Culture

Gallery: Public grabs last chance to see Joala monument before its removal

16.01.21 NEWS ... Members of the public have been flocking to the South Estonian of Viljandi to get the last chance to glimpse a controversial monument to Estonian singer and performer Jaak Joala (1950-2014), ahead of its being torn down.

Gallery: Major Saaremaa Viking haul returned to the island after a decade

15.01.21 NEWS ... An early Viking-era archaeological haul found on Saaremaa in 2008 has been returned to the island after over a decade of research and preservation work, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported Thursday night. The find has led to a reevaluation of the chronology of the Viking age in both Estonia and beyond.

Tartu's new City Writer is Juhan Voolaid

14.01.21 NEWS ... Tartu has named Juhan Voolaid was Tartu's City Writer for 2021.

"Täna 30 aastat tagasi" | Sildam and Born in the middle of Vilnius massacre

14.01.21 NEWS ... August 20 will mark the passing of 30 years since the restoration of independence and an entire generation and more have grown up in independent Estonia. Those who were in the thick of events 30 years ago think back.

Nominees for Estonian Music Awards 2021 announced

14.01.21 NEWS ... The nominees for this year's Estonian Music Awards were announced on Thursday morning with awards set to be distributed in 19 categories, including a "Contribution to Estonian Music" award. The Artist of the Year award will be given out as the result of a public vote.

Niguliste Church hopes to open tower for guests from next year

14.01.21 CULTURE ... It is possible that from next year, the doors of the tower of Nigulsite Church in Tallinn will open for all those interested in enjoying a view of the capital from a new vantage point. The tower will be fitted out with a lift.

Gallery: Mari Kalkun receives Musician of the Year award

14.01.21 NEWS ... On Wednesday (January 13) Mari Kalkun was presented with the musician of the year award.

Age Veeroos part of international concert program with new musical work

12.01.21 CULTURE ... An international concert event in Brussels organized by the European Composers and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) takes place on February 2, featuring Estonian composer Age Veeroos. This year's the event will be held virtually, ERR's Culture portal reports.

Development project at Niguliste Church will allow public access to tower

08.01.21 NEWS ... A development at Niguliste Church (St. Nicholas Church) in Tallinn Old Town in 2021 will see an elevator and viewing platform built for the tower of the church, allowing for tourists and locals alike to take a view of Tallinn from some 100 m above ground.

Gallery: 'Pink Cloud' city space exhibition opens in Tallinn

07.01.21 NEWS ... On January 6, a city space exhibition "Ööpildid" was opened on the wall of the Explorer business building on Tallinn's Mere puiestee. The author of the exhibition is Kristi Kongi and the opening work is an installation called "Roosa pilv" ("A Pink Cloud").

Number of visits to Artis cinema fall by over 40 percent

05.01.21 NEWS ... Compared with 2019, the number of visitors to Artis, an art house cineman in Tallinn, fell by 41 percent in 2020. Despite the difficult times, domestic movies proved the most popular.

Court opts to make former opera chief sexual harassment hearings public

05.01.21 NEWS ... A court is on Tuesday to hear an appeal from the former director of the National Opera (Rahvusooper), who has been charged with sexual harassment.

Gallery: Drama Theater hands out Ants awards

04.01.21 NEWS ... Before the end of the year, head of the Estonian Drama Theatre Rein Oja alongside the artistic director Hendrik Toompere Jr went on a journey to hand out the Ants colleague awards.

Gallery: Jaak Joala Viljandi sculpture officially unveiled New Year's eve

29.12.20 NEWS ... A distinctive new monument to legendary Estonian singer and musician Jaak Joala (1950-2014) is to be opened in the South Estonian town of Viljandi, Joala's home town, on New Year's Eve, ERR's culture portal reports.

Linnamäe power station demolition halted, now protected zone

22.12.20 NEWS ... Plans to demolish a hydroelectric power station and site of national interest have been reversed.

Culture recommendations: December 21-27

22.12.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this (Christmas) week? The Estonian Institute's culture.ee website and Culture Step program have some recommendations for you.

