Tartu established their Stencilibility festival in 2010 and have been organizing summer mural events ever since. Their manifesto states that “public space belongs to everyone who uses it” and “…if you don’t like it – improve it.“ This is an organization not afraid to take on bizarre projects and edgy subject matter.
You can find Tartu’s street art at the Aparaaditehas (Widget Factory), in the Karlova neighborhood and sprinkled around downtown. There are even a number of murals that reflect Tartu’s City of Literature status, such as the one below, which reflects character from a popular children’s book.
Street art in Tallinn
The formal street art program began in Tallinn during the Baltic Sessions of 2016. It was primarily a street dance festival but the event included “wall cleaning” activities and some mural work. Tallinn got serious in 2017 with the Mextonia festival, which put Estonia clearly on the global street art map.