On the culture trip day all participants have a chance to visit one well-known handicraft area of interest. All participants are required to pay for their own lunch during the day. In Setomaa a booking for a table is made by the organisers. Here are the options of destinations:
Field trip in Viljandi county
This field trip will take you to important handicraft places in Viljandi county such as Heimtali and the farm of textile artist Anu Raud, an important figure in Estonian handicraft and art. In the town of Viljandi, there´s going to be a city tour and free time for a couple of hours. Viljandi field trip is almost mandatory for fans of Anu Raud work! The trip is suitable for people who can not stand long bus trips, who wish for a relaxed time schedule and who like visiting small shops and cafes.
This field trip will take you to the Estonian main university town. The main destination of the trip is Estonian National Musem which was re-opened in October 2016. Estonian National Museum preserves the biggest collection of Estonian native textiles. In the new exhibition the other Fenno-Ugric peoples´ daily life can be seen together with the Estonian cultural heritage. After a guided tour in the museum there´s an option to spend the afternoon in the outdoor area in Raadi or go to the city centre. This trip is suitable for people who want to find out more about Estonian cultural history, who wish for a relatively relaxed time schedule and who are comfortable with temperate amount of walking.
Field trip to Setomaa in South-East Estonia
Setomaa is a small corner in the South-East, bordering Russia. It is a place with defined cultural idendity, their own language (yet still similar to Estonian), traditions... and of course, handicraft. During the trip Obinitsa, the museum and art galley as well as the surroundings will be visited. This field trip is suitable for people who can stand longer bus trips and who are interested in meeting the artisans who make the specific and fine handicrafts of Seto region. Setomaa trip can be intense for some as the places are in rural areas and place more separately, (compared to Tartu and Viljandi) so there will be more walking.