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Review: Kristjan Järvi’s debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Kristjan Järvi made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in a performance teaming with the inexhaustible energy for which the youngest son of Neeme Järvi is renowned. In an age where conductors often approach music with an overly academic ethos, one which would restrict the aural size and metaphysical scope …

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Artist of the week: London-based stage director Liisa Smith

Estonian World´s latest Artist of the week is UK based stage director Liisa Smith. Liisa left Estonia about 10 years ago, to study performance arts in England. After finishing her MA in Text and Performance (Drama), specialising in Directing at the King´s College and RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), …

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Artist of the week: interview with singer-songwriter Ingrid Lukas (video)

Born on 20 August 1984, Ingrid Lukas is an Estonian singer-songwriter, pianist and composer. Ingrid studied piano for three years at the Tallinn Music High School, before moving to Zürich, Switzerland with her family in 1994. In 2007 she graduated from the HMT Zürich (Hochschule für Musik und Theater) as a vocal …

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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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