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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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Record number of people attended the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration – five video highlights

The 26th Estonian Song and 19th Dance Celebration drew the highest ever number of participants and audience from 4-6 July – over 153,000 people visited the performances. Most tickets were sold for the second concert of the Song Celebration, this year called “The Time to Touch”, on Sunday – 67,322 …

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Kilometre of Sculpture – Rakvere steps up with an ambitious art event

This summer, the premiere of one of Estonia’s most ambitious art events will not be found in Tallinn or Tartu, but in Rakvere. In addition to hosting the biannual Baltoscandal Theatre Festival, which draws thousands of theatre troupes and lovers from across Europe to the Estonian town, Rakvere will also …

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Enigmatic expat folksinger Reet Hendrikson remembered in Tallinn (video)

Like bees flying back to their hive, a large number of global Estonians will be returning to Estonia on the occasion of the 26th National Song and Dance Festival held in Tallinn from 4-6 July. One of the most global of Estonians, folksinger Reet Hendrikson, will be there in memory …

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Three new videos demonstrate the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration

Every five years, almost 100,000 Estonians gather to sing in a giant choir. Find out about the tradition and how you can be part of the magic. Along with the famous Song Festival, almost 10,000 Estonian dancers gather every five years to dance together. What is the magic of the …

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“To Breathe As One” – a new film shows how singing keeps Estonia together (video)

Back in 2000, two internationally famous choirs – the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir in Oakland, California and the Estonian TV Girls’ Choir in Tallinn, Estonia – met at Heathrow Airport. The young people were heading to their respective homes after competing in singing events in various parts of the globe. They had time to kill, and they started to sing. Thus was born a choral friendship …

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Tõnu Õnnepalu’s book “Radio” goes live in English

Estonian writer Tõnu Õnnepalu’s Raadio was original published in Estonia in 2002, but this year Dalkey Archive Press has released Adam Cullen’s English translation of the novel. The book deals with universal human problems, including questions of isolation and identity, while also confronting more specific challenges of how to come …

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Estonian contemporary art premiers in Barcelona

The contemporary artwork of Estonian and Spanish artists, called The Hypnotist Collector, is to be presented in Barcelona, Spain, from 6-27 June. The Hypnotist Collector is an exhibition that, according to the artists, “explores persuasive communication as a topic” and is an “object of reflection and creative strategy for Spanish …

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