The Värska cultural center functions as the heart of organized cultural life at Setomaa. The building was erected in the 1960’s as a collective farm office space and cultural center. It has been said that the house was originally supposed to be a lot smaller, but the local head of the collective farm decided to make it bigger. During the Soviet time, the Värska cultural center was a well-known stage for many famous Estonian pop artists of the time. In 2008 the building was renovated. It is still a popular concert place, also seminars, concerts, workshops, dance evenings and cinema nights are held here.
The building houses the offices of the Setomaa rural municipality, the local handicraft society, and the handicraft information center. On the ground floor there is a concert hall and Värska tourism information center. It’s worth visiting the information center to learn more about tourist sights and services. The center also has a nice selection of local souvenirs.