Programme

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10:00
The Day of the Book and the Rose
On April 23rd Prima Vista in cooperation with the Apollo bookstore at Tartu kaubamaja shopping centre invites you to celebrate World Book Day. From 10am to 6pm a book fair will take place on the first floor of Tartu kaubamaja. From noon to 2pm the writers Paavo Matsin and Heiki Vilep recommend books at Apollo bookstore. At 2pm the winner of Prima Vista literary prize First Step will be announced at the Apollo bookstore.Tartu Kaubamaja Apollo bookshop (Riia 1)
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13:00
Founding of Jaan Kaplinski Society at the Estonian Literary Museum
Jaan Kaplinski (1941-2021) was an internationally renowned poet and thinker. To support the research of his works and to extend the availability of his creative heritage his family and friends have decided to found the NPO Kaplinski Society where everybody who is interested in his life’s work can become a member. At the event at Estonian Literary Museum on May 6th his works will be discussed and his poetry will be read and performed as songs.Estonian Literary Museum (Vanemuise 42)
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11:00
Yuri Lotman Day
11.00 City tour Tartu And Lotman guided by Kaspar Jassa.  16.30 Public seminar Russian Poetry about War and During War at Tartu City Museum. 19.30 Aleksei Shipulin’s documentary “Yuri Lotman. My War and Peace” at Tartu City Museum   Tartu
11:00
City tour Tartu And Lotman guided by Kaspar Jassa 
Yuri Lotman Day. City tour Tartu And Lotman guided by Kaspar Jassa. Meeting point in front of Tartu University main building. In Russian.Tartu University main building (Ülikooli 18)
14:00
Meeting and workshop with the Lithuanian writer Jurga Vilė and Lina Itagaki, illustrator and author of comic books
Their collaborative graphic novel Siberian Haiku will be discussed. The guests are interviewed by Tiina Kattel. Everybody is welcome to participate in the workshop Letters in Match Boxes. The talk is in Lithuanian, with translation into Estonian, the workshop is in English. Tõstamaa room of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
15:00
„Akadeemia ‒ soon 400!”
A discount campaign for subscription of Akadeemia will be announced. The editors of the magazine read the latest issue. Almost 398 previous issues available at a good price. Jaan Tõnisson square
16:30
Public seminar Russian Poetry about War and During War
Yuri Lotman Day. Public seminar Russian Poetry about War and During War. In Russian.Tartu City Museum (Narva mnt 23)
17:30
Meeting with the German writer Timur Vermes
The guest is interviewed by historian Olaf Mertelsmann. The focus of the talk is Vermes’s bestseller Look Who’s Back. The talk is in German, with synchronised translation into Estonian.The hall of Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
18:00
„Games in Lotman’s life and works” – a lecture by Tatyana Kuzovkina
Yuri Lotman Day. A lecture by Tatyana Kuzovkina. In Russian.Tartu City Museum (Narva mnt 23)
19:00
The extra-playful edition of the Salong Literary Quiz Night
The limits of your quiz-abilities will be tested by City Writer Matsin and Doctor Lill.Culture Club Salong (Vanemuise 19 ground floor, entrance from the back of the house)
19:30
Aleksei Shipulin’s documentary “Yuri Lotman. My War and Peace”
Yuri Lotman Day. Aleksei Shipulin’s documentary “Yuri Lotman. My War and Peace”.Tartu City Museum (Narva mnt 23)
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12:00
The Estonian finale of the competition Lesefüchse international
A debate of young people who study German focuses on four contemporary German novels. The competition is organised by ZIA. The event is in German.The hall of Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
14:00
Literary and historical walk on the banks of river Emajõgi
Meeting point at Kroonuaia Bridge. A tour focusing on the bridges of Tartu. Historical background will be given by Ants Siim from Tartu City Library, excerpts from literary works will be read by Ülo Treikelder from Tartu Public Library. In Estonian. Kroonuaia Bridge
15:00
The announcement of the winners of the book review competition Ulakass
The announcement of the winners of the book review competition Ulakass at Tartu Tamme Gümnaasium.Tartu Tamme Gümnaasium (Nooruse 9)
16:00
Opening ceremony of Prima Vista 2022
Opening ceremony of Prima Vista 2022 at the conference hall of the University of Tartu Library.The conference hall of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
17:00
Presentation of the poetry CD i „Etno-tonte“ and performance of the duo LORU
Presentation of the poetry CD i „Etno-tonte“ and performance of the duo LORU at the book and art shop  tARTu.Art shop  tARTu (Kastani 42)
