's weekly recommendations: May 8-14 ({{commentsTotal}})

The Culture critics' blog at provides weekly recommendations every Monday for upcoming events across Estonia.
The Culture critics' blog at provides weekly recommendations every Monday for upcoming events across Estonia. Source: (

A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by "Once again there is a week full of music, literature, films and community festivals ahead of us. Have fun, keep warm and enjoy the culture."

Ongoing - Friday, May 12

Pärnu International Opera Music Festival PromFest

Various locations, Pärnu

PromFest grew out of the Klaudia Taev International Competition for Young Opera Singers, which was established in 1996 and remains one of the main events of the festival. This year marks the tenth time that the competition will be held, bringing to Pärnu, as it always does, numerous young singers from all over the world.

Ongoing - Thursday, May 25

German Spring 2017

Various locations, Tallinn

Grand plans have been made for the 2017 edition of German Spring. This time, the partner state in focus is Baden-Württemberg. In addition to concerts, literary lectures, presentations and several performances taking place in cooperation with the theater center Open Space (Vaba Lava), the impressive art exhibition "Global Control and Censorship" will be brought to audiences at Tallinn Art House.

Ongoing - Sunday, Sept. 3

Exhibition "Kopli Sonata: The Russo-Baltic Shipyard"

Estonian Museum of Architecture, Tallinn

This exhibition gives a grand overview of the historic Russo-Baltic factory as the shaper of Kopli Peninsula's identity. Kopli — perhaps the most intriguing municipal district in Tallinn, the contradictory reputation and past of which has given birth to many city legends — appears to be at the threshold of important changes. This year marks 105 years since the founding of the Russo-Baltic Shipyard, one of Tallinn' mightiest industrial enterprises, built at the tip of the peninsula.

Monday, May 8 - Saturday, May 13

Tartu Literature Festival "Prima Vista 2017"

Various locations, Tartu / Värska

This year, to the delight of literature fans, the international festival will last for almost an entire week. The theme of this year's festival is Behind the Seven Lands and Seas, which refers to travels in time and in space, as well as within oneself.

In addition to local authors, the festival welcomes distinguished foreign guests, such as Deniss Dragunski, the Russian master of the short story, Garri Bardin, the nonconformist author of animated films, apocalyptic blues poet Richard Leighton Phoenix, Austrian writer Hans Platzgumer, having moved from music to literature, Sabine Zett, who the Estonians recognize by her Hugo-stories, Bronka Nowicka, who made her debut in a remarkable way in Poland, Christine Dwyer Hickey, portraying the loneliness of urban life as well as the returning Andy Willoughby. Translations of novels by Christine Dwyer Hickey, Hans Platzgumer and Bronka Nowicka will be published in time for the festival.

Monday, May 8 - Sunday, May 14

Karlova Days 2017

Karlova District, Tartu

The weeklong program of the annual Karlova Days includes many cultural and entertainment events for both the young and the old. Traditionally, every weekday has a subtopic, which allows festivalgoers to discover different facets of the city district.

Wednesday, May 10

Kumu Documentary: "Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris"

Kumu Auditorium, Tallinn

The documentary tells the full story of Lawren Harris, the man and the artist. Central to "Where the Universe Sings" are Harris' stunning paintings, 140 of which are woven into the film. Colorful houses, tangled Algoma wilderness, distant Superior shores, ethereal Rocky Mountain peaks, monumental Arctic icebergs and elegant abstracts reflect Lawren Harris' artistic and spiritual journey.

Thursday, May 11 - Friday, May 12

Poor Life Choices #5: Barren Womb + Zahir

Community center Ülase 12, Tallinn

Poor Life Choices aims to put on weird, uncomfortable, out-of-sorts bands, musicians, artists and performers who care to stop by in Tallinn.

Friday, May 12

ERSO: Shostakovich's Fifth

Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn

Kristiina Rokashevich, a finalist in the "Classical Stars" competition and winner of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra's (ERSO) special award, will be performing as a soloist. She has won top prizes at several international piano competitions, including the main prize and the audience award at the Brant International Piano Competition held in Birmingham in 2015.

Saturday, May 13

RäimeWest Herring Festival 2017

Lao Fishing Port, Pärnu County

The RäimeWest Festival is traditionally held in the form of a study day. The aim is to share knowledge about sustainable coastal fishing and local fishing culture with fishers, coastal people, local businesss-owners and other enthusiastic guests.

Sunday, May 14 - Monday, May 15

Tallinn City Day 2017

Various locations, Tallinn

Tallinn City Day was initiated to highlight the value of the history of the city and being a citizen of Tallinn as well as to introduce the present and the past of the Estonian capital among locals and abroad.


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