Taavi Eelmaa wins Betti Alver's Literary Award

24.11.20 CULTURE ... This year, Taavi Eelmaa's poetry book "Electaurum" won the Betti Alver Literary Award. Betti Alver (born in 1906) was one of Estonia's most notable poets.

Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds to become winter 'Dreamland'

24.11.20 NEWS ... More than 30 installations will light up Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds this winter as part of the "Dreamland" light festival (Valgusfestival Võlumaa) which opens on December 4.

Fat Margaret wins Europe-wide digital cultural heritage award

23.11.20 NEWS ... The Estonian Maritime Museum has been awarded the Heritage in Motion 'Best Achievement Award' for its digital and audiovisual solutions at Tallinn's Fat Margaret permanent exhibition "Towering Tales of the Sea".

Culture recommendations: November 23-29

23.11.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Vox Clamantis album nominated for Edison Award

19.11.20 CULTURE ... Estonian multi-instrumental ensemble Vox Clamantis' album "The Suspended Harp of Babel", released by ECM in spring, has been nominated for the Dutch Music Award Edison Klassiek, ERR's Culture portal reports.

Leading music figures in video appeal to audiences to mask up

17.11.20 NEWS ... Musicians have issued a video appeal to the public to wear a mask when attending concerts, in an effort prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Revenue from paintings done during Palmse concert goes to Ilumäe Chapel

16.11.20 CULTURE ... Peformances of the new concert series "Klaaspärlid Palmses" saw the revenue of the artist Anna Litvinova's paintings, authored during the concerts themselves, going to the church bell fund of the Ilumäe Chapel in Lääne-Viru County.

PÖFF goes forward with full programme regardless of coronavirus

16.11.20 NEWS ... At a time when most events are canceled, the Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) kicked off on Thursday, November 12, with an online cinema available for movie watchers, boasting the full programme of more than a 100 movies.

Art Museum of Estonia to celebrate its 101st anniversary with curated tour

16.11.20 CULTURE ... On November 17, the Art Museum of Estonia celebrated its 101st anniversary. From the birthday week's special program, curated tours can be found in five branches of the museum, as well as, in cooperation with the Eesti Post, a commemorative art stamp being issued.

Gallery: Black Nights Film Festival opens at Tallinn's Coca-Cola Plaza

13.11.20 NEWS ... On Thursday (November 12), the opening ceremony of the 24th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival took place in a smaller than usual venue at Tallinn's Coca-Cola Plaza cinema.

Design tender announced for Tallinn's Patarei complex museum development

12.11.20 NEWS ... The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory (Eesti Mälu Instituut) has announced an international tender for the design of the International Museum of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism at Tallinn's Patarei Sea Fortress Complex

Black Nights Film Festival to show films online

10.11.20 NEWS ... The annual Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) takes place this year in exceptional conditions due to the coronavirus. Viewers will be required to wear a mask to movie screenings, but PÖFF films can also be watched at home online for the first time.

Estonian short film 'The Wings' wins prize at Italian festival

10.11.20 NEWS ... Estonian director Riho Unt's animated short film 'The Wings' (Tiivad) based on the correspondence between literary hero inventor Jaan Tatika and the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci won an award at Reggio Short Film Festival at the weekend.

Theater leaders: Doing well with current restrictions, no outbreaks

10.11.20 NEWS ... Theater leaders have said that current coronavirus restrictions are sufficient to stave off the risk of infection amid rising COVID-19 rates, adding that if stricter restrictions arrive on public events, theaters would apply for exemptions.

Võru, Russia's Pskov launch creative enterprise cooperation project

09.11.20 NEWS ... The southeastern Estonian county town Võru and the Russian regional capital Pskov on Thursday kicked off an international project in creative industry called "BestNest," which aims to improve the competitiveness of the two cities and increase the entrepreneurial experience and know-how of artisans and people active in the creative industry.

Martin Aadamsoo: What happened to Estonian music?

07.11.20 NEWS ... The lion's share of Estonian music cannot be bought or listened to online today. If our musical heritage fails to make it to streaming services, it will not exist in the future, Martin Aadamsoo writes in Müürileht (Link in Estonian).

