Culture

Gallery: Tallinn School of Music and Ballet puts on inaugural performance

01.10.22 NEWS ... On Friday, The Tallinn School of Music and Ballet (MUBA) celebrated the opening of its new building with an inaugural performance.

Statistics Estonia: Night Song Festival most popular concert in 2021

01.10.22 NEWS ... According to Statistics Estonia, last year, Estonian concert promoters organized 3,092 concerts, selling over 375,000 tickets through online portals. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent years, the number of concert promoters, concerts in Estonia dropped significantly in 2021, as did attendance levels.

Culture Minister: Local authorities sometimes think culture just an expense

29.09.22 NEWS ... In an interview with ERR, Culture Minister Piret Hartman said, that in addition to increasing education levels among workers in the cultural sector, she also plans to focus on promoting culture more to local authorities in order to convince them of its value.

Gallery: Lloyd Webber musical 'Cats' gets Estonian premiere

29.09.22 CULTURE ... The Estonian premiere of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic 'Cats' took place Tuesday evening at the Alexela concert hall in Tallinn.

Concert series Discover! opens with premier of Kuldar Sink's unknown work

29.09.22 NEWS ... This Thursday, the Estonian Concert Hall opens its "Discover!" concert series with an evening dedicated to rarely performed Estonian composer Kuldar Sing.

Tartu City Museum permanent exhibition revamp postponed over lack of funds

29.09.22 NEWS ... Work on renewing the permanent exhibition at the Tartu City Museum was originally due to be completed in time for 2024, Tartu's year as European Capital of Culture. However, now the city has postponed the renewal for an unspecified period of time, citing a lack of available funds. The proposed construction of a new cultural center in the heart of Tartu, which is estimated to cost €90 million, remains firmly in the city's plans.

Pärt Uusberg's new work 'Psalms of David' premiers in three Estonian cities

28.09.22 NEWS ... Estonian composer Pärt Uusberg's new work "Psalms of David" will receive its premier at three concerts in Tallinn, Tartu and Rapla, starting on Friday. The work will be performed by the chamber choir "Voces Tallinn" and conducted by the author.

'Ringvaade' in London: Queen Elizabeth II continues to be mourned

27.09.22 NEWS ... Nearly three weeks after the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and over a week after her state funeral, reporter Heleri All reported for ETV current affairs show 'Ringvaade' from London, taking a straw poll of local residents. While public mourning is abating, All found, it is unlikely to completely disappear for a long time to come.

Estonian Oscar nominees are 'Kalev' and 'Sierra'

27.09.22 NEWS ... A jury convened by the Estonian Film Institute (EFI) has selected Ove Musting's film "Kalev" for the Academy Award for Best International Feature. In addition, "Sierra", written and directed by Sander Joone, competes in the short animation category.

Open Air Museum celebrates Old Believer and Seto harvest festivals

27.09.22 NEWS ... On Friday, October 1, the Estonian Open Air Museum in Tallinn will host an event celebrating the harvest festivals of two of Estonia's minority communities, the Old Believers and the Setos.

Annual Tartu Student Days festival gets underway with pancake breakfast

27.09.22 NEWS ... Tartu's annual Student Days festival kicked off on Monday, with hundreds of students turning up to enjoy a traditional pancake breakfast in Town Hall Square (Raekoja Plats). According to a report by ETV show 'Aktuaalne Kaamera,' this year's event was particularly well-attended.

Rising construction costs stalled development of several cultural landmarks

26.09.22 NEWS ... Both state and local authorities are struggling to complete the development of numerous cultural facilities due to soaring construction costs. The extension of the Tartu City Museum (Tartu Linnamuuseum) has been postponed and it is unlikely that a shared art museum repository project and a new TV house for Estonian Public Broadcasting will be finished on schedule.

Theaters seek energy costs compensation similar to that of businesses

26.09.22 NEWS ... Private theaters in Estonia are worried about rising energy costs and are expecting to receive subsidies if the government decides to reimburse private companies for energy bills.

Yakov Rubinstein art collection on show at Mikkel Museum in Kadriorg Palace

26.09.22 NEWS ... "Re-Encounter: Yakov Rubinstein's Art Collection" opens at the Mikkel Museum on October 1. Tanya Rubinstein-Horowitz, who grew up in Moscow with her famous collector grandfather, brought the artworks to Estonia from Germany, where she now resides.

Pirita hotel due for refurbishment to close doors earlier than planned

24.09.22 NEWS ... A hotel and spa center in Tallinn which is due for redevelopment will be closing its doors between now and spring, when the renovation is due to start, due to soaring energy prices, developers say.

Gallery: Fotografiska Tallinn exhibits Andy Warhol polaroids

24.09.22 CULTURE ... A new exhibition of photos from pop art legend Andy Warhol, many of them never previously displayed, opened at the Fotografiska Tallinn gallery on Friday evening.

