Tartu, Estonia

The Widget Factory (Aparaaditehas) is an old factory complex at the corner of Riia and Kastani streets in Tartu. During the Soviet times, the factory was used for manufacturing refrigeration equipment, secret submarine parts and in order to mislead the public, also non-functioning umbrellas and zippers. At its heyday in the middle of 1970s, the factory provided employment for almost 1,500 people, it had its own health centre with sauna and a pool, a canteen and enough administrative premises to occupy several buildings.

By today, the Widget Factory and its surrounding city block have become one of the most rapidly developing areas in Tartu. This universal culture factory brings together creative entrepreneurs, artist and designer studios, commerce and entertainment. It hosts three restaurants and two cafeterias, it is the home for Müürilille flea market with long history and the even the more historic Printing Museum, and provides rooms for numerous small and exciting shops. One of the most important near-term plans of the centre is to turn its courtyard, the Taskupark of the Widget Factory, into the coolest meeting place in the area.

Exhibitions, Performances, Concerts, Film screenings, Artistic residencies, Workshops, conferences, lectures, etc., Festivals, Community projects

Former use of the building: Refrigeration equipment and secret submarine parts factory
Year of opening as a cultural centre: 2014

MTÜ Aparaaditehas
Kastani 42 , 50410 Tartu, Estonia
TEH Delegate: Erki Pruul, erki@aparaaditehas.ee

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