Culture

Tallinn film industry hub could be completed in two years

18.09.21 NEWS ... The film industry complex planned for the Kopli district of Tallinn could be completed two years from now. It cost an estimated €13.6 million to build.

Tallinn celebrates Ethnic Culture Days

18.09.21 NEWS ... Tallinn will celebrate 'Ethnic Culture Days' for the seventh time this month. Events will take place from September 18-26 in the capital.

Black Nights Film Festival reveal six first main program films

17.09.21 AT A GLANCE ... The Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announced the first six films in the main competition program, all of which will be world premieres. There are a total of 20 films in the main competition program, which will be released on October 21.

Release of Estonian films 'Soo' and 'Apothecary Melchior' postponed to 2022

17.09.21 NEWS ... The release date of Estonian films "Soo" and "Apothecary Melchior" will be pushed back to 2022, while comedy "Hunting Season" will reach cinemas in December.

Global Estonian Report: September 15–22

16.09.21 NEWS ... Between 165,000 and 200,000 Estonians are estimated to live outside the country right now, making around 15-20 percent of the total number of Estonians. With many communities being found worldwide, both in English-speaking countries and beyond, ERR News, in conjunction with the Integration Foundation (Integratsiooni Sihtasutus), has launched a weekly Global Estonian Report, which will give a weekly window into Estonian communities and culture from around the globe.

Estonian costume designer wins Finnish Film Award

16.09.21 NEWS ... On Wednesday, the Finnish Film Awards or Juss were presented, the biggest winner of the evening was Zaida Bergroth's film "Tove", which won seven awards. Estonian costume designer Eugen Tamberg also received an award.

New objects of cultural importance are in various stages of completion

15.09.21 CULTURE ... While the Riigikogu confirmed the list of cultural objects of national importance to be renovated or constructed on Monday, it is not certain the buildings will be completed in the exact order.

PPA orchestra to continue as Tallinn Police Orchestra

15.09.21 CULTURE ... The wind orchestra of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) will continue from the new year as the Tallinn Police Orchestra, with all 34 members remaining.

European Jazz Conference starts in Telliskivi Creative City

15.09.21 CULTURE ... On Wednesday, European Jazz Conference 2021, titled "Shapes of Jazz to Come", is starting in the Telliskivi Creative City. At the opening concert of the international event, Maria Faust's "Saint Mary's Mass" is performed in Niguliste Museum.

Riigikogu adds film campus to list of cultural buildings of importance

13.09.21 NEWS ... The Riigikogu on Monday approved the ranking of cultural buildings of national importance and added the Tallinn film industry hub to it.

Ivo Felt: An object of no national importance

13.09.21 OPINION ... If funding for Estonian films decreases, the best of us can perhaps find work making English movies in the future, Ivo Felt writes in culture journal Teater. Muusika. Kino.

Film campus to be added to state funded cultural objects list

13.09.21 NEWS ... A film studio campus will be added to the list of cultural objects of national importance today potentially paving the way for future state funding.

Theater visits down 40 percent in Estonia for 2020

10.09.21 CULTURE ... In 2020, theater performances in Estonia got a total of 727,316 visits, which is more than 40 percent less than the year prior. The coronavirus-struck year also saw 32 percent less shows than in 2019.

Opera director: Artists' designs not representative of finished project

10.09.21 NEWS ... New designs have been completed for the extension of the Estonian National Opera (Rahvusooper) building, which will set out the more precise specifications that will be sought in the ensuing architectural competitive process. Director of Estonian National Opera Ott Maaten said that the current plan does not yet show the final appearance of the building.

Estonian Film Institute Director: Series production needs more contribution

09.09.21 NEWS ... If no extra money is found in next year's state budget for films and the film industry needs to agree to the €4 million allocated, it will be enough to make only one feature film, Edith Sepp, director of the Estonian Film Institute (EFI) told ETV's current affairs show "Esimene stuudio".

Legendary singer-songwriter and music teacher Uno Loop dies

09.09.21 CULTURE ... Estonian singer and songwriter Uno Loop has died, ERR's Kultuur portal reports. He was 91.

Finnish foreign students most common at EMTA this year, China second

08.09.21 CULTURE ... Foreign students make up some 20 percent of all students at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EMTA) for this school year. While Chinese students were most common for years, Finland has overtaken them this year.

ETV2 channel brings outstanding nature films on TV on three nights

07.09.21 NEWS ... The Matsalu Nature Film Festival will bring award-winning nature films to the ETV2's screens on three evenings. All the offerings won prizes from the jury at last year's film festival.

