Route Diverse Opening Events in Ähijärve and Hargla Invite Exploration of the Peripheries

Artists of the Route Diverse art programme

Route Diverse, part of the main programme of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024, invites you to Ähijärve on June 9th and Hargla on June 11th for the opening of two installations that will be part of 30 exciting summer art tours in Southern Estonia.

On June 9th from 14:00 to 15:30, the opening of artist Jane Remm‘s nature installation “Nests and Roots” will take place at the RMK Karula National Park Visitor Center in Ähijärve (event on Facebook). This experiential exhibition explores what non-human beings such as birds, insects, and fish consider home. Visitors can climb into a human-sized nest, crawl into a cave, and sense what life might look like for a bird or a spider. The event includes a tour with the artist and a birdsong workshop with folk musician Celia Roose. Snacks will be provided, and there will be informal discussions about life and the sense of home in the periphery.

On June 11th from 17:00 to 20:00, the Hargla Community Culture Center (event on Facebook) will host the opening of an American artist Patrick Tubin McGinley‘s sound installation, inspired by encounters with the supernatural and inexplicable by people from different parts of the world living in Southern Estonia. The sound exhibition draws from the stories of the Koikküla seers, ancestral spirits residing in Ghanaian ants, tales from a Roma grandmother, and much more.

The opening event will feature an intriguing discussion with Estonian philologist, cultural historian, writer, and folklorist Marju Kõivupuu, along with the creators of the sound experience. Marju Kõivupuu will delve into the stories of the Koikküla seers, who were the most famous village wise people in Southern Estonia during the 19th–20th centuries. Their fame extended far beyond their home parish to Northern Estonia and even neighboring countries. Light refreshments will be provided for visitors.

The opening of the Route Diverse exhibition is free for visitors.

Route Diverse Art tour and explore the periphery!

Route Diverse is an alternative art programme included in the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024, taking the audience on a special bus tour to explore the peripheries of Southern Estonia. The 3.5-hour tour starts in the border town of Valga, moves on to Ähijärve and Hargla, and finally brings art lovers back to Valga railway station. Bus tours begin on June 28th and continue until the end of September. Tickets are available on Piletilevi.

English tours available!

Route Diverse invites you to join tours in English. The English language art tours will take place on the 29th of June, 27th of July, 1st of August, 3rd of August, 10th of August, 22nd of August, and 24th of August.

In the picture are the artists of Route Diverse. From left: Jane Remm, Helena Krinal, Patrick Tubin McGinley, Laima Januzema, and Barbara Lehtna (in front). Photo: Carmen Kaljulaid.

More information: 
Nastja Pertsjonok
Phone: +372 5132891