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A mission to translate Marie Under – Estonia’s most influential poet – into English

A mission to translate the work of Estonia’s most influential poet into English is underway. While Estonia has recently become internationally better known for its technological achievements, it has been somewhat slower in showcasing its cultural heritage. Arvo Pärt may well be one of the most performed living composers in …

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Lessons in Estonian culture for beginners 3: hot steam, cold water and the naked truth

We Canadians share a number of things with those in the Nordic countries: a love of hockey, a tradition of social democratic values and a cold, dark, snowy winter. Despite our national similarities, however, it’s unlikely that many Canadians get to experience the sauna ritual as it’s practiced regularly in …

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Arvo Pärt: 24 Preludes for a Fugue (full documentary)

24 Preludes for a Fugue is an authorised documentary about Arvo Pärt. A portrait made of precious moments recorded during three prolific years of the composer’s life, the film features rehearsals, premieres, seminars, meetings and recollections. Director Dorian Supin succeeds in revealing Arvo Pärt’s musical thinking. His work opens a door on …

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Cinematography of Estonia: 10+2 must-see films

Compared with other types of arts, cinematography has a narrower timeline. Nonetheless, we might say that it’s becoming the most consumed type of art and it has made up for lost time. Estonian cinematography starts with films made by Johannes Pääsuke (He made his first documentary in 1912 and the first short …

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25th anniversary of Singing Revolution to be celebrated in Tallinn (video)

The 25th anniversary of Estonia’s non-violent mainstream independence movement will be marked on August 30 with an open-air performance on Freedom Square in Tallinn, the city has announced. One of the organisers, Ain Mäeots, was quoted as saying that it was dedicated to the people who made the Singing Revolution …

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International Arvo Pärt Centre celebrates its third anniversary

The International Arvo Pärt Centre (IAPC), located in Laulasmaa, Estonia, celebrated its third anniversary this summer. It was on 22 June 2010 that the Pärt family established the archive and research centre in Estonia in order to preserve the creative heritage of the composer. The IAPC was deliberately located in …

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Young Estonian artists: Kristel Saan

Kristel Saan is a young artist, with aspirations reaching beyond Estonian border. She has lived and studied in London, travelled a lot and participated in many international exhibitions. Her first solo-exhibition ‘Sunbed’ took place in Helsinki, Finland. We asked this young artist what it’s like to be a part of the international art …

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The 2013 Viljandi Folk Music Festival will focus on ritual music (video)

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 city of Viljandi is completely transformed, as the small city center is suddenly flooded with people. On average, over 25,000 people attend the …

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David Drummond on the Singing Revolution at TEDx Houses of Parliament 2013 (UK/Video)

At the recent TED Houses of Parliament event in London, British conductor David Drummond spoke about the Estonian Singing Revolution and also conducted his choir to sing “Mu isamaa on minu arm” (“My Fatherland is My Love”), a much loved patriotic song in Estonia. David Drummond has been director of the London …

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