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installation programme

URBAN PAUSES/ August 16-19

9 installations / different locations

The main theme of the 2023 festival is "Urban Pauses" that focuses on the wastelands and voids of Tartu. These are transitional and untamed places, which at first glance seem to lack function, but nevertheless are valuable as they are. Together with artists we explore the impact and meaning of urban pauses in the city space. Installations inspired by urban pauses are created by nine artists or groups from Estonia and abroad, three of them are young architects that were selected through an open competition.

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photo: Nele Tammeaid

August 16–19 at 12:00-20:00

Oru 4

In the city nature can be found in places where humans don’t go, hidden out of sight and mysterious. In these spots there’s always hidden a garden where time seems to stop and hints of the city being a sanctuary for nature can be found. These secret gardens also teach us a lot about ourselves. They make us question whether city nature is beautiful or ugly, can we tolerate other species and unfamiliar situations, or do they make us unbearably uncomfortable.


Step into the secret garden on Oru Street, climb onto the referee's seat and decide for yourself.

Behind the concept of "Curated Biodiversity" stand three landscape architects:

Anna-Liisa Unt, Merle Karro-Kalberg and Karin Bachmann are landscape architects who head the "Curated biodiversity" project. It is part of the main programme of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024, and it aims to make the parks in central Tartu more diverse and pleasant for people, animals, insects and plants.

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