Open call for Tartu in Light TAVA2020 lighting design workshop leaders


Tartu in Light | TAVA2020, the architectural lighting and light art festival, is inviting Estonian and international artists and designers to create city space light installations and lead the IALD architectural lighting workshops. Everyone who is fascinated by light and its impact on city spaces can apply.

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2020. (See below for more details on the call.) 

The 2020 festival edition will take place from 28 to 31 October, with related events and exhibitions all through the month.



TAVA lighting design workshops

As a part of the TAVA2020 festival there will be three architectural lighting design workshops carried out in the public space and inner city of Tartu. The goal of the workshops is to give students, lighting design enthusiasts and professional lighting designers a “hands-on“ experience, from concept development to construction of installations, as well as training on key lighting design topics. The workshops will be led by internationally renowned IALD lighting designers.

 “TAVA2020 workshops will focus on highlighting Tartu cityscape and expanding the public space at night-time. They offer an opportunity to convert night-time public space to a cosy place frequented by many people by creating night sights. We will be painting on the canvas of darkness with light and colour in places that have been waiting to be revived, highlighted and discovered,” said Eva Tallo and Marko Kuusik, curators of TAVA2020 workshops.

 Read more about the application process here.


City space light installations

Within the framework of the festival, a Light Road will be opened on October 28-31, which will bear the overall title Light Games in the City.

 “In order for the urban space to change, people’s views must change first. Temporary artistic intervention in urban space is an ideal manner to introduce new possibilities. “Light Games in the City” invites the public to discover their city from a different angle, to offer material for thought and joy of discovery. In order to emphasize playfulness and social diversity, we have chosen small utopian arrangements of our own in the heart of Tartu city centre to become the locations of light installations,” explains Andra Orn, the curator of TAVA2020 city-space installations.

Read more about applying here.


About TAVA

TAVA2020 is an international, cross-disciplinary festival of lighting design and light art. The main program of the festival takes place from 28 to 31 October, with the preliminary events and indoor exhibitions lasting for nearly a month.

This year, the LUCI Annual General Meeting will be take place in Tartu on 28 – 31 October 2020 during the TAVA light festival. More details coming soon!



Image: TAVA2018 IALD Architectural Lighting Design Workshop, leaded by Simas Rinkevicius and Ruta Palyonite.  Tartu Toy Museum. Photo: Annika Haas.








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