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The spirituality of Arvo Pärt’s music explored in New York and Washington

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra with conductor Tõnu Kaljuste will perform the music of Arvo Pärt at four concerts in the United States – two in Washington, DC, and two in New York City. Pärt will also attend the concerts. The concerts take place at …

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Estonia first country to build a virtual pavilion for the Venice Biennale

The curators of the Estonian pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition will build a virtual pavilion to complement the physical Estonian exhibition; the interactive web environment will allow digital users to affect the physical pavilion in real time. “In a country as digitally savvy as Estonia, public …

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Concert review: London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Kristjan Järvi/Dhafer Youssef/Barbican Centre, London

It goes without saying that concerts featuring any kind of crossover element tend to drag, but on the night of 24 April at the Barbican this adage, and a piano lift, were stretched to their maximum. Kicking off proceedings at London’s brutalist Barbican Centre was Arvo Pärt’s Fratres (“Brethren”), here …

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Estonian design to be introduced in Brussels for the first time (picture gallery)

From 24 April to 25 May, the Estonian design review exhibition “Size doesn’t matter” will take place in Brussels at the Design Flanders Gallery; it’s the first time Estonian design is exhibited in the Belgian capital. According to Ilona Gurjanova, the curator of the exhibition, the Estonian Association of Designers …

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Art exhibition “Traces” at the Estonian Embassy in Berlin

Art exhibition “Traces” brings two Estonian artists to Berlin – for the first time, Mari Roosvalt and Mara Ljutjuk present their work in the German capital. This vernissage is a part of an exhibition series started in autumn 2011, which presents well-sped contemporary artists. The exhibition opened on 8 April …

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Concert review: Across genres and nations – the Estonian TV girls’ choir perform with the British soul and jazz vocalist Ola Onabule in London

As part of the London Southbank Centre choral festival, on 6 April the Estonian TV girls’ choir; a leading Estonian saxophonist, Villu Veski; and the British-Nigerian soul and jazz singer-songwriter, Ola Onabule, performed together for the first time in the UK. With the house lights still up, the Estonian TV …

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21st century Estonian architecture – 20 remarkable buildings

To a stranger – a wondering eye in a new country – architecture can be a window to the country’s past, present and future. We compiled a selection of remarkable Estonian architecture from the recent decades, which represents a new, forward-looking and confident Estonia. This short introduction with images (click …

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Estonian indie-folk band Odd Hugo embarks on a mini-European tour (video)

The Estonian indie-folk band, Odd Hugo, formed in the summer of 2012, has embarked on a miniature European tour – namely in Germany and the Netherlands where the band aims to perform at nine shows. Odd Hugo is a fresh Estonian act, acknowledged for its part-mellow folkie, part-heart-rending poet soundscapes. …

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