Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at culture.ee: "We hope they offer you amusement, but also themes to think about. Have a wonderful week!"
Friday, Dec. 9 - Friday, Dec. 23
Rapla County Contemporary Art Centre, Rapla
This year's exhibition, which is traveling between Vilnius, Jurbarkas, Pärnu and Riga, features 29 participants from around the Baltic Sea, including from Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Sweden. Works in a variety of hot and cold glassworking techniques explore the possibilities of two-dimensional glass in three-dimensional space. The so-called Vilnius School, historically a center of 2-D glass art, will meet and exchange ideas with its Baltic neighbors.
Friday, Dec. 9 - Sunday, Jan. 8
Tallinn City Gallery
The global population has more than doubled in the last 50 years, while a growing number of people around the world have moved to its cities. Acclaimed Estonian photographer Herkki-Erich Merila casts an inquiring eye upon the architecture and people of an anonymous Chinese metropolis.
Tuesday, Dec. 13
Museum of Occupations, Tallinn
Concerts held in places with a sense of history or a certain era will attune the audience to imagination, deep consideration, and ample backgrounds. Each concert is preceded by a brief introduction by people with interesting thoughts.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 - Friday, Dec. 16
Estonian National Library, Tallinn
Professional Estonian applied artists will showcase design, ceramics, glass, leather, jewelry as well as textile and graphic art. The annual exhibit-sale will be displaying the works of more than 50 Estonian artists in total.
Friday, Dec. 16
Harbour Theatre, Tartu
A romantic ballet drama about a mute piano player and her daughter. The production team is quite international, with choreographer, director and writer Marika Aidla, stage deisgner Maarja Meeru, video designer Janek Savolainen and composers Michael Nyman and Dario Marinaelli.
Saturday, Dec. 17
Estonian National Opera, Tallinn
Participants on the tour will have the opportunity to walk out onto the Estonian National Opera's main stage and visit the costume workshop or scenery painting room and possibly even meet a singer or dancer as the tour goes around, but also learn about the architecture, stagecraft as well as opera and ballet from the knowledgeable tour guides. The tour tends to be a little bit different each time.
Saturday, Dec. 17 - Monday, Dec. 19, Wednesday, Dec. 21
Christmas is a special situation for collective seething. Any circus act on stage is centered around a gift, but not on behalf of it. The human itself is on a pedestal, not restricted by hierarchy or by barriers between people. Different generations will meet onstage to to act together on the thin border of reality and tricks. Monocycles are included in the production, as a nostalgic nod to classical crircus tradition.
Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla