21.06.21 NEWS ... On Sunday, June 20, the Estonian Choir Association announced the recipients of the annual choir and wind music awards at the Tallinn Botanical Gardens. The awards covered last year.
20.06.21 NEWS ... Construction work on a 19th century museum and activity center were finished in Paide. Furnishing to follow.
18.06.21 NEWS ... Estonian actress Henessi Schmidt has been cast in Netflix's new series "Vikings: Valhalla".
18.06.21 NEWS ... Estonian girl band Vanilla Ninja have released a new song "Gotta Get It Right" after a 13-year break.
18.06.21 NEWS ... A fire which destroyed a historic Ida-Viru County Orthodox church is thought to be the work of arsonists, police say. The blaze, which started in the early hours of Thursday morning, is the second this year to have hit the church, a wooden building built in the 19th Century, with arson also suspected as the cause of the first fire.
18.06.21 CULTURE ... The VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples continues Friday, its final day, and the final sessions plus the closing ceremony can be watched live on ERR News, together with simultaneous translation into English, from 10.00 a.m. Estonian time.
16.06.21 NEWS ... The Guardian included the Estonian film "Aasta täis draamat" (A Year Full of Drama) in a list of the "10 great documentaries about theater".
16.06.21 CULTURE ... Tallinn's annual Old Town Days event will go ahead this August, with this year's theme focusing on myths and legends, as well as historically factual stories, connected with the capital, ERR's Menu portal reports.
16.06.21 CULTURE ... The VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples taking place in Tartu starts Wednesday, and the opening ceremony can be viewed via live-stream here, together with English-language simultaneous translation.
15.06.21 NEWS ... The international music and city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW), scheduled to take place in Tallinn from September 29 to October 3, has revealed the music program line-up. The festival will showcase a hundred and fifty-five artists, from nineteen countries.
15.06.21 NEWS ... The Viljandi Folk Music Festival, which takes place at the end of July, will bring nearly thirty domestic artists and eight foreign performers to the audience. The relaxed requirements for organizing major events will also allow new festival and day passes to be put up for sale on Tuesday, although visitors now have to consider the need to prove infection safety.
14.06.21 CULTURE ... US rock legend Iggy Pop is to perform in Tallinn next year, at the Alexela Concert Hall, exactly one year from today, and 28 years after his last live appearance in Tallinn. Numbers from both his discography and relatively new album 'Free', released in 2019, are to be performed, ERR's Culture portal reports, while the date is part of a European tour which also takes in Stockholm, Helsinki and Vilnius.
14.06.21 NEWS ... The eightieth anniversary of the June Soviet deportation of Estonians falls on Monday and is being marked by several events nationwide.
13.06.21 NEWS ... The international Record Store Day is celebrated on June 12 this year. Saturday also saw the presentation of Röövel ÖÖbik's vinyl LP "Ringrada." Several Tallinn record stores joined in the celebrations.
11.06.21 CULTURE ... The gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions is seeing live, in-club stand-up comedy making a comeback, among all the other cultural events. Well-traveled US comic Rachman Blake, who, while he first ended up having to extend his stay in Estonia due to lock-down, is now not only remaining voluntarily, but also bringing his brand of top-notch English-language comedy and his observations of living here.
11.06.21 CULTURE ... On Thursday, the Estonian Museum of Architecture in Tallinn opened an exhibition in the Rotermann salt storage building called "The Houses That We Need" to celebrate the museum's 30th anniversary.
11.06.21 NEWS ... On Friday (June 11), Hendrik Toompere's production "Talupojad tantsivad prillid ees", written by Andrus Kivirähk, will premiere in Viinistu Boiler House. In an interview with ERR, Kivirähk said that he had not written a so-called pure comedy for a long time.
10.06.21 NEWS ... Producer and playwright Laur Kaunissaare will start as the new theater advisor of the Ministry of Culture. One of the most important tasks is to prepare the amendment of the Performing Arts Institutions Act.
09.06.21 CULTURE ... With summer already here and lock-down ending, music venues of all kinds are starting to open up properly in Estonia, though they would be nothing without the musicians to perform in them. Luckily, it seems Estonia's musical future is assured, certainly in the jazz genre, as a new band formed of schoolchildren, who have just released their own new single, proves.
09.06.21 GALLERIES ... This week, the 12th installment of the Stencibility street art festival will take place in Tartu, during which several new street art works will be added to the urban space. ERR's Kultuur portal has created an overview of the most exciting works from past festivals.
09.06.21 NEWS ... The first full-length film, 'Smoke Sauna Sisterhood', by Anna Hints, an Estonian-French-Icelandic collaboration, has received a $40,000 production grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Fund. 1,100 projects from all over the world applied for support, while 18 were shortlisted.
09.06.21 NEWS ... On Tuesday (June 8), the newly renovated Palm House was officially reopened in the Tallinn Botanical Garden.
09.06.21 CULTURE ... Discussions on the potential extension of the Estonia Theater, home of the National Opera (Rahvusooper) and Ballet so far consist mainly of hot air, while there has been little substantive discussion, the national opera's artistic director, conductor Arvo Volmer, says.
08.06.21 NEWS ... The Ministry of Culture decided to partly grant the request of the Old Baskin Theater (Vana Baskini teater) and allocate €49,700 in operating support.
