A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "Dark wintertime is still surprising us with great events. Check out various Christmas markets or events or attend Tallinn Chamber Orchestra’s 25th birthday!"
Tuesday, Dec. 5
Film screening: Rabha Ethnographic Film
Estonian National Mueum, Tartu
The Rabhas are a tribe belonging to the Bodo family, which includes the Kacharis, the Garos, the Lalungs, the Dimasas, the Hill Tippera, the Hajongs, and the Mech communities, among others. After the film, there will be a discussion and Q&A session with Bhupen Rabha, a Ph.D student who is also the maker of the documentar.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Christmas Jazz 2017: Värttinä feat. Kadri Voorand "Finland 100"
Tallinn Creative Hub
Värttinä is the best known Finnish folk group. The group's energy is unstoppable and new, and they surprise and thrill audiences with their fresh takes on the traditions of folk music. At Christmas Jazz, Värttinä will perform with a special guest, one of our most powerful jazz singers Kadri Voorand, whose musical aptitude and reach are extraordinary and who has carried folk music in her heart all her life. The meeting of these two sources of energy promises to produce some of the brightest musical flashes of the dark winter.
Mari Kalkun, "Ilmamõtsan" album debut tour
Theatre Endla, Pärnu
Mari Kalkun has won the hearts of the listeners with her creation that is close to nature and her sincere performances. The third Võru County musician and singer's third solo album, "Ilmamõtsan," is an intimate and warm-sounding album that offers a peaceful journey and a delight in discovering to the lovers of contemporary traditional music.
Thursday, Dec. 7
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra's 25th with Tõnu Kaljuste
House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra founder and conductor Tõnu Kaljuste conducts one of his favorite orchestras and provides good music ahead of Christmas Eve.
Saturday, Dec. 9
Pre-Christmas Design Market
Tartu Sports Hall
The coziest Christmas market in Tartu offers gift choices for the whole family. More than 45 designers from Estonia and Latvia will be there selling accessories, clothes, ceramics, handicrafts, home decorations, kids stuff, illustrations and more. It's a one-stop-shop for Christmas gifts!
Street Dance Festival "Battle of EST"
Vanemuine Concert Hall, Tartu
"Battle of EST" (BOE) is the oldest street dance competition with the most impressive list of performers in Northern Europe. The main events include breakdance team competitions. Hip-hop, popping and solo bboying contests are also scheduled to take place.
This post originally appeared on the Culture critics' blog at culture.ee.
Editor: Aili Vahtla