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Estonian documentary 'Kerro 40' goes global

20.04.18 ... Providing a peek into life in the Estonian countryside, documentary director Aljona Suržikova's half-hour documentary "Kerro 40" is going global, with screenings scheduled in Europe, Africa, Asia and America, including one in Paris on Friday.

Gallery: Winner of Red Terror Museum design competition announced

11.04.18 ... The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory announced the winners of its design competition on Wednesday for the coming Red Terror Museum.

Many paintings in public buildings not officially on record

11.04.18 ... Following the disappearance of a large format oil painting by Tiit Pääsuke from the premises of the Järva County Government, there has been interest in the fate of other works of art being held at various public buildings. As it turns out, a fair amount of artkwork is not officially on record anywhere.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: April 9-15

09.04.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "This week, our event selection includes art, photography, music, dance, handicraft and much more. Enjoy!"

Red Terror Museum project asks public to judge design competition entries

05.04.18 ... The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory is inviting the public to vote on the different entries for the design of a future Red Terror Museum in Tallinn's Patarei sea fortress.

Exhibition of Canadian-Estonian architects opening in Tallinn this week

04.04.18 ... "To the New World: Estonian Architects in Toronto" will open this Friday at 5:00 p.m. at the Museum of Estonian Architecture. The exhibition provides the first extensive overview of the work of Estonian architects active in Canada after World War II.

48th Estonian Cultural Days underway in New York

31.03.18 ... The 48th annual Estonian Cultural Days in New York kicked off in the heart of Manhattan on Wednesday. While the event formally ends on Saturday, in honor of the Estonian centennial, the weekend will be capped off by the Estonian Centennial Gala NYC on Saturday evening and the Esto-Atlantis Concert at Lincoln Center on Sunday afternoon.

Tallinn wants to determine Soviet monument's historic value

28.03.18 ... The city of Tallinn wants an expertise concerning the architectural and historical value of the Soviet-era parts of the city's Maarjamäe Memorial complex. The expertise would help determine what to do next with the obelisk as well as the ceremonial square and its stands, which are in bad shape.

Composers and songwriters earn record sum in Estonia in 2017

21.03.18 ... The Estonian Authors' Society (EAÜ) reports a new record in royalties collected last year at more than €6 million. Though the society also collects royalties going to foreign artists, Estonian composers and songwriters last year made more money than ever before as well.

Pet Shop Boys to perform at Tallinn's 2018 Õllesummer festival

20.03.18 ... The most successful duo in British music history have been announced as the main act of Õllesummer's Friday night on July 6. The electropop duo will take the main stage of the festival with their spectacular light show and as part of their SUPER world tour.

Ivo Posti named director of Narva Museum for next two years

20.03.18 ... The competition for the next director of Narva Museum failed for the second time on Monday, after which the museum's supervisory board named Ivo Posti director of the museum for the next two years.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: March 19-25

19.03.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "Take a peek at this week's cultural potpourri!"

Tallinn Music Week announces documentaries program

17.03.18 ... This year's Tallinn Music Week from Apr. 2-8 also features a documentaries program. During the festival week five documentary films will be screened at Tallinn's “Sõprus” Cinema, covering topics ranging from the environment and visions of the post-capitalist world to the heroes of the post-rock’n’roll era. The screenings will be introduced by their authors, main characters, and by film critics.

'Estonian Art 20' book launch at Kumu

15.03.18 ... Estonian Art celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special publication that looks back on the last 20 years of Estonian contemporary art, as told from the perspective of the artists. Fifteen Estonian artists were invited to interview the artist who had influenced their work. The public launch party is taking place today Thursday, March 15 at Tallinn's Kumu Art Museum at 7:00 p.m.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: March 12-18

12.03.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "Here is a variety of recommendations for the upcoming week, including art exhibitions, movie screenings, contemporary dance and theater, stand-up comedy, guided tours and even a Jew's harp concert. Take your pick!"

Over 2,000 groups registered for 2019 Song and Dance Festival

05.03.18 ... A total of 2,515 performing groups registered for the 2019 Song and Dance Festival "My Fatherland is My Love," including 1,182 choirs and orchestras, 1,221 folk dance and gymnastics troupes and 112 folk ensembles.

