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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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Estonian film “Truth and Justice” among the ten international Oscar nominees

The Estonian movie, “Truth and Justice” (“Tõde ja Õigus” in Estonian), is among the ten films that have advanced to the next round of voting in the best international feature film category for the Oscars 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced. The Beverly Hills-based Academy of …

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An international exhibition in Tallinn to shed new light on disability

The international exhibition of contemporary art, “Disarming Language: Disability, Communication, Rupture”, will open at the Tallinn Art Hall on 13 December, featuring works by 13 artists. The curators of the exhibition, Christine Sun Kim and Niels Van Tomme, consider it important to break down the biases surrounding disability and have …

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David Donnelly: Estonia has a high concentration of creative talent

David Donnelly, an American filmmaker, has made two documentaries about renowned Estonian conductors – brothers Paavo and Kristjan Järvi; Donnelly spoke to Estonian World about his experience of getting up and close to two distinguished Estonians and his impression of Estonia. In late 2015, Donnelly released his first feature-length documentary, “Maestro”, …

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It’s a whole new groove: Canada meets Estonia to share innovations in tech and music

A rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the brightest and most ingenious minds in Estonian technology and music is set to be launched in Toronto from 14-17 November. Latitude 44 (L44), a conference aimed at bringing together key players in the technology world from Estonia and Canada …

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