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Gallery: Choir music awards

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.

Gallery: Construction work on 19th century museum finished in Paide

20.06.21 NEWS ... Construction work on a 19th century museum and activity center were finished in Paide. Furnishing to follow.

Estonian actress joins cast of Netflix's "Vikings: Valhalla"

18.06.21 NEWS ... Estonian actress Henessi Schmidt has been cast in Netflix's new series "Vikings: Valhalla".

Vanilla Ninja to release single 'Gotta Get It Right' after 13 year break

18.06.21 NEWS ... Estonian girl band Vanilla Ninja have released a new song "Gotta Get It Right" after a 13-year break.

Arson suspected in second blaze to hit wooden church this year

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.

Watch Live: VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples final sessions

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.

Guardian picks Estonian documentary to list of best theater documentaries

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".

August's Tallinn Old Town Days itinerary unveiled

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.

Watch Live: VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples opening ceremony

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.

Tallinn Music Week 2021 festival line-up and venues revealed

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.

Viljandi Folk Music Festival to bring more than 40 artists on stages

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.

Iggy Pop in concert in Tallinn next summer

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.

Gallery: Estonia marks June 14 deportations 80th anniversary

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.

Gallery: Tallinn record stores celebrate Record Store Day

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.

US comic emerges from Tallinn lock-down as Estonian rapper

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.

Gallery: Architecture museum celebrates 30th anniversary with exhibition

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.

Author: Everything good about Estonia has been taken from the Germans

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.

Lauri Kaunissaare becomes culture ministry theater advisor

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.

Youth jazz band Stepsel release new single

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.

Gallery: Scenes from street art festival Stencibility over the years

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.

Sundance Institute chooses Estonian director's film for support

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.

Gallery: Newly renovated Palm House opens at Tallinn Botanical Garden

09.06.21 NEWS ... On Tuesday (June 8), the newly renovated Palm House was officially reopened in the Tallinn Botanical Garden.

Top conductor: Opera house discussions mired in cognitive dissonance

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.

Old Baskin Theater finally granted requested subsidy

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.

Retro festival We Love The 90s to take place in July, Scooter to headline

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.

Conductor Tõnu Kaljuste to receive first Eri Klas scholarship

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.

Estonian Alcohol and Soft Drinks Industry museum opens

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.

Gallery: 101 pictures of cows displayed on Lääne County village wall

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.

30th independence restoration anniversary to end with night song festival

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.

Several major events going ahead in capital through summer

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.

Station Narva festival announces city art contest

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.

Film produced by several Estonians selected for Cannes festival

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.

Apollo Kino to open cinema in Tartu Tasku Center in fall

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.

Social Democratic MP wants film studio designated a cultural monument

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.

Tallinn rejects Estonia Opera house extension plans

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)

City space festival to start in Tartu

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.

Summer events will be held in Tartu this year

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.

Government lifts cap for public events if covid safety rules are followed

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.

Hollywood star wants photos of Estonia

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.

Margit Mutso to be awarded Kreis Family Architecture Prize

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.

Forum Cinemas expected more visitors for first week of eased restrictions

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.

Tallinn street food festival delayed by two weeks

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.

Gallery: Memorial plaque to author Eduard Vilde unveiled in Narva

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).

Lahemaa national park marks 50th anniversary

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.

Gallery: Photo exhibition of noted literary figures opens in Tallinn park

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.

Tiit Haagma, bass player with legendary Estonian band Ruja, dies

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.

Tallinn Music Week 2021 Conference topics, speakers revealed

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.

Rector: Band part of every country's military culture and tradition

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.

Gallery: Protest held to support defense force, PPA orchestras

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.

Cinemas and theaters can stay open past 10 p.m. if necessary

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.
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