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Tallinn named the most cultured city in Northern Europe

The Estonian capital, Tallinn, ranks eighth among the 50 most cultured cities in Europe and number one in Northern Europe, in a list researched and compiled by Wanderu, a travel search platform and fare aggregator. Using a specific methodology, the Boston, Massachusetts-based Wanderu calculated the density of culturally important sites …

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The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre opens a new concert and performance centre

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has opened a concert and performance centre that features a concert hall accommodating 482 people, a black box theatre with 130 seats for actors and jazz musicians, and 21 new classrooms. The building, which cost approximately €12 …

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Estonian composer and saxophonist Maria Faust awarded in Denmark

Maria Faust, an Estonian saxophonist, composer, arranger and improviser, has received the prestigious, annually awarded “Hæderspris” (merit award) from the Danish Composers and Songwriters Association. The prize was presented on 18 September in front of a sold-out crowd at the Hotel Cecil in Copenhagen.  The winners of the prize remain …

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Three million people worldwide to learn the Estonian language from 23-29 September

How to become one of three million people worldwide learning the Estonian language? The Estonian Institute, the organiser of the Estonian Language Week, has the answer. The Estonian Institute invites people learn and teach Estonian all over the world for one week, from 23-29 September. Approximately one thousand people are already …

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A Dutch documentary offers a distinctive look at the influence of Arvo Pärt’s music

A new documentary, called “That Pärt Feeling – The Universe of Arvo Pärt”, directed by Dutchman Paul Hegeman, seeks to understand the wonder of Pärt through the eyes of professional musicians. In February, a new Dutch-made documentary about Pärt premiered at Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam. Directed by Paul Hegeman, …

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Photographer Jimmy Nelson photographs Estonia’s indigenous Seto people

The renowned English-Dutch photographer, Jimmy Nelson, photographed Seto people during his recent visit to Estonia. “On a recent visit to my exhibition at Fotografiska Tallinn, I had the privilege to visit the Seto people of southern Estonia. This unexpected extraordinary day with these beautiful people opened a whole new world …

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An Estonian museum relives history by printing “The Little Prince”

Publishing a limited letterpress edition of “The Little Prince” allows the Print and Paper Museum in Tartu to better preserve historic skills. The Print and Paper Museum, based in the second largest town in Estonia, Tartu, is unique in the entire Baltic region. It collects printing equipment from the last …

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Chasing Unicorns: A hilarious new movie about Estonian entrepreneurs taking on the world

Estonia’s startup community is already famous around the world, not least for producing four “unicorn” startups valued at more than USD1 billion; now, though, Estonia’s startup community has finally made it to the big screen. “Chasing Unicorns” (“Ükssarvik” in Estonian) is a hilarious new movie told from the perspective of …

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Estonian-American curator Juri Koll brings Basquiat and Warhol to Tallinn

An extensive international art exhibit, “Edge to Edge”, opened at Tallinn’s Fahle Gallery on 26 August; the exhibition, curated by the Los Angeles-based Estonian American curator, Juri Koll, brings the works by the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol to the Estonian capital. The international joint exhibition focuses on …

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