A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "The beginning of February brings us winter fun — enjoy Shrove Tuesday activities or great music at Tallinn Winter Festival!"
Monday, Feb. 5 - Tuesday, Feb. 13
11th Tallinn Winter Festival
Tallinn Old Town
This festival helps to bring a little light to the dark month of February! Traditional concert venues include the House of the Blackheads, Hopner House and the Swedish St. Michael's Church.
In 2018, the PLMF Music trust will be celebrating its 15th birthday. To mark the occasion, there will be a grand gala concert at Estonia Concert Hall at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
Kumu Documentary: "REM," Rem Koolhaas
Kumu Auditorium, Tallinn
For over four decades, "starchitect" and master provocateur Rem Koolhaas has shaken up the field of architecture and redefined the role of the architect in the world. Filmmaker Tomas Koolhaas spent four years following his father around the globe, playing witness to Rem's extraordinary creativity as well as exploring his works through the eyes of those who actually inhabit them. "REM" is a rare and unique insight into the mind of a genius.
Thursday, Feb. 8
Performance "25 Dances"
Open Space, Tallinn
"25 Dances" is a performance for the 25th anniversary of Fine5 Dance Theatre. During these years, Tiina Ollesk and René Nõmmik have worked with many wonderful dancers and creative artists. They have learned and created together, and traveled and performed in 16 countries around the world. They have been very close and supportive of each other. And now, when some of these people already live in different places, they will reunite once more, both live and virtually, for the performance "25 Dances," where many of those who have worked together with Fine5 over the past quarter century will meet onstage again. They create cultural patterns — now and then, together and individually.
Friday, Feb. 9
Former Helios Cinema, Tallinn
Acoussion Festival is a pop-up music festival that before now have been held in summer and spring. One of the most important characteristics of the Acoussion Festival is the so-called pop-up stages; in addition to the main stage, festival performances also take place at intimate venues that are built or planted in unexpected places. This creates an intimate contact between listeners and musicians and brings the music closer to the audience than the usual concerts and festivals.
Sunday, Feb. 11
Estonian Institute and Hungarian Institute's Shrove Tuesday celebration
Deer's Park / Hungarian Institute, Tallinn
If there is enough snow, we will begin at 3 p.m. with sledding at Deer's Park (Hirvepark); we will meet at the Johan Pitka statue. Please bring a sled with you!
At 4 p.m., we will continue at the Hungarian Institute (Piiskopi 2), where we will introduce some Finno-Ugric Shrove Tuesday traditions, with a special focus on Estonian and Hungarian traditions.
Children will be able to make masks, straw dolls and bone spinners. There will also be dancing and singing, as well as time for food, drink and socializing. Those who come wearing a Shrove Tuesday carnival costume will also be eligible to participate in our prize draw!
This post originally appeared on the Culture critics' blog at culture.ee.
Editor: Aili Vahtla