Culture programme

On Thursday, March 17, there will be a tour day with cultural and craft related activities. 
The programme includes:
9.00 bus leaves from the parking lot behind Viljandi Department Store, Tallinn str 3
9.15-12.00 tour in Olustvere manor

  • Olustvere is one of the best preserved manorial estate ensembles in Estonia. Nowadays, the school named Olustvere School of Rural Economics and Service Industry is located in the manor site and next door. There are various craft workshops and facilities within the complex. During the visit, a short workshop about traditional bread making will be held. More about Olustvere Manor.

12.00-13.30 lunch in Viljandi
12.30-14.00 free time in Viljandi - visiting small craft shops
14.00 bus leaves from the parking lot behind Viljandi Department Store, Tallinn str 3
14.15-17.00 tour in Loodi and Heimtali Museum

  • The permanent exhibition of the Heimtali Museum's multi-layered collections includes school customs from a hundred years ago, old documents as well as tools from the surrounding area. However, the collection of national textiles and the library of folk art, home culture and art are especially rich. More about Heimtali Museum. The visit will include The Lonliest Lamp Shop in Loodi.

18.00-23.00 final party in Estonian Traditsional Music Centre (Tasuja pst 6, Viljandi)
The evening includes dinner, concert by duo Suits&Kool and Estonian folk dancing.
Duo Suits&Kool are inspired by playing traditional dance music: mostly pieces created for the Estonian diatonic accordion, kannel and fiddle. In addition, they sing some old songs about life and love. They have both graduated from the UT Viljandi Culture Academy with a degree in folk music.

We kindly ask you to take a few questions with you for the quiz show on Thursday evening. Also we would love each university to prepare a short game or other activity for the final party.

  • If you are interested in Estonian folk music and dances, you can attend Tantsumaja, Dance House party on Wednesday, March 16 in Estonian Traditsional Music Centre (Tasuja pst 6). At 19.00 there will be a workshop about basic dance steps, followed by a concert and free dancing until 23.00. Participation fee 6€/4€(students).
  • In Traditional Music Centre, there is a photo exhibition about male crafts and craftsmen. Small insight to the exhibition.

Estonian folk dance. Photo by M. F. Lind.