Cultural Programme

July 15 – August 2, 2019

The essence of the social and cultural programme is to help the participants at Tallinn Summer School to gain a valuable overview of Estonian culture based on local heritage, and to enhance links between the different courses. We endeavour to show you the wide diversity of Estonia’s culture and to create a meeting place for you all.

The programme for summer 2019 will be available in January 2019. Please see below the programme from summer 2018 as an example.

For the first weekend trip (14-15 July) we are going for an underground adventure at the Estonian Mining Museum in Kohtla-Nõmme (where deep under the ground we will explore the mines and find out about the life and work of miners in the shale extraction industry. We will then stay in cabins at a camping area near the sea and have a long, relaxing evening with summer activities. On the following day, we will visit the beautiful Narva Castle, telling the full story of the city of Narva and where we will learn more interesting facts about Estonian history from the country’s eastern frontier. Afterwards, we will go to Lahemaa National park and Viru bog to experience the true beauty of natural Estonia, take a short hike through the green park and picturesque Viru bog, and see typical local plants, flowers, trees, mushrooms, berries, birds and even animals.

The second trip (21-22 July) is headed in the other direction, down to South Estonia, where we will visit the country’s second largest city – Tartu. There we will have a guided tour and find out about the history, people and most interesting places of this famous university city, the intellectual capital of the country. Afterwards, in a first for Tallinn Summer School, we will be visiting the beautiful region of Setomaa – the historical area of the Seto people, where many ancient traditions have been preserved over the centuries along with their own distinct language. This truly will be a unique cultural experience: see the traditional handcrafts and rituals, hear the sound of this rare language and its songs that have absorbed features of both Estonian and Russian cultures. In addition, we will explore the Piusa caves – initially a quarry for quartz sand, used to make glass, and now gives visitors the chance to explore these underground galleries made of sandstone.

Many events and open lectures are available for all the participants for free, for example welcoming reception, international night and movie nights.  The guided tours, museum visits and weekend trips are for an extra fee. Find the dates and times for all the events from the Google Calendar below.