The State Museum of Fine Arts of Tatarstan Republic first set up a jazz stage in its back garden in 2007. The idea was to provide an enjoyable jazz accompaniment for the several art exhibitions that were on at the time. Now Jazz in Sandetsky Estate Festival is a regular concert series that happens every Thursday July through August.
Every Thursday night is dedicated to its own style, from mainstream jazz to world music to avant-garde. Every new programme is presented by the festival's programme director Olga Skepner, who is a singer herself. Many Russian and international musicians have played here over the years. During the months that these concerts are on, they are a cultural must-see for everyone – a kind of local movers' and shakers' outdoor party spot.