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Lepo Sumera – a restless creative mind and an extraordinary human being

Märt-Matis Lill, a composer and the chairman of the Estonian Composers’ Union, writes on the 70th anniversary of the birth of Lepo Sumera, one of the most influential composers in post-war Estonia, about his old mentor’s restlessness, warmth and work. On 8 May, the Estonian music community celebrated the 70th …

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A youth exchange programme brings together 30 youngsters with an Estonian background

The annual youth exchange programme, “Back to our roots”, aims to bring together 30 youngsters with an Estonian background, 20 from abroad and 10 from Estonia, with the aim of introducing the Estonian language and culture to the participants. This year, there will be two exchanges, one from 21 August …

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The West Coast Estonian Days to take place near Seattle in July 2021

The next West Coast Estonian Days are due to take place in Suquamish, WA, near Seattle, from 16-18 July 2021; the festival of singing, dancing and reconnecting has been held since 1953. The 2021 West Coast Estonian Days will be held at the Suquamish Clearwater Resort and Casino, located on …

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Watch: The world’s largest virtual choir singing an Estonian patriotic song

A special virtual concert in Estonia brought together over 2,500 choir singers and was screened at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds; watch how the choir performed “Isamaa ilu hoieldes” – one of the five songs the late composer, Alo Mattiisen, wrote just before the 1988’s Estonian “singing revolution”. A special …

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A new Arvo Pärt album climbs to number five in the Billboard classical chart

A new album of the choral works of the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, “Stabat Mater: Choral Works by Arvo Pärt”, released by the US-based choir, Gloriæ Dei Cantores, has made it to the top five in the United States Billboard classical chart. The latest album featuring the choral works Pärt …

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The Baltic Bubble – 15 unique places to visit in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

The Baltic states reopened their internal borders on 15 May and now allow their citizens, residents and other people who legally reside in these countries to travel around in the so-called Baltic Bubble without having to submit themselves to a 14-day self-isolation; Estonian World has compiled a list of 15 …

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Estonia’s foreign policy objectives: the preservation of the Estonian people, language and culture

The Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, on 19 May presented his ministry’s foreign policy strategy at the parliament; according to the document, the country’s foreign policy objectives are “the preservation of the Estonian people, the Estonian language and the Estonian culture through the ages”. The document Reinsalu presented covers the …

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The World Congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples to take place in Tartu in 2021

Representatives of 23 different Finno-Ugric nations are expected to gather in the Estonian town of Tartu in June 2021 for the World Congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples. The congress was originally due to take place in June 2020 but has now been rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NGO …

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VIDEO: Anne Akiko Meyers performs “Estonian Lullaby” by Arvo Pärt

Anne Akiko Meyers, an American concert violinist and the top-selling classical instrumentalist of 2014 on Billboard’s traditional classical charts, has released a recording of Arvo Pärt’s “Estonian Lullaby for Violin and Piano”, dedicated to her by the maestro; her performance is accompanied by a beautiful animated video. The piece was …

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Virtual choir to celebrate the end of the emergency in Estonia

A special virtual concert, bringing together over 2,500 choir singers and screened at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, celebrates the end of the coronavirus emergency situation in Estonia. The concert, “Spring came differently”, will virtually bring 2,500 choir singers under the cherished song festival arch in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. …

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