Culture

Worldwide Estonian Language Week 2020: Learn through food

22.09.20 ... Events will take place across the globe this week to mark Worldwide Estonian Language Week which started on Monday. This year's theme is tastes, food culture and Estonian cuisine.

Tweeting machine installed in National Library in Tallinn

21.09.20 ... New media artist Timo Toots examines the connection between the past and the present with a tweeting machine (säutsumasin) which has opened at the National Library in Tallinn.

Review: ERSO performance of latest Steve Reich music a success

19.09.20 ... American minimalist composer Steve Reich's "Music for Ensemble and Orchestra" (2018) had its maiden performance in Estonia, played by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) Friday night. Another new Reich offering, "Reich/Richter" (2019), also got its debut in Estonia. Dario Cavegn went along to the performance, at the Estonia Theater in Tallinn, and sent us this review.

Filming of "Apothecary Melchior" closes roads in Tallinn's Old Town

18.09.20 ... Several streets will be closed in Tallinn's Old Town due to the filming of the second instalment of "The Apothecary Melchior" trilogy which started in the capital on Thursday.

Gallery: Artist Maria Kapajeva asks why middle-aged are women invisible

17.09.20 ... From September 17, Maria Kapajeva's personal exhibition "Kui maailm õhku lendab, loodan lahkuda tantsides" ("When the world explodes, I wish to leave by dancing"), is open in the Kunstihoone gallery. The artist observes social pressure son women and looks for solutions on how to stand against them.

Sillamäe to receive €74,000 from state to cover archaeological work

16.09.20 ... The Ministry of Culture is to foot most of the bill for the excavation of human remains found during the reconstruction of a street in Sillamäe, Ida-Viru County.

Culture minister: No rise in sector workers' wages due for next year

16.09.20 ... Falling tax revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic may mean cultural workers' salaries may be frozen for 2021, Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) told ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) Tuesday night.

Tallinn cancels light festival to prevent coronavirus spread

14.09.20 ... The Tallinn city government has decided to cancel the Wandering Lights (Valgus Kõnnib) 2020 festival scheduled to begin on Wednesday; this year the event would have been held for the 15th time.

Gallery: Foreign minister presents Trad.Attack! with Cultural Award

14.09.20 ... Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) presented this year's Cultural Award to the group Trad.Attack! for their international touring and introducing Estonia abroad. The band produces folk music in Estonia and is known all over the world.

Design Night 2020 will emphasize need-based design

14.09.20 ... Disainiöö (design night) will take place from September 14 - 20 this year in Tallinn and has been themed around "Design for Need", focusing on designs, products, services and ideas that are directed at solving problems.

Gallery: Estonian Music Days started in Tartu

14.09.20 ... The contemporary music festival Estonian Music Days (Eesti muusika päevad) launched on Saturday in Tartu and will continue until September 20. This year's theme is the beauty of chaos.

Gallery: Nostalgia Days celebrated in Haapsalu

14.09.20 ... Mid-town Haapsalu was filled with nostalgic vehicles on Saturday afternoon as a parade of old-time cars, motorbikes, trucks and mopeds took over the Western Estonian city for the Nostalgia Days festival.

Tallinn light festival 'Valgus Kõnnib' to take place despite coronavirus

14.09.20 ... Tallinn's annual outdoor light festival 'Valgus Kõnnib' (Wandering Lights Festival) will take place as usual this week despite worries about the increasing rate of coronavirus infection in the capital. The organizers have said precautions will be in place.

Gallery: New chief conductor Olari Elts to open ERSO's new season

10.09.20 ... On September 11, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) will start its 94th season. The audience can see the concert both in the Estonia concert hall and from a live stream at erso.tv.

Drama festival chief-executive: We won't let people sit on floors this year

09.09.20 ... On Tuesday, the Drama theater festival started its run in Tartu bringing theaters and their works from all over Estonia together for a week.

Gallery: World's largest Muhu stocking exhibition on display at ERM

09.09.20 ... The world's largest exhibition of traditional stockings from the island of Muhu in currently on display at the Estonian National Museum (ERM) in Tartu, showcasing 70 historical stockings, as well as 84 pairs knitted especially for this exhibition.

