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The Museum of Occupations celebrates the Independence Day with a special programme

The Estonian Museum of Occupations and Freedom is to celebrate the country’s Independence Day on 24 February with a special programme with activities for the entire family. The museum and the KGB prison cells will open their doors to the public at 8:00 AM on 24 February. The museum will …

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Louis Kahn and Moshe Safdie’s original drawings on view at the Museum of Estonian Architecture

The original drawings of world-famous architects, Louis Kahn and Moshe Safdie, are being showcased at the Museum of Estonian Architecture, thanks to the Estonian-American structural engineer, August Komendant. The museum is presenting a comprehensive retrospective on August Eduart Komendant (1906-1992), and the exhibition includes original drawings and models by architects …

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Open call for a musical composition inspired by Norwegian artist’s exhibit in Tallinn

The Kai Art Centre, a new contemporary art space in the Estonian capital, Tallinn’s Noblessner district, and the Tallinn Music Week, an annual music festival, have announced an open call for the composition of a musical piece inspired by Anne Katrine Senstad’s exhibition, Radical Light. Opened on 26 January at the …

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Ilon Wikland is in the hearts of Estonians

Ilon Wikland, an Estonian-Swedish artist and illustrator, renowned for her illustrations for the world-famous Swedish children author, Astrid Lindgren, is celebrating her 90th birthday on 5 February. On 5 February, the Estonian artist residing in Stockholm, Ilon Wikland, will be celebrating her 90th birthday. The hard-working and talented woman can look …

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A Spanish artist creates new illustrations for the Estonian epic Kalevipoeg

Joan Llopis Doménech from València, Spain, was inspired by the Estonian national epic, Kalevipoeg, and created new illustrations for it while studying at the Estonian Academy of Arts; in an interview with Estonian World, Doménech explains his interest and work. What brought you to Estonia? During my last year of studying fine arts …

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A database of Estonian artists launched in English

The Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art has launched a database of Estonian artists, available both in Estonian and English, presenting a selection of artists, curators and critics currently active in the Estonian art scene. “Currently, the database features 40 artists; however, in the next few years, the number will be tripled,” …

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Estonishing Evenings to take a deeper look into the Estonian cinema

The Estonishing Evenings event series, supported by Estonian World, continues in Tallinn on 27 January, this time taking a deeper look into the history of the Estonian filmmaking; the event will also feature a movie quiz. If you live outside Estonia, the chances are you’ve heard of such films as …

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Arvo Pärt was the world’s second most performed living composer in 2019

The Estonian maestro, Arvo Pärt, who was previously the most performed contemporary composer in the world – for eight years in a row – lost the top spot to American composer John Williams in 2019. According to the classical music event database, Bachtrack, the most performed contemporary composers in the world …

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Konrad Mägi’s works exhibited in Turin, Italy

The exhibition of Estonian expressionist painter Konrad Mägi (1878-1925), which recently opened in Turin, Italy, has been praised in several Italian media outlets. The largest ever Mägi exhibition in Italy, opened by the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, on 30 November, has already attracted thousands of visitors and been praised in …

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So bloody heavy: the exploits of an Estonian accordionist

Justin Petrone sat down with the Estonian folk musician, Tuulikki Bartosik, in Viljandi to talk about her albums, her life as a musician and how, despite practical difficulties as an accordionist, playing the instrument is liberating and like an extra pair of lungs for her. Tuulikki Bartosik is one of the …

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