Culture

Gallery, video: President's reception concert "Every bird has its own song"

25.02.20 ... The presidential reception in Viljandi marking Estonian Independence Day included a concert, called "Every bird has its own song," (Estonian: "Igal linnul on oma laul").

KFC reconsiders English-language marketing text after Archbishop criticism

23.02.20 ... Calls for fast food chain KFC to have in-restaurant text in Estonian have led to the company's franchisee in Estonia, Apollo Group, to consider pursuing translation options, according to daily Postimees.

Gallery: Fotografiska hosts Tom of Finland exhibition

21.02.20 ... Tallinn photo gallery Fotografiska is hosting an exhibition of artwork by Tom of Finland, the noted homoerotic Finnish artist.

Gallery: Jaan Kross' 100th birthday celebrated at Estonia Theatre

20.02.20 ... The 100th anniversary of the author Jaan Kross' birth was celebrated at the Estonia Theatre in Tallinn on Wednesday evening.

Maze to be installed in Tammsaare Park for Estonia's 102nd anniversary

19.02.20 ... An installation is being made in Tammsaare park to mark the 102nd anniversary of the Republic of Estonia's founding.

Report: Folklore archive jeopardized by lack of funding

17.02.20 ... At the beginning of the year, the question of the future of the Estonian Folklore Archives (Eesti rahvaluule arhiiv) came into focus, since the organization has not received funds for research projects this year.

Eesti Laul finalists chosen

16.02.20 ... The second semi-final of the Eesti Laul song competition took place in Tartu on Saturday evening to determine the remaining six finalists for the February 29 final where it will be decided who will be representing Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest this year.

Interview: Eesti Laul's first six semi-finalists

14.02.20 ... The first six artists of the 12 finalists taking part in Eesti Laul, the competition to find Estonia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in May, were voted to the grand final on Thursday night, in an event at the University of Tartu Sports Hall. There were 12 acts in the semi-final; six of these made it to the grand final, taking place at the Saku Suurhall on February 29.

Scottish percussion virtuoso Evelyn Glennie comes to Estonia

14.02.20 ... Noted Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie has given two concerts in Estonia this week, with the third, with her trio HLK, taking place in Tartu Friday night. ERR's culture portal caught up with Glennie to talk about her work.

Gallery: World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 opens at Baltic Station

12.02.20 ... The World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 opened at Baltic Station on Tuesday displaying some of the best pictures taken by photojournalists from around the world in 2019.

'Winter' cracks box office top five over opening weekend

11.02.20 ... Ergo Kuld's "Winter" ("Talve") sold 43,049 tickets over its opening weekend, placing it in Estonia's top five following "Truth and Justice" and the "Class Reunion" trilogy.

Estonian artist's exhibition about city of evacuated people from Chernobyl

10.02.20 ... Filmmaker and visual artist Ingel Vaikla opened her exhibition "Shapes and Distances" in Brussels. The shots of the Ukrainian city Slavutych invite viewers to reconsider the Eastern Europe identity and how the younger generation relates with their Soviet heritage.

Lukas: Estonian should be protected, other languages can be

06.02.20 ... Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) proposed on social media that cultural events in Estonia, including theater and film festivals, could in the future be required to offer Estonian translations. He says in an interview to ERR that the aim is not to punish anyone but to deliver a reminder that the Estonian language environment needs to be protected.

Architecture museum hosts exhibition of noted Estonian-Americans' work

04.02.20 ... The Museum of Estonian Architecture is running an exhibition of works by structural engineer two Estonian Americans noted in the field, structural engineer August Komendant and architect Louis Kahn.

Gallery: Arvo Pärt's creation concert was extremely successful

04.02.20 ... In the concert series "Reflectors", renowned artists get the right to set up a program, which will be performed in the famous Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg. Manfred Aicher, founder of ECM Records, opened his series on Monday with a highly successful portrait concert by Arvo Pärt.

Contemporary art museum in Tallinn gets new lease of life

03.02.20 ... The Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM) has announced that it has found a solution for its site on Põhja pst 35 in the harbor area of Tallinn, and will continue exhibiting later in 2020.

Public address: Estonian research policy must face Estonia

02.02.20 ... Public address regarding funding of research in Estonia and Estonian studies

Gallery: Bank of Estonia unveils commemorative Treaty of Tartu €2 coin

01.02.20 ... Immediately prior to the start of an international conference dedicated to the centennial of the Treaty of Tartu held at the Estonian National Museum (ERM) on Saturday, the Bank of Estonia also unveiled its new commemorative €2 coin dedicated to the same.

Culture is happening: Events around Estonia from January 30-February 6

30.01.20 ... 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.

Full concert video: Kadri Voorand given Musician of the Year award

30.01.20 ... Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) presented Kadri Voorand with its Musician of the Year award at a festive concert on Wednesday evening. Joining the laureate onstage for the concert were Mihkel Mälgand, Valter Soosalu and the Chamber Choir Kolm Lindu. ERR's Estonian-language culture portal broadcast the concert live.

Lennart Meri's Mercedes reaches Estonian National Museum

28.01.20 ... The legendary car used by President Lennart Meri was moved to the Estonian National Museum on Tuesday after having remained on display at Tallinn Airport since 2017.

Robert Burns poems translated into Estonian released as album

27.01.20 ... A collection of recorded ballads based on the poems of Scotland's national bard Robert Burns (1759-1796), translated into Estonian, has been released, and performed, by Estonian musicians, coinciding with Saturday's Burns' night.