Gallery: Video games exhibit opens at National Library in Tallinn

23.09.22 NEWS ... Video games from the 1980s until the present day are currently on show in a new interactive exhibition at the Estonian National Library in Tallinn.

Tartu Cathedral restaurant architect: 'We will not touch ruins'

23.09.22 NEWS ... Executive chef and restaurateur Tõnis Siigur, wants to open a new restaurant in the ruins of Tartu Cathedral. However, the idea has proved divisive amongst the people of Tartu. Architect Andrus Kõresaar, the project's author, has confirmed that, the plans would not involve covering the cathedral, nor would it mean closing the walkways between the ruins.

Study: Estonians living abroad maintain strong bonds with Estonia

23.09.22 NEWS ... Estonians throughout the world are not a community disjoined from Estonian society; rather, they maintain strong emotional and cultural bonds with Estonia, a study commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conducted by the Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) indicates.

Andy Warhol exhibition opens at Fotografiska Tallinn

23.09.22 CULTURE ... Friday evening sees a special opening event as a Tallinn gallery exhibition showcases photographic work, some of it never before exhibited publicly, by pop art legend Andy Warhol.

Tallinn weighing up making Pikk tänav fully car-free

23.09.22 NEWS ... Tallinn City Government is considering making a major thoroughfare in the Old Town fully pedestrianized.

Baltic refugee boats – watch the new documentary here

23.09.22 NEWS ... During World War II thousands of Estonians fled by boat to Sweden. The Soviet Union made claims on their boats and neutral Sweden obliged. Until recently it was believed only a few boats survived. An inquisitive Swedish archaeologist decided to investigate and discovered not only the dozens of Baltic refugee boats that are still on Swedish shores, but also a rich oral heritage.

Culture Minister: No further state funds available for football halls

22.09.22 NEWS ... Estonian Minister of Culture Piret Hartman (SDE) has announced, that she does not see any possibility to support the construction of indoor football halls in Viimsi and Jõhvi using additional funds from the state budget.

Narva to host first ever integrative folk dance festival this Saturday

22.09.22 NEWS ... This Saturday, September 24, Narva is set to host its first ever integrative folk dance dance festival. The festival, which takes place in Narva's EV100 Park, will feature performances of Estonian, Chuvash and Ukrainian folk dances. Festival organizer Jaana Linno provided a closer look at what can be expected during the festival on ETV morning show "Terevisioon."

Gallery: 'Boat of Tears' exhibition remembers fleeing Estonians in 1944

21.09.22 NEWS ... An exhibition by the Estonian Institute of Human Rights on Tallinn's Freedom Square remembers the journeys of Estonians who fled the advancing Soviet Army in 1944.

Tallinn Botanic Garden introduces 'gifts of the fall' exhibition

21.09.22 NEWS ... The Tallinn Botanic Garden's traditional fall exhibition will be held at the Palm House from September 24 to October 2 between 11:00 and 19:00. Visitors will be able to get acquainted with a variety of local and exotic edible plants. Guided tours and workshops are also available.

Global Estonian Report: September 21 – 28

21.09.22 NEWS ... A roundup of Estonian news and events taking place around the world from September 21-28.

Vikerraadio marks European Day of Languages with 'Harry Potter' quiz

21.09.22 NEWS ... On September 26, people in many countries celebrate the European Day of Languages. On that occasion, Vikerraadio, in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Estonia and the Tallinn European School (TES), organizes a language guessing game on its website.

Station Narva festival fills Estonian border town with music and art

20.09.22 NEWS ... The fifth edition of the annual music and city festival Station Narva took place on September 8-11. The festival, which attracted a total of 2,222 visitors, filled the border town with music, art and communal gatherings. It also showed Narva from lesser-explored angles, including through the examination of local identities and opportunities for co-creation.

Draft bill would lead to removal of Soviet motifs within three months

17.09.22 NEWS ... A draft bill will expedite the removal of Soviet-era symbolism, if it enters into law.

Heritage activists against Tartu Cathedral restaurant plan

15.09.22 NEWS ... Members of Estonia's branch of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) have called plans to create a 100-seat restaurant inside the ruins of Tartu Cathedral "unacceptable".

Global Estonian Report: September 14 – 21

14.09.22 NEWS ... A roundup of Estonian news and events taking place around the world from September 7-14.

Eesti Laul 2023 song contest now open for entries

13.09.22 NEWS ... Entries are now being accepted for this year's Eesti Laul, the annual song contest to choose the act that will represent Estonia at Eurovision. The final deadline for submissions to this year's Eesti Laul is October 20, with the latest season culminating with the announcement of the winner on February 11 next year.

