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Tallinn celebrates the Ethnic Culture Days

From 18 September until 26 September, the seventh Ethnic Culture Days, featuring workshops, exhibitions, concerts and overviews of the culture and customs of different nationalities take place in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. The event, organised by various NGOs and the Tallinn city government, starts with a traditional ethno-fair at the …

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Instances of decline: Estonian artists in Ida-Virumaa

Ten Estonian contemporary artists, acting as accidental anthropologists, have paid special attention to the side effects of the modern extractive industries in Estonia; their exhibition, “Life in Decline”, at the former administrative building of the mine “Estonia” in the country’s Ida-Viru County, displays artworks that function as analytical artefacts. Decline …

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Kristel Kont: The words remain ‒ in memory of writer Vahur Afanasjev

The acclaimed Estonian author, Vahur Afanasjev, would have turned 42 on 24 August; Kristel Kont recalls him as a writer and a friend. I first met Vahur in 2008 when we were both working as EU officials in Brussels. Three years my senior, both in age and in Brussels tenure, …

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Sounds emanating love – the story of Arvo Pärt

Estonians are proud of Pärt because he is a world-famous Estonian. Fame creates respect. But when we look more closely, his compositions address everyone, attempting to appeal to that shared aspect of human kind which rises above nationality, skin colour and culture. It is as if the music wishes to …

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Research conference to analyse Arvo Pärt’s work

The Arvo Pärt Centre – the Estonian composer’s personal archive and information and music centre in Laulasmaa, Estonia – and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre are holding a free international research conference dedicated to Arvo Pärt’s work and the cultural context surrounding it. The conference, “Arvo Pärt – …

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This Estonian artist once sang an Olympic theme song – in Russian

The Estonian singer, Tõnis Mägi, sang the theme song of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. At 4pm local time, on 20 July 1980, the Olympic flame was lit in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, that became the host city of the Moscow Olympics sailing programme. So far, it’s the only time Estonia …

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Estonian author and Nobel prize nominee Jaan Kaplinski has died. He was 80

The renowned Estonian poet, philosopher and culture critic, Jaan Kaplinski, died on 8 August at the age of 80 after a long illness. Jaan Kaplinski, who in 2016 was named the Laureate of the European Literature Prize (Prix Européen de Littérature) and in the same year, was nominated for the Nobel …

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LIVE: Veljo Tormis’ Estonian Calendar Songs – Tõnu Kaljuste and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

The internationally renowned conductor, Tõnu Kaljuste, and the multiple Grammy Award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir celebrate the 91st birth anniversary of Veljo Tormis – one of the most important Estonian choral composers – with a grand live concert; Estonian World will live broadcast (paid access) the performance on 7 August at 6.45pm …

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The ‘Baltic bubble’ – 15 unique places to visit in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Estonian World compiled a list of 15 unique sites in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania worth a visit.* We asked our colleagues in Latvia and Lithuania to point out some of the most unique, the most interesting sites in their respective countries and added some of our own. These are the …

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