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Book introduction – “My Formative Years”, by Johan Pitka

“My Formative Years” is an autobiography of a famous Estonian military commander, Sir Johan Pitka (1872-1944); first published in the 1930s Estonia, it has now been translated into English, and talks about Pitka’s “golden years” of youth.  Pitka is one of the most famous Estonian historical and military figures. He led the Estonian …

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Writer Sergei Dovlatov to be honoured with a monument in Tallinn

The Tallinn city government has decided to go ahead with the idea to erect a monument to the Russian-Armenian-Jewish writer, Sergei Dovlatov, who lived in the Estonian capital in the mid-70s. Dovlatov lived in Tallinn from 1972-1975 when he worked as a journalist in the local Russian-language newspaper, Sovetskaja Estonija …

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Estonia’s street artist Edward von Lõngus awarded by the country’s foreign ministry

Estonia’s “Banksy”, Edward von Lõngus, was given the 2018 Culture Award of the country’s ministry of foreign affairs for his pan-European digital street art project, “(R)estart Reality”. The “(R)estart Reality” tour, which took place as part of Estonia’s presidency of the European Union and the cultural programme for the celebrations …

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Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer eighth year running

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has, for the eighth year in a row, been given the title of the “world’s most performed living composer” by the classical music event database, Bachtrack. Bachtrack calculates a series of statistics each year that show the number of times the work of each composer has been …

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Mari Kalkun’s “Ilmamõtsan” among the Guardian’s best world albums of 2018

The influential British newspaper called the third album by Estonian singer-songwriter Mari Kalkun a “gently mesmerising” and included it among the 2018 10 best world albums. The Guardian’s Robin Denselow included Kalkun’s third album among the 2018’s 10 best world albums – a list otherwise dominated by African, Middle Eastern and …

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Estonian design showcased in France

The Marseille-based gallery, Kolektiv 318, and the Estonian Design House collaborate to showcase Estonian design at the Le Corbusier-designed Unité d’habitation in the second largest city of France.  Entitled “Estonian Modern”, the exhibition will be held at the Unité d’habitation in Marseille and will comprise of two exhibitions. “Luther & …

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Review: “Võta või jäta” – if being a good father means being a good citizen

Can the film submitted by Estonia to the Oscar competition suggest that fatherhood and citizenship share the same spiritual foundation? Estonia has submitted Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo’s drama, “Take It or Leave It” (“Võta või jäta”), as the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film award. What makes it the right choice …

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