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“Seltsimees Laps” – not only a movie about Stalinist tyranny, but also on Estonian modesty

The Tallinn-based Italian expat, Milena Spigaglia, shares her thoughts on the new Estonian movie about the Stalinist tyranny, “Seltsimees Laps” (“The Little Comrade”). When I was a child, I asked my mother – who passed away a few years ago and simply loved to take care of her garden – …

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Arvo Pärt’s symphonies released by ECM

ECM Records has released a new album, “Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies”, featuring all four symphonies by the Estonian maestro. The orchestral works from the composer’s different creative periods are performed by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste. According to the Arvo Pärt Centre, the composer maintains that each of …

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PICTURES: The Estonian Folks – introducing the traditional dance abroad

A London-based group, called the Estonian Folks, organises gatherings for Estonian folk dancers around the world. Members of the active Estonian community in London decided to form their own folk-dance group – to perform at various communal events and represent Estonians in the British capital and elsewhere. According to the …

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The London Book Fair focusses on Estonian literature

The London Book Fair 2018 focussed on Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as the countries are celebrating their centenaries; numerous events at the fair concentrated on Estonian books, writers and translators in the city that is considered a gateway to the European markets. The London Book Fair, held from 10-12 April …

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Opera, Estonia and the world – an interview with composer Eugene Birman

In the wake of him receiving a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, Estonian World spoke to the American composer, Eugene Birman, about his work and its connection to Estonia. Congratulations on the Guggenheim. You’re barely 30 and must be one of the youngest recipients ever. Well, I don’t know about that. Of …

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An Estonian literature festival arrives in London

The Estonian literature festival, EstLitFest, is to arrive in London on 13 April, bringing together some of the country’s finest writers. This article is commercial content, paid for by EstLitFest. The festival is part of the centenary celebrations of the Republic of Estonia, taking place at the Print Room at the …

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Baltic art classics exhibited at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris

An exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, will feature symbolist art from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania dating from the late 19th century to the 1930s. The exhibition, “Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States” (“Âmes sauvages. Le symbolisme dans les pays baltes”), is due to be opened on 10 …

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