's weekly recommendations: May 22-28 ({{commentsTotal}})

The Culture critics' blog provides a roundup of recommendations for each week every Monday.
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A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by "This week offers a lot for all the senses. You can enjoy a literature festival, a fish festival or walk around in a flower garden."

Ongoing - Sunday, May 28

German press photography exhibition "Leap in Time / Zeitsprung"

Tartu Art House

This exhibition, organized by the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IFA), is dedicated to photojournalism and German photographers Erich Salomon and Barbara Klemm. Photography that is used in illustrated magazines reflects the specifics of a historic situation better than any other medium.

Ongoing - Sunday, June 18

Karel Koplimets' "Case 11: Talsinki"

Tallinn Art Hall Gallery

The artist makes a sharp detour from landscapes that have become bleak and shadowy to the everyday world of people — with little artistic intensification. Using photography and video, "Case 11: Talsinki# tells the story of exhausted workers and partying tourists on the ships traveling between the twin capital cities of Tallinn and Helsinki.

Ongoing - Friday, Aug. 25

Tallinn Flower Festival 2017

Towers' Square Park, Tallinn

The Flower Festival in its respectable age will continue to decorate the city space with 31 themed gardens curated by domestic and foreign teams alike. This year, participating teams can choose between two themes: "Family Garden" and "Monochrome Garden." The themes were chosen by the festival's seasoned jury to provide the festival with a new face and look and offer visitors a feast for the eyes all summer long.

Wednesday, May 24

Kumu Documentary: "Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine"

Kumu Auditorium, Tallinn

This 2008 documentary about Louise Bourgeois focuses on a brilliant artist born on Christmas Day, 1911. Bourgeois displays her sharp mind and brilliance via astounding witticisms and astute observations on art and life. The film will be screened in the Kumu Contemporary Art Gallery on the 5th floor as part of the public program linked to the exhibition "Anu Põder: Be fragile! Be brave!"

Wednesday, May 24 - Sunday, May 28

Tallinn Literature Festival "HeadRead"

Various locations, Tallinn

This festival, organized by writers, publishers and translators is a party, a conversation and a pure pleasure. This year, the HeadRead festival will feature 75 events over five days and 112 literary guests from Estonia and abroad. Foreign guests of the festival will come from all across Europe, with the most distant guest hailing from Malaysia. According to an established tradition, a special place in the program is reserved for Russian-language events. The children's literature program also features both Estonian and foreign authors alike.

Friday, May 26 - Sunday, May 28

Watergate Regatta

Pärnu Yacht Club

The Watergate Regatta is the longest regatta in Estonia, which welcomes visitors from home as well as yacht clubs from neighboring countries.

Saturday, May 27

Tuulekala Festival


Hiiumaa's Tuulekala Festival will bring together all those who are constantly facing the sea and who appreciate good food, dancing and fishermen's stories. Festivalgoers can see trolley rigs set up for garfish, help choose the best dish made from fish and see who was the most successul fisher. The evening will end with dancing to the music of the band Untsakad.

Budding Choral Composers' Program

Estonian National Museum, Tartu

The Budding Choral Composers' Program collects and presents for the first time choral music from people who have not earned degrees in music composition but who have still found writing it beautiful and necessary for their inner selves. A total of 100 pieces were submitted, more than anyone could have predicted, authored by music composition students, active conductors, instrumentalists, choral singers, music teachers and other enthusiasts alike. The pieces were judged by three juries, each of which consisted of at least one conductor, one professional young composer and one non-professional choir singer.

Saturday, May 27 - Sunday, May 28

Stove-cooking festival "Take a Look into the Kitchen" 2017

Hermann Castle, Narva

Visitors will be able to try barley bread and perhaps something cooked in a krambude. Visitors may also be able to leave with some leaven or a tasty meat bread recipe.

Kuressaare Street Festival

Kuressaare, Saaremaa

The inaugural Kuressaare Street Festival welcomes everybody: from city and from countryside, from mainland and from the sea! Kuressaare will close down its city center to cars and make space for pedestrians, cyclists, traders, artists, poets and soup-makers.

Saturday, May 27 - Saturday, July 1

Haapsalu Graphic Design Festival 2017

Haapsalu City Gallery / Haapsalu Community Center

This annual festival focuses on the author's creative handwriting in graphic design. 100 of the best culture posters will be exhibited and the 10 best poster designers will be selected. An open seminar will also be held on the festival's opening day.


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