Tartu Early Music Festival
Tartu Early Music Festival has been held every year starting 1996. The Festival has since its beginning concentrated on Oriental cultures. Its interest, however, has not been on the cultures as such but, above all, their relations to early European, primarily Medieval culture. During the Middle Ages, the most important influence on European culture was exerted by the Arabic world. Yet, even farther links can easily be discerned, offering researchers much interesting material and thrill of discovery. Historical events and facts which we use to shape our knowledge and outlook are, of course, important. Still, they should not become an aim in themselves. There is much that can never be conclusively proved-hence it is important to develop a wider understanding of both the historical and the contemporary world. Different cultures offer us a wealth of useful knowledge, be it their particular techniques of playing an instrument or their set of methods for teaching music in general.