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Writers and translators can apply for a literature residency in Tartu

English-speaking writers and translators can apply for a two-month literature residency programme in Tartu, Estonia, for the autumn of 2018, held at the Karl Ristikivi museum. The literature residency programme aims to increase international exchange and communication, contribute to the mobility of writers and translators, offer a creative and inspiring …

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The Hiroshima International Animation Festival to have a special Estonia focus

The Hiroshima International Animation Festival, held biennially in the namesake Japanese city, is to have an intensive focus on Estonian animation this year. The festival was inspired by the city’s tragic history. Hiroshima was the first city targeted by a nuclear weapon near the end of World War II and the city …

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Estonia sends a drama about fatherhood to join the Oscar race

Estonia has submitted Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo’s drama, “Take It or Leave It”, as the country’s submission for the foreign language Academy Award. The film is about a 30-year-old construction worker, Erik, who unexpectedly finds his ex-girlfriend at his door with the message that she has given birth to their daughter. The woman …

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A unique sing-along to celebrate freedom in Tallinn

As part of the country’s centennial celebrations, the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds will be hosting a singing event on 19 August where cherished Estonian songs will be sung simultaneously in Estonia and all over the world. “Singing together is in our blood. It’s something that we draw spiritual strength and …

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Rein Raud.

How can Estonian writers reach the English-speaking market? Interview with Rein Raud

Rein Raud has published eight novels and three collections of stories; three of his novels have been published in the Anglophone world. Estonian World asked him to share his experience with reaching out to the English-speaking market. Estonians have become a reading nation, but it becomes more and more clear …

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Sirje Okas Ainso with her book, “The Story of BATUN”.

Book review: “The Story of BATUN” – a gratifying addition to the sparse history of the Baltic independence movement

Jaak Treiman, the honorary consul of Estonia in Los Angeles, reviews the recently published book, “The Story of BATUN”, that was presented at the AABS Conference at Stanford University in the beginning of June. Not enough attention is paid to the Baltic independence movement that took place outside of Estonia, …

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Say hello to a Japanese manga character called Estonia

“Hetalia: Axis Powers” (Japanese: ヘタリア), a Japanese webcomic, later adapted as a manga and an anime series, features a male character called Estonia. Created by manga artist Hidekaz Himaruya and having had its original run from 2006-2013, the series’ main presentation is as an often over-the-top allegory of political and historic events as well as more general cultural comparisons. …

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Four books from Estonia that make a good gift 

Estonian World highlights four notable works from Estonian literature translated to English that will make a great gift to introduce Estonia to your foreign friends and family. Books by Estonian authors have been translated into many languages over decades. With all the possibilities of mail ordering and e-books, the options …

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A song and dance festival in the UK to celebrate Estonia’s centennial

The European Estonian Song and Dance Festival in the English city of Leicester in September will feature performances by choirs and singers from Estonia and the Estonian expat communities from 14 European countries. After the Second World War, tens of thousands of Estonians, who had been forced to flee their …

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