The European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 invites to the Big Baltic Roast

  • 2023-11-03

Next week, on November 9th from 19.00, Tartu and the Southern Estonian region is inviting the people of Riga to a celebration of the opening of the Tartu 2024 programme with a Big Baltic Roast together with comics from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. The event will take place at "Tu jau zini Kur" at Tallinas Street 10-3, Riga.

In 2024, the region of Tartu and Southern Estonia will become the European Capital of Culture. In preparation for this huge cultural event, the organisers of European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 is visiting Riga to introduce its neighbours to next year's programme and plans.

"The slogan of the Tartu 2024 programme is Arts of Survival. We are convinced that the ability to not only laugh about others, but also laugh about yourself is both an art and a skill, which unites the residents of the Baltic States and gives us great strength. How many toes do Latvians really have? What is the speed of the average Estonian? And can Lithuania's famous basketball recover from its thrashing by brothers from Latvia? There are a lot of unanswered questions about the friendship of the Baltic States, and therefore Tartu 2024 invites the people of Riga to have a good laugh at the Big Baltic Roast, where masters of comedy will seek to outdo each other's comic mastery," says Kuldar Leis, Tartu 2024 CEO. 

At the Big Baltic Roast, Latvia will be represented by comics Rūdolfs Kugrēns and Kalvis Trokša, while the honour of Estonia will be defended by Aleksander Eeri Laupmaa and Maiduk. In turn, all the neighbours will be provoked from a Lithuanian's perspective by Lukas Bunkus. During the break in the roast, the Estonian group Gram of Fun will perform, while DJ Magnuss Eriņš will be responsible for the dancefloor. The event will be presented by actor Toms Liepājnieks. 

Event guests will be able to view works of art at the Tartu 2024 Art Mini Gallery, which is symbolically counting the number of weeks until January 26, 2024, and find out about the European Capital of Culture's programme, plans and participants from Latvia. 

Admission to the Big Baltic Roast is free of charge by pressing "Going" on the Facebook event here

Arts of Survival is the official concept of Tartu 2024. These are the knowledge, skills, and  values that will help us lead a good life in the future. As a community, Estonia wants to share story and skills about survival and also learn it from others. Inspired by culture, the main goal for the Tartu 2024 is to build a better future. The programme of Tartu 2024 boasts over 1000 events across 350 projects happening throughout next year, where everyone is welcome to join.