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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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Michael Pärt. Photo by Ingrid Kerson.

Interview with Michael Pärt: Making the Estonian film music industry his matter of heart

Michael Pärt, the curator of the Music Meets Film programme, talks to Estonian World about his work and the Estonian film and film music industry in general. This article is published in collaboration with Filmus. Would you imagine meeting someone who has worked with international Oscar and Grammy-nominated talents – …

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Estonian accordionist Tiit Kalluste presented an international merit award

The Estonian accordionist, Tiit Kalluste, has been presented an international merit award by the International Confederation of Accordionists. On 13 October, Kalluste played a concert with his quintet at the Jazzkaar jazz festival, held at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn. At the end of the concert, the general secretary …

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Estonian town Viljandi is designated as a “creative city” by UNESCO

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has designated 66 new “creative cities” around the world; among them is the sixth largest town in Estonia, Viljandi. The Paris-based organisation said in a statement that as “laboratories of ideas and innovative practices”, the UNESCO Creative Cities “bring a tangible …

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Thirty-four movies produced in Estonia in 2018

Thirty-four full-length movies were produced in Estonia in 2018, of which 22 were distributed in the cinemas the same year, according to Estonia’s statistics agency. According to Statistics Estonia, 15 full-length feature films were produced last year, of which 12 were distributed in cinemas within the year. Four full-length feature …

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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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