Kreenholm owner seeking to establish €15 million culture quarter in Narva

07.09.20 ... Narva Gate, owner of the Kreenholm Manufaktuur (Kreenholm Manufacturing Company) has submitted a request to the cultural affairs committee of the Riigikogu that the Manufaktuur cultural quarter project be included among the state-supported cultural projects.

Setos celebrate Kingdom Day and elect ülemsootska

06.09.20 ... The Seto people celebrated their 27th Kingdom Day on Saturday, with their own currency and laws issued for a day, a Seto military parade held and Seto chief (ülemsootska) elected.

Gallery: Seto Parish opens embassy to improve local life

04.09.20 ... On Thursday, the Seto flag was raised in Paia rist near Imavere in South Estonia and the Seto embassy was opened for the first time. The venue's aim is to promote Seto culture and events.

Gallery: Estonian Film and Television Awards gala 2020

04.09.20 ... The Estonian Film and Television Awards (EFTA) in 30 different categories were presented at a gala event on Thursday, September 3. ETV and the movie "Truth and Justice" won the most awards. The ceremony was hosted by actor Tõnis Niinemets and featured performances by Koit Toome, Maarja-Liis Ilus, Ott Lepland and Grete Paia with Pluto.

Kalamaja museum invites locals to donate imprints of their ears

04.09.20 ... Kalamaja Museum in Tallinn is inviting people to participate in creating an exhibition by donating plaster imprints of their ears to the museum.

Film critic: Linnamäe's movie theater acquisition cannot benefit consumers

03.09.20 ... The "Terevisioon" morning show hosted film critic Tristan Priimägi who gave three movie recommendations but also commented on Margus Linnamäe's investment company UP Invest's planned acquisition of Forum Cinemas in the Baltics. He said that he cannot see the move benefiting the consumer in any way and that it would likely result in a more homogeneous selection of movies and higher ticket prices.

Video: Tartu Town Hall bells chime rap song 'Für Oksana' on September 1

01.09.20 ... Bells in the tower of Tartu Town Hall will chime the popular award-winning rap song "Für Oksana" by Nublu and Gameboy Tetris on September 1.

'Tenet' sets opening weekend box office record

31.08.20 ... The long-awaited Christopher Nolan movie "Tenet", parts of which were filmed in Tallinn, set an all-time box office record over its first weekend in the cinemas, both in terms of receipts and numbers of cinema goers.

Gallery: €410,000 collected at Sunday's charity Duck Race

31.08.20 ... The annual charity Duck Race (Pardiralli) organized by the Estonian Association of Parents of Children with Cancer (EAPCC) took place on Sunday in Kadriorg saw a total of €410,000 donated.

Gallery: Tallinn record stores celebrate first Record Store Day

30.08.20 ... Tallinn record stores World Clinic, Biit Me and Terminal celebrated the first of this year's three Record Store Days on Saturday.

Gallery: Night of the Ancient Bonfires

30.08.20 ... Saturday evening saw fires lit on Estonia's sunset beaches to mark the Night of the Ancient Bonfires.

Gallery: Opening performance of city festival Tallinn Music Week

28.08.20 ... City festival Tallinn Music Week was opened on August 27, where in addition to the traditional evening concerts, free performances happen during the day. On Thursday, ensemble Puuluup performed at Viru Keskus.

Culture is happening: Events around Estonia August 28-September 3

28.08.20 ... As the coronavirus restrictions continue to be lifted across Estonia, more and more cultural events are taking place. This guide gives a snapshot of some of the events over the next week.

Gallery: 'Tenet' premiere brought people to cinemas at midnight

27.08.20 ... Christopher Nolan's "Tenet", partly filmed in Tallinn last summer, finally premiered a couple minutes after midnight on Wednesday, August 26, with film-goers waiting in line to see the long-awaited movie.

Final 'Tenet' trailer reveals new unseen Tallinn scenes

24.08.20 ... The latest and final trailer of British director Christopher Nolan's movie "Tenet" was released on August 21, uncovering even more scenes filmed in Tallinn which the public had not seen in previous teasers, portal Geenius reports.

Helme: Both Linnahall and Maarjamäe memorial should be demolished

24.08.20 ... Interior minister Mart Helme (EKRE) says that he would have two Soviet-era edifices demolished.

