Culture

Tallinn Fringe Festival hosts myriad international artists

10.12.19 ... Tallinn Fringe Festival kicked off this week, bringing around 40 shows, with performances including circus, burlesque, magic, standup, vaudeville, music and more

Wage fund for cultural workers to increase by 2.5 percent

09.12.19 ... Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) and Estonian Employees' Unions' Confederation (TALO) management board chairman Ago Tuuling signed a salary agreement for cultural workers on Monday according to which the wage fund for people working at Ministry of Culture institutions is to increase by 2.5 percent.

ERR News brings 24-hour Raadio Tallinn music and news

07.12.19 ... ERR News now carries a button linking readers to ERR's Raadio Tallinn, which presents wall-to-wall music as an accompaniment to day-to-day activities such as being at work, home, driving, and all the other things, as well as late-night news in English and French.

Gallery: Lantern Festival lights up Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds

06.12.19 ... Almost two kilometers of painted silk and 10,000 LED light bulbs have been used to create the Asian Lantern Festival which opened at Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds on Thursday.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia Dec. 6-12

06.12.19 ... 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. Now that the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) has ended, it might seem like another lull period is due, but with Christmas, at least in the western calendar, less than three weeks away, there's a theme drawing together many of the latest events.

Foundation launched to support Tartu's capital of culture 2024 planning

06.12.19 ... A foundation has been established to support Tartu with its European Capital of Culture 2024 planning and implementation.

Gallery: Mythical creatures on display at Gingerbread Mania 2019

06.12.19 ... Dragons and a sphinx are just some of the mythical creatures on show at this year's Gingerbread Mania exhibition in Tallinn which displays more than 100 artists' work.

ERSO appoints Olari Elts new chief conductor, musical director

05.12.19 ... The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) has a new musical director and chief conductor. Olari Elts, who has been with ERSO since 1998 and a guest conductor since 2007, is the new musical director and chief conductor, with an initial period of three years, according to an ERSO press release.

Burning Man festival hedgehog to come to Estonia

05.12.19 ... A huge hedgehog sculpture made for Burning Man festival by Estonians will be installed at Noblessner in Tallinn this weekend.

Galleries: Christmas in Estonia

04.12.19 ... The festive season has begun and all around Estonia Christmas trees and windows are being decorated, Advent candles are being lit, and lights switched on.

Head of the Lutheran church Archbishop Urmas Viilma's advent reflection

04.12.19 ... Head of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) Archbishop Urmas Viilma gave an advent reflection at St. Mary's Cathedral (Toomkirik) on Wednesday. The English transcription follows.

Judas Priest performing in Tallinn next summer

02.12.19 ... British heavy metal band Judas Priest will perform at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds on Monday, June 1 next year.

Hando Runnel wins Contribution to Estonian National Identity award

02.12.19 ... Poet, publisher, essayist and national thinker Hando Runnel was presented with the Contribution to Estonian National Identity award on Sunday at a ceremony dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Estonia's national university.

No room in city budget for Vaba Lava Narva

29.11.19 ... Vaba Lava Theatre Centre sought €100,000 in funding from the City of Narva for the support of the activity of its Narva center, however the city did not include the line in its budget.

Culture is happening: Nov. 29 - Dec. 4

29.11.19 ... 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 just a few highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Newly renovated Fat Margaret tower to open for 32 hours on first day

28.11.19 ... The Maritime Museum in Tallinn's Fat Margaret will open its doors to visitors on Friday at 10 a.m. and will remain open for 32 hours following two years of reconstruction.

Konrad Mägi art exhibition to open in Turin on Friday

28.11.19 ... "Konrad Mägi: The Light of the North," a new exhibition featuring the works of the eponymous Estonian painter, will be opened by President Kersti Kaljulaid at the Musei Reali di Torino in Turin, Italy on Friday.

Interview: Scottish actor Ewen Bremner in Tallinn

26.11.19 ... Scottish actor Ewen Bremner gave an interview to ETV magazine show Ringvaade Monday evening, in which he talked about life during and after Trainspotting, and his latest movie, ERR's Culture portal reports.

Paper: Plans to start Baltic German Museum discussed

25.11.19 ... The head of the Lihula and Hanila Museums, art historian Marika Valk, discussed plans to build a Baltic German history and culture museum on Vikerraadio's Kajalood, newspaper Lääne elu reported.

Student research papers in spotlight at Haapsalu language day event

25.11.19 ... A recent day dedicated to the Estonian language held in Haapsalu celebrated both the current Year of the Estonian Language as well as the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Haapsalu native Ferdinand Johann Wiedemann's Estonian-German dictionary. In the spotlight at the event were student reports about the Estonian language and literature as well as projects that had participated in the nationwide "Ode to the Estonian Language" contest.

