A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "This week there is something for everyone, especially for the ladies. As you know, March 8 is International Women's Day!"
Estonian Institute, Tallinn
Here is a piece of great news for everyone who is interested in Estonian literature — the spring edition of the Estonian Literary Magazine has been issued in time for the London Book Fair. The fresh number offers several portrait stories: Berk Vaher writes about his great favorite, the luminary of Estonian literature’s magic realism, Nikolai Baturin, while Jan Kaus provides an overview of the colorful personality and work of European Union Prize for Literature laureate Paavo Matsin. There is also an interview with one of the most brilliant Estonian writers of recent years, Indrek Koff.
Ongoing - Sunday, April 16
Tallinn Art Hall
Beginning March 4, the 17th Survey Exhibition of the Estonian Artists' Association, titled "Life on Earth and in the Country," will be on display at Tallinn Art Hall. "Can we make cottage cheese from curd snacks? Is the Earth flat? Is there a forest behind the trees?" asks Mari Kartau, curator of the exhibition, who knows that these trick questions are not just hot air bur rather actually hit the nail on the head. The works created for this exhibition, the result of a collaboration between the Artists' Association and weekly Maaleht in celebration of the paper's 30th anniversary, are living witnesses to this, because as the curator recognizes, this art tends to decrease the nostalgic, romantic and utopian picture of country life which is divorced from reality.
Ongoing - Sunday, May 7
Great Guild Hall, Estonian History Museum, Tallinn
This Estonian History Museum exhibition introduces the celebrations and the diversity of the celebration rituals of the high society of the 15th and 16th century in the Great Guild Hall. At the guild's feasts, beer and wine flowed, one could try oriental spices, the scents of which waft through the exhibition hall today, as well as enjoy the finest dishes.
Tuesday, March 7 - Friday, March 10
Tudengijazz, an international festival for students full of rhythmic music, is dedicated to students studying music and their fresh ideas. The aim of the festival is to support international joint projects, introduce jazz to the young as well as give students the opportunity to learn and develop by performing with their ensembles.
Wednesday, March 8
House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, Tallinn
The program includes Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I’s confrontation scene from the opera "Maria Stuarda," Anna Bolena’s aria from the eponymous opera, excerpts from operas "Lucia di Lammermoor" and "Lady Macbeth," as well as songs from the musicals "Chicago" and "My Fair Lady," among others.
Hopner House, Tallinn
Rändaja’s repertoire includes smooth and soft-sounding Estonian-language songs that touch, breathe, and carry one on a magical journey through the sound of world music. Rändaja carries and creates a sweetly melodic atmosphere carried by Estonian-language lyrics. While making music together, a sort of magical ring is born in which every participant contributes an element to the whole and no song sounds exactly the same to the listener as when played some other time.
Wednesday, March 8 - Sunday, March 12
Tori Community Center/Iisaku Community Center/Tabivere Community Center/Nõuni Cultural Center/Haanja Community Center
The Estonian Traditional Music Center has organized anther tour inspired by the historical tours of August Pulst, taking folk music to the people. Concert guests will be abl to see how lively and multi-layered Estonian traditional music is as musicians of three generations take the stage. In each community center, local young talent will make music as well, providing a hint of the future of Estonia's folk music.
This festival aims to provide intersectional and interdisciplinary treatments of women’s culture, human rights, gender, sexual and minority issues and support activism, collective activities and the creation of networks at the most basic level.
Wednesday, March 8 / Wednesday, March 15
Stage of Independent Dance, Tallinn
Femmage is an homage to five women who sparked revolutions with solos in contemporary dance in their time — and if not revolutions, then at least something that shook up the understanding of dance and thinking about dance in general. "Femmage" is like a retrospective but actually isn't, as one will not quote solos one-on-one, but rather make our own based on them, inspired by them, on impulse.
Friday, March 10
Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
Performing alongside ERSO soloists will be Stefan Temmingh, representing the young generation of world-class recorder players. "Never before did a recorder sound so effortless and so differentiated in terms of timbre and dynamics," one reviewer enthusiastically offered regarding Temmingh's debut album"Corelli à la mode," which was released in 2009. His second album, "The Gentleman’s Flute," was immediately nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2011.
Saturday, March 11
Tõstamaa Manor, Pärnu County
Tõstamaa manor invites you to the concert "From Women to Women" ("Naistelt naistele"), where songs will be performed and stories told by Naised Köögis ("Women in the Kitchen").
Von Krahl Theatre Bar, Tallinn
Under Your Skin are an energetic alternative rock band based in Tallinn, Estonia, which originally formed as a three-piece outfit in summer 2006 and performed live and recorded through 2011. Now they are back! After some time out, the band — consisting of vocalist-guitarist Phil Mills (U.K.), bassist Marek Puust (EST) and drummer Rene Väli (EST) — continued working on their album in summer 2006. All of the songs have since been remixed, a few new songs added and others reworked. In the process, Brian Taulbee (U.S.) joined the band, bringing a second guitar and backing vocals into the mix.
Editor: Aili Vahtla