Opera singer Elina Nechayeva to represent Estonia at Eurovision 2018

04.03.18 ... On Saturday night, opera singer Elina Nechayeva won the tenth Eesti Laul competition with the song "La Forza," with which she will represent Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon this May.

Centennial week: Estonia 100's international program

21.02.18 ... Dozens of events are taking place abroad this week to celebrate the Estonian centennial, ranging from concerts of Estonian choirs and ensembles to art, history, movie screenings, and much more.

First book of Estonia 100 series introduced

20.02.18 ... The series of 44 books on a wide range of different topics will eventually provide a broad overview of the first century of Estonian statehood. The first two books revisit the history of the Estonian state and were written by historian and former Prime Minister Mart Laar, and historian Toomas Hiio.

Mart Taniel wins American Society of Cinematographers' Spotlight award

18.02.18 ... Estonian cinematographer Mart Taniel won the American Society of Cinematographers' Spotlight award for his work on Rainer Sarnet's 2017 film November. Spotlight is the ASC's award for professionals from outside the United States.

Singer Heli Lääts dies at 85

16.02.18 ... Estonian singer Heli Lääts died on Friday aged 85.

Design competition for coming Red Terror Museum in full swing

13.02.18 ... The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory is looking for a design for its planned Red Terror Museum. The choice of location, Tallinn's Patarei prison, makes the competition a formidable challenge, as much of the building's historic substance will need to be restored and made visible to visitors.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Valentine's Week edition

12.02.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "Here are some recommendations for Valentine's Week that should offer you a lot of nice things to do with your friends and sweethearts. Have a beautiful week!"

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Feb. 5-11

06.02.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "The beginning of February brings us winter fun — enjoy Shrove Tuesday activities or great music at Tallinn Winter Festival!"

Paper: President's centennial reception to feature film, not concert

01.02.18 ... The program of the President of Estonia's centennial reception, to be held at the Estonian National Museum (ERM) in Tartu on Feb. 24, will include a feature film in lieu of the traditional concert, according to Theatre NO99.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Jan. 29-Feb. 4

29.01.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "Your life might change forever if you meet with the good-looking cultural events we have chosen for you this week. You just can't resist!"

Baltic states join forces for 12 film festivals in centennial year

25.01.18 ... The Baltic film institutions renewed their mutual cooperation agreement at Trieste Film Festival. An addendum sets out the plan to run 12 joint film promotion projects in 2018 on the occasion of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania's centennial year.

Museum of Architecture to open Paco Ulman's 'Wasteland' exhibition

25.01.18 ... An empty park bench, overgrown pile of earth, random willow thicket. Mud, gravel, blades of grass. Ordinary chance and a chance ordinariness. The intermittent passage of time. A moment and place to reflect, to be, to do nothing. Banal and also sublime. All this is characteristic of wasteland as a spatial phenomenon.

President visits Narva for introduction of 2024 culture capital campaign

23.01.18 ... At the introduction of Narva's candidacy for the 2024 European Capital of Culture, President Kersti Kaljulaid said that Narva doesn't deserve its reputation as a depressing place, but that the city has a lot of potential and needs help to get out of what she called its post-industrial trap.

Only 15 percent of total Netflix content available in Estonia

23.01.18 ... As far as the selection of series and movies on Netflix is concerned, Estonia could be in Africa or somewhere in South-East Asia. Though other countries in the EU, "and even Lithuania" as some would say have access to a better choice, Netflix subscribers in Estonia get but a fraction of the company's original product range.

Tallinn Music Week announces first artists for upcoming 10th festival

22.01.18 ... Tallinn Music week has announced the first artists to come to its 10th festival, to take place from Apr. 2 to 8 this year. Concerts will be arranged across multiple venues in the city on three nights by 250 artists from all over the world. So far, 67 acts from 18 countries have been confirmed.

Culture minister attending first top-level conference on spatial planning

21.01.18 ... Minister of Culture Indrek Saar (SDE) is participating in a conference in Switzerland this weekend that for the first time discusses issues of spatial planning and its effect of the quality of life at the highest political level. The conference is taking place on the side of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Estonian Festival Orchestra starts centennial tour in Brussels

19.01.18 ... The Estonian Festival Orchestra started its European concert tour dedicated to the Estonian centennial in Brussels on Thursday evening, where Paavo Järvi conducted Erkki-Sven Tüür's 9th symphony, "Mythos".