Gallery: KuKu Klub celebrates 85th birthday

25.01.20 ... Friday saw a much-loved Tallinn meeting spot celebrate its 85th anniversary, with poet and singing revolution Icon Heinz Valk appearing at the event, ERR's culture portal reports.

Jaak Allik: No satire in Old Baskin's Theater anymore

24.01.20 ... Former culture minister and theater critic Jaak Allik was a guest on Vikerraadio's "Vikerhommik" morning program, where one topic that came up was the funding of theaters, in particular the fact that the Ministry of Culture did not provide any funding to Old Baskin's Theater in Tallinn.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from January 24-30

24.01.20 ... 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.

Small theaters given over €3 million in state support boost

21.01.20 ... The Ministry of Culture has approved operating grants for small private theaters of over €3 million for 2020 is significantly more than last year's figure, which stood at a little over €1.8 million.

Culture minister presents plan for Narva church interior restoration

19.01.20 ... Culture minister Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) has presented a plan for a Narva church, which would include options for holding concerts there as well as other events, worship services and exhibitions.

International literacy conference to concentrate on multilingual education

18.01.20 ... The Estonian Reading Society and Tallinn University will organize the IV Baltic Sea Conference on Literacy "Searching for a Common Language" from the end of this week until January 21 at the heart of which lies literacy in multilingual education. This week's presentations will take place at Tallinn University on January 18 and 19.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from January 17-23

17.01.20 ... 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.

Estonian-American opens photo exhibition of refugee children's memories

17.01.20 ... Based on the memories of children who fled Estonia in 1944, Estonian-American photographer Maria Spann's photo exhibition "The Heart We Left Behind" was opened at the Mehari Sequar Gallery in Washington this week.

Estonia's Eurovision Song Contest entrant semi-finals held in February

17.01.20 ... Eesti Laul, the annual competition to find Estonia's Eurovision Song Contest entry, reaches its semi-finals in mid-February, ERR's Menu portal reports.

ERR Musician of the Year is Kadri Voorand

16.01.20 ... Singer, pianist and composer Kadri Voorand was selected by ERR's music editors as musician of the year for 2019, for her outstanding performances both on the Estonian and international music scenes.

Gallery: Arvo Pärt's children's songs translated into Braille

15.01.20 ... In a gift to the blind children of Tallinn Helen's School, the Arvo Pärt Center presented the school with textbooks of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's children's songs translated into Braille.

'Truth and Justice' fails to make Oscars final cut

13.01.20 ... Estonian move "Truth and Justice" failed to be nominated for the final cut for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.

Culture is happening: January 10-16

10.01.20 ... 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.

Nearly 30 cultural institutions to receive funds for needed repairs

08.01.20 ... Ceilings on the verge of collapse, leaky roofs, windows threatening to break, electrical wiring from the 1960s, air running out during theater performances — these are just some of the problems facing various cultural institutions and properties across Estonia, 15 of which the Ministry of Culture deemed a potential threat to life, and for which the ministry has allocated €2 million.

Truth and Justice selected best film of 2019 by Estonian film journalists

05.01.20 ... Truth and Justice (Tõde ja õigus) was selected as the best film of 2019 by the Estonian Film Journalists' Association on Friday and was presented with the Neitsi Maali bronze statue award.

Song festival painting by British Army officer soon to be ready

03.01.20 ... A reservist officer in the British Army has almost finished a painting inspired by the Song and Dance Festival and commissioned by the army itself, according to a report on ETV current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera on Tuesday evening.

Estonian National Opera attendance exceeds 185,000 in 2019

31.12.19 ... A total of 185,548 people attended altogether 398 ballet and opera performances at the Estonian National Opera this year.

ERR News looks back at 2019 in Estonia

30.12.19 ... The last year of the 2010s has almost drawn to a close, and turned out to be as eventful a year in Estonia as it has been elsewhere.

ETV brings a wealth of programs to see in the New Year

30.12.19 ... ERR's main TV channel, ETV, is carrying a host of shows to take us into 2020, ERR's Menu portal reports.

'Truth and Justice' wins International Press Academy Film Award

20.12.19 ... Anton Hansen Tammsaare's pentalogy of the same name ("Tõde ja Õigus" in Estonian) has clinched the Satellite Award at the Los Angeles International Press Academy Awards, according to ERR's culture portal.

First full-length trailer for 'Tenet' released, includes Tallinn locations

19.12.19 ... While some teaser clips and stills had already been published, the first full-length trailer for director Christopher Nolan's action thriller "Tenet," which was filmed in part in Estonia earlier this year, was released on Thursday.

'Truth and Justice' shortlisted for best international feature Oscar

17.12.19 ... Based on the novel of the same name by Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian movie "Truth and Justice" has been shortlisted for the International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards, ERR's Menu portal reports.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia, December 13-19

13.12.19 ... 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.

'Disco Elysium' scoops up four wins at Game Awards in LA

13.12.19 ... "Disco Elysium," the detective role-playing game (RPG) by Estonian-launched international studio ZA/UM, had a very successful night at the annual Game Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, where the studio's debut game scooped up wins in four categories.

Estonian film streaming website launched

13.12.19 ... A new streaming website launched this week where Estonian films, documentaries, and animations can be watched.

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.
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