Tartu International Literature Festival Prima Vista

21.09.2020 |

Tartu International Literature Festival "Prima Vista" that traditionally takes place in May has been postponed to autumn because of the emergency situation. The events and meetings with writers inspired by festival's theme "Human Shadows" will take place on 21-26 September and partly on 9-14 November.

This year's Tartu International Literature Festival Prima Vista will be centered around the topics memory, mental health and the impact of human actions on the environment. Through the web both the guests of the festival and the Estonian poets who participated in the international project Borderlines of the non-profit association Lavaluule (Performance poetry) will have a word. The events will be distributed between two weeks each in September and November as due to a very dense programme not all the guests could plan their visit at the same time. 

Prima Vista is the highlight of Tartu as UNESCO City of Literature; the festival has twice received the annual cultural prize of the City of Tartu as well as EFFE Label for 2015–2016 and 2019–2020. Taking place in numerous places around the city and being open to different ideas and ways of cooperation, the festival has built a strong and growing network around it, collaborating with a number of institutions, organisations, and venues from educational and cultural institutions, bookshops, museums, cultural factories and community societies to cafés and shopping centres.

The festival features many readings, presentations, lectures, workshops, and family events, aiming to bring together writers and readers and introduce various forms. Above all Prima Vista is dedicated to literature, to the written as well as the spoken word, but the festival programme also includes concerts and film nights, exhibitions and other forms of art which have connections with literature.

The whole this year's programme can be found here. The partner town of Prima Vista in this year is C─ôsis in Latvia.

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