Gallery: Dave Benton gives final Christmas concert in Tallinn church

21.12.20 NEWS ... Singer Dave Benton hosted his last traditional Christmas concert Sunday evening, ERR's Menu portal reports.

Gallery: National Library showing rare, old textbooks for first time

16.12.20 NEWS ... The National Library of Estonia is holding an exhibition of textbooks used for studying in the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s which are on display for the first time.

Global Estonian Report: Christmas Edition

16.12.20 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 gives a weekly window into Estonian communities and culture from around the globe.

Gallery: Exhibition introducing Estonian design opened at ETDM

15.12.20 NEWS ... On December 10, a permanent display of Estonian design was opened at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (ETDM).

Gallery: New digital organ at Palamuse Church consecrated

14.12.20 NEWS ... On Sunday, the new digital organ of Palamuse Church in Jõgeva County was consecrated with a concert performed by organist Kadri Toomoja.

Culture recommendations: December 14-20

14.12.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's culture.ee website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

"Undergods" art director Elo Soode nominated for UK film award

11.12.20 NEWS ... Estonian art director Elo Soode has been nominated for the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) with her science fiction movie "Alljumalad" ("Undergods") sharing the nomination with the art director Marketa Kornikova.

Coronavirus outbreak at Ida-Viru County convent

09.12.20 NEWS ... An orthodox convent in Ida-Viru County is the latest location to see a coronavirus outbreak.

Culture recommendations: December 7-14

07.12.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's culture.ee website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Watch and listen to all 2021 Eesti Laul entries.

07.12.20 NEWS ... On Saturday morning, December 5, all entries to next year's Eesti Laul contest to find Estonia's 2021 Eurovision song were broadcast on ETV show "Eesti Laul 2021. Start."

Tallinn Mayor: Maintain social distance and wear a mask in the Old Town

06.12.20 NEWS ... Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart urges people to be responsible when moving in the Old Town, keep their distance and also wear a mask outdoors.

Gallery: Exhibition of Syrian urban views carved from Aleppo soap

04.12.20 NEWS ... On December 4, the Juhan Kuus Documentary Photo Center in Telliskivi Creative City opened an exhibition called "Home and Peace" with depictions of ruined buildings in Syria crafted out of Aleppo soap.

Sõnaus new words contest receives 4,000 proposals

02.12.20 NEWS ... The Sõnaus contest for new digital words in Estonian produced a total of 3,866 proposals from 1,191 people and 41 groups over three and a half weeks. That is almost double the yield of the first Sõnaus contest from a decade ago.

Baltic German alleged war criminal memorial planners forgo state support

02.12.20 NEWS ... A group planning to erect a statue to a member of the Baltic German nobility in Estonia who, according to reports, engaged in war crimes during the Russian Civil War, says it will forgo €45,000 in state support for the project, citing media slander of his legacy.

Gallery: Nature Photograph of the Year 2020

01.12.20 NEWS ... The selections for Nature Photograph of the Year and the Photographer of the Year were announced on ETV's current affairs show "Ringvaade" on Monday evening.

Culture recommendations: November 30 - December 6

30.11.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's culture.ee website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Gallery: 'How to talk about a secret place without betraying it'

27.11.20 NEWS ... On Thursday, November 26, an Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) exhibition called "How to talk about a secret place without betraying it" was opened at Noblessner Shipyard, concluding a two-year EKA creative research grant of Käsmu village.

Ott Maaten appointed new National Opera director

27.11.20 NEWS ... Ott Maaten has been announced new director of the Estonian National Opera (Rahvusooper).

Taavi Eelmaa wins Betti Alver's Literary Award

24.11.20 NEWS ... This year, Taavi Eelmaa's poetry book "Electaurum" won the Betti Alver Literary Award. Betti Alver (born in 1906) was one of Estonia's most notable poets.

Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds to become winter 'Dreamland'

24.11.20 NEWS ... More than 30 installations will light up Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds this winter as part of the "Dreamland" light festival (Valgusfestival Võlumaa) which opens on December 4.

Fat Margaret wins Europe-wide digital cultural heritage award

23.11.20 NEWS ... The Estonian Maritime Museum has been awarded the Heritage in Motion 'Best Achievement Award' for its digital and audiovisual solutions at Tallinn's Fat Margaret permanent exhibition "Towering Tales of the Sea".

Culture recommendations: November 23-29

23.11.20 NEWS ... What is there to do in Estonia this week? The Estonian Institute's culture.ee website and Culture Step program has some recommendations for you.

Vox Clamantis album nominated for Edison Award

19.11.20 CULTURE ... Estonian multi-instrumental ensemble Vox Clamantis' album "The Suspended Harp of Babel", released by ECM in spring, has been nominated for the Dutch Music Award Edison Klassiek, ERR's Culture portal reports.

Leading music figures in video appeal to audiences to mask up

17.11.20 NEWS ... Musicians have issued a video appeal to the public to wear a mask when attending concerts, in an effort prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Revenue from paintings done during Palmse concert goes to Ilumäe Chapel

16.11.20 CULTURE ... Peformances of the new concert series "Klaaspärlid Palmses" saw the revenue of the artist Anna Litvinova's paintings, authored during the concerts themselves, going to the church bell fund of the Ilumäe Chapel in Lääne-Viru County.

PÖFF goes forward with full programme regardless of coronavirus

16.11.20 NEWS ... At a time when most events are canceled, the Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) kicked off on Thursday, November 12, with an online cinema available for movie watchers, boasting the full programme of more than a 100 movies.

Art Museum of Estonia to celebrate its 101st anniversary with curated tour

16.11.20 CULTURE ... On November 17, the Art Museum of Estonia celebrated its 101st anniversary. From the birthday week's special program, curated tours can be found in five branches of the museum, as well as, in cooperation with the Eesti Post, a commemorative art stamp being issued.

Gallery: Black Nights Film Festival opens at Tallinn's Coca-Cola Plaza

13.11.20 NEWS ... On Thursday (November 12), the opening ceremony of the 24th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival took place in a smaller than usual venue at Tallinn's Coca-Cola Plaza cinema.

Design tender announced for Tallinn's Patarei complex museum development

12.11.20 NEWS ... The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory (Eesti Mälu Instituut) has announced an international tender for the design of the International Museum of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism at Tallinn's Patarei Sea Fortress Complex

Black Nights Film Festival to show films online

10.11.20 NEWS ... The annual Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) takes place this year in exceptional conditions due to the coronavirus. Viewers will be required to wear a mask to movie screenings, but PÖFF films can also be watched at home online for the first time.

Estonian short film 'The Wings' wins prize at Italian festival

10.11.20 NEWS ... Estonian director Riho Unt's animated short film 'The Wings' (Tiivad) based on the correspondence between literary hero inventor Jaan Tatika and the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci won an award at Reggio Short Film Festival at the weekend.

Theater leaders: Doing well with current restrictions, no outbreaks

10.11.20 NEWS ... Theater leaders have said that current coronavirus restrictions are sufficient to stave off the risk of infection amid rising COVID-19 rates, adding that if stricter restrictions arrive on public events, theaters would apply for exemptions.

Võru, Russia's Pskov launch creative enterprise cooperation project

09.11.20 NEWS ... The southeastern Estonian county town Võru and the Russian regional capital Pskov on Thursday kicked off an international project in creative industry called "BestNest," which aims to improve the competitiveness of the two cities and increase the entrepreneurial experience and know-how of artisans and people active in the creative industry.

Martin Aadamsoo: What happened to Estonian music?

07.11.20 NEWS ... The lion's share of Estonian music cannot be bought or listened to online today. If our musical heritage fails to make it to streaming services, it will not exist in the future, Martin Aadamsoo writes in Müürileht (Link in Estonian).
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