Kaljurand: Letting NO99 stage centennial reception unfortunate misjudgement

18.01.18 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid and her office shouldn't have allowed a situation where a public debate about their choices for the Independence Day reception overshadows the centennial itself, Marina Kaljurand said on ERR's Otse uudistemajast web series on Wednesday.

President faces criticism after awarding centennial program to NO99 theatre

17.01.18 ... Tallinn's NO99 theatre will contribute the artistic part of this year's Independence Day reception at the Estonian National Museum in Tartu. 104 signatories have sent a public letter to President Kersti Kaljulaid objecting to the choice, as this means director Tiit Ojasoo, who in 2016 shoved and kicked a woman he worked with at the theatre, will be involved in Estonia's centennial Independence Day celebrations. The letter has triggered a fierce debate.

Culture.ee's 2018 Estonian festival list

05.01.18 ... The Culture critics' blog at culture.ee has published a full list, broken down by month, of festivals across Estonia to watch for in 2018.

6,000 people weave their way into history with Estonia's centennial rag rug

04.01.18 ... Over a period of seven months, a total of 6,000 people under the guidance of 40 instructors wove a massive rag rug as a gift to Estonia on the occasion of the country's upcoming centennial.

New funding application round aims to bring more culture, sports to Estonia

31.12.17 ... A new application round with a total value of €2 million is to help bring large-scale international cultural and sporting events to Estonia which could not previously be realized due to funding constraints.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Dec. 18-24

18.12.17 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "If you love contemporary art and motocross, thought-provoking documentaries, choral music, Christmas fantasies, the Estonian National Male Choir or Bach, this week is just for you. Enjoy!"

'November' fails to make shortlist for foreign language film Oscar

16.12.17 ... Rainer Sarnet's 'November,' Estonia's submission for candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, failed to make the shortlist for the 2018 Oscars.

Contest for statehood memorial produces no result

15.12.17 ... The Chancellery of the Riigikogu announced on Thursday that there would be no winner of the competition for a new monument for the Governor's Garden next to Toompea Castle to commemorate Estonia's statehood, as the jury decided unanimously that none of the entries had a design that fits the purpose.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Dec. 11-17

11.12.17 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "The holiday season is approaching fast, and that means this week's recommendations are quite Christmassy. May your week be filled with joy and pleasant experiences!"

Choir director Kuno Areng dies at 88

08.12.17 ... Legendary Estonian choir director Kuno Areng died on Friday; he was 88 years old.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Dec. 4-10

05.12.17 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "Dark wintertime is still surprising us with great events. Check out various Christmas markets or events or attend Tallinn Chamber Orchestra’s 25th birthday!"

Rein Kinkar to serve as interim director of Estonian National Museum

04.12.17 ... As there will be a two month gap between when Tõnis Lukas vacates his position as director of the Estonian National Museum (ERM) and Alar Karis takes over the job, Rein Kinkar will fulfill the responsibilities of museum director in the meantime.

Estonian city to be named 2024 European Capital of Culture

29.11.17 ... For the first time since 2011, one of the 2024 European Capitals of Culture will once again be located in Estonia, and the Ministry of Culture and the Association of Estonian Cities on Wednesday announced a competition to determine which town or city will claim the title.

Culture.ee's first signs of Christmas in Estonia

29.11.17 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "Some of you might hate us now for starting early, but those of you who love all things Christmas will love us even more. We are not actually doing this in vain; the First Advent is this upcoming Sunday already!"

Planned church in Rakvere to include gym, sauna

29.11.17 ... The congregation of Rakvere's Karmel Church is planning to replace its current building with a new one, to include a gym, a cafe, and a sauna.

Estonia recognizes people's diplomats, civic associations on Citizen's Day

27.11.17 ... For the eighth time, Estonia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday marked Citizen's Day by awarding certificates of honor to so-called people's diplomats as well as civic associations who have contributed to introducing the Estonian people, language and culture worldwide.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: Nov. 20-26

20.11.17 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "This week’s cultural trajectory is as follows: Changing times → The Philharmonic Sea → Vargamäe → Finnish sauna → Jazz rhythms → Horizontal music experience. Have a good journey!"
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