The Tartu Hanseatic Days to go forward in history this year
The Tartu Hanseatic Days 2008 take place in Estonia in 18-20 July at the centre of Tartu city for the 13th time this year and are divided between ages that are, have been and will be. In the River Town the Prehistoric times will be awakened, in Jaani Town the Hanseatic times in Rae Town the Contemporary times and Children's and Future Town will this time look into the Future times. All of these ages are united by hundreds of traders who create an authentic atmosphere at the Hansamarket.
According to Ants Johanson, the Tartu Hanseatic Days 2008 project manager, the Tartu Hanseatic Days give for the people of Tartu a good reason to leave the house, for the hobbyists a chance to perform, and we have a possibility to feel like citizens of one's city. „If it is interesting for us to be in Tartu, it is also nice for the visitors to come here,“ he said.
On Friday, 18 July, the Tartu Hanseatic Days 2008 will begin with a festive opening ceremony in the Rae Town, followed by a procession to Jaani Town. On Saturday the River Town, Children's and Future Town and the Hansamarket will also start with their activities.
On Saturday, 19 July, barrel organ players perform in Jaani Town. At midnight an exciting Knight Rournament takes place in Toome Hill.
On all the three days the visitors are welcomed by dance parties in Rae Town where, for example, brass band Tartu, ensembles Suveniir and Estraadiraadio as well as band Võta See play dance music. In the framework of the Hanseatic Days, there are events organised by ERP and Hansa night concerts that take place in Jaani Church.
Visitors will find interesting and educating workshops, such as Take a Rest (or „let the bread to the bones“) and Sharpen Your Eyes (River Town), Chimney sweep’s lucky buttons shop, Dance Guild's workshop and Räpina Papermill's workshop (Jaani Town).
Children's and Future Town offers exciting events for both children and adults since in addition to different attractions, there is a big 3D screen on which visions for the future of Tartu as well as Estonia are presented.
More than 200 traders have registered for the Hansamarket this year. There will be handicraft products, practical utensils and beautiful objects with historical aura for sale.
The Hanseatic Days in Estonia is organised since 1995 and it has become the biggest entertaining cultural festival of Tartu in summer. Last year more than 70,000 people visited the Tartu Hanseatic Days. The Tartu Hanseatic Days are supported by the city of Tartu. Updated: 11. July 2008