Culture

International literacy conference to concentrate on multilingual education

18.01.20 ... The Estonian Reading Society and Tallinn University will organize the IV Baltic Sea Conference on Literacy "Searching for a Common Language" from the end of this week until January 21 at the heart of which lies literacy in multilingual education. This week's presentations will take place at Tallinn University on January 18 and 19.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from January 17-23

17.01.20 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest hamlets in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on — from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are just a few highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Estonian-American opens photo exhibition of refugee children's memories

17.01.20 ... Based on the memories of children who fled Estonia in 1944, Estonian-American photographer Maria Spann's photo exhibition "The Heart We Left Behind" was opened at the Mehari Sequar Gallery in Washington this week.

Estonia's Eurovision Song Contest entrant semi-finals held in February

17.01.20 ... Eesti Laul, the annual competition to find Estonia's Eurovision Song Contest entry, reaches its semi-finals in mid-February, ERR's Menu portal reports.

ERR Musician of the Year is Kadri Voorand

16.01.20 ... Singer, pianist and composer Kadri Voorand was selected by ERR's music editors as musician of the year for 2019, for her outstanding performances both on the Estonian and international music scenes.

Gallery: Arvo Pärt's children's songs translated into Braille

15.01.20 ... In a gift to the blind children of Tallinn Helen's School, the Arvo Pärt Center presented the school with textbooks of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's children's songs translated into Braille.

'Truth and Justice' fails to make Oscars final cut

13.01.20 ... Estonian move "Truth and Justice" failed to be nominated for the final cut for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.

Culture is happening: January 10-16

10.01.20 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest villages in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on — from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are just a few highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Nearly 30 cultural institutions to receive funds for needed repairs

08.01.20 ... Ceilings on the verge of collapse, leaky roofs, windows threatening to break, electrical wiring from the 1960s, air running out during theater performances — these are just some of the problems facing various cultural institutions and properties across Estonia, 15 of which the Ministry of Culture deemed a potential threat to life, and for which the ministry has allocated €2 million.

Truth and Justice selected best film of 2019 by Estonian film journalists

05.01.20 ... Truth and Justice (Tõde ja õigus) was selected as the best film of 2019 by the Estonian Film Journalists' Association on Friday and was presented with the Neitsi Maali bronze statue award.

Song festival painting by British Army officer soon to be ready

03.01.20 ... A reservist officer in the British Army has almost finished a painting inspired by the Song and Dance Festival and commissioned by the army itself, according to a report on ETV current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera on Tuesday evening.

Estonian National Opera attendance exceeds 185,000 in 2019

31.12.19 ... A total of 185,548 people attended altogether 398 ballet and opera performances at the Estonian National Opera this year.

ERR News looks back at 2019 in Estonia

30.12.19 ... The last year of the 2010s has almost drawn to a close, and turned out to be as eventful a year in Estonia as it has been elsewhere.

ETV brings a wealth of programs to see in the New Year

30.12.19 ... ERR's main TV channel, ETV, is carrying a host of shows to take us into 2020, ERR's Menu portal reports.

'Truth and Justice' wins International Press Academy Film Award

20.12.19 ... Anton Hansen Tammsaare's pentalogy of the same name ("Tõde ja Õigus" in Estonian) has clinched the Satellite Award at the Los Angeles International Press Academy Awards, according to ERR's culture portal.

First full-length trailer for 'Tenet' released, includes Tallinn locations

19.12.19 ... While some teaser clips and stills had already been published, the first full-length trailer for director Christopher Nolan's action thriller "Tenet," which was filmed in part in Estonia earlier this year, was released on Thursday.

'Truth and Justice' shortlisted for best international feature Oscar

17.12.19 ... Based on the novel of the same name by Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian movie "Truth and Justice" has been shortlisted for the International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards, ERR's Menu portal reports.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia, December 13-19

13.12.19 ... Across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest villages in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on — from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts.

'Disco Elysium' scoops up four wins at Game Awards in LA

13.12.19 ... "Disco Elysium," the detective role-playing game (RPG) by Estonian-launched international studio ZA/UM, had a very successful night at the annual Game Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, where the studio's debut game scooped up wins in four categories.

Estonian film streaming website launched

13.12.19 ... A new streaming website launched this week where Estonian films, documentaries, and animations can be watched.

Tallinn Fringe Festival hosts myriad international artists

10.12.19 ... Tallinn Fringe Festival kicked off this week, bringing around 40 shows, with performances including circus, burlesque, magic, standup, vaudeville, music and more

Wage fund for cultural workers to increase by 2.5 percent

09.12.19 ... Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) and Estonian Employees' Unions' Confederation (TALO) management board chairman Ago Tuuling signed a salary agreement for cultural workers on Monday according to which the wage fund for people working at Ministry of Culture institutions is to increase by 2.5 percent.

ERR News brings 24-hour Raadio Tallinn music and news

07.12.19 ... ERR News now carries a button linking readers to ERR's Raadio Tallinn, which presents wall-to-wall music as an accompaniment to day-to-day activities such as being at work, home, driving, and all the other things, as well as late-night news in English and French.

Gallery: Lantern Festival lights up Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds

06.12.19 ... Almost two kilometers of painted silk and 10,000 LED light bulbs have been used to create the Asian Lantern Festival which opened at Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds on Thursday.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia Dec. 6-12

06.12.19 ... Across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest villages in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on — from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Now that the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) has ended, it might seem like another lull period is due, but with Christmas, at least in the western calendar, less than three weeks away, there's a theme drawing together many of the latest events.

