's weekly recommendations: Nov. 7-13 ({{commentsTotal}})

Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at We have a busy week ahead of us! In addition to the annual film festival PÖFF, there will also be another interesting film program, lots of stimulating music, a big fair and even an international poetry slam. Stay warm and enjoy!

Wednesday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 11

Photo project "Border Walks"

Photo Museum, Tallinn

The French Institute of Estonia and the German cultural nonprofit association Goethe-Institut have set up a joint project, inviting two photo artists, Camille Laurelli from France and Louisa Marie Summer from Germany, to explore the idea of borders in Estonia, both virtual and real, past and present and in Tallinn and Narva.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

U.S. Embassy series "Telling the American Story" film "Boyz n the Hood"

Kumu Auditorium, Tallinn

This American drama directed by John Singleton and released by Columbia Pictures is a wonderful showcase of the iconic teen film. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, making Singleton the youngest person ever nominated for Best Director and the first black American to be nominated for the award in 1991.

Thursday, Nov. 10 - Friday, Nov. 11

European Poetry Slam Championship and festival "Crazy Tartu"

Genialistide Klubi, Tartu

The contest takes place in restaurant-café Vilde. A true merry-making of European performance poetry will be due. Should be a stimulating few days.

Thursday, Nov. 10 - Sunday, Nov. 13

XX Mardilaat

Saku Arena, Tallinn

An event that was first planned as a handicrafts sales show has become a major folk culture event and one of the main activities of the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union. It’s a place where, in addition to buying and selling traditional handicrafts, craftsmen can communicate and exchange experiences. This is where old Martinmas rituals are revived.

Tartu jazz and rhythm music festival "IDeeJazz"

The festival draws no clear genre borders — providing very diverse music from mainstream and chamber jazz, ethno and world music to groove rhythms and fusion.

Friday, Nov. 11 - Sunday, Nov. 20

Just Film 2016

Various locations, Estonia

Just Film, which takes place annually in the second half of November, will be screening over 50 films suitable for preschoolers and high school graduates alike.

Friday, Nov. 11 - Sunday, Nov. 27

Black Nights Film Festival 2016

Various locations, Tallinn/Tartu

The festival consists of more than ten different categories, numerous events as well as three full scale sub-festivals (Animated Dreams, Just Film and Sleepwalkers). An important part of the festival is its film industry programme, which will bring films and filmmakers to Tallinn from more than 70 countries from around the world.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Body Machine Body VI

Culture Club Kelm

The Devil & the Universe, a trio from Vienna, Austria will be performing. This goatheaded trio names their unique style "Goat-Wave," mixing together the tribal rhythms and Dead Can Dance-esque ethnic chemistry, some electro sounds from the ’80s and today’s post-rock.

Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla


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