Interactive books taken off shelves
Could an Estonian child coloring a picture of Karlson drawn decades ago by Ilon Wikland in a coloring book really be dangerous? Dangerous enough to warrant a certificate before the coloring book published in Estonia can be sold?
Stolen statue was found 28 years later
The state register records hundreds of stolen and still lost valuable works of art. A number of the stolen objects have probably been taken abroad, which means that we may never be able to recover this part of our cultural heritage.
Rare tin pendant discovered in Koue coin find
A rare tin pendant copying the Srebrennik silver coin of Yaroslav the Wise, altogether the sixth such item ever found, has been discovered by archeologists dismantling the find made at Koue to the south of Tallinn in June this year.
"A Quiet Heart" wins intl competition program at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Eitan Anner's "A Quiet Heart" ("Lev Shaket") has won the Grand Prix of the 20th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
Russians turn Estonian play into a movie
It could be a trivia question: what is a Russian movie based on a modern Estonian play called «Iskushenie» or «Temptation»? Doesn't ring any bells?
Envy just 300 words from happiness
Fifteen years ago, linguist Ene Vainik asked Estonians about their feelings by asking them to name feelings like one would name fruits. “Cow,” one of the interviewees said after giving the matter some thought. A little later he also remembered “animal” and “meat”. Hot-blooded Estonians indeed.
We don't know what has been done with endowment money
Kertu Saks, who will take charge of the Estonian Cultural Endowment from mid-November, plans to make support decisions more transparent and understandable as the public is currently in the dark concerning what the agency has sponsored and what sponsorship has achieved.
Film production complex to be built in Tallinn by 2018
Estonian movie makers have established a joint venture called Tallinn Film Wonderland to build a film industry hub in Tallinn's Kopli district by the end of 2018.
New Estonian National Museum is open
In all some 34,000 cubic meters of reinforced concrete was used in the frame, walls, floor and roof of the new building of the Estonian National Museum that was opened in a ceremony on Thursday evening.
The exhibition: a painful profession
At the peak of his career in 1986 to 2000, Juhan Kuus of Estonian descent worked as the South African correspondent and photojournalist for the Paris and New York editorial offices of the prominent Sipa Press Agency, founded in France in 1973. His works were published in the most significant newspapers and journals of the world: The Times, The Independent, The New York Times, Paris Match, The Los Angeles Times, etc.
Estonian Maritime Museum brings world-famous Vikings exhibition to Seaplane Harbor
The Estonian Maritime Museum will on Saturday open at its flagship venue the Seaplane Harbor a Vikings-themed exhibition of the Swedish History Museum titled «Vikings: Life Beyond the Legend», which brings to visitors a rich display of the Vikings' treasures and artefacts and sheds light on their culture and day-to-day life which until now have been overshadowed by legend.
Finnish scientists: in wage rise years Estonan women up and birth boys
The connection between improved economic climate and increase in birth of boys has been shown by research before. At that, scientists do not know exactly why, and whether this is a link or cause-effect. Compared to Western nations, the effect is especially strong in Estonia.
This year’s Opinion Festival in Estonia looks beyond language
This year’s Opinion Festival will host more English-language discussion forums than ever before in the event’s four-year history. This comes part and parcel with the festival’s aim to create an inclusive space for addressing some of society’s biggest issues and welcome multilingual participants and speakers from Estonia and beyond.
Iggy Pop sent crowd sky high
Back from Latvia in the early hours some morning after, how dirty in body and pure in soul did on feel. All because of Positivus. And all because of Iggy Pop. The latter being the climax, we shall talk about the man.
Three days at seaside in the woods
This year, the accessory-in-chief at biggest & coolest Baltic music festival was... a daisy chain.
Tallinn Maritime Days to Be Opened on Land, in the Air and at Sea
This year’s Tallinn Maritime Days are set to open on Friday, July 15 and according to prognosis bring more than 130,000 visitors to Tallinn’s four harbours.
From Jõgeva to Hollywood: aspiring actor arranges auction for American Academy fee
Hailing from Jõgeva, Estonia, Artur Rehi saw his family pawn house to draw bank loan for school fee in the USA. A year later, the challenge remains: how do we pay from here?
Hewn down during WW2, Ginkgo 2.0 planted in Tallinn
Amid the noise of the construction works going on, the green zone of the Tallinn Old City Harbour was yesterday enriched by a young ginkgo seemingly undisturbed by it all. The story goes back for almost 70 long years.
Ten members of parliament require removal of Tiit Ojasoo from office
Ten Riigikogu members from every faction wrote to culture minister Indrek Saar and council of NO99 theatre asking that head of the theatre Tiit Ojasoo be removed from office having kicked an actress.
Merit Kopli: I like it difficult
Today's the final working day for editor-in-chief of Postimees and COE of Postimees Group Merit Koplil (47). Eleven years at helm of Estonia's biggest daily is but one year less than her four predecessors – all male – put together. Educated as German philologist, in two months she will be heading to Germany to work as Estonia's cultural attache, tasked with introducing the Estonian culture and enhance the export of it.
For free: Dutchman creates new brand for Estonia
By the tech magazine Wired, Dutch town Eindhoven has been listed among world's top eight design cities. In his spare time, its marketing manager Peter Kentie is working at a comprehensive marketing platform for Estonia. No money asked.
«Old mother Kunks» rings bell at other end of world
In Russia's Far East, the fervent lovefor home in Old mother Kunks aka Kunksmoor created by novelist Aino Pervik proved so actual as to make the local Vladivostok puppet theatre premiere it this past Saturday.