18:00
Literary Tuesday ‒ meeting with the Finnish writer Juha Hurme
The guest is interviewed by Heidi Iivari. The talk is in Finnish and Estonian. The event is supported by the Finnish Institute in Estonia and FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange.Tartu Literature House (Vanemuise 19)
18:00
„Ga Dong Tao” ‒ Natalja Murina’s solo performance based on the stories by Yelena Skulskaya
„Ga Dong Tao” ‒ Natalja Murina’s solo performance based on the stories by Yelena Skulskaya. The conference hall of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
19:30
Faerhstein / Siltšenko / Kotjuh ‒  Ticket to Ride
A poetic journey with music and light effects. The conference hall of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
20:00
Concert Stories and Songs from Ruhnu
The concert offers an interpretation of the musical heritage, history and village chronicles of the Swedish people in Ruhnu island. The courtyard of the culture club Salong (Vanemuise 19)
21:00
Literary night
Toomas Kiho will read his texts.Vein ja Vine (Rüütli 8)
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11:00
Literary adventures with the mobile app TartuFic
Literary orientation game for 7th and 8th grade students.Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
12:00
Tour at Raadi cemetery with guide Kaspar Jassa
Tour at Raadi cemetery with guide Kaspar Jassa, meeting point at the main gate.Raadi cemetery main gate (Kalmistu 22)
13:00
Writers tennis tournament
Initiated by the patron of this year’s festival, Urmas Vadi, a tennis tournament will take place where the players are Estonian writers. The participants include Armin Kõomägi, Mart Kivastik, Tiit Aleksejev, Anti Saar, Martin Oja and Urmas Vadi. Umpire: Joosep Susi.Tartu Academic Tennis Club (K. E.von Baeri 6)
14:20
Human Library for youth at the Karlova-Ropka Library
The representatives of different professions meet young people acting as “human books”, sharing their experience.Karlova-Ropka Library of Tartu Public Library (Tehase 16)
15:00
Kind Lear And His Children – a performance by theatre studio „Poeesia sõpruskond”
A musical farce in Russian, Estonian, Ukrainian, German, French, and English. Director Yelena Skulskaya. Texts by William Shakespeare, Ossip Mandelstami, Marina Tsvetaeva,  Joseph Brodsky and Yelena Skulskaya.The conference hall of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
17:00
Presentation of the book “Minu Karjala” (My Karelia) by Mika Keränen
Presentation of the book “Minu Karjala” (My Karelia) by Mika Keränen at the Apollo bookshop in Tartu Kaubamaja.Tartu Kaubamaja Apollo bookshop (Riia 1)
17:00
Writer On The Border Of Game And Fantasy – an evening with Alexander Genis
A lecture by Alexander Genis, followed by a discussion. In Russian, with synchronised translation into Estonian.The conference hall of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
18:00
Meeting with the Lithuanian writer Birutė Jonuškaitė
The discussion is led by Tiiu Sandrak and Tiina Kattel. In Lithuanian, with translation into Estonian.The hall of Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
18:30
Patron’s Night
A summary of the tennis tournament by Joosep Susi, the participating authors read their sport-related texts, a discussion about the intersections of tennis and literature.Culture Club Salong (Vanemuise 19 ground floor, entrance from the back of the house)
19:00
Performance „Mul oli nõbu“  (I Had a Cousin) by Vaba Lava
The theatre performance is based on the play by Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce, one of the Latvian guests of this year’s festival. Director: Valters Sīlis, translated by Contra. Cast: Rea Lest and Henrik Kalmet. Tickets available at Piletilevi.The theatre hall of the Estonian National Museum (Muuseumi tee 2)
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11:00
Prima Vista Book Fair
Prima Vista Book Fair at Town Hall Square 11.00-19.00Town Hall Square
11:00
Tartu Public Library’s children’s program at the book fair -Terje Homutov and Lembe Mõttus
Opening of the children’s program ‒ a concert by the children of Karlova kindergarten. Art workshop with a writer: Terje Homutov and Lembe Mõttus.Town Hall Square
12:00
Conference The Experimentality of Tartu 1988‒2010
Conference The Experimentality of Tartu 1988‒2010.The old anatomy building of the University (Uppsala 10)
15:00
A city tour The Stories and Colours of Supilinn  dedicated to street art with guide Anna Leena Neering
Meeting point in front of the club Genialistid. Pre-registration required by May 11th.Club Genialistid (Magasini 5)
16:00
Meeting with the Swedish writer Agneta Pleijel
