Tartu's 'Car-Free Avenue' sees 18,000 visits in first two weeks

13.07.20 ... Approximately 18,000 visits have been made to Tartu's "Car-Free Avenue" since it launched at the start of July. No problems have occurred despite last week's wet weather.

Estonian conductor: Changes in culture can be noticeable

13.07.20 ... Paavo Järvi, the Estonian conductor of the German Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, believes changes in the world of culture are noticeable.

3D model of Georg Ots' bas-relief opened in Võsu

13.07.20 ... On the wall of the Võsu beach house in Lääne-Viru County, a 3D model of baritone Georg Ots has been unveiled.

Tartu attracting visitors from neighboring countries using global sites

13.07.20 ... Throughout July, Finnish and Latvian social media users will be treated to photographs of Tartu that compare sites in the city and county to well-known international tourism objects and destinations to spark interest in the nearby neighbor.

Gallery: Exciting Tallinn buildings open their doors for the weekend

12.07.20 ... The Open House Tallinn event offers a weekend's chance to explore the capital's architecture and the history of its buildings.

Movies based on 'Apothecary Melchior' book series to start shooting in July

10.07.20 ... There will be a trilogy of feature movies produced of the Indrek Hargla's crime novels series "Apothecary Melchior" (Apteeker Melchior) consisting of seven books. The shooting starts on July 13 and the director is Elmo Nüganen, a well-known movie and theater director. The shooting will take until the end of the year and the production budget is €6 million.

"Erik Kivisüda" scenes filmed on pirate ship in Kakumäe

09.07.20 ... A pirate ship has been built to shoot a new domestic movie in Kakumäe. Ilmar Raag's new movie "Erik Kivisüda" is created from the cooperation of five countries. The budget for the movie is €3.5 million. A lot of unprecedented special effects are used in the movie.

Põltsamaa Castle prepares for reconstruction

08.07.20 ... The town of Põltsamaa, Jõgeva County, is making preparations for the partial reconstruction and opening to the public of the ruins of its castle. Visitors can in fact already visit the castle's yard.

Music composer's body elects new chief

07.07.20 ... The body representing the rights of authors and publishers of music in Estonia has elected a new head, Vaiko Eplik, ERR's Culture portal reports.

Planned book on Japanese-Estonian relations achieves crowdfunding success

07.07.20 ... Japanese and Estonian historians Masunaga Shingo (University of Turku) and Ene Selart (University of Tartu) are planning on writing a book about historical Japanese-Estonian relations, and the joint project reached its target funding amount on Japanese crowdfunding platform Academist in just three days, the University of Tartu (TÜ) reports.

Gallery: 'Great Art Day' held on Tallinn's Freedom Square

06.07.20 ... On July 5, Tallinn Biennial celebrated "The Great Art Day" ("Suur kunstipäev") on Tallinn's Freedom Square. Although the weather was rainy, approximately 20 artists introduced their creations and activities to the visitors from all over Estonia.

Gallery: Ewert and the Two Dragons opens Käsmu summer of concerts

05.07.20 ... July 3 marked the beginning of the SUVE summer concert season in Käsmu that was opened by Ewert and the Two Dragons. The next day hosted NOËP and DJs Sander Mölder and Peeter Ehala.

'Car-free Avenue' opens in Tartu

04.07.20 ... Tartu's 'Car-free Avenue' public space opened on Friday and traffic will be rerouted around the city until August 2.

Interactive video game museum opens its doors in Tallinn

03.07.20 ... Telliskivi Creative City in Tallinn (Telliskivi Loomelinnak) opened its doors to a museum about video games called LVLup! Warp Zone. Visitors can also play a number of games on consoles provided by the museum.

Estonian Hip-Hop Festival to take place in Elva in August

03.07.20 ... This year's Estonian Hip-Hop Festival takes place from August 13 to 15 in Elva. Many well-known artists will perform there.

Estonian movie editor invited to join American Film Academy

02.07.20 ... On April 30, The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 819 names in their list who are invited to join the Academy in 2020. In this list, editor Tambet Tasuja was invited to join.

Authors' society chooses new management board members

02.07.20 ... On Wednesday, the Estonian Authors' Society (Eesti Autorite Ühing) gathered in The Russian Cultural Center (Vene kultuurikeskus) to elect a new management board, with Mikk Targo, who was the chairman of the board, being forced to step down from the position. The previous management board was accused of poor communication within the association, ERR's culture portal reports.

