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The 8th Annual EstDocs Festival successfully came to an end (video)

EstDocs is an annual not-for-profit Estonian documentary film festival and competition held in Toronto, that presents stories from Estonia. Its mission is to provide a 360-degree perspective on Estonian history, politics, arts, culture, sport, and other subjects. This year’s EstDocs Festival raised its curtains on October 11 in Toronto and …

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A trend in tradition: fashion designer Liina Viira modernises the traditional folk costumes

Estonian designer Liina Viira is changing the way we see the traditional folk costumes. Since regaining independence in 1991 Estonia has conceived a reputation of notable achievements. As the inventors of Skype, producers of Olympic medalists, and hosts of renowned song festivals, the people of this nation have a lot …

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EstDocs 2012 Celebrates a Century of Estonian Cinema in Toronto (Video)

EstDocs is an annual not-for-profit Estonian documentary film festival and competition held in Toronto, that presents stories from Estonia. Its mission is to provide a 360-degree perspective on Estonian history, politics, arts, culture, sport, and other subjects. Established in 2005 and so far visited by over 10 000 film lovers, …

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Artist of the week: underground musician Maria Minerva (video)

Maria Minerva aka Maria Juur is an Estonian underground musician, based in London, and currently touring the US. She is releasing music on the prominent and prolific Los Angeles independent label Not Not Fun and its dance-oriented sub-label 100% Silk. She is known for her eclectic and dreamy music style and lo-fi videos. She …

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Artist of the week (Video): Ewert and the Two Dragons

Ewert and The Two Dragons is an Estonian indie-rock band whose line-up consists of vocalist Ewert Sundja, guitarist Erki Pärnoja, drummer Kristjan Kallas, and bassist Ivo Etti. Their distinctive name came from a movie that Sundja was a fan of and although the name states that there are three people …

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Estonia sends Toomas Hussar’s debut film Mushrooming to Oscars 2013 (Video)

Toomas Hussar’s film Mushrooming will compete for an Academy Award in Best Foreign Film category at Oscars in 2013. The debut feature premiered at Karlovy Vary film festival, before also showing in Toronto International Film Festival. The story follows a politician who tries to take a break from work by mushroom …

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Artist of the week: ballet dancer Tiit Helimets (San Francisco National Ballet)

Our latest Artist of the week is Tiit Helimets, principal dancer at the San Francisco National Ballet. Born in Viljandi, Estonia, Tiit Helimets had an exposure to ballet from an early age, while watching cultural programs on TV. His mum noticed his interest and at 10, took him for a …

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Breaking the boundaries – the fairytale and folklore world of singer-songwriter Ana Silvera (Video)

Ana Silvera is a contemporary alternative London born singer-songwriter, known for the intense poeticism of her lyrics, her classical piano style and her work with choirs. She is operatically trained, and appeared with the English National Opera and also at the Royal Opera House when she was a teenager, and …

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