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Almost 60,000 Estonian people sing in choirs and dance in folk groups

Almost five per cent of the Estonian population sing in choirs or dance in folk dance groups, the statistics show. According to Statistics Estonia, the country’s statistics agency, as of 2019 there were 82,500 people who were somehow engaged with folk culture in Estonia – 59,000 of them sang in …

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Arvo Pärt: The coronavirus has shown us in a painful way that humanity is a single organism

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, gave a rare interview to the Spanish newspaper, ABC, in which the maestro said the coronavirus had showed us in a painful way that humanity is a single organism and human existence is possible only in relation to other living beings. Pärt was interviewed by …

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The National Opera streams the first Estonian ballet for free

The Estonian National Opera will stream Eduard Tubin’s ballet, “The Goblin” on opera’s Facebook page for free on Saturday, 11 April. Eduard Tubin (1905-1982) wrote “The Goblin” between 1938-1940. The piece was the first ballet written by an Estonian composer and had its premiere at the Estonian National Opera in 1944. …

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The Estonian National Opera starts streaming performances for free

The Estonian National Opera begins streaming performances for free; the first one, the opera, “Faust”, will be streamed on 4 April. The opera starts streaming performances every Saturday to bring opera and ballet performances to the audience’s homes during the current coronavirus emergency situation. The first performance begins on 4 …

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Arvo Pärt receives Spain’s “Frontiers of Knowledge Award”

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has received the Spain-based BBVA Foundation’s “Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Music and Opera”; the award recognises significant contribution in cultural creation. The annual awards, Premios Fundación BBVA Fronteras del Conocimiento in Spanish, recognise and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of broad …

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VIDEO: The Cello Octet Amsterdam performs Arvo Pärt in self-isolation

The Dutch ensemble, the Cello Octet Amsterdam, has, in self-isolation, performed “Da Pacem Domine”, composed by the Estonian maestro, Arvo Pärt, on 20 March via YouTube. With nearly half the world’s population under some form of restriction as governments across the globe are trying to curb the spread of the …

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An American film featuring Estonian actress Kristi Roosmaa to premiere in LA

Kristi Roosmaa, an Estonian-born and New York City-based actress and singer, is a central character in a new short film “Wildflower”, directed by the Tony-nominated producer, Celine Rosenthal; the movie will have its world premiere screening at the 20th FirstGlance Film Festival in Los Angeles on 12 March. Inspired by …

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Estonia will be represented by Uku Suviste at Eurovision 2020

The Estonian singer-songwriter, Uku Suviste, has won the Eesti Laul, Estonia’s song competition to determine the country’s representative at the Eurovision song contest, with his song, “What Love Is”. Suviste won the contest on 29 February with a song called “What Love Is”, co-written by him and Sharon Vaughn, a …

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The Museum of Occupations celebrates the Independence Day with a special programme

The Estonian Museum of Occupations and Freedom is to celebrate the country’s Independence Day on 24 February with a special programme with activities for the entire family. The museum and the KGB prison cells will open their doors to the public at 8:00 AM on 24 February. The museum will …

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