Culture ministry: We want to ensure greater domestic funding for movies

07.09.21 NEWS ... On Monday morning, the Estonian Guild of Film Directors distributed a manifesto stating their concerns about the cuts to Estonian film funding. However, Siim Rohtla, film adviser at the Ministry of Culture, said that in its budget negotiations, the state is trying to ensure permanently higher film funding.

Gallery: Estonian National Opera introduces new season with fair

06.09.21 NEWS ... The Estonian National Opera introduced its 116th season with a theater fair and gala concert on Sunday.

Disclosure to perform in Estonia in 2022

06.09.21 CULTURE ... British dance music duo Disclosure will visit Estonia as part of its European tour on March 22 2022. The concert, set to take place at Saku Suurhall, will be the duo's first-ever live concert in the Baltics.

Film Directors guild: Austerity plan will lead to end of Estonian film

06.09.21 NEWS ... The Estonian Guild of Film Directors sent a manifesto to the media on Monday which says if a 42 pecent decrease in film funding occurs under the government's plans for cuts then this will lead to the extinction of Estonian film culture.

Vanemuine Theater concerts canceled after coronavirus case found

04.09.21 NEWS ... Performances of Gustav Mahler's second symphony, featuring the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra in Tartu, which were to take place in that city on Friday and in Jõhvi on Saturday, have been canceled after a coronavirus-positive case was registered within the orchestra team. A guest concert due for the Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn on September 5 is also canceled, for the same reason.

Conductor Peeter Perens to create new male voice choir

03.09.21 NEWS ... Peeter Perens, the musical director and conductor of the Song Festival 'Minu arm', is to create a new men's choir in Tallinn. His ambitions are high and there are to be no quality discounts, he pledges, ERR's Kultuur portal reports.

Estonian community in Canada honours former prime minister Brian Mulroney

03.09.21 NEWS ... The official body representing the Estonian community in Canada recently presented former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney with an award in recognition of his service to Estonians in Canada. Mulroney was prime minister when Estonia's independence was restored in 1991 and was instrumental in keeping the issue on the table internationally.

Gallery: Fotografiska opens season with a Nick Brandt exhibition

03.09.21 CULTURE ... Fotografiska cafe-museum in Telliskivi Creative City opened its fall season with an exhibition displaying the escalating destruction of pure African nature made by Nick Brandt.

Committee wants to add film campus to cultural heritage list

01.09.21 CULTURE ... In May this year, the Riigikogu's cultural affairs committee decided to forward four cultural objects of national importance to the Riigikogu for cultural heritage endowment. Now, the committee wants to add Tallinn's film campus to that list.

Traditional Korean dance event Friday marks 30 years' diplomatic relations

31.08.21 CULTURE ... The embassy of the Republic of Korea to Estonia and Finland is organizing a concert at the Alexela concert hall in Tallinn Friday, to celebrate the 30th year anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between Korea and Estonia.

Kumu director: We're happy with the current 4,000 visitors a month

31.08.21 NEWS ... On Monday, the autumn cultural season started. Museums and galleries are slowly switching out their spring and summer exhibitions, several domestic films are being screening in cinemas, and theaters are starting with new performances in the coming days.

Gallery: Exhibition of Baltic Way's heritage at Patarei Prison

27.08.21 CULTURE ... An exhibition called "Chains of Freedom: the Legacy of the Baltic Way in Hong Kong" has been opened in the "Communism Is Prison" courtyard of the Patarei Prison complex. The exhibition demonstrates solidarity with the people of Hong Kong in their anti-communist aspirations for liberty.

Gallery: Jazz Awards 2021 winners

26.08.21 NEWS ... On August 25, the Estonian Jazz Association and the festival Jazzkaar recognized Estonia's most outstanding jazz musicians at the Vaba Lava in Tallinn's Telliskivi district. The awards were presented for the 15th time, and the ceremony took place in conjunction with Jazzkaar 2021, before a concert from jazz musician of the year Joel Remmel Trio.

Registration for free Estonian classes opens on Wednesday

25.08.21 NEWS ... Registration for free Estonian language courses will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday (August 25) at levels A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1.

Gallery: Raivo Tafenau quartet opens Jazzkaar Festival

24.08.21 NEWS ... On August 23, the Jazzkaar 2021 festival started at Vaba Lava in Tallinn, with the Raivo Tafenau quartet, along with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, performing at the opening concert.

Pärnu hosts deer decoy competition

23.08.21 NEWS ... While decoys might of late have been something reserved in Estonia primarily for presidential elections, Sunday saw the southwestern city of Pärnu host a competition whose winner would go through to the European championships via a contest focused on the rather unusual sounding instruments used by hunters to attract stag.

