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Police dispatching hundreds of officers to 2018 Weekend Festival

17.08.18 ... The Police and Border Guard are dispatching several hundred officers to this year's Weekend Festival in Pärnu. Several ten thousand visitors are expected to attend the 70 concerts and parties of the festival.

Paide opinion festival attracts 10,000 attendees

13.08.18 ... Some 10,000 festival-goers gathered in the central Estonian town of Paide on Friday and Saturday, to take part in the sixth annual Arvamusfestival ('opinion festival'). Additionally, many discussion events attracted online viewing figures in the thousands.

Annual Arvamusfestival takes place this weekend in Paide, ERR is there

09.08.18 ... The sixth annual Arvamusfestival ('opinion festival') takes place this weekend in the central Estonian town of Paide.

Estonian young classical musician of the year to head to Edinburgh Festival

08.08.18 ... Estonian Percussionist Tanel-Eiko Novikov, 17, the winner of ERR's Klassikatähed young person's classical music competition, is to head to the Edinburgh International Festival for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 (EYM).

Minister invites foreign representatives to opening of Arvo Pärt Centre

07.08.18 ... Minister of Culture Indrek Saar (SDE) has invitedrepresentatives of the Ministries of Culture of eight countries to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the new Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa, a coastal village located some 35km west of Tallinn.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: 6-12 August

06.08.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "This week should be a real treat for those who love music, theatre, video art or local food. Dreamers, the sleepless and those with opinions will find something to do as well."

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: 30 July-5 August

30.07.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "This week offers plenty of music in various parts of Estonia, but refreshing art, theatre and cinema halls are also waiting for you."

Estonian-American editor, publisher, journalist Hellar Grabbi dies at 88

30.07.18 ... Estonian-American literary critic, editor, publisher and journalist Hellar Grabbi died on Saturday; he was 88 years old.

Gallery: Saaremaa Opera Festival opens with Shanghai Opera's 'Carmen'

20.07.18 ... The popular Saaremaa Opera Festival kicked off on Thursday with a production of Georges Bizet's classic opera "Carmen" by the visiting Shanghai Opera House, who is in Estonia for the occasion with a 225-member delegation.

Gallery: Baltic Sun music festival underway in Narva

19.07.18 ... The first ever Baltic Sun, a music festival dedicated to the Estonian centennial, began in Narva on Wednesday. The four-day event brings Estonian and international musicians alike to Estonia's northeastern border city, offering festivalgoers an array of music ranging from pop to rock, folk to jazz and indie to blues.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: 16-22 July

16.07.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "This week's recommendations mix various topics such as photography, South Korean cinema, Soviet hippies, opera, death metal, farm life and Kadriorg Park. Choose a little of this and a little of that!"

Sneak peek: Expanded Museum of Occupations to reopen in Tallinn Saturday

13.07.18 ... With a flurry of last-minute preparations still underway before Saturday's opening, the press in Estonia was given a sneak peek at the revamped and expanded Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom in Tallinn on Thursday.

Erik Gamzejev: Discovering Ida-Viru County

12.07.18 ... Estonia is huge. This is what you think every time you hear how many people get excited over the fact that they have visited Ida-Viru County for the first time ever and discovered how interesting of an area it is, writes  Erik Gamzejev, editor-in-chief of the regional paper Põhjarannik.

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

10.07.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "July is the best time to visit smaller towns, villages or islands in Estonia. They have plenty of captivating events to offer, exciting visitors' minds with jazzy saxophone melodies, the grandeur of American cars and enriching street art."

Estonia 100: Countrywide 'Journey' concert series beginning today

04.07.18 ... "Journey", part of the musical programme of Estonia 100, will begin at the Tallinn-Väike railway depot today. Between 4 and 8 July, wind instrument quintets Estica and Vanemuise Kvintett will perform 14 concerts the programmes of which consist of works of Estonian composers, including new pieces created specially for the centennial of the Republic of Estonia.

Tartu landmark bridge to get new musical soundtrack, chosen via competition

03.07.18 ... Tartu City Government has announced the initiation of the Kaarsild musical works competition, which aims to find a selection of well-thought-out solutions for creating a soundtrack for the Kaarsild Bridge in central Tartu.

