Who are Tartu Student Days?

Tartu Student Days is the largest student festival in the Baltics, organized by the University Culture Club, which takes place in autumn and spring. In general, the festival is 7-10 days long, and every day there are events for both students and the townspeople. The festival has traditional events that have been organized at every festival for years, but new events always add excitement to the program.

In addition to other target groups, the autumn festival of Tartu Student Days also focuses on first-year students. The spring festival program includes major events, such as Students’ Night Song Festival and Walpurgis Night. The students have always been a bit crazy, but the energy and positivity they spread is a valuable part of the spirit of Tartu.


Team members


Organized festivals

> 100 000

People have attended

How did the Tartu Student Days begin?

The tradition of Tartu Student Days began in the 1960s when in each autumn a group of students decided to organize events dedicated to other students. The idea grew out of annualInternational Students’ Day, which is celebrated on November 17. The first autumn festival took place from November 30 to December 2 in 1989 with 10 events in the program and almost 7,000 participants. The first spring festival took place in the same year, and there were already 10,000 participants.

Villem, the Tartu Student Days’ mascot, was born in 2002, when Kristjan Rattus, a member of the University Culture Club, drew him for the first time. Villem is an adventurous young dog who first discovered the city in 2003. In 2022, Villem celebrated his 20th birthday, but he still hasn’t lost his playfulness and energy. At the festival, the dog boy can be seen enjoying pancakes at the Pancake Morning, dancing at the Night Dance Festival or paddling at the Boat Rally.

Who is on the team?

Frederik Mathias Helm

Project manager

+372 528 7730 projektijuht@studentdays.ee

What are the days like in the Tartu Student Days team?

The Tartu Student Days team consists of 20-35 active members who organize festivals throughout the year. We also have Supporting members and alumni who share their thoughts and help with setting up events.

Every week, the active members meet at a general meeting, where they talk about the events, the festival in general, and other necessary topics. All active members are divided into eight teams – marketing, media, program, project writing, technical, logistics, human resources and sponsor – which are managed by team managers. The project manager is responsible for the work of all members.

In addition to meetings and organizing a festival, we have team events and trips every month, as well as winter and summer camps. We welcome new members with a mentor program and at the Christmas party they become official members of the University Culture Club. In the Student Days team, you will find the best people with whom to organize the most fantastic events and a group of friends for life.

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Press information and accreditation

The next festival will take place from 27th of April till 4th of May. All interested journalists, photographers, videographers, influencers and other friends of Tartu Student Days are welcome to join the festival. In order to help you as much as possible during the festival, it would be great if we knew of your coming up ahead. Therefore contact our Press and Communications manager using the contact information below.

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Joonas Masing