Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee. Here is a diverse and bold choice of events for the ongoing week. Open your minds and have a great time!
Saturday, Nov. 12 - Thursday, Nov. 24
PEFF will screen masterpieces from a less commonly explored facet of cinema history. Not recommended for voters, but certainly to mature persons who can take a step back and open their minds. This would be difficult, if not impossible, to classify as entertainment — aggressively thwarting or exceedingly framing the sexual normative and relevant notions beyond.
Monday, Nov. 21 - Tuesday, Nov. 22, Sunday, Nov. 27
Vaba Lava (Open Space), Tallinn
No one can take away our feelings and memories of incredible and tender moments of happiness that every one of us has experienced in life. This piece is about inner beauty that hopefully still saves the day... There are places in the world where gods still seem to be alive, and other places where this feeling is lost.
Tuesday, Nov. 22 - Wednesday, Nov. 23
St. Anthony Chapel, Niguliste (St. Nicholas')
What happens onstage when the bright lights of celebrity have blinded the diva’s perception of reality? This moving and ridiculous duet-duel of a capricious singer and her frustrated concertmaster is accompanied by the most famous opera arias, while the accompanist does not think much of the singer and the singer in turn thinks the piano player is a complete butterfingers. together, however they must perform Verdi, Bizet and Wagner... Not to mention are short of cash and while everyone is thinking that classical music is dead.
Wednesday, Nov. 23 - Thursday, Nov. 24
Independent Stage of Dance (Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava), Tallinn
GENESIS is a world the first impulse of which is dreaminess. We see potential personified as form and movement, which can only be made visible through dance. It is a creative space, where dreams exist in parallel with reality and individual experience melts into collective consciousness. Author of the concept and choreographer: Mala Kline (Slovenia/Belgium).
Wednesday, Nov. 23, Saturday, Nov. 26
Kumu auditorium, Tallinn / Estonian National Museum (ERM), Tartu
Mick Pedaja is a young singer and songwriter from Rapla who became more widely known with his successful participation in the Eesti Laul 2016 competition, standing out with his own song"Seis" and its enchanting performance. Music lovers, however, know him from before, including from the melodic prog rock ensemble Micucu. Pedaja’s own music can be described as a mixture of ambient, acoustic folk and new age, in which the sounds of nature meet with floating soundscapes and patterns.
Saturday, Nov. 26 - Saturday, Jan. 7
Various locations, Estonia
And so it begins! Opening concerts on the First Advent will introduce the organ, the king of musical instruments; the following Advent concerts bring holiday spirit to rural churches, manors and music lounges. The year traditionally ends with brilliant large-scale works which have fascinated audiences for 10 years, while the last festival concerts will be held on Jan. 6-7.
Sunday, Nov. 27
Kumu auditorium, Tallinn
And again, but differently! The Jõulujazz family concert brings to the audience playful, inventive and transcendental music. The harmony of various instruments, electronics and vocals is definitely different and exciting. Various combinations of sound are created by rather unusual "instruments," including bubble wrap, a plastic bag, a video tape and a tool box, among others.
Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla