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Estonian folk-tronica duo Maarja Nuut and Ruum to tour in Australia and New Zealand

The Estonian folk-tronica duo, Maarja Nuut and Ruum, will embark on a tour in Australia and New Zealand in March. While combining vocal work with violin, Maarja Nuut’s music is a blend of Estonian folk traditions with contemporary experimental sounds. Since 2016, she has toured in over 50 countries around …

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Estonian children book “The Ear” by Piret Raud released in English

The latest addition to the Estonian children’s literature is great news for families raising an Estonian-English bilingual child – Piret Raud has written and illustrated a book for children in the age range of five to six years. Raud is one of the most beloved and unique Estonian children’s book …

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Estonia will be represented by Swedish artist Victor Crone at Eurovision 2019

The Swedish singer-songwriter, Victor Crone, has won the Eesti Laul, Estonia’s song competition to determine the country’s representative at the Eurovision song contest. Crone won the contest with a song called “Storm”, co-written by him and Estonian songwriters Stig Rästa, Vallo Kikas and Fred Krieger. Victor Crone is from Österåker …

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Writers and translators can apply for a literature residency in Tartu, Estonia

The Tartu City of Literature International Residency Programme for English-speaking writers and translators is open for an application for an April-May 2019 residency period; the application deadline is 25 February. English-speaking writers and translators can apply for a two-month literature residency programme in the second largest town in Estonia, Tartu. The …

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A photo exhibition examines the impact of population changes in Estonia

A photo exhibition that examines how Estonia will last for the next one hundred years with a declining population has opened at the Baltic Station, the central train station in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. The exhibition #kuidasmekestame (“how we will last”) depicts images taken by renowned Estonian photographer, Birgit Püve, who has captured …

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Book introduction – “My Formative Years”, by Johan Pitka

“My Formative Years” is an autobiography of a famous Estonian military commander, Sir Johan Pitka (1872-1944); first published in the 1930s Estonia, it has now been translated into English, and talks about Pitka’s “golden years” of youth.  Pitka is one of the most famous Estonian historical and military figures. He led the Estonian …

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Writer Sergei Dovlatov to be honoured with a monument in Tallinn

The Tallinn city government has decided to go ahead with the idea to erect a monument to the Russian-Armenian-Jewish writer, Sergei Dovlatov, who lived in the Estonian capital in the mid-70s. Dovlatov lived in Tallinn from 1972-1975 when he worked as a journalist in the local Russian-language newspaper, Sovetskaja Estonija …

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Estonia’s street artist Edward von Lõngus awarded by the country’s foreign ministry

Estonia’s “Banksy”, Edward von Lõngus, was given the 2018 Culture Award of the country’s ministry of foreign affairs for his pan-European digital street art project, “(R)estart Reality”. The “(R)estart Reality” tour, which took place as part of Estonia’s presidency of the European Union and the cultural programme for the celebrations …

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Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer eighth year running

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has, for the eighth year in a row, been given the title of the “world’s most performed living composer” by the classical music event database, Bachtrack. Bachtrack calculates a series of statistics each year that show the number of times the work of each composer has been …

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