The guest will be interviewed by the literary scholar Esbjörn Nyström (Sweden). The talk is in Swedish, with synchronised translation into Estonian.The hall of Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
16:00
Presentation of the poetry book „Мой круг земной” Nadezhda Valk
Presentation of the poetry book „Мой круг земной” Nadezhda Valk at the music department of the University of Tartu Library.The Music Department of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
16:30
Joint dance at Prima Vista Book Fair: music Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush) and „Teadagi“ (Singer Vinger)
Inspired by the novel by Emily Brontë, the song Wuthering Heights and the choreography of the song have become popular worldwide and in several places people have gathered to recreate the chore-ography. At Prima Vista the joint dance took place in 2021 for the first time. As 2022 has been declared the Year of Libraries in Estonia a choreography project was initiated to celebrate this by dancing to the song „Teadagi” by Singer Vinger. Everybody is welcome to join.Town Hall Square
17:00
Prima Vista charity project summary
This year the charity project of the festival focused on the children of Emajõe School. In cooperation with the teachers of the Children’s Art School of Tartu workshops are organised for children with visual impairment and books will be collected as donations from the publishers.Town Hall Square
18:00
Meeting with the Norwegian writer Nina Lykke
The guest is interviewed by the translator Sigrid Tooming. The talk is in Norwegian, with synchronised translation into Estonian. The hall of Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
18:00
Young Authors Night
Performers: Manfred Dubov, Anna Kaare, Susanna Mett, Maryliis Teinfeldt and Mikk Tšaškin.Culture Club Salong (Vanemuise 19 ground floor, entrance from the back of the house)
18:00
A literary night with local Russian authors
Moderated by Marina Raudar and Julia Barsukova. In Russian.Tõstamaa room of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
19:00
Performance „Mul oli nõbu“  (I Had a Cousin) by Vaba Lava
The theatre performance is based on the play by Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce, one of the Latvian guests of this year’s festival. Director: Valters Sīlis, translated by Contra. Cast: Rea Lest and Henrik Kalmet. Tickets available at Piletilevi.The theatre hall of the Estonian National Museum (Muuseumi tee 2)
20:00
Concert Writers in Music
Concert Writers in Music at the culture club Salong: Mãris Šverns trio „Baložu pilni pagalmi” (Latvia),  Aapo Ilves and ensemble Avangorod.Culture Club Salong (Vanemuise 19 ground floor, entrance from the back of the house)
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10:00
Human Library for youth at the Tammelinn library
The representatives of different professions meet young people acting as “human books”, sharing their experience.Tammelinna Library of Tartu Public Library (Suur kaar 56)
10:00
Human Library for youth at the Annelinn library
The representatives of different professions meet young people acting as “human books”, sharing their experience.Annelinn Library of Tartu Public Library ( Kaunase pst 23)
10:00
Human Library for youth at the Ilmatsalu library
The representatives of different professions meet young people acting as “human books”, sharing their experience.Ilmatsalu Library of Tartu Public Library ( Kooli tee 5, Ilmatsalu alevik))
12:00
Performance A Book is Dancing: Dance in Children’s Literature
A performance for children introducing and synthesising literature and dance. Director: Heili Lindepuu, organiser: Ilieh theatreThe hall of Tartu Public Library (Kompanii 3/5)
14:00
A Lecture The Poetics of Lotman’s Autograph by Igor Rosenfeld
A Lecture The Poetics of Lotman’s Autograph by Igor Rosenfeld. Tõstamaa room of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
14:00
A tour on the tracks of Lenin’s Walz by Paavo Matsin led by the author
A tour on the tracks of Lenin’s Walz by Paavo Matsin led by the author, meeting point at Tartu Railway Station.Tartu Railway Station
15:30
A tour Yuri Lotman, Professor of the University of Tartu at the exhibition dedicated to Yuri Lotman at the University of Tartu Library
A tour Yuri Lotman, Professor of the University of Tartu at the exhibition dedicated to Yuri Lotman at the University of Tartu Library led by the curator Natalya Gradoboeva. Meeting in the 2nd floor exhibition hall.The University of Tartu (W. Struve 1) 2nd floor
16:00
Ping-Pong With Homer – a reading of the Estonian translations of Homer’s works by the classical philologists of the University of Tartu
Ping-Pong With Homer – a reading of the Estonian translations of Homer’s works by the classical philologists of the University of Tartu.Liivi 4 building, room 104.
