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Estonian opera singer Mirjam Mesak wins a Bavarian Art Prize

The Munich, Germany-based Estonian soprano, Mirjam Mesak, has been awarded with the Bavarian Art Prize 2019 in the “Performing Arts” category. The Bavarian Art Prize is awarded by the Free State of Bavaria, an influential federal state of Germany, in the fields of fine arts, performing arts, music and dance and literature …

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Metsatöll performing live in Chicago on 23 September 2019. From the left: Raivo Piirsalu, Markus Teeäär, Lauri Õunapuu. Photo by Sten Hankewitz.

Estonian heavy-metal band Metsatöll’s North American tour – “So perfect that it was scary”

It’s not very common that Estonian musicians and bands tour in the United States, less so that they perform in 24 North American cities and towns in both the US and Canada; the Estonian heavy-metal band, Metsatöll, did just that in September – starting in Detroit and finishing in Chicago. …

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Estonian adventure movie “Phantom Owl Forest” awarded in Germany

The Estonian family adventure film, “Phantom Owl Forest”, won the European Children’s Film Award at the Schlingel International Film Festival in Chemnitz, Germany; in addition, Paula Rits, the leading actress in the movie, won the “Best Child Actor” award. “Phantom Owl Forest”, directed and written by Anu Aun, talks about …

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An Estonian documentary about Soviet-era hippies to premiere in the UK

“Soviet Hippies”, an Estonian documentary directed by Terje Toomistu, is due to have its UK premiere in Manchester on 10 October; it will be, later in the month, also screened in London. The documentary, focused on Estonian hippies during the Soviet occupation, will have its UK premiere on 10 October …

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Tallinn named the most cultured city in Northern Europe

The Estonian capital, Tallinn, ranks eighth among the 50 most cultured cities in Europe and number one in Northern Europe, in a list researched and compiled by Wanderu, a travel search platform and fare aggregator. Using a specific methodology, the Boston, Massachusetts-based Wanderu calculated the density of culturally important sites …

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The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre opens a new concert and performance centre

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has opened a concert and performance centre that features a concert hall accommodating 482 people, a black box theatre with 130 seats for actors and jazz musicians, and 21 new classrooms. The building, which cost approximately €12 …

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Estonian composer and saxophonist Maria Faust awarded in Denmark

Maria Faust, an Estonian saxophonist, composer, arranger and improviser, has received the prestigious, annually awarded “Hæderspris” (merit award) from the Danish Composers and Songwriters Association. The prize was presented on 18 September in front of a sold-out crowd at the Hotel Cecil in Copenhagen.  The winners of the prize remain …

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Three million people worldwide to learn the Estonian language from 23-29 September

How to become one of three million people worldwide learning the Estonian language? The Estonian Institute, the organiser of the Estonian Language Week, has the answer. The Estonian Institute invites people learn and teach Estonian all over the world for one week, from 23-29 September. Approximately one thousand people are already …

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A Dutch documentary offers a distinctive look at the influence of Arvo Pärt’s music

A new documentary, called “That Pärt Feeling – The Universe of Arvo Pärt”, directed by Dutchman Paul Hegeman, seeks to understand the wonder of Pärt through the eyes of professional musicians. In February, a new Dutch-made documentary about Pärt premiered at Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam. Directed by Paul Hegeman, …

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Photographer Jimmy Nelson photographs Estonia’s indigenous Seto people

The renowned English-Dutch photographer, Jimmy Nelson, photographed Seto people during his recent visit to Estonia. “On a recent visit to my exhibition at Fotografiska Tallinn, I had the privilege to visit the Seto people of southern Estonia. This unexpected extraordinary day with these beautiful people opened a whole new world …

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