Culture Panorama: First Weekend in July
A profusion of culture events will take place this weekend all around Estonia. Here's a rundown:
The folklore festival "Baltica" will take place in Tallinn, Tartu, Lisaku and Sangaste. The theme of "Baltica 2013" is "Every bird has its own tune."
The biggest outdoor music festival in the Baltics, Õllesummer, which started on July 3, continues at the Song Festival Grounds, with headliner Pet Shop Boys playing tonight. Visitors will be entertained by more than 100 artists performing on eight stages during the four festival days.
Tallinn Old Town Medieval Days, from July 4-7, invite you to feel the Hanseatic era atmosphere with a medieval market, workshops, musicians and dancers, a medieval procession, excursions and theater performances, jousting tournaments and other exciting activities.
Church music admirers are welcome at the Rapla Church Music Festival, which includes performances of Estonia's best soloists, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and guest performers from abroad.
The Estonian islands Saaremaa, Muhu and Naissaar invite guests to enjoy music in nature. Between July 3 and 6, music and nature buffs might head out to the classical music festival "Sonorous Sounds of the Organs of Saaremaa 2013." The “Juu Jääb” festival brings music to the islands of Muhu, Saaremaa and Abruka. And on Naissaar there is the Nargenfestival.
The summer capital, Pärnu, is hosting the International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival, with a special program of films introducing Estonian national cultural heritage. The Pärnu film festival also has children in mind.
And the western Estonian resort town of Haapsalu is holding the International Hot Glass Symposium, also known as Haapsalu Glass Days, and the Early Music Festival.