Tartu's Car-Free Avenue (Autovabaduse puiestee) will launch on Friday in the heart of the city with a concert and entertainment program at 6 p.m. A section of Vabaduse puiestee will become a leisure area for a month to encourage people to meet outside.
To open the car-free area an entertainment program, including music and dancing, will be held in the evening hosted by actor Kristjan Lüüs starting at 6 p.m.
The aim of Car-Free Avenue is to unite the Old Town and the riverside area into one complete urban space and to bring together different generations.
Throughout the month, visitors can enjoy musical performances, an outdoor cinema, a hammock maze, table tennis, a street basketball court, a market and playground, and performances by agility dogs.
There will also be the opportunity to buy street food and hold picnics, attend meetings and much more. There will also be several cultural and educational programs and vivid cultural events for everyone.
Public transport will be rerouted during this time, which will effect bus lines 6, 7, 13 and night buses 21 and 22. A new temporary taxi rank will be installed at the Raeplats bus stop and also in the Kaubamaja car park, replacing the Vabaduse puiestee rank.
Car-Free Avenue extends from the parking lot of Kaubamaja to Kaarsild and is open to visitors from July 3 to August 2, from Sunday to Thursday until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 00.30 a.m.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein, Helen Wright