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Review: Estonian-Georgian film “Tangerines”

The Estonian-Georgian film, “Tangerines” (“Mandariinid” in Estonian) has been one of the most internationally successful films, involving Estonian filmmakers, in recent times. Just recently, Belgium’s Oostende IFF awarded the work of director Zaza Urushadze the European Taste with Best Film award. In addition, the Eurasia IFF in Kazakhstan has awarded the Best …

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Estonian director Ilmar Raag’s “Kertu” among 50 best European films

Estonian film director and producer Ilmar Raag’s movie “Kertu” has been selected as one of the 50 best films this year, recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards, the so-called European Oscars. During a press conference in the Latvian capital of Riga, the European Capital of Culture 2014, …

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Marten Kuningas – a singer-songwriter who persists singing in Estonian

At this year’s Positivus Festival, one of the largest music festivals in the Baltic region, only two bands sang in Estonian. One of them was that of Marten Kuningas, a young Estonian singer who has remained committed to singing in Estonian, rather than English. Known for lush sounds and romantic …

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An e-course designed for non-Estonian speakers launched

A free e-course that takes the viewer through the most important events of Estonian cultural history has been launched. Kultuuriklikk is an animated interactive online course that tells the story from the arrival of Estonia’s first inhabitants and Estonians’ battles for freedom to the cultural independence, the Singing Revolution and …

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Spanish architects to design the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa

Spanish architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano won the international architectural contest to design the new Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa, Estonia. The architects, representing the company, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, won the contest with an entry titled “Tabula”. According to Michael Pärt, the chairman of the jury and Arvo Pärt’s …

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Canadian couple discovers Estonia’s “best kept secret”

“Estonia’s Best Kept Secret” is a road-trip story about a song, a country and a beautiful grand piano – and the winner of the third prize at EstDocs 2013, the annual Estonian documentary film festival and competition in Toronto. A few years ago, the Canadian couple, Mike Dell and Kimberly Bagayawa, became acquainted with Estonia …

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Estonian writer Kaur Kender’s “Petty God” published in English

Jürgen Kaljuvee sat down with Aberdeen-based translator Edith Epler, to talk about Estonian writer, Kaur Kender, and translating books. Kaur Kender (born in 1971) is an Estonian author who is well-recognised in the Baltic States and Finland and whose books have been bestsellers in Estonia. Kender was the winner of the Annual Prize …

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Viljandi hosts one of the largest folk music festivals in Europe – pictures

The Viljandi Folk Music Festival is an annual music festival in Estonia with a central focus on European folk music. It is traditionally held during the last weekend of July, when the otherwise quiet town of Viljandi is completely transformed as the small town centre is suddenly flooded with people. On average, over 200 performers …

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Children choir from Piedmont experiences a life-changing concert at the Estonian Song Celebration

Singing with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir has connected Tate Bissinger with numerous places in the world – from Slovakia to Germany. But on the weekend of 5-6 July 2014, singing connected her with something bigger and more powerful than anything she’d ever experienced. It happened in Estonia – …

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A new art venture dedicated to Estonian art started in London

It doesn’t happen every day that an art gallery dedicated to Estonian art opens in a cosmopolitan metropolis like London. But the curiously named Gabo Manchano Gallery is doing just that – featuring four young Estonian artists, the gallery’s pop-up debut exhibition was entitled “This Is What I Am”. The …

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