Lantern festival brings 40-meter long dragon to Song Festival Grounds

23.11.19 ... A 40-meter long dragon will feature in the Asian Lantern Festival in Tallinn alongside pandas, flamingos, and many other fairy-tale creatures from the start of December.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Nov. 22-28

22.11.19 ... 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 just a few highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

PÖFF film festival brings hundreds of international movies to Tallinn

19.11.19 ... The 23rd annual Black Nights Film Festival, or PÖFF, opened on Thursday night, bringing hundreds of movies, shorts and animations from round the world to film goers.

Gallery: Tallinn's Christmas market opens on Town Hall Square

16.11.19 ... Tallinn's Christmas tree was lit on Friday at the opening of the city's Christmas market.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Nov. 15-21

15.11.19 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest hamlets 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 just a few highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Tallinn's Christmas Market to open on Friday

14.11.19 ... On Friday, at 5 p.m. on the Town Hall Square, the lights of the Christmas tree will be lit and this year's Christmas market will open.

Tartu's capital of culture 2024 partner cities selected

14.11.19 ... The two cities which will partner with Tartu during its stint as European Capital of Culture in 2024 have been decided.

Three Estonian films featured in New York Baltic Film Festival

10.11.19 ... Wrapping up on Sunday, the second annual New York Baltic Film Festival is currently underway, in the course of which Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania's best recent movies as well as a selection of classics have been screened.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Nov. 8-14

08.11.19 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest hamlets 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 just a few highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Linnahall redevelopment discussions moving forward

08.11.19 ... The coalition government, or so far the culture ministry, is to look at potential developments to the iconic Linnahall complex in Tallinn, converting it into an opera house at an estimated cost of €170 million. Some opposition has been raised by finance minister Martin Helme (EKRE), however.

178 entries submitted to Eesti Laul 2020 song contest

08.11.19 ... A total of 178 songs were submitted to the Eesti Laul 2020 song contest, 24 of which will be selected by jury vote to compete in the two semifinals to take place in Tartu next February.

Eesti Laul deadline this Wednesday

04.11.19 ... The deadline for entries to the Eesti Laul 2020 song competition is this Wednesday at noon.

Gallery: Filmmaker and artist Priit Vaher's work exhibited at ERR newshouse

04.11.19 ... For visitors to ERR's News House at Kreutzwaldi 14, Priit Vaher may be a familiar face as concierge there. He has many more strings to his bow, however; as well as being a noted filmmaker, he is also an artist.

British satire legend John Cleese bringing one-man show to Tallinn

01.11.19 ... Legendary British actor, comic and satirist John Cleese is bringing his one-man show to Tallinn next May, for the first and, given the show's title, last time.

Come and watch hippo and seal feeding times at Tallinn Zoo

01.11.19 ... Tallinn Zoo (Tallinna loomaaed) is offering the chance to view feeding time for two different species, gray seals and pygmy hippos, starting Saturday and running every Saturday after that.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Nov. 1-7

01.11.19 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest hamlets 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 just a few highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Hitchcock festival comes to Tallinn and Tartu

26.10.19 ... A retrospective of legendary British film director Alfred Hitchcock's work started Friday and runs through the next week, on the big screen at two locations in Estonia, ERR's culture portal reports.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Oct. 25-31

25.10.19 ... 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.

Amateur archaeologist who found third century gold bracelet seeks reward

24.10.19 ... An amateur archaeologist who found a rare third century gold bracelet on Saaremaa last month wants financial recompense for his find, ERR's online news in Estonian reports, despite the fact that under Estonian law he is not eligible.

Former Tallinn nightclub Vabank files for bankruptcy

23.10.19 ... A popular former nightspot in Tallinn's Old Town has filed for bankruptcy with Harju County Court, according to daily Postimees.

Live: Estonian National Ballet celebrates World Ballet Day

23.10.19 ... Wednesday, Oct. 23 is World Ballet Day with a host of live links from major ballet companies worldwide, and the Estonian National Ballet, part of the Estonian National Opera (Rahvusooper) is contributing to the event with a live link to the Opera and Ballet House in Tallinn, giving an insight into the lives of some of its ballet dancers, including classes, interviews with ballet dancers, and an interview with ballet director Linnar Looris.

Tallinn Music Week 2020 open for artist applications

22.10.19 ... Applications are open to artists wanting to enter Tallinn Music Week (TMW) 2020.

Ministry of Culture rejects Narva mayor's request to co-finance new piano

21.10.19 ... The Ministry of Culture said they did not have the funds to help Narva City Government buy a new piano.

Estonian minister greets Finnish, Hungarian colleagues on Finno-Ugric Day

20.10.19 ... Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) sent greetings to his Finnish and Hungarian counterparts on Saturday on the occasion of Finno-Ugric Day, which celebrates the cultures and languages of the Finno-Ugric peoples.

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.
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