Gallery: Estonian artist's debut exhibition opens

02.07.20 ... On Thursday, July 2, a major exhibition, "Doomsday Cathedral" (Viimsepäeva katedraal) by Estonian artist Edward von Lõngus is to open, as part of the Tallinn Biennial in Ülemiste City.

Arvo Pärt's diary to be presented to public in Laulasmaa exhibition

01.07.20 ... Composer Arvo Pärt's diaries will go on show to the public as part of a new exhibition at the Arvo Pärt Center (Arvo Pärdi keskus) in Laulasmaa on July 1.

Art installation allows viewers to take 'banknotes' home

01.07.20 ... From July 1, an art installation of an ATM by Edward von Lõngus will be open in Solaris, where visitors can take home "banknotes" designed by an Estonian street artist. The newest work of Lõngus, opened within the Tallinn Biennial, will remain in the center until July 30.

Five domestic movies to be filmed in Estonia this summer

01.07.20 ... This summer, five new domestic movies will be made in Estonia as the industry picks itself up after the coronavirus pandemic. These are "Kalev", "Erik Kivisüda", "Apteeker Melchior", "Tagurpidi torn" and "Eesti matus". In addition, two Finnish series will be shot in Estonia.

'Tenet' director on Tallinn: We looked for less well-known locations

01.07.20 ... A book called "The Secrets of Tenet: Inside Christopher Nolan's Quantum Cold War" is to be published at the end of the summer, about the completion of British director Christopher Nolan's feature film "Tenet". The introduction of the fifth chapter, which talks about "Tenet" techniques in Estonia, has just been published on the Internet.

Apollo cinemas to use monthly ticket package in future

30.06.20 ... Apollo Cinema announced in the future they will offer the possibility to conclude a contract for a monthly ticket package, where you can visit the cinema for €9.99, €12.99, or €19.99 per month. Although other Estonian cinemas have considered reforming their ticket systems, competitors do not plan to create a similar model.

Art historian: Päts monument interpretation in eye of beholder

30.06.20 ... Art historian Anders Härm says the jury in a recent competition topick a memorial design for Estonia's first president, KonstantinPäts, picked the best of what they had been presented with, addingthat it allows for more interpretations than its creators may haveoriginally envisaged.

Art academy rector: Päts monument hardly great achievement in Estonian art

30.06.20 ... Architectural historian and rector of the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) Mart Kalm says the winning work in a competition to build a memorial to Estonia's first president Konstantin Päts is not a great achievement from the point of view of Estonian art.

Tallinn Music Week announces hybrid conference and festival

30.06.20 ... Tallinn Music Week (TMW) will take place next month in a "hybrid format" with both in-person and online activities. TMW was postponed in March due to the coronavirus crisis and will be one of the first European Festivals to relaunch.

Tallinn exhibition explores xenophobia, sexism and other societal issues

30.06.20 ... A new exhibition in Tallinn aims to address societal issues in Estonia, using video and other installations.

Musical numbers from canceled concerts performed on Tartu City Day

30.06.20 ... Songs from performances which were canceled due to the coronavirus crisis were played in public during Tartu City Day, on Monday.

'Head of State' wins Konstantin Päts monument design competition

30.06.20 ... The winners of the design competition for the Konstantin Päts memorial were announced on Monday. The winning design will be erected behind the Estonian National Opera.

Baltic Pride parade held in Tallinn

29.06.20 ... Last week LGBT+ festival Baltic Pride took place across the Baltics and a small parade took place on the streets of Tallinn on Saturday.

'Disco Elysium' to be turned into a TV series

28.06.20 ... Plans are in the works for a television series based on Estonian game developer ZA/UM's indie hit "Disco Elysium".

Saaremaa authorities cancel I Land Sound festival over COVID-19 fears

27.06.20 ... Saaremaa rural municipality has rejected permission for a major music festival to take place on the island this summer, citing fears of a resurgence of coronavirus and the danger of breaching the remaining coronavirus restrictions as the main factors. Saaremaa was by far the worst hit region in Estonia during the peak of the pandemic, though numbers of cases flatlined from late April.

Estonian Film Institute launches website for short films

26.06.20 ... The Estonian Shorts page brings together the most outstanding domestic short films of recent years, bringing together short animations, short feature films, and short documentaries. The page is in both English and Estonian, targeting both domestic and international audiences. All films are available free of charge.