Foundation launched to support Tartu's capital of culture 2024 planning

06.12.19 ... A foundation has been established to support Tartu with its European Capital of Culture 2024 planning and implementation.

Gallery: Mythical creatures on display at Gingerbread Mania 2019

06.12.19 ... Dragons and a sphinx are just some of the mythical creatures on show at this year's Gingerbread Mania exhibition in Tallinn which displays more than 100 artists' work.

ERSO appoints Olari Elts new chief conductor, musical director

05.12.19 ... The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) has a new musical director and chief conductor. Olari Elts, who has been with ERSO since 1998 and a guest conductor since 2007, is the new musical director and chief conductor, with an initial period of three years, according to an ERSO press release.

Burning Man festival hedgehog to come to Estonia

05.12.19 ... A huge hedgehog sculpture made for Burning Man festival by Estonians will be installed at Noblessner in Tallinn this weekend.

Galleries: Christmas in Estonia

04.12.19 ... The festive season has begun and all around Estonia Christmas trees and windows are being decorated, Advent candles are being lit, and lights switched on.

Head of the Lutheran church Archbishop Urmas Viilma's advent reflection

04.12.19 ... Head of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) Archbishop Urmas Viilma gave an advent reflection at St. Mary's Cathedral (Toomkirik) on Wednesday. The English transcription follows.

Judas Priest performing in Tallinn next summer

02.12.19 ... British heavy metal band Judas Priest will perform at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds on Monday, June 1 next year.

Hando Runnel wins Contribution to Estonian National Identity award

02.12.19 ... Poet, publisher, essayist and national thinker Hando Runnel was presented with the Contribution to Estonian National Identity award on Sunday at a ceremony dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Estonia's national university.

No room in city budget for Vaba Lava Narva

29.11.19 ... Vaba Lava Theatre Centre sought €100,000 in funding from the City of Narva for the support of the activity of its Narva center, however the city did not include the line in its budget.

Culture is happening: Nov. 29 - Dec. 4

29.11.19 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest villages in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on — from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are just a few highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Newly renovated Fat Margaret tower to open for 32 hours on first day

28.11.19 ... The Maritime Museum in Tallinn's Fat Margaret will open its doors to visitors on Friday at 10 a.m. and will remain open for 32 hours following two years of reconstruction.

Konrad Mägi art exhibition to open in Turin on Friday

28.11.19 ... "Konrad Mägi: The Light of the North," a new exhibition featuring the works of the eponymous Estonian painter, will be opened by President Kersti Kaljulaid at the Musei Reali di Torino in Turin, Italy on Friday.

Interview: Scottish actor Ewen Bremner in Tallinn

26.11.19 ... Scottish actor Ewen Bremner gave an interview to ETV magazine show Ringvaade Monday evening, in which he talked about life during and after Trainspotting, and his latest movie, ERR's Culture portal reports.

Paper: Plans to start Baltic German Museum discussed

25.11.19 ... The head of the Lihula and Hanila Museums, art historian Marika Valk, discussed plans to build a Baltic German history and culture museum on Vikerraadio's Kajalood, newspaper Lääne elu reported.

Student research papers in spotlight at Haapsalu language day event

25.11.19 ... A recent day dedicated to the Estonian language held in Haapsalu celebrated both the current Year of the Estonian Language as well as the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Haapsalu native Ferdinand Johann Wiedemann's Estonian-German dictionary. In the spotlight at the event were student reports about the Estonian language and literature as well as projects that had participated in the nationwide "Ode to the Estonian Language" contest.

Lantern festival brings 40-meter long dragon to Song Festival Grounds

23.11.19 ... A 40-meter long dragon will feature in the Asian Lantern Festival in Tallinn alongside pandas, flamingos, and many other fairy-tale creatures from the start of December.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Nov. 22-28

22.11.19 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest villages in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on — from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are just a few highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

PÖFF film festival brings hundreds of international movies to Tallinn

19.11.19 ... The 23rd annual Black Nights Film Festival, or PÖFF, opened on Thursday night, bringing hundreds of movies, shorts and animations from round the world to film goers.

Gallery: Tallinn's Christmas market opens on Town Hall Square

16.11.19 ... Tallinn's Christmas tree was lit on Friday at the opening of the city's Christmas market.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Nov. 15-21

15.11.19 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest hamlets in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on — from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are just a few highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Tallinn's Christmas Market to open on Friday

14.11.19 ... On Friday, at 5 p.m. on the Town Hall Square, the lights of the Christmas tree will be lit and this year's Christmas market will open.

Tartu's capital of culture 2024 partner cities selected

14.11.19 ... The two cities which will partner with Tartu during its stint as European Capital of Culture in 2024 have been decided.

Three Estonian films featured in New York Baltic Film Festival

10.11.19 ... Wrapping up on Sunday, the second annual New York Baltic Film Festival is currently underway, in the course of which Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania's best recent movies as well as a selection of classics have been screened.

Culture is Happening: Events around Estonia from Nov. 8-14

08.11.19 ... All across Estonia, from Tallinn to the smallest hamlets in the most remote parts of the country, there is always something going on — from festivals to workshops, exhibit openings to guided tours, and movie screenings to concerts. Here are just a few highlights of cultural events taking place in Estonia this weekend and next week.

Linnahall redevelopment discussions moving forward

08.11.19 ... The coalition government, or so far the culture ministry, is to look at potential developments to the iconic Linnahall complex in Tallinn, converting it into an opera house at an estimated cost of €170 million. Some opposition has been raised by finance minister Martin Helme (EKRE), however.
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