Gallery: Narva holds singing party 'Drive Slowly Over the Bridge'

21.08.21 CULTURE ... A singing party was held in Narva on Friday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Estonia's re-independence to bring people together.

Gallery: Night Song Festival celebrates 30 years of free Estonia

21.08.21 NEWS ... Thousands of people attended the "Free Estonia!" (Vaba Eesti!) night song festivals (öölaulupidu) on Friday evening to mark the 30th anniversary of Estonia's restoration of independence.

Gallery: "The Spirit and the Power of Woman" concert at Toompea

20.08.21 CULTURE ... A concert dedicated to Estonian women took place at Toompea in the Governor's Garden around 3 p.m. on Friday. 30 female musicians of Estonia and the Academic Male Choir of Tallinn University of Technology performed.

Song Festival Grounds' visitor center opens for independence anniversary

19.08.21 NEWS ... The story of the Signing Revolution, the tradition of Song Festivals and the history of the Song Festival Grounds have been unveiled in a new visitor center in Tallinn to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence.

Gallery: Freedom Theater Festival opens with 'Someone From the KGB'

18.08.21 NEWS ... On August 17, the Freedom Theater Festival started at Vabalava in Narva, bringing small theaters from countries where there are problems with free speech to the stage for five days. The festival was opened with the cooperation project "Someone from the KGB".

Four new Estonian animations can be seen at Animist Tallinn

18.08.21 NEWS ... The international animated film festival Animist Tallinn, which will take place in Tallinn for the first time, will start on Wednesday (August 18). The festive opening will take place at the Sõprus cinema, where four new Estonian animated films will be shown.

Gallery: Traveling production premieres at Freedom Festival

16.08.21 NEWS ... On Saturday, the Narva version of Birgit Landberg's production "People and Numbers" premiered in the city. The Vaba Lava production examines whether prejudices about Narva allow seeing the person behind the numbers.

City festival UIT kicks off in Tartu on Wednesday

16.08.21 CULTURE ... This Wednesday, city and art festival UIT will begin in the city of Tartu, aiming to discover the urban space of its host town Tartu from new and exciting angles.

Tallinn Airport: Belarus opposition exhibition removed for security reasons

13.08.21 NEWS ... Tallinn Airport has responded to criticism from an MEP over its removal of a photo gallery of women who oppose the Alexander Lukashenko regime, citing security concerns. The exhibition, from the Fotografiska gallery in Tallinn, had been in place for a month-and-a-half until its removal, and was scheduled to stay to year-end. Fotografiska has now canceled a deal with Tallinn Airport which had seen it exhibit other displays at the venue.

Horror and Fantasy Film Festival to take place in Haapsalu

13.08.21 NEWS ... On Friday evening, the 16th Horror and Fantasy Film Festival is taking place in Haapsalu, which took place online last year, having been was postponed twice. The festival is opened by the Canadian director Steven Kostanski's horror-comedy 'Psycho Goreman'.

Young artist exhibits jewellery with digital theme

12.08.21 CULTURE ... A new jewellery exhibition by a young Estonian artist aims to combine more traditional, ritualistic features with the theme of digitality.

Publishing houses see room in development for audiobooks

12.08.21 NEWS ... In Estonia, which holds the flag of the e-state high, domestic readers still prefer paperwork over e-books. Sales of e-books in Estonia have remained stable at less than ten percent, and publishers will see the most room for development for audiobooks.

Popular Serbian TV series being filmed on Estonian fields

12.08.21 CULTURE ... Serbia's most popular TV series "Besa" has been shot in Estonia this summer with a dangerous action scene filmed near the Vetla Watermill in Harju County on Wednesday, leading to stoppages in traffic in the area.

Australian magician Peter Paxx to join Tallinn Fringe Festival lineup

11.08.21 CULTURE ... The third Tallinn Fringe Festival starts August 18 and will feature stand-up, music, burlesque, theater and other acts, including noted Australian stage magician Peter Paxx.

Black Nights Film Festival became member of important representative body

11.08.21 NEWS ... In the next three years, the Black Nights Film Festival PÖFF will be a part of the International Film Producers Unions Federation (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films, FIAPF) festivals committee, which regulates, coordinates and improves the operating of film festivals.

Performance evoking Tallinn fabric factory to premiere

10.08.21 NEWS ... On Saturday, August 14, at 8 p.m., the summer production of the theater association Misanzen 'Sitsi silentium' is to premiere at the Baltic Manufactory, which will evoke the memory of the Sitsi fabric factory which once stood on its site, in North Tallinn.
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