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 and Tõstamaa 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 tour in the renovated building of Viljandi Culture Academy department of Native Crafts. In the afternoon, there's free time and option to go to Kondas Centre of art or Viljandi Museum.
Viljandi field trip is almost mandatory for fans of Anu Raud's work the people who are interested in the native crafts study facilities. 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.
After a guided tour in the museum there´s an option to spend the afternoon in the outdoor area in Raadi or go to Tartu city centre to visit cafes, shops or other museums. 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 of the South-East Estonia with strong cultural idendity, their own language (yet similar to Estonian), traditions... and of course, handicraft. During the trip, Räpina, Värska and Saatse will be visited. The visit includes the local craft union, Nordic Knitters, natural sightseeings and Seto national costumes. The lunch is organized at home restaurant Maagõkõnõ.
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 located further away, (compared to Tartu and Viljandi) so there will be more walking.
Field trip to Tõstamaa in West Estonia
Tõstamaa and the surrounding areas are good representation of Estonian coastal culture, enriched by the heritage crafts. During the trip, Tõstamaa, Kastna and Manija island will be visited. The visit includes the local craft union, manor, natural sightseeings and sheep farm in Manija. The lunch is organized at Cotze Cafe.
This field trip is suitable for people who can stand longer bus trips and who are interested in local knitting (roosimine) and sheep farming traditions. Tõstamaa trip can be intense for some as the places are in rural areas and located further away, (compared to Tartu and Viljandi) so there will be more walking, also a boat and a truck trip.