Gallery: Exhibition 'State of Emergency' opens at KUMU

19.08.20 ... Artist Flo Kasearu's exhibition "Eriolukord" (State of Emergency) opened in Tallinn's KUMU art museum on Tuesday. The exhibition looks at how the organization of work changed in the gallery during the coronavirus crisis.

Gallery: Academy of Arts opens final student project exhibition TASE20

19.08.20 ... On Monday, the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) opened an exhibition with 34 final projects of recent bachelor's and master's degree students highlighted.

Gallery: Return of Tõnu Kaljuste and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

19.08.20 ... To celebrate the lifting of audience restrictions due to the coronavirus, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and conductor Tõnu Kaljuste performed 10 concerts in Estonia's churches. The tour with Haydn and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's creations ended on August 15 in Tallinn's Jaan Church.

Tallinn Music Week hosts parallel art program

18.08.20 ... Tallinn Music Week, taking place August 27-30, is to be accompanied by a diverse art program, organizers say, with many exhibitions being free of charge, including the Tallinn Thursday gallery tour and installations at Port Noblessner.

Theater, cinema, concert hall audience restrictions end from September

18.08.20 ... Theaters, cinemas and concert halls will be permitted to operate at full audience capacity from September, culture minister Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) says.

Pärnu hosts interactive robot exhibition

17.08.20 ... An interactive robot exhibition in Pärnu has brought cutting edge tech from all over the world to the resort town, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported Sunday night.

Estonian short documentary wins prize at MIFF and runs for Oscar

16.08.20 ... This Sunday saw Estonian director Eeva Mägi's short film "The Weight of All the Beauty" (Estonian title: "Süda Sõrve sääres") win the best short documentary prize at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). The prize gives the documentary the right to run for an Oscar without a national competition.

Gallery: ERSO Hirvepark concert celebrated birthday of Veljo Tormis

16.08.20 ... The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) gave a fiery concert to mark the 90th birth anniversary of Estonian composer Veljo Tormis at Tallinn's Hirvepark on Saturday.

Gallery: Tallinn goes medieval for two days

16.08.20 ... Saturday marked the beginning of the 21st Medieval Days in Tallinn.

Estonian student film nominated for Student Academy Awards

14.08.20 ... The nominees for the Student Academy Awards were published this week, with director German Golub's "My Dear Corpses" picked as best narrative film among various international film schools.

Lukas proposes losing capacity restrictions for indoor culture events

14.08.20 ... At Thursday's cabinet meeting, Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) proposed that starting with the fall season, the 50 percent capacity restriction for indoor events and culture establishments could be removed.

Medieval Days to take place in Tallinn Old Town at weekend

11.08.20 ... This weekend, August 15-16, will see the 21st Medieval Days festival in Tallinn Old town take place.

Tallinn Music Week rounds off month of August

11.08.20 ... Music and cultural festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is set to take place at the end of August in various locations across the capital. The event was moved from its traditional spring timetable as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

15th Tartuff festival starts Monday, focuses on art and artists

09.08.20 ... The 15th Tartu Love Film Festival, also known as "Tartuff" is to open Monday and will screen 13 features and 4 documentaries, with the majority of the films also available online for the first time in the festival's history. This year sees a thematic focus on art and artists, and entry is free to all the films.

SmartEnCity art exhibition opened in Tartu

08.08.20 ... An exhibition displaying the backstories of 13 public murals in Tartu will be on display in the city on Kaarsild bridge until the middle of August.

Literary festival HeadRead canceled for 2020

07.08.20 ... The board of literary festival HeadRead has decided to cancel the event for 2020, bringing out the recent outbreaks of COVID-19 infections around the world and in Estonia.

Gallery: Museum of Photography celebrates anniversary with 'photo street'

06.08.20 ... The Museum of Photography celebrated its 40th anniversary on August 6 by opening a 'photo street' exhibition behind Tallinn Town Hall (Raekoda), during which alternative photography workshops were held.

Tallinn roadworks halted after archaeological find

06.08.20 ... Valuable archaeological finds have been unearthed in the course of reconstruction work on Roosikrantsi Street in the city center of Tallinn, causing the work to be suspended, with archaeological inspection set to begin in the fall.
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