Latvia's Ivars Seleckis named winner of PÖFF Lifetime Achievement Award

29.11.18 ... Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) on Wednesday evening awarded Latvian documentary filmmaker and founder of the legendary Riga School of Poetic Documentary Cinema Ivars Seleckis with the festival's second annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Reviews for three PÖFF films screening again this week

28.11.18 ... Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) began on 16 November already, but it's not too late to catch a screening, as the festival lasts through this Sunday! technical editor Taavi Hallimäe has provided short reviews for three of the films being screened again this week.

Arvo Pärt receives two high honours in Poland

27.11.18 ... Estonian composer Arvo Pärt received two distinguished honours in Warsaw on Sunday and Monday.

Actor reads through entire UN Global Migration Compact, takes 2 hours

23.11.18 ... The UN Global Migrant Compact has been at the centre of much heated political debate in Estonia over the last week and a half, to put it mildly. But who has actually read the document – which was not even translated into Estonian until recently? One person who most assuredly has not scrimepd on the issue is actor Gert Raudsep, who read through the entire text as part of ETV's ''Ringvaate'' broadcast on Thursday, a task which took him over two hours to complete.

Culture minister makes clean sweep of Eesti Kontsert board

21.11.18 ... Minister of Culture Indrek Saar (SDE) has appointed six new members to the supervisory board of Estonian music umbrella organisation Eesti Kontsert (EK), replacing the previous board in its entirety.'s weekly recommendations: 19-25 November

19.11.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by "With these recommendations, we suggest attending lectures at Ülase12 and St. Nicholas' Museum, a movement workshop, dance performances, concerts, and last but not least, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), which has already begun but does not end until early December."'s weekly recommendations: 12-18 November

12.11.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by "This week, we're recommending stand-up comedy, improvisational music, a chance to explore Nordic philosophy, and a film festival, among other things."

Tartu to celebrate Latvian centennial with eight days of events

09.11.18 ... Beginning Friday, the Tartu Latvian Society is celebrating the centennial of the Republic of Latvia with a special programme of events over the course of more than a week, culminating with an all-day event at the Estonian National Museum (ERM) on Latvian Independence Day on Sunday, 18 November.

216 songs submitted for Eesti Laul 2019 contest

08.11.18 ... A total of 216 songs have been submitted for the 2019 edition of Eesti Laul, the Estonian song contest whose winning song becomes the Estonian entry for that year's Eurovision Song Contest. Exactly half of all songs received were Estonian-language songs; the rest were in various foreign languages.

State rejects Estonian World's plea for funding for this year

07.11.18 ... The Ministry of Culture has rejected the request of English-language web magazine Estonian World (EW) for support from the state to to the tune of €5,000 for the remainder of 2018. The ministry has, however, promised to seek opportunities for supporting the portal in 2019.

Electronic Communications tour to promote Estonian electronic music in UK

07.11.18 ... Next week, Estonian electronic artists Hüpnosaurus, HAPE, DJ Ilmajaam and Cubus Larvik will be going on a four-day tour across the UK, playing shows in London, Bradford, Glasgow and Manchester from 15-18 November.

Rebels to return to Black Nights Film Festival

06.11.18 ... The 2018 edition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) will see the return of the "Rebels with a Cause" category introduced last year, which includes films that are more experimental in nature or whose message is more rebellious.'s weekly recommendations: 5-11 November

05.11.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by "This week you can watch a screening of a Puccini opera, a film about the 'Dolphin Man,' or Joosep Matjus' epic film about Estonian nature. There are also parties in Tallinn and Tartu, a dance performance and an interdisciplinary festival."

Valner Valme: NO99 stole Von Krahl's show

05.11.18 ... Last Wednesday, Theatre NO99 announced that it would be closing its doors. It was unexpected news for everyone: the media, the Ministry of Culture and theatre fans alike. Quickly overshadowed as a result was the event of the day at another one of Estonia's most important avant-garde theatres: the 25th anniversary of Von Krahl Theatre, writes Valner Valme, managing editor of ERR's online culture portal.

First suitors appear for Theatre NO99 building in Tallinn

05.11.18 ... Last Wednesday, Theatre NO99 abruptly announced that it would be closing its doors, with its final performances scheduled for November and December. The theatre will be vacating a large building at the Central Tallinn address of Sakala 3, interest in which has been expressed by Sakala Skene, a new open centre for the performing arts and theatre education.

'The Little Comrade' crowned best debut film at Nordic Film Days Lübeck

05.11.18 ... Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Nordic Film Days Lübeck launched its Debut Film Award, which went to Moonika Siimets' "The Little Comrade," the first film of the centennial Estonia 100 film programme.

Theatre NO99 to close its doors

31.10.18 ... Estonia's Theatre NO99 announced on Wednesday that it will cease operation in January 2019. The Tallinn theatre's final performances are scheduled for November and December.

2019 Dance Festival hopefuls struggling to meet folk costume requirements

29.10.18 ... Thousands of Estonian folk dancers are currently working hard to prepare for the pre-selection round to begin in January, as space on the field is limited and not all folk dance troupes will qualify for the 20th anniversary Dance Festival next summer. This year, however, festival organisers are cracking down on the authenticity of dancers' folk costumes, which means makers of Estonia's national dress are especially busy trying to fulfil all the extra orders in time.

