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New Estonian documentaries to celebrate the country’s centenary

Many long-awaited Estonian documentaries will premiere in 2018 and all of them are fitting in their own way to celebrate the 100th birthday of the nation. This article is published in collaboration with the Estonian Film Institute. The new documentaries look to the past more than to the modern day. We …

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“Adam’s Passion” – a unique cooperation by Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson premieres in Berlin

Three years after its premiere in Tallinn, the Estonian capital, a joint venture of Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson reaches the Berlin Concert House. In 2015, the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, and the American theatre visionary, Robert Wilson, combined their creative forces and came up with a mesmerising music theatre …

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Estonian-Georgian movie “Tangerines” in IMDb top 250

The Estonian-Georgian movie, “Tangerines”, has entered the IMDb top 250, the list credited as being the ranking of the best movies in the world. “Tangerines”, directed by the Georgian director, Zaza Urushadze, and starring Estonian actors Lembit Ulfsak (1947 – 2017) and Elmo Nüganen, is ranked 248th in the Internet Movie …

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Estonian one of the hardest languages to learn for a native English speaker

The Estonian language is one of the hardest languages to learn for a native English speaker, according to a travel blog called Atlas & Boots, using the data from the US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.* Based on the Foreign Service Institute’s rankings, Estonian is the fifth hardest language to …

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Estonian documentary makers to release a vinyl with Soviet hippie music

The Estonian filmmakers behind the “Soviet Hippies” documentary that is currently making waves at international film festivals will soon release its soundtrack that was completely based on the music from the Soviet underground. The bare fact that there was a hippie movement in the Soviet Union might come as a surprise …

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An Estonian architecture company designs an installation for a festival in Winnipeg

A wooden installation comprising of two towers, designed by the Estonian architecture company, b210, was selected from among 180 proposals submitted to the international arts and architecture festival Warming Huts, an urban outdoor winter festival in Winnipeg, Canada.  The Warming Huts festival commissions several installations each year, with the projects to …

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A ballet created in honour of Estonian chess grandmaster Paul Keres

A new ballet, created in honour of the chess grandmaster, Paul Keres, once the most famous Estonian in the world, will premiere in September at the Estonian National Opera. Once upon a time, Paul Keres (1916-1975) was the most distinguished Estonian around the globe – his fame in the chess …

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Estonia will be represented in the Eurovision by Elina Nechayeva

Elina Nechayeva, an Estonian soprano, will represent her country at the 2018 Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Nechayeva’s song, “La forza”, was a favourite to win the local contest, Eesti Laul, long before the combination of a jury and a public vote decided its fate at the televised concert …

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