VIDEO: Gaudeamus Festival brings a lot of kissing students to Tartu Town Hall Square on Valentine’s Day


This afternoon, a folk flash mob action dedicated to the Valentine’s Day and the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia was held in Tartu, which filled the Town Hall Square with many kissing students and hugging friends.

To the surprise of many Tartuers and tourists, the Town Hall Square was filled today exactly at 12 o’clock with blue umbrellas and human figures that imitated the shapes of the famous Tartu’s “Kissing Students” sculpture. The Town Hall Clock was specially tuned to play Uno Loop’s famous song “What’s the Color of Love”.

Gaudeamus’s singers, dancers and other enthusiastic Tartuers stayed in the pose for a few minutes. Then, “What’s the Color of Love” was played through the speakers over the city center, and participants began to dance with the song. The event also spontaneously engaged children and people from the street.

“On 22-24th of June we are organizing the largest Gaudeamus student festival in the Baltics and the very long tradition of this festival has also survived thanks to friendship between people. Today’s event celebrates this long-standing friendship and invites everyone to the festival to Tartu on Midsummer’s Eve. “commented Kulno Kungla, Gaudeamus 2018 project manager.

According to Kungla, the program is going to be tight and engaging, and Estonia’s top performers of their fields — such as the directors Ain Mäeots, Mart Koldits and Renee Nõmmik, the acclaimed conductors Tõnu Kaljuste and Kuno Kerge, the award-winning lighting designer Meelis Lusmägi and others — are involved in the creation.

Gaudeamus brings more than 4,000 high-level performers across the Baltics to Tartu. The event, which is part of the EV100 program, combines light art, music, choral song and dance into a magnificent performance which the city has never seen before.

Tickets for the dance performance “The Mystery of Midsummer’s Eve” and the song festival “Songs of Midsummer” can be bought from Piletilevi.

The project is supported by EV100, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Culture, the City of Tartu, the Rectors’ Council, the University of Tartu, the Estonian University of Life Sciences and the Estonian National Museum.

Additional information:
Kulno Kungla
Gaudeamus 2018 Project Manager
Tel: +372 50 49 658

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Meelika Hirmo
Gaudeamus 2018 Communications Manager
Tel: +372 50 41 258