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Estonian folk artist Mari Kalkun to give a debut concert in London

Mari Kalkun, one of the most highly regarded Estonian singers and musicians in Europe, is to perform at the Songlines Encounters Festival in London on 30 May. Kalkun, who relies in her work on her southern Estonian roots, singing in the Võro language, was invited to perform at the Songlines Encounters …

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An Estonian poet among the top minds selected for the pan-European creativity project

The Hay Festival has announced the selection of authors for the Europa28 anthology; among the 28 women is also the Estonian poet and translator, Maarja Kangro. Kangro has written librettos for Estonian composers, published 13 books and translates from Italian, English, German and other languages.  She won the Estonian Children’s …

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International literature festival HeadRead takes place in Tallinn

The annual international literature festival, HeadRead, in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, brings readers and authors together in a cosy atmosphere. The Tallinn HeadRead literary festival is run by Estonian writers, publishers and translators. This small boutique festival aims to bring readers and authors together in a more cosy atmosphere. When …

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World-famous Christopher Nolan is to shoot a movie in Estonia

The world-famous director, Christopher Nolan, is in the summer of 2019 going to shoot his new movie in Estonia – and no, it’s not April Fools. The new spy thriller, titled “Tenet”, has already started shooting, according to a statement by Warner Brothers. It will be filmed on location across …

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Estonian film industry aims to catch attention in Cannes

Estonia is represented with the pavilion at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in France, showcasing the country’s movies and its movie industry, aiming to catch attention. Under the leadership of the Estonian Film Institute, tens of Estonian movie professionals are represented at the festival, taking place from 14 to 25 …

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Estonia’s five best Eurovision finalists – chosen by the LGBT community

Estonian World asked the members of the country’s gay community to nominate their all-time favourite Estonian Eurovision finalists and these are the results. Estonia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 25 times since making its debut in 1994. The country won the contest once in 2001 when Tanel Padar, …

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Allan Cameron: Estonians are great linguists

Lea Kreinin interviews the Scottish publisher, Allan Cameron, who has started to publish Estonian literature in English. Allan Cameron is a Scottish writer, translator and publisher who lives in Glasgow. He has already published translations of several books from Estonian literature, by Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Andrei Ivanov, Mari Saat and …

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Tallinn to get a world class photo exhibition space

In June 2019, Fotografiska, the Stockholm-based internationally renowned meeting place for the world’s best photography, will open in Tallinn; it aims to be a meeting place where art, good food, music, design and the open way of thinking get together. With a vast network of world-class photographers at the core, …

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An exhibition about fine arts and fashion inspired by the Soviet era opens in Tallinn

A new exhibition has opened at the Kumu art museum in Tallinn about the socialist art of the 1970s and 1980s in fine arts and the post-Soviet aesthetic of the 2010s in fashion. 21 July 1940. Estonians lose their freedom to the Soviet Union. Besides the restrictions that came upon …

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Estonian expats to hold cultural days in New York in April

Estonian expats are to hold cultural days in New York City in April; the programme offers a variety of events from films and theatre to a startup showcase. According to the organisers, the five-day programme, from 3-7 April 2019, offers a wide spectrum of events, including movies, theatre, musicians and …

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