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Kristel Kont: The words remain ‒ in memory of writer Vahur Afanasjev

The acclaimed Estonian author, Vahur Afanasjev, would have turned 42 on 24 August; Kristel Kont recalls him as a writer and a friend. I first met Vahur in 2008 when we were both working as EU officials in Brussels. Three years my senior, both in age and in Brussels tenure, …

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Sounds emanating love – the story of Arvo Pärt

Estonians are proud of Pärt because he is a world-famous Estonian. Fame creates respect. But when we look more closely, his compositions address everyone, attempting to appeal to that shared aspect of human kind which rises above nationality, skin colour and culture. It is as if the music wishes to …

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This Estonian artist once sang an Olympic theme song – in Russian

The Estonian singer, Tõnis Mägi, sang the theme song of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. At 4pm local time, on 20 July 1980, the Olympic flame was lit in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, that became the host city of the Moscow Olympics sailing programme. So far, it’s the only time Estonia …

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Estonian author and Nobel prize nominee Jaan Kaplinski has died. He was 80

The renowned Estonian poet, philosopher and culture critic, Jaan Kaplinski, died on 8 August at the age of 80 after a long illness. Jaan Kaplinski, who in 2016 was named the Laureate of the European Literature Prize (Prix Européen de Littérature) and in the same year, was nominated for the Nobel …

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LIVE: Veljo Tormis’ Estonian Calendar Songs – Tõnu Kaljuste and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

The internationally renowned conductor, Tõnu Kaljuste, and the multiple Grammy Award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir celebrate the 91st birth anniversary of Veljo Tormis – one of the most important Estonian choral composers – with a grand live concert; Estonian World will live broadcast (paid access) the performance on 7 August at 6.45pm …

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The ‘Baltic bubble’ – 15 unique places to visit in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Estonian World compiled a list of 15 unique sites in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania worth a visit.* We asked our colleagues in Latvia and Lithuania to point out some of the most unique, the most interesting sites in their respective countries and added some of our own. These are the …

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Two Estonian actors have been cast in the new Netflix series, “Vikings: Valhalla”

Two Estonian actors – Pääru Oja and Henessi Schmidt – have been cast in the new Netflix series, “Vikings: Valhalla”, which is a sequel to the highly popular series, “Vikings”. Pääru Oja is a 31-year-old Estonian actor who has starred in the Estonian TV series, “Kättemaksukontor” (The Office of Revenge), …

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The Arvo Pärt Centre awards first residency scholarship to Austrian composer Annamaria Kowalsky

The Laulasmaa, Estonia-based Arvo Pärt Centre recently announced a competition for a residency scholarship that allows one artist to focus on their work at the centre for up to a month; the first scholarship was awarded to Austrian composer and artist Annamaria Kowalsky. Kowalsky has a degree as an instrumentalist …

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An Estonian film among the Guardian’s great documentaries about theatre

The Guardian, a British media outlet, included the Estonian documentary, “A Year Full of Drama”, among the “10 great documentaries about theatre” that “capture the power of plays”. The documentary follows Alissiya – a young girl from Estonia’s Russian minority, who wins a job to watch every Estonian theatre show …

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