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Toomemägi Revisited: Launch of lighting project


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Toomemägi Revisited: Launch of lighting project April 25 2024, 9.00 pm at Toomemägi

Tartu Cathedral will be celebrating its 800th anniversary during Tartu’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2024. To mark the occasion, we are producing a unique work of lighting art for the cathedral which will breathe new life into Toomemägi as an attractive and unconventional destination in the eyes of locals and foreign visitors alike. Tartu Cathedral is the biggest medieval church in Estonia and embodies a dramatic architectural hybridism: one half of the structure currently serves as the University of Tartu Museum, while the other half has been preserved as a unique set of ruins. An international competition was launched in 2023 for concepts for the artistic lighting solution. It was won by the renowned Belgian lighting design agency Light-to-Light – which boasts extensive experience all over Europe – in cooperation with lighting artists Chiara Carucci (Italy) and Alfred Sà (Spain). Their winning work, ‘Sunrise and Sunset’, was inspired by the story Dawn and Dusk by Estonia’s Friedrich Robert Faehlmann and combines Nordic folklore with modern technology. The lighting solution is both economical and dynamic, will change throughout the night and will relate in a new way to the surrounding natural environment and the people who live in the area. As a result of the project, the visually attractive cathedral will be an inspiring destination for everyone in Tartu – one which prompts them to interpret cultural heritage in what is quite literally a new light. ‘Toomemägi Revisited’ will inspire the innovative, creative and environmentally aware development of urban space. Visitors to the hill will also get to enjoy special light shows. This will provide an opportunity to experience Toomemägi’s mystical beauty in a completely new way. The lighting project forms part of the project ‘Toomemägi Revisited’, which brings to life Toomemägi Hill, so central to the city of Tartu, with light, culture and science. The project is part of the main programme of Tartu 2024: European Capital of Culture. What makes Toomemägi so distinctive has evolved over the centuries. The heart of medieval Tartu and the historic centre of the university have both been located on this hill. Today, Toomemägi is a peaceful park in the centre of the city, and yet very few people end up here. We are adding a new layer of interpretation to the heritage of this hill and welcome people from Tartu, Estonia and all over Europe to wander around here.

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