tallinn and Riga. This will be arranged based on the information that you provided in the registration form. You will be contacted about this before your arrival. We will do our best to make your transport from either of those locations both convenient and environmentally friendly so we hope for your understanding if you have to wait a bit for the rest of the people to gather. The distance between Tartu and Tallinn is about 2-2.5 hours by car or bus. The distance between Tartu and Riga is about 4 hours.


Estonia lies in the northern part of the temperate climate zone and the transition zone between maritime and continental climate. January is one of the coldest months and temperatures can vary widely depending on the week and the year. On average, the temperature falls between -10°C – -1°C. This year, we have had quite a cold January. Snow and snow storms can be expected along with windy weather. Please check here for more specific predictions as the time comes: We strongly urge you to dress appropriately for the weather as our opening ceremony, and parts of the afterparty will be outside. Layers, hats, gloves and warm boots are a must. Please bear this in mind especially if you plan on going to the winter hike or the regional opening.


Our goal is to ensure equal opportunities for all our participating guests.

Vanemuine Concert Hall and the Estonian National Museum are accessible to people with moving difficulties. The accessibility specification of each venue can be found below.

If you have any other access requirements that we should be aware of, please let us know and we will try our best to create equal opportunities for our guests. For additional questions, please contact [email protected] or call Karmen Juhkam at +37256353431. Please inform us as soon as possible.

Environmentally Friendly Guidelines

Environmentally friendly culture management is fundamental to us. Anyone also interested in this can familiarise themselves with it here. However, there are small things that all of us can do to try to be more mindful of our impact on the environment. Here are some easy suggestions for you!

  • Please bring your reusable water bottle and drink tap water! The tap water in Estonia is potable and of high quality.
  • For the opening celebrations, bring your cup to purchase a hot drink, if desired. There will be a Ringo reusable cup system available on-site. These cups can be returned to a designated tent or a yellow Ringo container.
  • We will be sorting the waste which will be produced at the event – general waste, organic waste, packaging, and containers. Please help us in this effort by following the instructions and taking action.
  • Thank you in advance if you will be coming to the event on foot, by cycling, using public transport, or carpooling with family and friends.

Public Transport and Moving in the City

Traffic and parking are limited in the city on the 26th of January. Many of you will use transport provided by us, however, whenever moving by yourself, we encourage you to either walk or use public transport. Tickets can be purchased from orange validation machines on the bus via contactless payment and Google Maps offers reliable routes and schedules. On the 26th of January, public transport within the city of Tartu is free for everyone. Please check here for more detailed information on public transport within Tartu.

Estonia has both Bolt and Uber.
Other options in Tartu: Forus Takso (+372 612 0000), Elektritakso (+372 588 588 00). In Tallinn: Tallink Takso (+372 640 8921), Forus Takso (+372 612 0000).

Other Practical Matters

  • Estonia is generally well covered by different WiFi networks.
  • Smoking is permitted only in a designated smoking room or outside.
  • The currency of the Republic of Estonia is the euro.
  • The emergency number is 112.
  • The electricity supply in Estonia is 230 volts. Type F power sockets are in use.
  • Visit Estonia
  • Visit Tartu

Please direct all questions regarding practical matters to [email protected] or call Karmen Juhkam (International Relations Assistant) +372 5343 7911