River Emajõgi is one of the most well-known symbols of Tartu. People have lived here – on the riverbanks of Emajõgi – for more than thousand years mainly because of the river.
The role of Emajõgi in the colourful history of Tartu can’t be underestimated. People have had to deal with the river all the time – for centuries one has had to cross the river, travel on it, know and consider the seasons of high river and low river.
First River Emajõgi Festival took place in 2006 and it lasted for four days. The programme was colourful, its events varied from hikes in the nature to an open art lesson. It was also the year of the first River Parade, which has now become a must on the festival`s programme. Other well-known highlights of the festival include a floating cinema on board of barge “Jõmmu”, a fishing tournament and other events related to sports and/or water.