A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "The holiday season is approaching fast, and that means this week's recommendations are quite Christmassy. May your week be filled with joy and pleasant experiences!"
Ongoing - Sunday, Dec. 17
Time of Warm Wishes at Pokuland
Pokuland (Pokumaa), Võru County
In December, when the Christmas hustle and bustle is in full wing, that is when the peaceful and forest-scented time of warm wishes has arrived in Pokuland, just like the Poku calendar says. And what would a Christmas world be without sweet activities and cozy moments or without a lovely show for the whole family?
Ongoing - Thursday, Dec. 21
Rapla Christmas World
Culture Club BAAS, Rapla
Rapla Christmas World will transport its visitors to a traditional and cozy world full of the smell of a Christmas tree, magic and the Christmas spirit!
Tuesday, Dec. 12 - Saturday, Dec. 16
Christmas month Book Week
National Library of Estonia, Tallinn
Come and choose a great book to spend time with during the darkest time of the year, or refresh your spirit at literary events! You will be sure to find a lot of valuable gifts with which to fill Santa's bag here.
Wednesday, Dec. 13
Ted Parker: "Improtest"
Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Tallinn
"Improtest" is a concert series that brings improvisational music from local and foreign authors to a local audience. This time, the performer is Theodore Parker — a musician exploring the use of guitar, electronics, and acoustics in the creation of improvised music.
Thursday, Dec. 14
Runosong Room "Jõuaks, jõuaks jõulud tulla"
Runosongs about the enjoyment of singing, the beginning of the works of the winter season, holidays, Advent, celebrating Christmas, and thereafter bidding the Christmas season farewell.
Friday, Dec. 15
Christmas Mood concert by Kristina Vähi and Riina Pikani
Tartu Observatory, Tõravere
This Friday, Tõravere's Tartu Observatory will host a Christmas mood concert by soulful soprano Kristina Vähi and dynamic and expressive pianist Riina Pikani. The repertoire is to include works by Schumann, Tubin, Ojakäär and others.
Friday, Dec. 15 - Sunday, Dec. 17
5th Kolga Christmas Fair
Kolga Tennis Hall, Harju County
The three-day Kolga Christmas Fair, the town's fifth, will offer dance, theater, music and enjoyment for children and adults alike.
Saturday, Dec. 16
Tartu Wintry Folk Dance Day 2017
Town Hall Square, Tartu
Dancers from Tartu and Tartu County will perform Estonian folk dances and simple social dances in Tartu's Town Hall Square. Violinist Indrek Kalda will add to the magic, and folk dance specialist, teacher and lecturer Vaike Rajaste will tie the event together. The whole celebration will be directed by Kati Grauberg-Longhust. Come and see — and perhaps even join in! — some of the most well-loved Estonian folk dances!
Hand-printed Christmas cardmaking
Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn
Come and make your own Christmas cards under the guidance of Kaija Kesa at Kumu Education Centre! Card printing is suitable for participants of all ages, and provides a good experience in graphics and the ancient art of printmaking.
Sunday, Dec. 17
Christmas concert "The Play of an Ice Flower"
Rakvere Church of the Holy Trinity
Chamber Choir Solare and Choir Studio So-La-Re will be conducted by Elo Üleoja, Ly Hiire and Keio Soomelt, and accompanied on the piano by Piret Villem.
This post originally appeared on the Culture critics' blog at culture.ee.
Editor: Aili Vahtla