Culture

Gallery: 17th Tallinn Fashion Week

17.10.19 ... Tallinn's 17th Fashion Week started on Wednesday with the Gold and Siver Needle prizes being awarded to the best Estonian designers.

Arvo Pärt Centre visited by more than 33,000 people in first year

14.10.19 ... More than 33,000 people have visited the Arvo Pärt Centre since it opened a year ago on Sunday.

Culture is happening: Oct. 11-17

11.10.19 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest villages in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on. From festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are some highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Linnahall conference and opera theater to cost between €160-170 million

09.10.19 ... Turning Tallinn's Linnahall into a conference and opera theater would cost between €160-170 million, plans drawn up by the Ministry of Culture estimate.

Poet and translator Liisi Ojamaa dies

09.10.19 ... Poet, translator, literary critic and editor Liisi Ojamaa has died. She was 47.

ETV2 broadcasts documentaries as part of human rights month

07.10.19 ... ERR TV channel etv2 is broadcasting a human rights month (inimõiguste kuu) series of programs every Tuesday at 9.30 p.m., through October.

German-British minimalist composer Max Richter to appear on ETV2 talk show

05.10.19 ... German-born British composer Max Richter is to appear on ETV2 talk show Plekktrumm on Monday evening, ERR's Kultuur portal reports.

Culture is happening: Oct. 4-10

04.10.19 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest villages in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on. From festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are some highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Gallery: Estonian Language House opens in Narva

01.10.19 ... An Estonian Language House, a facility providing premises for everyone to learn the Estonian language for free and improve their command of Estonian through speaking it, opened in the Russian-speaking northeastern border city of Narva on Tuesday.

Study: Low wages for instructors threaten future of Song and Dance Festival

30.09.19 ... Low wages and heavy workloads for choirmasters, and song and dance instructors means the future of the Song and Dance festival cannot be taken for granted, the results of a new study presented on Monday show.

Gallery: President opens New Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre center

30.09.19 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid opened the new concert and performance center at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) on Sunday in Tallinn.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Sept. 27-Oct. 3

27.09.19 ... All across Estonia, from the capital of Tallinn to the smallest villages in remote parts of the country, there is always something going on in the cultural sphere, from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are some highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

First national atlas to include sauna, kama, and blood sausage maps

27.09.19 ... The first Estonian National Atlas containing 500 maps will be published in November by geographers from the University of Tartu and Regio mapmakers.

Oskar Lehemaa: 'Bad Hair' came from a very personal place

26.09.19 ... Director Oskar Rehemaa's horror movie "Bad Hair" won the award for best short at the Fantastic Fest fantasy film festival in Texas. Rehemaa tells Tõnu Karjatse in an interview that he is already thinking about a new horror movie.

Gallery: First passengers ride on Tallinn-Narva language train

24.09.19 ... The first language train departed from Balti jaam (Baltic Station) in Tallinn on Tuesday as part of Estonian Language week.

Archaeologists find rare gold bracelet in Saaremaa

24.09.19 ... Earlier this month, archaeologists unearthed a rare gold bracelet and other jewelry made from precious metals in what may be the most valuable find in Estonia of all time.

Gallery: Kai Art Center opens in former submarine factory

21.09.19 ... Kai Art Center opened in a former submarine factory in Tallinn's Noblessneri sadam (Port Noblessner) on Friday. The new center will be the first permanent home for Estonian contemporary art.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Sept. 20-26

20.09.19 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest villages in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on. From festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are some highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

British photographer Jimmy Nelson photographs Estonia's Seto people

20.09.19 ... While in Estonia earlier this month, acclaimed British photographer Jimmy Nelson, whose work was on display at Fotografiska Tallinn's opening exhibition, traveled to the Setomaa region in Southeastern Estonia to photograph the Seto people.

Gallery: Wandering Lights Festival illuminates Kadriorg Park

19.09.19 ... Thousands of people visited Kadriorg Park on Wednesday for the opening evening of the 14th Wandering Lights Festival.

Second Station Narva Festival kicks off on Thursday

18.09.19 ... The second edition of the three-day Station Narva music and urban culture festival starts on Thursday in Narva, at the brand new Linda 2 venue.

Wandering Lights Festival starts on Wednesday in Kadriorg Park

18.09.19 ... More than 40 installations will illuminate Tallinn on Wednesday as the Wandering Lights Festival starts in Kadriorg Park.

Gallery: Literary street festival held in Kadriorg

14.09.19 ... Saturday saw the literary street festival (Kirjandustänava festival) in Tallinn, which celebrated Estonian literature, its heritage and the literary scene in the country, ERR's Menu portal reports.

Estonian Language lessons to take place onboard Tallinn-Narva trains

13.09.19 ... Estonian language lessons will take place on "language trains" between Tallinn and Narva to mark Estonian Language Learning Week later this month.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Sept. 13-19

13.09.19 ... All across Estonia, from the capital of Tallinn to the smallest villages in remote parts of the country, there is always something going on in the cultural sphere, from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are some highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Reading corner to be built in Tallinn's Kadriorg

13.09.19 ... Designs for a reading corner will be presented at Kadriorg Literary Street Festival on Saturday which will be built next year on Koidula tänav in Tallinn's Kadriorg district.

Gallery: Fifth Tallinn Architecture Biennial opens

12.09.19 ... The fifth International Tallinn Architecture Biennial was opened on Sept. 11, which seeks to rehabilitate the concept of beauty.

Arvo Pärt celebrates 84th birthday

11.09.19 ... Arvo Pärt, by far the most famous living Estonian composer in a country already noted for its musicianship, and probably the most well-known Estonian worldwide, celebrates his 84th birthday on Wednesday.

