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The 2013 Viljandi Folk Music Festival will focus on ritual music (video)

The Viljandi Folk Music Festival is an annual music festival in Estonia with a central focus on European folk music. It is traditionally held during the last weekend of July, when the otherwise quiet city of Viljandi is completely transformed, as the small city center is suddenly flooded with people. On average, over 25,000 people attend the …

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David Drummond on the Singing Revolution at TEDx Houses of Parliament 2013 (UK/Video)

At the recent TED Houses of Parliament event in London, British conductor David Drummond spoke about the Estonian Singing Revolution and also conducted his choir to sing “Mu isamaa on minu arm” (“My Fatherland is My Love”), a much loved patriotic song in Estonia. David Drummond has been director of the London …

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Group exhibition by Estonian painters opens in Corfu, Greece

Group exhibition by Estonian painters opens in Corfu Municipal Art Gallery. “Two-Way Street. Contemporary Estonian Painting” by Vano Allsalu, Mihkel Ilus, Mihkel Maripuu and Jaan Toomik is open from 12 July until 31 July. The exhibition provides an insight into contemporary Estonian painting and creates an opportunity to view it …

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Porridge, cabbage and dirt: understanding Estonian humour through food and film

Lisa and Kristen Dobbin are Estonian-Canadian sisters from Toronto. In 2012, they relocated to Tartu to try and become a little more like their Estonian grandmother. This is the second part in their series of articles, Lessons in Estonian culture for beginners. The first part can be found here and …

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Odd Hugo: Stepping out into the unknown (video)

F-Hoone is a renowned restaurant in the former Telliskivi factory complex in Tallinn. Even though it has been the nucleus of Tallinn’s hipster movement for several years, Rando Kruus and Oliver Vare from the up-and-coming Estonian band Odd Hugo, still seem slightly set apart from the crowd. Their look is part young folkie, …

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Estonian display at Venice Art Biennale – “Evident in Advance” by Dénes Farkas

At the 55th international art biennale in Venice, Estonia is represented by the artist Dénes Farkas with the project “Evident in Advance”, curated by Adam Budak. Dénes Farkas is a Tallinn-based post-conceptual photo artist, who has been focusing on social structures since the second half of the 2000s and presenting …

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Rock Summer 25 brings a sense of nostalgia to Tallinn

Three years before the Soviet Union collapsed, a rock festival took place in Tallinn, Estonia. It wasn’t an ordinary festival — the Rock Summer or “Glasnost Rock”, as it was known in 1988, was at the time the most international rock festival ever to take place behind the Iron Curtain. Initiated …

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Review: Paavo Järvi and Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall

Last week, Paavo Järvi conducted at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Järvi brought London a wonderful night of music, which included works by a living composer, a composer of the high classical period, and a high romanticist – and yet the entire evening was a seamless musical statement delivered by one of Estonia’s …

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A Canadian in the Tartu University Academic Women’s Choir

A Canadian-Estonian Krista Kais-Prial writes about her experience in the University of Tartu’s Academic Women’s Choir in Estonia. The first time I saw the Tartu University Academic Women’s Choir performing live was last summer in Toronto. The concert was lovely – the repertoire was beautiful, the ladies in the choir …

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Artist in focus: in conversation with singer-songwriter Hedvig Hanson (video)

Hedvig Hanson (38) is an Estonian jazz singer. All her songs prominently feature expressions of emotion and closeness to nature. Hedvig got her first musical impressions from her mother, who listened soul and R&B music at home (Earth, Wind And Fire, Randy Crawford, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder etc.). According to her …

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