Flags to be hoisted to honor fathers on Sunday

07.11.20 NEWS ... Sunday, November 8 will see Estonian flags hoisted to mark Father's Day. The national flag will be hoisted by all state and local governments agencies and public law persons.

Black Nights Film Festival announces 2020 lineup

06.11.20 NEWS ... This year's Black Nights Film Festival will feature over 200 films and will take place online as well as in Tallinn, Tartu and Ida-Viru County. A new programme will be dedicated to environmental issues.

Performing arts association asks people to wear masks in theaters

06.11.20 NEWS ... As the epidemiological situation continues to worsen, the Estonian Association of Performing Arts Institutions (Etendusasutuste liit) is calling on people to wear masks when visiting theaters going forward.

First 'week of flavors' to highlight South Estonian wild food

05.11.20 NEWS ... Starting on Thursday (November 5), the first "From Forest to Table" week of flavors will take place across six counties in Southern Estonia showcasing wild food experiences and local produce.

Employers' union, ministry strike deal on two-year sick pay rules change

04.11.20 NEWS ... An organization representing employers in Estonia has given its consent to new sick pay rules which will make them liable for sick pay from day two of an illness. The scheme is set to last two years.

Mexicans in Tartu celebrate Dia de Muertos by opening exhibition

03.11.20 NEWS ... Dia de Muertos, the Mexican holiday for the Day of the Dead, was celebrated on November 2 in Tartu with the opening of an exhibition by Estonian artist Meiu Münt, who was inspired by a traditional Mexican song about death.

Tallinn's 'tram monument' taken under heritage protection

02.11.20 NEWS ... Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) announced Kaarel Kurismaa's "Tallinna trammi-objekt" in Tallinn as a cultural heritage object.

Gallery: Exhibit for Venice Architecture Biennale opened in eight cities

02.11.20 NEWS ... On Saturday, exhibitions were opened simultaneously in eight Estonian cities for next year's Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Culture recommendations: November 2 - 8

02.11.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Philharmonic Chamber Choir part of BBC's list of top-ten world choirs

02.11.20 NEWS ... BBC's music portal Classical Music published their list of the ten best choirs in the world and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor) was among the picks.

Third country nationals to be released from movement restrictions for PÖFF

30.10.20 NEWS ... The government supported Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas' (Isamaa) proposal to free foreign visitors from movement restrictions for the annual Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival "PÖFF" if certain COVID-19 alleviation measures are followed.

'Disco Elysium' creators win President's Young Cultural Figure award

30.10.20 NEWS ... Robert Kurvitz and Aleksander Rostov, creators of popular role-playing indie videogame "Disco Elysium", were awarded with the annual President's Young Cultural Figure award of €5,000 for 2020.

National Library creates card game to identify fake news

27.10.20 NEWS ... The National Library's specialists have created a card game "Trollist targem" (Smarter than a troll) to develop young people's media literacy. With humorous questions, it tests the gamers' skills in a world full of trolls and dubious information.

Culture recommendations: October 26 - November 1

26.10.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Taavi Kotka created a technology club exclusively for girls

25.10.20 NEWS ... Estonian IT businessman Taavi Kotka created a girls only technology club called Unicorn Squad two years ago that now has over 1,200 enthusiastic members.

Tartu 2024 CEO: 'Arts of Survival' have taken on new meaning this year

24.10.20 NEWS ... CEO of the Tartu 2024 Foundation Priit Mikk's job is to steer and shape the winning vision for Estonia's second European Capital of Culture in four years time. He told ERR News what's happened since the city clinched the title and what comes next.

Reinvigorated Sports and Olympic Museum to open for visitors on Saturday

23.10.20 NEWS ... ETV's morning show "Terevisioon" spent Friday at the Estonian Sports and Olympic Museum in Tartu, where recent reconstruction has modernized the largest sports museum in the Baltics.

Photos: Regional school dance series continued in Paide

23.10.20 NEWS ... The regional Koolitants (School Dance) dance days series has once again started up after being suspended in spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dancers from most Estonian counties congregated in Paide, Järva County last weekend to hold four concerts.