Tallinn 'Wandering Lights Festival' starts Thursday

13.09.22 CULTURE ... The traditional, annual Kadriorg festival of light takes place in Tallinn later this week, and is expanded to other areas of the capital.

Tallinn to hold eighth annual national cultures days

13.09.22 CULTURE ... The City of Tallinn is to host events highlighting national minorities living in Tallinn and their cultures, via free concerts, film screenings, picnics, language and culture cafés, children's events and much more, the city government said.

Gallery: Concert marks Arvo Pärt's 87th birthday

13.09.22 GALLERIES ... A concert in the St. John's Church (Jaani kirik) in central Tallinn Monday marked famed Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's 87th birthday, which showcased some of his most recent works.

Estonian-Latvian teacher and translator awarded language promotion prize

12.09.22 NEWS ... Teacher and freelance translator and writer Daila Ozola has become the latest recipient of the Latvian and Estonian Language Promotion Award.

MPs discuss extending Cultural Endowment support to speed up construction

12.09.22 NEWS ... MPs are discussing speeding up the construction of nationally important buildings and may permit the Cultural Endowment to fund three buildings at once rather than two due to higher than forcast tax receipts.

Gallery: ERSO play Steve Reich at Tallinn nightclub show

10.09.22 CULTURE ... A special concert at a Tallinn nightclub Thusday saw orchestral music take the place the more usual dance fare likely to be on offer, featuring the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO).

Gallery: Fifth annual music and city festival Station Narva gets underway

09.09.22 NEWS ... The fifth edition of the now annual Station Narva music and city festival began on Thursday, with a "BAZAR" public debate, where locals and guests of the city discussed the topic "Narva – what and who is it?"

Gallery: Okean Elzy play Tallinn on 'Help for Ukraine Tour'

09.09.22 NEWS ... Ukrainian band Okean Elzy performed the latest show on their "Help for Ukraine" tour on Thursday night at Tallinn's Saku Suurhall.

Former President Kaljulaid joins Ukrainian rock star for morning run

09.09.22 NEWS ... Former Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid joined Ukrainian rock star Sviatoslav Vakarchuk for a morning run through the streets of Tallinn on Thursday morning. Vakarchuk was in town to play a show with his band Okean Elzy at Saku Suurhall as part of their Help for Ukraine tour.

Saaremaa stone sheep flock continues to grow

09.09.22 CULTURE ... Riddle – where can you see a herd of sheep, gaining in size outside of lambing season, and whose specimens don't mind the public sitting on them, weigh over half-a-tonne and are immortal?

Ukrainian electro-folk band ONUKA play Station Narva pre-party in Tallinn

08.09.22 NEWS ... Ukrainian electro-folk band ONUKA performed at Tallinn's Sveta Bar on Wednesday, in a show billed as the pre-party ahead of this weekend's Station Narva festival.

Weekend events mark 30 years of Tartu-Tampere friendship

08.09.22 CULTURE ... This weekend, Tartu is marking the thirtieth anniversary of its cooperation with the Finnish city of Tampere with a climate conference, an evening of poetry and other events.

Station Narva: 'The language of music and culture is universal'

08.09.22 NEWS ... This weekend, Narva is set to host the fifth edition of its now annual music and city showcase festival 'Station Narva.' At a time when Narva has dominated national headlines, the festival aims to remind everyone that there is much more that connects the city to the rest of Estonia than separates it, and that the language of music and culture is universal.

Culture Minister: Salary issue will be top priority in budget negotiations

08.09.22 NEWS ... In an interview on Klassikaraadio, Minister of Culture Piret Hartman praised Estonia's top cultural organizations for demanding increases to salaries and operating grants, in an open letter sent to the government on Wednesday. Hartman also confirmed, that the issue will be a top priority for the Ministry of Culture in the state budget negotiations.

Okean Elzy lead singer Vakartšuk: 'My guitar is my machine gun'

08.09.22 NEWS ... Top Ukrainian rock band Okean Elzy are set to play at Tallinn's Saku Suurhall on Thursday evening. In an interview with ETV current affairs show "Ringvaade" ahead of the show, lead singer Svjatoslav Vakartšuk discussed his experience of performing to troops on the frontline in Ukraine. He also thanked Estonians for helping his country since Russia's full-scale military invasion began in February.

Tartu's Ekraan cinema building may be replaced by commercial property

08.09.22 NEWS ... The Estonian National Heritage Board does not consider the Ekraan cinema building in Tartu, which was closed last year, to be a cultural monument of national significance. The owner of the building has no clear plans for its future, but the city has given permission for a new commercial building to be constructed on the site.

Estonia's top cultural organizations call for wage rises to support sector

07.09.22 NEWS ... Cultural organizations in Estonia sent an open letter to the government on Wednesday calling for an increase in salaries and operating grants.
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