25th annual Õllesummer festival starts tomorrow in Tallinn

03.07.18 ... Tomorrow, Wednesday, 4 July sees the kick-off of the annual Õllesummer festival in the Song Festival Grounds in Tallinn. Lasting over three days, this year's lineup includes the Pet Shop Boys and Armin van Buren.

Echo & the Bunnymen to headline Narva music and culture festival

03.07.18 ... The inaugural 'Station Narva' music and culture festival to take place in Narva 21-23 September is to be headlined by acclaimed British post punk band Echo & the Bunnymen, it is reported.

EMTA Drama School sees lowest number of applicants in years

28.06.18 ... The Drama School of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EMTA), known in Estonian as Lavakas, received 243 applications this year, or just over half as many as in 2016, when 462 people applied to study there. 18 students will begin their studies at Lavakas this autumn.

Gallery: Gaudeamus festival brings over 4,000 Baltic performers to Tartu

25.06.18 ... After an absence of 12 years, the 18th Baltic Students' Song and Dance Festival "Gaudeamus" returned to the Estonian university town of Tartu, offering audiences a three-day Midsummer-themed programme filled with song, dance and light.

National opera attendance exceeds 187,000 during latest season

25.06.18 ... A total of 187,804 theatre, ballet and opera lovers attended 440 performances by the Estonian National Opera during its 112th season.

Gallery: Seven European presidents in Tartu for Estonia 100, Gaudeamus

22.06.18 ... In honor of the Estonian centennial, President Kersti Kaljulaid invited to Tartu the heads of state of six European countries who have recently celebrated or will soon celebrate their own centennials. Kaljulaid and Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas (Reform) greeted the arriving presidents at a reception in Town Hall Square on Friday afternoon.

Baltic song and dance festival 'Gaudeamus' kicks off in Tartu on Friday

20.06.18 ... The 18th Baltic Students' Song and Dance Festival "Gaudeamus," a three day event combining lights, music, choral music and dance, returns to Tartu after a 12-year absence this Friday.

New Estonian Eurovision competition producer to ring the changes

19.06.18 ... Eesti Laul, the annual competition to find Estonia's Eurovision entry, has a new head producer as of this week.

2017 cinema attendance sets new Estonian record

14.06.18 ... According to information released by Statistics Estonia on Thursday, cinema attendance in 2017 set a new record, surpassing 3.5 million visits for the first time.

Baltic student festival Gaudeamus to bring 4,000 performers to Tartu

05.06.18 ... Following a 12-year absence, the 18th Baltic Students' Song and Dance Festival "Gaudeamus" is set to return to Estonia's university town of Tartu just in time for Midsummer, bringing with it over 4,000 performers from across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: 21-27 May

21.05.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "Documentaries, the literature festival 'HeadRead,' the 5th Mulgi Party and Kumu Art Walk are our recommendations for the week."

Number of museum visits in 2017 highest in history

18.05.18 ... Museums continue to be popular. According to Statistics Estonia, the country's museums reported more than 3.5 million visits for 2017. In 2017 Estonia had a total of 186 museums. Some of them have branches in several locations. Those branches included, the total number is 242.

Culture.ee's Night of Museums recommendations

16.05.18 ... A selection of recommendations for the annual Night of Museums taking place across Estonia this Saturday evening, as curated by culture.ee: "We have chosen from our cultural calendar some of the most unique events of the night. This was a difficult choice, because there's a lot of interesting stuff going on!"

Israel wins Eurovision, Estonia places eighth

13.05.18 ... Israel won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon on Saturday night, earning a total of 529 points with the song "Toy" performed by singer Netta. Estonia placed eighth overall, earning 245 points with the song "La Forza" performed by opera singer Elina Nechayeva.

Estonia qualifies for Eurovision final

09.05.18 ... The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest kicked off in Lisbon with the first semifinal on Tuesday night. Opera singer Elina Nechayeva, representing Estonia this year with the song "La Forza," will advance to the finals, which will take place on Saturday, May 12.

Canadian-Estonian conductor, composer Roman Toi dies at 101

08.05.18 ... Canadian-Estonian choir conductor, composer and organist Roman Toi died in Toronto on Monday; he was 101 years old.

Culture.ee's weekly recommendations: April 23-29

23.04.18 ... A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "This week offers lots of exciting cinematic experiences and amusing dance rhythms. But there’s more to discover!"

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.
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