A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "If you love contemporary art and motocross, thought-provoking documentaries, choral music, Christmas fantasies, the Estonian National Male Choir or Bach, this week is just for you. Enjoy!"
Ongoing - Sunday, Jan. 28
Marco Laimre's solo exhibition "Motor"
Tallinn Art Hall
Marco Laimre's solo exhibition "Motor" brings together contemporary art and motocross, garage and landscape, sport and technology. The artist poses several questions in his exhibition: How can we combine the process of art with motorsport? How can we create a symbol of the landscape from the perspective of a motorcyclist? What happens when "garage poetics" is transferred to the context of an art exhibition or vice versa? How is repairing things different from creation as a process? Does an engine have a face? The exhibition is curated by Indrek Köster and Taavi Talve (Johnson&Johnson).
Monday, Dec. 18
"Lost in Lebanon" movie night and discussion
Club of Different Rooms, Tallinn
Dec. 18 is International Migrants Day. To celebrate the day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is organizing the Global Migration Film Festival, which is to take place across over 100 countries worldwide. In Estonia, IOM is screening the movie "Lost in Lebanon." The film portrays the stories of four Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, a country only a quarter of the size of Estonia where every fourth person is a Syrian refugee. The film explores the reasons why people have fled Syria and the opportunities they now have in Lebanon, where around 70 percent of Syrians do not have the legal right to work or education or have access to healthcare.
Tuesday, Dec. 19
Chamber Choir Head Ööd, Vend Christmas concert
St. Mary's Cathedral (Dome Church), Tallinn
Chamber Choir Head Ööd, Vend is inviting all friends of choral music to a pre-Christmas concert, where beautiful choral music will be performed that will awaken the Christmas spirit in everyone. The concert will be accompanied by a string quartet consisting of Hains Tooming (violin), Kristjan Rudanovski (violin), Kristjan Kannukene (viola), and Ruslan Petrov (cello). Also to play are Marten Altrov (clarinet) and Kristiina Veerde (flute). The concert program will include works by Kõrvits, Kodaly, Walters, Biebl, Holten, Ehala, Górecki, Kreek, Sisask and Uusberg.
Wednesday, Dec. 20 - Saturday, Dec. 23
Estonian National Male Choir (RAM) Christmas concert
St. John's Church, Tartu / Kannel Cultural Centre, Võru / Valga Culture and Hobby Centre / St. John's Church, Tallinn
RAM's Christmas concerts will feature songs about life, faith and love, with works by Rudoi, Takach, Gjeilo, Eespere, Uusberg and Puur.
Thursday, Dec. 21
Liisi Koikson's Christmas concert
Instrument Museum, Rõngu, Tartu County
Christmas concert with Liisi Koikson, Marek Talts and Christian Harrysson.
Thursday, Dec. 21 - Friday, Dec. 22
Pärnu City Orchestra, "Christmas Fantasy"
Pärnu Concert Hall / Viljandi Baptist Church
The concert program will feature well-known and -loved Christmas music as performed by the Pärnu City Orchestra, soloist Maris Liloson (soprano), Pärnu Chamber Choir and Mixed Choir Endla under the direcction of conductor Mikk Murdvee.
Friday, Dec. 22 - Saturday, Dec. 23
Bach, Mass in B minor
St. Paul's Church, Tartu / Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
Part of the concert series "Oratorio," the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Kaspars Putninš, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B minor. This work is one of the most important sacred compositions within world music literature, as well as the crowning jewel of Bach's work. This was the German composer's last major choral composition; the author was still working on it during the final year of his life.
This post originally appeared on the Culture critics' blog at culture.ee.
Editor: Aili Vahtla