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T 15. Aug

Formula of Luck or from a Dairy to a Millionaire!

19:00 - 21:00

Kambja parish | Eesti Põllumajandusmuuseum

  • Theatre
  • Main programme


Performance Formula of Luck or from a Dairy to a Millionaire! is telling a story of adventures of knight landlord Peeter Muna (1864-1934) accompanied by cheese and electicity.

Peeter Muna grew up in a farmhouse but received education and immersed himself in dairy farming, particularly in the cheese industry. He was successful, and his cheese became famous not only in St. Petersburg but also at exhibitions in Western Europe. Later, he became the lord of Ülenurme Manor.

Muna also dedicated himself to philanthropy and supported the art scene in Tartu, especially through the electric lighting campaign. Politically, he championed Estonian independence and helped Estonian peasants learn modern methods of dairy cattle breeding.

But, as is often the case in the business world, challenges and difficulties arose, especially during wartime, leading to a deterioration in his economic situation. Muna attempted to venture into a new path by building an electric power station, but it ended in bankruptcy, and the city acquired a cheaply bought power station.

The play also provides an overview of the lives and fates of other family members, including Peeter Muna’s children and sons-in-law. The play concludes with Peeter Muna’s death in 1934, offering the audience insight into the subsequent life journeys of other characters, which involve emigration and starting anew.

The play highlights a fascinating story from Estonian history, encompassing entrepreneurship, politics, and personal relationships, as well as societal and economic changes across different eras.

Formula of Luck or from a Dairy to a Millionaire! is a part of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 main programme.

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  • Partially accessible for people with reduced mobility
  • Partially accessible for the visually impaired
  • Partially accessible for people with intellectual disabilities


SA Eesti Maaelumuuseumid/Eesti Põllumajandusmuuseum


Muuseumi 4, Ülenurme, Tartu maakond, Eesti

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