Elin Toona: I want to let those awful moments out; let others read them

23.10.18 ... Cultural programme OP+ recently interviewed author Elin Toona, a refugee Estonian living in the Southeastern US state of Florida, who talked about growing up with her grandmother, her grandfather, poet and children's author Ernst Enno, and her life in the West, among other topics.

'The Little Comrade' wins top prize at Belgian film festival

22.10.18 ... Moonika Siimets' "The Little Comrade" ("Seltsimees laps"), the opening film of the Estonia 100 film programme, earned three top awards at the Waterloo Historical Film Festival (WaHFF), which concluded in Belgium late Sunday night.'s weekly recommendations: 15-21 October

15.10.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by "In the third week of October, Lars von Trier's controversial new film will finally be shown in Estonian cinemas, the Arvo Pärt Centre will open its doors in Laulasmaa, very different bodies will meet at the Stage of Independent Dance (STL)... and there's a possibility that you will see two extraordinary pictures if you happen to be in the right neighbourhood in Tartu."

Gallery: New Arvo Pärt Centre opening in Laulasmaa this week

15.10.18 ... The all new Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa east of Tallinn is opening its doors to the public on Wednesday this week. The centre's new building is the latest in a by now long line of cultural efforts made in Estonia's centennial year.

Interview: Vahur Afanasjev's tribute to a fading culture

15.10.18 ... Vahur Afanasjev is a multifaceted man who has written poetry as well as prose, produced films, performed music, and dabbled in many other creative arts. Time and again, these activities have landed him in Estonia's spotlight. Yet when his novel Serafima and Bogdan was published last year, it became resoundingly clear that Afanasjev is a writer above all – and a fantastic one at that. The novel first won the Estonian Writers' Union's Novel Competition and then, this spring, received the most esteemed local literary prize: the Cultural Endowment of Estonia's Award for Prose. To top it off, the work has been highly acclaimed and is currently being translated into English for publishing in the UK. Serafima and Bogdan is a pan-generational story about the lives of Russian Orthodox Old Believers inhabiting the western shore of Lake Peipus. It endeavors to determine the driving forces behind revenge and violence, as well as to comprehend what man's role is here on earth.

'Wild Souls' exhibition on Baltic symbolism to open in Tallinn

11.10.18 ... Initially on display at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, "Wild Souls" is opening in KUMU in Tallinn on Friday. The exhibition displays more than 100 works by notable artists from the Baltic countries dating from the late 19th century to the 1930s.

Online magazine Estonian World petitions state for funds

11.10.18 ... English-language web magazine Estonian World (EW) has requested support from the state to the tune of €5,000 for the remainder of 2018, and €20,000 for 2019. The alternative, the magazine says, is potential closure of the site.

Cornerstone laid of new Haapsalu Episcopal Castle museum

09.10.18 ... Construction of the new museum started on 6 October, if everything goes according to plan, the museum will open to the public in July next year.

Museum experts and researchers meeting at Estonian National Museum

09.10.18 ... Starting on Tuesday, the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Ethnography (ICOM-ICME) is meeting in Tartu for its 51st annual conference, a three-day event that is assembling the world's museum gurus in Estonia's unofficial capital. At the conference, the experts are discussing the latest developments in the world of museums, an increasingly challenging field in the fast-paced world of today.

Operation notes from underground: Drowned in Sound does Station Narva 2018

06.10.18 ... "It's the absolute antithesis of any showcase festival I have ever attended," says Richard Foster, who covered Station Narva for UK-based music webzine Drowned in Sound. ERR News is republishing his review of the unique music festival with the site's kind permission, documenting an Estonian experience of the sort you will want to hear more about.

Tartu, Narva, Kuressaare in running for European Capital of Culture 2024

05.10.18 ... Applications from three Estonian cities — Tartu, Narva and Kuressaare — were submitted to the competition for the status of European Capital of Culture 2024 by the 1 October deadline.

Gallery, video: Song Festival arch renovations in full swing

05.10.18 ... Construction at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds is underway to ensure that singers at the 150th anniversary of the Song Festival in 2019 can feel safe onstage standing under the iconic arch as they perform.

Turku Book Fair begins on Friday, featuring Estonian centennial theme

05.10.18 ... This year's edition of the Turku Book Fair in Southwestern Finland begins on Friday and will feature the Republic of Estonia's centennial as a main theme. The three-day fair will include several discussion panels featuring well-known Estonian and Finnish writers and literary people, as well as an Estonian-themed sub-programme including Estonian poetry, music, karaoke and exhibits. 'A century of the Estonian home in the city'

04.10.18 ... It can seem funny to think of the details of our daily lives as a part of history, but isn't history just a collection of stories about daily lives? The clothes we wear, the music we listen to, and — as shown in this exhibit — the furniture that we use to decorate our homes often represents larger social, cultural, and political stories.

