This year the Prima Vista literary festival is about the game limits


Tartu will be once again taken over by the literary festival this spring, on May 9th-14th.  The theme of the festival is Game limitsand the patron of the festival is Urmas Vadi. So, the public is called up to think about where the game limits run, when will a game become reality and reality a game, does game help us manage the everyday dullness?

The festival patron Urmas Vadi wishes to organize a writers’ tennis tournament. I have found that when playing tennis you have the same feeling of free movement as when writing at your best moments, you simply play, your thoughts have a different regime. It seems you have entered a different space.  Maybe the game limit is when we join tennis and literature and bring in that way something of our inner self to the readers.’

Among the Estonian authors the public will meet Tartu city writer Paavo Matsin who will organize a cultural Čhistorical walking tour along the routes of his book Lenin’s Walz. Among the visitors from other countries the readers will meet Nina Lykke from Norway, Juha Hurme from Finland, Timur Vermes from Germany and Alexander Genis from the USA. The festival is also expecting Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce from Latvia, Birute Jonuškaitè from Lithuania, British author Carl Neville and Irish poet Jill Kenny.

As a Prima Vista warm-up event, the Day of the Book and the Rose will take place on the 23rd of April. During the festival week a book fair is open on the Town Hall Square; young authors will introduce their work at a reading night,  and the traditional concert Writers in Music will take place; there will be a film programme at the cinema theater Electric Theater and the art exhibitions related to the theme of the festival will be open at the University Library and Tartu Public Library. Several events of the traditional park library will this year take place on the Town Hall Square to add more festival feeling to the book fair. Tartu Public Library and the Tartu City Museum will also invite you to a literary walk along the riverbank.  

The festival reaches its final on the 14th of May with a great poetry night in the courtyard of the Literary House and culture club Salong which is also a preliminary event of The Prima Vista festival of 2024, the year of Tartu 2024 – European Capital of Culture.

The events and authors will be introduced on the Prima Vista homepage and the Prima Vista Instagram and Facebook pages. 

The NGO Prima Vista is formed of the Tartu University Library, Tartu City Library, the Tartu section of the Estonian Writers’ Union and the Estonian Literary Society. 

Liis Seljamaa

communication manager

 NGO Literary Festival Prima Vista