Tartu City Day brings variety of events this year

26.06.20 ... Tartu City Day is being celebrated on June 29 in Estonia's second city, with a versatile program which both honors old traditions of past city days and creates new ones.

New premiere date of 'Tenet' postponed to August

26.06.20 ... The premiere of British director Christopher Nolan's film "Tenet", some of whose scenes were shot in Tallinn, has been postponed for another two weeks, and will finally take place on August 12, ERR's Menu portal reports.

Paper: National opera director has history of harassing women colleagues

22.06.20 ... Director of the Estonian National Opera (Rahvusooper) Aivar Mäe denies allegations appearing on the website of investigative weekly Eesti Ekspress that he has harassed women colleagues at the organization, based in the Estonia Theater in central Tallinn, over a long-term period.

Entrepreneur donates €500,000 to support research into Saaremaa's history

20.06.20 ... Entrepreneur Kristjan Rahu has donated €500,000 to establish a research base with world-class technology which will focus, for the next five years, on researching Saaremaa's history.

I Land Sound hope to solve audience limit issues by holding two festivals

19.06.20 ... The organizers of Saaremaa music festival "I Land Sound" hopes to solve their visitor limit issues by holding the festival over two separate weekends. A proposal was submitted to Saaremaa municipality government on Monday to organize the festival in two parts.

Tartuff film festival to open virtual movie theater

19.06.20 ... In the second week of August, Tartu Old Town will become the largest open-air cinema in Estonia for the 15th time. The PÖFF (Black Nights Film Festival) love film festival Tartuff will open a virtual movie theater for the first time, which can be visited all over Estonia.

Postponed Finno-Ugric world congress to be held in Tartu next June

18.06.20 ... The VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been rescheduled for June 16-18, 2021, the nonprofit Fenno-Ugria announced.

Well-known actors to star in new thriller filmed in Estonia

18.06.20 ... A new film, Burial, is to be filmed in Estonia this autumn, featuring several well-known actors and co-produced by Ivo Felt from the Estonian film studio Allfilm.

Gallery: Competition sees Estonian buildings recreated in Minecraft

16.06.20 ... The Estonian Science Education Association organized a competition in May which saw young people built both nationally known and local buildings in the Minecraft gameroom.

Number of movie theater visits falls 'drastically' after reopening

16.06.20 ... The chief executive of Apollo movie theaters said there has been a decline in customers since theaters reopened their doors on June 5 for the first time since the emergency situation. In total, 10,000 visits have been made during the last 10 days.

Submissions for Young Cultural Figure award open until June 18

16.06.20 ... The annual Young Cultural Figure Award of €5,000 is given to an Estonian cultural figure aged 35 or younger, whose artistic accomplishments have received wide-spread acclaim or have significantly helped introduce Estonian culture in the world. Submissions for the award are open until June 18.

Music festival I Land Sound struggles to stick to 1,000 guest limit

15.06.20 ... Saaremaa music festival I Land Sound is struggling to stick to the 1,000 guest limit introduced by the government because not enough tickets have been returned or exchanged.

"Tenet" to premiere two weeks later than planned

15.06.20 ... The film "Tenet" by British director Christopher Nolan, which producer Warner Bros. shot scenes for in Tallinn last summer, will premiere two weeks later than planned.

Marek Sadam's short film wins two prizes at Fine Arts Film Festival

14.06.20 ... Estonian director Marek Sadam's short film "Snowflake" took two prizes at the Los Angeles Fine Arts Film Festival on Sunday.

Tartu museum celebrating anniversary of founder's birth with new exhibition

13.06.20 ... 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Johann Karl Simon Morgenstern, the founder of the University of Tartu Art Museum, longtime university library director as well as professor of rhetoric, classical philology, aesthetics and literary and art history, and to celebrate this anniversary, the art museum opened a new exhibition on Thursday titled "The Enchanting Art of Stone Cutting: Morgenstern 250."

Station Narva festival to take place at the end of August

12.06.20 ... On August 26-27 in Narva, the third ever Station Narva festival will take place. This year, the festival shares it date with Tallinn Music Week, which was also delayed until the last week of August.

Fotografiska Tallinn celebrating first birthday this month

11.06.20 ... This month, photographic art center Fotografiska Tallinn is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Fotografiska's opening year included 14 exhibitions, 1,117 pieces of artwork and more than 400,000 visitors.
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