Gallery: Music Awards held at Tallinn Airport on International Music Day

02.10.18 ... The Music Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Music Council marked International Music Day on 1 October with the 11th Music Awards gala held at Tallinn Airport.'s weekly recommendations: 1-7 October

01.10.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by "In the first week of October, one can explore architectural formations of modernism in the context of an industrial city, see the sports, ballet and religious worlds from the LGBT+ perspective, study the essence of light and get acquainted with French animated films."

9 copyright societies suing state for €42 million, Reinsalu hopes to settle

26.09.18 ... Nine copyright societies have turned to the Supreme Court of Estonia demanding the state pay them a total of €42 million in the so-called blank media levy for the period of 2014-2017, inclusive of interest. Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu (Pro Patria), however, hopes to settle out of court.

Win a tablet: Vikerraadio's European Day of Languages quiz

26.09.18 ... 26 September is the European Day of Languages. On this occasion, ERR's Vikerraadio along with the Representation of the European Commission in Estonia have put together a radio quiz.'s weekly recommendations: 24-30 September

24.09.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by "During the last week of September, consider attending a lecture about continental ice masses in Tallinn or a creative writing workshop in Tartu. ...An apple festival in Põhja-Tallinn and a weekend in the open air at the Estonian Open Air Museum are also on the menu."

Station Narva festival kicks off in Northeastern Estonian border city

21.09.18 ... The inaugural edition of the three-day music and city culture festival Station Narva begins in Narva on Friday, with British trip-hop pioneer Tricky to headline the opening evening at Kreenholm Manufacturing Company.

INTERVIEW: World-famous opera tenor José Cura on new Tallinn production

20.09.18 ... This month, Tallinn's Opera and Ballet House (Rahvusooper) finds time in its permanently frenetic schedule to host a new production of La fanciulla del West, by Puccini. Set in the old American West, it deserves to be as familiar as La bohème and Madama Butterfly, or, for hitherto opera ignorati such as myself, even simply Nessun Dorma as it accompanied Paul Gascoigne's crying at the 1990 World Cup Finals.*

GALLERY | 2018 Wandering Lights festival in Tallinn

20.09.18 ... Tallinn's Wandering Lights (Valgus kõnnib) festival started on Wednesday, with light installations in Kadriorg Park still to see on Thursday and continuing in the medieval Old Town on 20 and 21 September. Thousands of candles are lit along with more than 60 installations by local and international artists.

Michel Sittow exhibit at Kumu attracts nearly 65,000 visitors

17.09.18 ... Almost 65,000 people visited the first ever monographic exhibit of Estonian Renaissance painter Michel Sittow, titled "Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe," during the just over three months that the exhibit was on display at Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn.

Churches still getting money despite controversial bill termination

14.09.18 ... Churches are now due money from the state, as a bill aimed at utilising a damages fund for wartime and occupation restitution may well be abandoned, according to Minister of Public Administration Janek Mäggi (Centre).

Estonian Institute hosts expat programs starting September

12.09.18 ... This September, the Estonian Institute (Eesti Instituut) is organising several programs and events for global expats living in Estonia.

Pärnu, Tartu, Viljandi to jointly bid for European Capital of Culture 2024

07.09.18 ... The city council of Pärnu supported a proposal yesterday that Pärnu, in a joint bid with Tartu and Viljandi, should campaign to become the European Capital of Culture 2024.

Tallinn Music Week already accepting artist applications

06.09.18 ... The application round for artists wanting to participate in the 11th annual Tallinn Music Week in March 2019 is open. The closing date for applications is 1 November, according to the organisers.

FEATURE | Interview with the Kalamaja archaeological time team

01.09.18 ... This summer, what would appear to be just another Tallinn construction site became something of a celebrated case as the preliminary digging work led to the discovery of a wealth of mostly domestic artefacts from the late middle ages. The find, in Tallinn's Kalamaja district, effectively filled in a gap in knowledge about society in Estonia in the 15th century.

Annual Tallinn street festival to take place this weekend

30.08.18 ... The 12th annual Uue Mailma street festival takes place in Tallinn on 1-2 September, featuring live music, art, street food, workshops, sports and games and children's activities as the district, located south of the city centre between Suur Ameerika and Tehnika streets, sees its thoroughfares mostly closed to traffic to accommodate the attractions and ensuing crowds.

Estonian Art 2/2018 focusing on Baltic art, design and architecture

29.08.18 ... For Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, 2018 marks a century since their first declaration of independence. To celebrate their centennials and explore the cultural ties between the three Baltic states, the Estonian Institute has dedicated this issue of Estonian Art to Baltic cultural collaborations. It looks at not just present collaborations in the fields of art, design, and architecture, but also on landmark historical cultural collaborations.

Tricky to headline Station Narva festival in September

27.08.18 ... Trip hop pioneer Tricky is set to headline the Station Narva festival in September, single-day tickets for which go on sale on Monday, 27 August, it has been announced by the festival's organisers.

GALLERY | Virtual tour around the New Estonian Art Academy building

27.08.18 ... The brand new Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) building opens on Monday, 27 August and ERR was there to capture photos of the new building and some of its facilities.
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