Architects concerned about residential development near ERM

23.10.20 NEWS ... There is a residential area development in the area near the Estonian National Museum (ERM), with some apartment buildings planned to stand right aside the museum. Both the Estonian Association of Architects and museum leadership do not want the building anywhere near the museum, as it would pollute the architectural value.

30 feature-length films produced in Estonia in 2019

23.10.20 NEWS ... According to data from Statistics Estonia (Statistikaamet), 30 full-length feature films were produced in Estonia in 2019 and 428 movies reached cinemas in total.

Estonian director wins Student Academy Award

22.10.20 NEWS ... Estonian film director German Golub's movie "My Dear Corpses" ("Mu kallid laibad") has won a Student Academy Award, ERR's culture portal reports.

Police fine former national opera director over sexual harassment claims

22.10.20 NEWS ... Former Estonia National Opera (Rahvusooper) director Aivar Mäe has been fined an undisclosed sum after the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) found him culpable in sexual harassment charges.

Culture recommendations: October 18-25

20.10.20 NEWS ... Are you wondering what to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Gallery: Ocean and Baltic Sea exhibitions opened at Seaplane Harbour

19.10.20 NEWS ... Two new American Museum of Natural History exhibitions were opened in Tallinn's Seaplane Harbour (Lennusadam) on Saturday, set to shed light on life in the world's many bodies of water, including the Baltic Sea.

Gallery: Two exhibitions opened in Tallinn for Sirp's 80th anniversary

12.10.20 NEWS ... On October 9, cultural newspaper Sirp celebrated it's 80 anniversary marking the publication of the first copy. To celebrate, two exhibitions were opened in Tallinn.

Gallery: Opening performance of Jazzkaar festival

12.10.20 NEWS ... On Friday (October 9) jazz festival Jazzkaar was opened by a performance from singer-songwriter Vaiko Eplik and composer Kristjan Randalu.

Gallery: 15 of Tartu's SmartEnCity 'smartovka' murals have been completed

10.10.20 NEWS ... Fifteen of 17 "smartovka" murals for Tartu's SmartEnCity smart city project have been completed and the remaining two should be finished next year. ERR News spoke to city council coordinator Raimond Tamm about the ambitious project and its future.

Estonia joins UNESCO Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention

08.10.20 NEWS ... The government on Thursday approved Estonia's joining of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, which, among other things, provides a legal framework for controlling the activity of treasure hunters in international waters.

Gallery: Apothecary Melchior filming takes place in Tallinn's Old Town

08.10.20 NEWS ... Filming for the first of the Apothecary Melchior ("Apteeker Melchior") trilogy of films is taking place in Tallinn's Old Town on Town Hall Square. On Thursday a scene took part with more than 100 actors.

Gallery: Estonian World War Two espionage movie 'O2' premieres

07.10.20 CULTURE ... An Estonian-made spy thriller, "O2", set on the even of World War Two premiered in Tallinn Tuesday, after eight years in the making, ERR's Menu portal reports.

Rannap: I have tried to bring together pop and classical music all my life

06.10.20 NEWS ... Estonian composer and pianist Rein Rannap will introduce his new album "Ikka ja alati" with concerts all around Estonia. In addition to piano music, Laur-Leho Kaljumetsa has added forest videos and electronic music.

Gallery: Statue of poet Kalju Lepik unveiled on eve of 100th birthday

06.10.20 NEWS ... A statue of Estonian poet Kalju Lepik, considered one of the country's greatest poets, was unveiled on the eve of the 100th anniversary of his birth on October 7.

Gallery: Sculpture dedicated to famous stray dog ​​unveiled in Tallinn

06.10.20 NEWS ... A sculpture dedicated to a stray dog and all other street animals was unveiled in front of the Arsenal Center in Tallinn on Sunday, which was also World Animal Day.

New Estonian language Bible translation planned for 2039

01.10.20 NEWS ... A new translation of the Bible (Piibel) will be ordered to mark the 300th anniversary of the first Estonian-language edition of the Bible.
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