's weekly recommendations, Independence Day edition: Feb. 20-26 ({{commentsTotal}})'s picks for this week center around all things Estonia in honor of the country's 99th birthday on Friday.'s picks for this week center around all things Estonia in honor of the country's 99th birthday on Friday. Source: (

A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by "This week’s recommendations may seem a bit Estonian-centered and there is a good reason for that — namely, Feb. 24 is our 99th Independence Day."

Ongoing - Sunday, April 23

Exhibit "Folk Costume — Pure Beauty"

Basement exhibit space, Kuressaare Fort, Saaremaa

The sets of folk costumes and items featured in the exhibit were made from 2014-2016 at folk costume workshops held by nonprofit Saaremaa Handicrafts Society Kadakmari. The workshop was completed by 22 women, who made a total of 30 sets of folk costumes, two of which represent mainland Estonia (women's folk costumes of Pärnu County and Türi) and the remainder of which are men's, women's and children's folk costumes from the ten parishes of Saaremaa.

Monday, Feb. 20

Concert series "SOUNDandLANGUAGE": Cloud Over the Moon

Estonian National Museum, Tartu

The second concert project of the concert series "SOUNDandLANGUAGE," which is dedicated to disappearing languages and cultures, has fatefully assumed special meaning. On Jan. 21, Veljo Tormis, the primary composer of the concert's repertoire, passed away. Tormis' music is intertwined at the concert with poetry by Kauksi Ülle and new Finno-Ugric-themed works by three young Estonian composers — Marianna Liik, Maria Kõrvits and Piret Pajusaar.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Film Tuesdays: Priit Pärn retrospective

Tallinn Cinema House

Four screenings over four Tuesdays are dedicated to the masters of Estonian cinema who have been selected to be a part of the program, which offers a film selection curated by experts in the union's movie theater. The screening will be followed by a moderated discussion with the filmmaker.

Wednesday, Feb. 23 - Saturday, Feb. 25

Independence Day Holidays at the Estonian National Museum

Estonian National Museum, Tartu

On Estonia's 99th birthday, it will be possible to taste freedom with Metsatöll, Lotte, Estonian folk singers, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band and the Popsid. On Independence Day, the Estonian National Museum will offer pre-registered guided tours of the permanent exhibits "Encounters" and "Echo of the Urals."

Friday, Feb. 24: Estonian Independence Day

99th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia

Great Guild Hall, Estonian History Museum, Tallinn

The Independence Day program will include Mati Mandel speaking on the subject "On the Paths of the Forest Brothers," a concert entitled "Songs of the Forest Brothers" by Margus Põldsepp and Sulev Salm as well as Ivar Leimus' tour "The Story of the Estonian People."

Family Day "Home is Here"

Eduard Vilde Museum, Tallinn

On the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, everyone is welcome to Kadriorg to celebrate the festive day at Tallinn Literary Centre's Tammsaare and Vilde Museums. The family day "Home is Here" will offer music, time travel, workshops as well as horse-drawn carriage rides.

Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia at the Bank of Estonia Museum

Bank of Estonia Museum, Tallinn

On Feb. 24, the Bank of Estonia Museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the day, they will provide an overview of the historical events which took place in the buildings of the Bank of Estonia, organize children- and family-friendly activities as well as give a Russian-language tour. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Concert by the Estonian National Male Choir (RAM)

Tallinn Creative Hub

An author's concert by composer Pärt Uusberg, where he himself will be conducting the Estonian National Male Choir. Works by Uusberg to the texts of Estonian poets Ernst Enno, Juhan Liiv and Karl Ristkivi. The concert will also include the premiere of the cycle "Expanses of Ernst Enno..."

Saturday, Feb. 25

ERSO: Alternative Energy

Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn

The audience will be shaken by this concert combining elecronic and orchestral music conducted by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra's (ERSO) principal guest conductor Olari Elts, who continues to expand his reach every year, to greater and greater critical acclaim.


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