Gallery: Three designs shortlisted for new Tartu carpark

06.09.19 ... A competition to design a new multi-storey carpark in Tartu has been narrowed down to three potential winners.

Tartu win not a 'unanimous' decision for European Capital of Culture 2024

29.08.19 ... Choosing Tartu to be European City of Culture 2024 was not a unanimous decision, the head of the independent selection committee said on Wednesday, adding that there was some very heated debate around the discussion table.

Tartu named European Capital of Culture 2024

28.08.19 ... Tartu has won the bid to be Estonia's European Capital of Culture in 2024.

First Estonian-Mandarin dictionary completed

27.08.19 ... The first Estonian-Mandarin dictionary, which compiles 5,000 words, has been completed and published. It was presented at the Estonian Language Institute on Monday.

Elevator to make Fat Margaret first wheelchair-accessible Old Town tower

27.08.19 ... Extensive renovations by the Estonian Maritime Museum underway at Fat Margaret Tower (Paks Margareeta) in Tallinn's medieval Old Town have reached the elevator installation stage, making the 16th century artillery tower Tallinn first to be fitted with an elevator.

Andres Puustusmaa's 'Your Honor' premieres next Wednesday

27.08.19 ... Next Wednesday, Sept. 4, director Andres Puustusmaa's latest movie, the comedy thriller "Your Honor," will premiere at 6:30 p.m. at Cinamon Movie Theatre at the T1 Mall of Tallinn.

Berk Vaher: Tartu will share Arts of Survival with Europe

27.08.19 ... Berk Vaher, editor of Tartu's bidbook for European Capital of Culture 2024, writes about the ideas behind the city's bid, Tartu's future, and the future of Europe. The winning bid will be announced on Wednesday.

Ivan Sergejev: Europe needs Narva

27.08.19 ... Ivan Sergejev, Narva's chief architect who is leading the city's campaign to be European Capital of Culture 2024, writes about the ideas behind Narva's bid, its history, and what it can offer Europe. And argues why it should win the bid. The winning city will be announced on Wednesday.

Winning bid for European Capital of Culture 2024 announced on Wednesday

26.08.19 ... The winning bid for an Estonian city to be named European Capital of Culture 2024 will be announced at the Ministry of Culture on Wednesday, with the two cities remaining in the final round being Tartu in South Estonia and the northeastern border town of Narva.

Exhibition reveals memories behind the Baltic Way

23.08.19 ... A new exhibition will reveal the memories and experiences that took place around the Baltic Way on Aug. 23, 1991.

'Truth and Justice' selected for Estonia's Oscar nomination

22.08.19 ... "Truth and Justice" has been put forward as Estonia's Oscar nomination for best foreign language film.

Tallinn Photomonth: Visual essay 'Mercury' coming to Tallinn Art Hall

21.08.19 ... This year's Tallinn Photomonth features an exhibition at Tallinn Art Hall of artist Simon Dybbroe Møller's visual essay, "Mercury." The exhibition brings together artworks by international artists alongside found material and arcane artefacts, and explores how photography has transformed itself from a physical object into a mere reference point.

Broadway director writes musical about Singing Revolution

19.08.19 ... Inspired while on a vacation to Tallinn, Broadway director Tony Spinosa has written a musical about Estonia's Singing Revolution.

City tower exhibition brings famous towers to Tallinn Ferris wheel

15.08.19 ... Tallinn City Museum has opened a new exhibition about Tallinn's various iconic towers, old and new, on the platform of the city's newest tourist attraction — the Skywheel of Tallinn.

Baltic Film Days to offer free screenings of Latvian, Lithuanian films

15.08.19 ... For the third year in a row, Baltic Film Days are returning to Cinema Artis, this time in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. On Aug. 21-22, the Tallinn movie theater will be screening the best of recent Latvian and Lithuanian movies as well as offering moviegoers a chance to meet with the filmmakers. All screenings are free.

Rakvere Theatre begins 80th season

14.08.19 ... The Rakvere Theatre team of cast, crew and staff has returned to work, marking the beginning of its 80th season with a traditional group picture in front of the theater itself.

Ivo Linna, Kaire Vilgats to give free concert in Tallinn on Aug. 20

14.08.19 ... On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the Day of Restoration of Independence will be celebrated in Tallinn's August 20 Square.

Urissaare country festival celebrating 5th anniversary

13.08.19 ... This Friday and Saturday, country music festival Urissaare Kantri is opening its gates to country fans everywhere and celebrating its fifth anniversary at Urissaare Rantšo in Viljandi County's Mulgi Municipality.

Gallery: Tartuff kicks off in pouring rain

13.08.19 ... From the organizers of Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), Tartu Love Film Festival "Tartuff" began in the Southern Estonian city's Town Hall Square on Monday night, where nearly 700 people showed up for the opening ceremony despite the rain.

Gallery: Wagwan Festival attracts thousands of reggae, hip-hop fans

13.08.19 ... Reggae, hip-hop and reggaeton festival Wagwan attracted nearly 4,000 fans to the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds last Friday.

Tartu Love Film Festival 'Tartuff' begins Monday night

12.08.19 ... From the organizers of Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), Tartu Love Film Festival "Tartuff" is operating Estonia's largest outdoor movie theater in Tartu Town Hall Square this week, where for six nights in a row, it will screen movies focused on love and the various aspects thereof.

Gallery: Birgitta Festival Ballet Gala brings full house to Pirita Convent

12.08.19 ... On Saturday, Aug. 10, more than 1,100 festivalgoers filled Tallinn's Pirita Convent for this year's Ballet Gala. Birgitta Festival's gala performance, under the artistic direction of Toomas Edur, brought world-class ballet dancers to the stage from Germany, Finland, Estonia, Russia and Sweden — all places that played a pivotal role on the creative journey of Estonian ballet conductor Eri Klas.
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