07.06.21 CULTURE ... Retro festival We Love The 90s will make its return this July and there are enough performers for three days at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.
07.06.21 NEWS ... Choir and orchestra conductor Tõnu Kaljuste will receive the Eri Klas scholarship, which is awarded for the first time this year.
07.06.21 NEWS ... After the renovation, the museum of the Estonian Alcohol and Soft Drinks Industry Theme Park opened its doors in Moe Museum. Among other things, the museum introduces the manufacturing of spirits, which has been done in Moe manor since the 17th century. This autumn, the only Estonian distillery museum created by Viktor Kirsilo celebrates its 50th birthday.
07.06.21 CULTURE ... An exhibition called "101" was opened at Soolu village in Lääne County on Friday. An old kolkhoz barn wall was decorated with a 29 m long and 3 m high mural that shows 101 pictures of cows captured by regional daily Lääne Elu journalist Urmas Lauri.
07.06.21 NEWS ... The events of the 30th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence on August 20 will culminate with singing parties taking place all over Estonia at night, the largest of which will be in Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Rakvere and Pärnu.
04.06.21 CULTURE ... With the easing of coronavirus restrictions through May and June, Tallinn will be the scene of several major summer festivals, including July's 'Medieval days' and the annual Birgitta music festival in August, the city government says.
04.06.21 CULTURE ... Music and city festival Station Narva, set to take place on August 5-7, announced a public city art contest in cooperation with the Narva Museum.
04.06.21 CULTURE ... Several Estonians were involved in the process of making "Compartment No. 6", a movie by Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen, which was chosen for the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival.
02.06.21 CULTURE ... In fall, Apollo will open a new cinema in Tartu's Tasku Center, where previously a Cinamon movie theatre was located.
02.06.21 CULTURE ... Social Democratic Party (SDE) MP Raimond Kaljulaid proposed to add the potential "Film Wonderland" studio to the list of cultural objects of national importance.
02.06.21 NEWS ... Tallinn Urban Planning Department decided on Tuesday (June 1) that the planned Estonian National Opera house extension is out of the question because implementing the desired solution would bring along a lot of negative effects to the existing environmental and cultural values, daily newspaper Postimees, wrote (link in Estonian)
01.06.21 NEWS ... The four-year urban space festival "Through the City", which takes place on Tuesday and covers the entire university city, starts in Tartu on Tuesday. This year, the focus of the festival is on the Karlova district, which will be discovered via art projects, community activities, as well as a specially designed travel stage.
01.06.21 NEWS ... City Day, Car-Free Avenue and a gourmet food and wine festival will take place in Tartu this summer after many events were postponed by coronavirus in 2020.
01.06.21 NEWS ... As of June 14, it will be possible to organize events with a higher number of participants if they are attended only by people who have tested negative for COVID-19, have had COVID-19 or have vaccinated against COVID-19, the government agreed on Tuesday.
01.06.21 CULTURE ... Hollywood actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is appealing for photos of and from Estonia, for part of a movie short project he is involved in.
31.05.21 NEWS ... Architect Margit Mutso will be awarded the Kreis Family Architecture Prize on Monday (May 31), which recognizes her various articles, TV programs and films on architecture.
31.05.21 CULTURE ... CEO of the Forum Cinemas chain Kristjan Kongo admits that the attendance numbers of cinemas for the first week after restrictions were eased was below expectations. Sõprus and Artis cinemas were however pleased with attendances and said some movies have even been to a full house.
31.05.21 NEWS ... The organizers of gastronomy festival "Suur Tallinna toidutänav" decided to delay the event, initially scheduled to take place in the start of June, by two weeks due to the interest in the event. The festival will now take place on June 18-19 at the Song Festival Grounds in Tallinn.
31.05.21 NEWS ... A memorial plaque was opened to the famous Estonia writer Eduard Vilde in Narva to commemorate the place where he wrote his novel "Raudsed käed" (Iron Hands).
29.05.21 NEWS ... One of Estonia's national parks celebrates its 50th jubilee this weekend, an event which is being marked by a variety of events through the rest of May and into early June.
28.05.21 NEWS ... 'HeadRead', an exhibition of the work of photographer Dmitri Kotjuh, is now open in Tammsaare Park, central Tallinn, where a selection of portraits of past guests at the literary festival of the same name can be seen, including Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, British author A. S. Byatt and Georgian-Russian writer of historical and detective fiction Boris Akunin.
28.05.21 CULTURE ... Tiit Haagma, bass player with noted Estonian band Ruja, which enjoyed the peak of its success in the 1970s-1980s, has died. He was 67.
27.05.21 NEWS ... The Creative Impact Conference, taking place within the international music and city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) on October 1-2, 2021, will focus on the importance of a strong local music ecosystem as well as solid global networks.
27.05.21 NEWS ... Rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater Ivari Ilja said that retaining the Band of the Estonian Defense Forces is important as it carries an important part of military culture and tradition. It is also vital to maintain musicians' jobs as their disappearance would disadvantage professional musical culture in Estonia, Ilja said on the "Esimene stuudio" talk show.
26.05.21 NEWS ... A hundred musicians, music teachers and students and members of the church held a support rally for the Defense Forces and Police and Border Guard orchestras and chaplains on Tuesday.
26.05.21 NEWS ... Cultural institutions with stationary seating will be able to open until 10:30 p.m. if necessary, the government has agreed.