17:00
Carl Neville and Tariq Goddard (UK) ‒ introduction of the anthology The Repeater Book of Heroism
The book published by Repeater Books has been compiled by Alex Niven and Tariq Goddard and includes essays of the heroic figures of the authors. Tariq Goddard and one of the authors represented in the anthology, Carl Neville, talk about how this book became to be and which heroes the 21st century might need. The talk is moderated by  Berk Vaher. In English.Web
18:00
Meeting with the Latvian writer Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce
The talk is led by Contra, music by Eerik Kokk. In Latvian, with translation into Estonian. The Music Department of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
19:00
Literary night of the series Nights With Estonian Science Fiction
Literary night of the series Nights With Estonian Science Fiction.Tartu Literature House (Vanemuise 19)
19:00
The finale of Tartu poetry slam competition TarSlämm
After a long pause we can see the finalists coming from the competitions of  three previous years: 2020, 2021 and 2022. Now is the time to slam! The MCs are Toomas Leppik and Sirel Heinloo. Guest performer: Jill Kenny (Ireland).  The finalists: Rahel Ariel Kaur, Liisbet Teemaa, Jürgen Dengo, Kaisa Linn, Elo Saal, Kristel Zimmer, Tommi Turunen, Maris Pedaja, murca.Vilde ja Vine (Vallikraavi 4)
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13:00
Awarding ceremony of the information search game for youth
Awarding ceremony of the information search game for youth at the Fahrenheit 451° Book Room.Fahrenheit 451° Book Room (Aparaaditehas, Kastani 42)
14:00
A walk dedicated to the street art of Karlova led by Talvi Põldmal 
A walk dedicated to the street art of Karlova led by Talvi Põldma. Pre-registration required by May 13thAparaaditehas (Kastani 42)
15:00
Awarding of the winners of the competition of The Weirdest Poem
A competition for students and teachers where weird poems can be read alone or together, with a friend and an enemy, well and badly, about love and hatred, truth and justice, etc. Everything can be contributed: written texts and videos; poems read and performed in /with music, photos, dances, performances, knitwork of objects of concrete. The main thing is that the poem should be really weird and foolish.The lobby hall of the University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
16:00
A Public Encounter with the Lyrical Self
On the last day of the Prima Vista Festival, everybody has a rare opportunity to meet genuine mental giants of world cultural thought history, whose importance in the formation of our language, culture , and national consciousness is hard to underestimate. The public encounter with the lyrical self is a performative common meditation dealing with the ways of  existence of poetry in culture, in the reality around us and above all in the hearts of the people. Is it not true that poetry creates us as much as we create poetry? To this encounter with the lyrical self a poetry book close to your heart may be taken along.The University of Tartu Library (W. Struve 1)
19:00
Poetry party with the Lyrical Self
The closing event of Prima Vista is a verbal and musical party where the limits of poetry and person are sought. The performers at the playful event will be Nyk de Vries (Netherlands), Adele Ivánova (Brazil), Nikolay Madzhirov (North Macedonia),  Krišjānis Zeļģis & Artūrs Punte (Latvia), Katrin Väli, Liisa Mudist and Triin Soomets. The party continues with DJs.Culture Club Salong (Vanemuise 19 ground floor, entrance from the back of the house)