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Estonian writers Vahur Afanasjev and Justin Petrone: The heavy feeling has lifted from Estonians

Kristel Kont talked to Estonian writers Vahur Afanasjev and Justin Petrone about writing at the time of the coronavirus pandemic and the shifts they are observing in literature and society. Vahur Afanasjev is an Estonian writer and poet who became a household name in the Estonian literary scene with his …

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Ten Estonian Christmas songs

As it is 24 December and Christmas Eve (the day Estonians celebrate Christmas, unlike the Anglo-Saxons who celebrate it on 25 December), Estonian World is bringing you ten Estonian Christmas songs for your enjoyment or background music. Liis Lemsalu – Sel ööl on tunne (This Night Has A Feeling) Beyond …

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LIVE: Estonian singers to perform at a concert to support the renovation of Tartu Maarja Church

A group of Estonian singers are due to sing at a concert on Christmas Eve to support Tartu Maarja Church renovation; the concert will be broadcast on a television and viewers are encouraged to make donations. The Estonian Church Foundation and an Estonian television channel, Kanal 2, will on Christmas …

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“Chasing Unicorns”, an Estonian startup comedy, now available worldwide

“Chasing Unicorns”, directed by Estonian startup entrepreneur Rain Rannu – the founder of Fortumo – is now available to watch on Amazon Prime and other online platforms around the world. The semi-satirical story, “Chasing Unicorns” (“Ükssarvik” in Estonian), is told from the perspective of Õie, a young woman from rural …

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Five recipes with a twist: What does Estonian Christmas taste and smell like?

Sille Vadi, a food blogger and a specialist for academic affairs at the University of Tartu, conducted a kind of sociological inquiry asking what does Christmas taste and smell like – and put a little part of those tastes and smells into practice with a little twist.* By Sille Vadi What …

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An ode to verivorstid

Sappho gave us Ode to Aphrodite. Beethoven composed the musical setting for Ode to Joy. John Keats praised a songbird in Ode to a Nightingale. But seemingly nobody has paid poetic homage to those odd little Estonian verivorstid (blood sausages). And frankly, that’s a tragedy.* Traditionally the centrepiece of the Estonian …

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Three Estonian children’s books among the 2020 best list

The Munich-based International Youth Library released The White Ravens 2020 catalogue that contains information about the 200 best children’s books in the world; this year, the selection includes books from three Estonian authors: Aidi Vallik, Jaanus Vaiksoo and Piret Jaaks. The catalogue is published by the International Youth Library in …

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A call to collect films showcasing lives of Estonians abroad

The Tallinn-based Vabamu Museum and the Estonian television channel, ETV2, are collecting films showcasing the lives of Estonian communities abroad; the collection initiative is set to last until 31 December 2020. ETV2 and the Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom are collecting 8 mm and Super 8 films recording the …

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Meet Anna Kõuhkna – an Estonian painter, illustrator and a photographer reflecting on women’s soul

Jana Simackova interviews Estonian artist Anna Kõuhkna – a painter, illustrator and a photographer whose works, as the artist herself says, focuses on women’s soul and is embraced with nature. Anna Kõuhkna is a rising star in the Estonian art scene. After studying at the Tallinn-based Baltic Film and Media …

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