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Greip – delivering Estonian folk music in a contemporary way (video)

Greip is a vocal ensemble from Pärnu. They came together in 2006 and have grown to become one of the freshest acts on Estonian music scene. Their first music video “Vihma Loits” (Rain Spell – K.L.) will probably have half a million views on Youtube by the time you’re reading …

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Zebra Island releases their debut album Saturnine (video)

Estonian band Zebra Island has just released their debut album Saturnine. The band has a short, but colourful history. Zebra Island was formed in the autumn of 2011, when producer and multi-instrumentalist Rasmus Lill joined forces with vocalist Helina Risti. Lauri Raus on guitars, Caspar Salo on drums and Martti …

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Tallinn Music Week helps Estonia to punch above its weight again (video)

Tallinn Music Week is a 3-day music industry conference and one of the biggest indoor festivals in the Baltic region that started out in 2009. The mission of the festival, taking place for the fifth time this year, is to raise the reputation of Estonian music, to enhance the international …

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Learning Estonian made easy via online course

Learning the basics of the Estonian language is not considered easy for speakers of Indo-European languages, but a free, online course is offering an easy start and has already attracted thousands of sign-ups. Keeleklikk, which translates to “Language Click,” incorporates work by professional actors and writers, and uses animation and …

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Otepää – home to the annual European Sauna Marathon

Otepää, Estonia. Winter is a busy time here for sports as competitors come to this usually sleepy town on Estonia’s southern tip. Sometimes, the scene is exactly what you would expect, like 8,500 bundled-up skiers sliding through town on a cross-country ski trek one weekend last month. Other times, though, …

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The Külmlaud – a guided tour

Andres Simonson, a first generation American of Estonian descent, gets you acquainted with the Estonian külmlaud or “cold table” buffet. As a first generation American of Estonian descent, I embrace all things Estonian. Well, almost everything. I still can’t do sült. For those unfamiliar, sült is an Estonian delicacy of jellied …

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Arvo Pärt tops list as the most performed living composer (video)

A London-based classical music review website has, for the second year running, named Arvo Pärt the year’s most-performed living composer. Bachtrack.com put the 77-year-old Estonian in 54th place overall in its “Concert and Opera League Tables 2012,” a list created from a sampling of 12,597 concerts and 4,451 opera performances. …

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Leen and Siimon Rampe – Estonian film ambassadors in Australia

Leen Rampe (née Võrno) and Siimon Rampe are a wife-husband team passionate about Estonian film. They have run monthly film sessions called KiNO! nights at the Sydney Estonian Cultural House for over a year now and finished 2012 off with an Estonian Film Festival in Australia. Leen has a Master’s …

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