This week marks the beginning of Estonia's 8th Saksa Kevad, or German Spring. This year, the culture festival covers a lot of ground, with concerts, exhibitions, theatre, cinema, and other events.
The festival is arranged by the Goethe Institute in Tallinn with the help of partners in Germany as well as in Estonia. It lasts a full month, from Apr 25 until May 25, though the first events took place as early as April 1.
The range of events is broad, from Blackletter reading courses at the University of Tartu to singing contests for schoolchildren.
Highlights of this year’s German Spring include Estonian-German pianist Kristjan Randalu’s Limes Occidentalis, in cooperation with the Jazzcar festival. Randalu’s exploits take the audience on a tour of modern jazz and its recent history. Along with Randalu comes a great band, including famous guitarist Nguyen Lé.
On Saturday “Global Control and Censorship” is opening in Tallinn’s Art Hall (Kunstihoone). The exhibition takes a look at the power wielded by the media and the digital networks, and at how this power is executed and too often manipulated and abused. It was put together by the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, working with a network of scientists, journalists, activists, and artists across 20 countries. Expert associations, like the German PEN center, the Chaos Computer Club, Reporters Without Borders, and others participated as well. The result is an exhibition that aims at broadening the public debate about the Internet and digital media, a subject of great importance in a digital society like Estonia.
Events continue in Tartu also on Saturday with the Baltic-German ball night. On May 2, Cinema Artis in Tallinn will screen "Heart of Stone," a film by director Johannes Naber based on the fairytale by Wilhelm Hauff.
The program continues throughout May. For the full program, visit the website of the festival.
Editor: Dario Cavegn