Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee.
This week, culture.ee present you with art, urbanism, fairs, cucumbers, films, Estonia's birthday and the country's smallest cultural festival. Enjoy!
Wednesday, Aug. 17 - Saturday, Aug. 20
"Uit" is an international festival with shows, installations, tours and concerts studying Tartu's urban space, making us notice both new and old, common and extraordinary places and the way the city breathes and hums with life.
Friday, Aug. 19 - Saturday, Aug. 20
Taking place at the end of August, RuhnuRahu is Estonia’s smallest culture festival from organisers to organisers, guests to locals, and vice vera. RuhnuRahu joins music, theatre, film, discussions, art, cultural heritage of Ruhnu, workshops and chat rooms, and friendly people for two late August days. There is space for up to 150 people on the extra boat trip to RuhnuRahu this year.
Friday, Aug. 19 - Sunday, Aug. 21
On the weekend closest to the August full moon, Haapsalu's old town transforms into a buzzing marketplace where the vibrant culture program lasts from dusk until dawn, and as soon as it gets dark, open-air performances of the White Lady take place.
Friday, Aug. 19 - Saturday, Aug. 27
Kõrvemaa, Järva County
Kõrvemaa movie nights captivate the audience in wild places starting from Estonia’s most important bomb shelter and ending with the beautiful Kakerdaja swamp. The films have been carefully selected to blur the border between the screen and reality.
Saturday, Aug. 20
Tahku Tare, Tahkuranna Parish, Pärnu County
Cucumber, fish and handicraft have been important elements in the daily life of the seaside people. At this festival, which is taking place during the height of the pickled cucumber season, one can taste exciting pickle preserves, buy local food and handicraft, listen and sing along to folk songs, participate in workshops and make handicrafts oneself.
Old Equipment Shelter, Järva-Jaani, Järva County
For the first time, the Film Roll Festival will be taking place at the Järva-Jaani Cinema Museum and Old Equipment Shelter (Vanatehnika varjupaik in Estonian), inviting all film lovers to pay respects to timeless cinema and film culture. The mood of the evening will be fostered by DJs from party series VÄLK.
Tartu Song Festival Grounds
August 20 is the day on which Estonia celebrates the restoration of its independence in 1991. This year, we can proudly assert that we have been free again for a quarter of a century already. Let's celebrate it together on Aug. 20 with a big concert at the Tartu Song Festival Grounds!
Saturday, Aug. 20 - Sunday, Aug. 21
Sakala Center, Viljandi
The Mandala Festival will be taking place for the first time in Estonia. It is an event aimed at creating beauty and harmony in people, our environment and society. The majority of the festival is free of charge for those interested. The festival’s paid program, which will take place in Viljandi’s Sakala Center, includes lectures and workshops.
Sunday, Aug. 21
Karilatsi, Kõlleste Parish, Põlva County
The Ecofestival guides people towards an enivronmentally friendly lifestyle. The festival's program includes seminars, workshops, nature tours and a family day with a local produce fair and entertainment program.
Ongoing - Wednesday, Aug. 31
Exhibition of contemporary Estonian painting “Big Painting”
Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
This exhibition was inspired by the children’s book “Big Painting” (1971), which influenced the current generation of innovators in contemporary Estonian painting, including Merike Estna, Kristi Kongi, Laura Põld, Mihkel Ilus, Mart Vainre, Marie Kõljalg. In this cult children’s book, together with which several generations have grown up, humankind invites an artist to redesign the world.
Ongoing - Saturday, Dec. 31
Energy Discovery Center, Tallinn
What is inside the Earth? “Treasures of the Layered Earth” is an interactive science exhibit that introduces visitors to the world of crystals, semiprecious stones, jewels, historical treasure troves, skeletons and fossils of prehistoric creatures.
Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik