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Estonian Eurovision rally starts: semi finalists of Eesti Laul part II (videos)

Eesti Laul (“The Song of Estonia”), the national selection process in Estonia for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, is underway.  As most of EstonianWorld’s readers live outside of Estonia and might not have had a chance to follow the national broadcasting channels, we bring you all the competing songs from the semi finals – …

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Surrealist painter Navitrolla: only ideas remain

Heiki Trolla, better known by his artist name Navitrolla, is among the most well known Estonian artists whose work has been described as naivist or surrealist. Most of his works depict fantastic landscapes and animals. He spent his childhood in the villages of Trolla and Navi near the Estonian town of Võru, which is …

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Estonian Eurovision rally starts: semi finalists of Eesti Laul part I (videos)

Eesti Laul (“The Song of Estonia”), the national selection process in Estonia for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, is underway. If in the UK and Germany the Eurovision Song Contest is usually regarded as something to laugh at on a Saturday night, a small country like Estonia uses every opportunity to make it heard …

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Estonia’s global poet: Doris Kareva

Doris Kareva has been writing poetry since the 1960s and her numerous books have won acclaim in Estonia and beyond. Kareva‘s poetry has been translated into over 18 languages, making her one of Estonia’s most internationally prominent poets. Her poetry is highly personal, yet speaks to universal themes connecting the human experience …

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“Love in the 21st Century” – three days of Estonian art in New York City

“Love in the 21st Century”, an exhibition by the Estonian Lithography Centre, displayed the works of eleven renowned Estonian contemporary artists: Kadri Alesmaa, Peeter Allik, Toomas Altnurme, Merike Estna, Kadri Kangilaski, Laurentsius, Marko Mäetamm, Mall Nukke, Reiu Tüür, Jaak Visnap and Jasper Zoova. The Estonian Lithography Centre and Kristi Roosmaa Tootell, …

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Arvo Pärt premieres his latest work at Salzburg’s Mozartwoche

The programme of the Mozartwoche (Mozart week), held in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, Austria from 23 January to 2 February has a special focus on the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, this year, premiering his latest work, “Swan Song”. At a total of six concerts during the Mozartwoche, a …

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In conversation with Estonian poets Doris Kareva and Jürgen Rooste in London: Dance of life and beyond

On 21 January, acclaimed Estonian poets Doris Kareva and Jürgen Rooste presented their recently completed collaborative work “Dance of Life” before an international audience at the Estonian Embassy in London. The book, written over a two-year period, contains 24 dialogues or ‘dances’ between ordinary individuals and a personified ‘life’. The …

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Tõnu Kaljuste wins a Grammy in the Best Choral Performance category for his work on Arvo Pärt’s “Adam’s Lament”!

Estonian conductor Tõnu Kaljuste has won a Grammy Award in the Best Choral Performance category for his work on composer Arvo Pärt’s album “Adam’s Lament” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. “Adam’s Lament” was recorded with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Sinfonietta Riga, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the …

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Review: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir at LSO St Luke’s in London

As part of the London A Cappella Festival, on 22 January the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performed “An Eastern Vigil”, at LSO St Luke’s, conducted by Daniel Reuss, accompanied by Gilad Atzmon, which included works by Pärt, Rachmaninov and others. There are no better words than “solemn” and “mysterious” with which to describe …

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Book review: When Russia invaded Estonia – and Jack Ryan saved it

The time is “present day”. Russia’s president is a former KGB officer who uses phrases like “The fall of the Soviet Union was one of the greatest tragedies of the last century”. The modern reincarnation of the KGB – the FSB – is all-powerful in Russia. Businesses are “nationalised” – …

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