Editorial: favour not private schools at taxpayer's expense
Long has been the debate in society regarding private school financing. It’s not a matter if these are good or bad.
Picture: a prayer house lost
This is the Piirissaar prayer house of Old Believers, now destroyed in fire.
Viking era sword handed back to Ukraine
A viking era sword was confiscated from a truck driving across Luhamaa border point from Russia into Estonia this March. Yesterday, it was ceremonially returned to Ukrainian state, its rightful owner.
Estonia fails to advance from Eurovision semifinals
«Play», the Estonian entry to the 61st Eurovision Song Contest failed to sway international voters as it wasn't chosen as one of the ten winners of the first semifinals held in Stockholm on Thursday.
State ponders purchase of big church building in Narva
Yesterday, bankruptcy committee for Narva Alexsander's congregation decided to cancel auction of the church building as, among others, asked for by interior ministry considering its purchase for the state.
For archaeologists, Lake Peipsi emerges as goldmine
«The entire edge of Peipsi is filled with them!» yells University of Tartu lab archaeology professor Aivar Kriiska, excited about toil by archaeologists Maili Roio and Andri Baburin since 2012 yielding items at Lake Peipsi dating back thousands of years. All in all, ten settlement areas have been mapped by Ms Roio.
Culture ministry: compatriots in Crimea are supported within our means
Culture ministry vice chancellor Anne-Ly Reimaa responsible for cultural diversity says Estonian state understands the situation of Estonians in Crimea.
Who will care for Crimean Estonians?
There are a couple of thousand people in Crimea who see themselves as Estonians or their descendants. Though a minority of them speak Estonian, quite a few stand for the local Estonian culture.
Behold best Estonian nature photo of 2016
This weekend, Estonia picked its best nature photo of 2016, the award among thousands participating going to Erik Mandre for «Punkar öötunnil» (A Punk in the Night).
«Klassikokkutulek» crosses EUR 1 mln mark at box office
The new Estonian film «Klassikokkutulek• (The Class Reunion) registered 1,002,782 euros in box office takings by Sunday night, more than any other film screened in Estonia so far.
Estonia to host world's biggest festival of contemporary music in 2019
The annual conference of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) in Korea decided unanimously on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday that Estonia will host the 2019 edition of the ISCM World Music Days and the organization's annual conference held in conjunction with it.
Jüri Pootsmann: thanks that it happened at all!
This year, the «Eesti laul» song selection event was totally grandiose. Were we mimicking the very Eurovision, one may have been tempted to ask – with 5,300 sitting in the live audience, the show went on for 2.5 hours and tickets were sold even to dress rehearsal.
Tauno Kangro's Kalevipoeg rising from ashes
The plan by sculptor Tauno Kangro for a giant statue «coming out» of Tallinn Bay has been resurrected.
The great European level Estonian Moviegoer
Mere ten years back, we sat at rock bottom – per inhabitant, visits to the cinema were less than one. Way below European average. The ticket cost a lot – averaging €4.3 –, the options were rather limited (150 new films a year) and heavily Hollywood-bent.
Candidates go missing in Culture Award list
Culture ministry managed to lose part of candidates for Culture Award in its computer and the committee concerned is forced to reconvene.
Editorial: an engine pulling wagons where artists sit
Another year, another engine. The eleventh as awarded by culture desk at Postimees and illustrating the multiple tracks the creative trains travel around here.
Gallerist «interested in artists taking steps ahead»
Estonian contemporary art is doing ever better abroad. At least, one does get the impression. putting it flashy: exports are happening. The reasons being many, while gallerist Olga Temnikova is doubtless the current face of export.
And so I never ever shook the hand of Stallone ...
A few observations, some thought-provoking and some less so, to sum up the Golden Globe weekend.
«The Fencer» misses Golden Globe as Hungary's «Son of Saul» triumphs
Today, Los Angeles hosts Golden Globe gala No 73 where Finnish-Estonian «The Fencer» ran for best foreign language film while «Son of Saul» by Hungarians snatched the prize.
Netflix entry fails to rattle Estonian TV biz nerves
At long last the world's largest paid video environment Netflix has expanded into Estonia. To be seen how the arrival affects local media consumption.
Virgin Maali 2015 film award goes to Riho Unt for «The Lord»
Yesterday, Estonian Association of Film Journalists announced annual best Estonian movie award as presented to Riho Unt for a brief animation titled «The Lord» (Isand).
The secret to success is being simple
Yesterday, producer Ivo Felt of movies «Tangerines» and «The Fencer» was proclaimed Person of the Year by Postimees.
Editorial: the heartfelt Ivo Felt
By numbers, we Estonians are not many and never will be. Among the wealthiest of the world we will probably not be offered a seat. What we have left is having a big heart.
Postimees declares film producer Ivo Felt «Person of the Year»
Today, producer Ivo Felt of movies «Tangerines» and «The Fencer» was proclaimed Person of the Year by Postimees.
Rest in Noise, Lemmy!
Motörhead's Lemmy's dead. Initially i guessed this to be some Internet-hoax, a practical joke about this guy meant to be immortal. So it wasn't, and was for real. Real as Lemmy and the real ones do die. But Lemmy was also a myth and these stay around. One of the absolute rock’n’roll, of the attitude.
Emotions the string pulling Estonians back home again
Estonians dwelling abroad think Compatriots Programme benefits to be vital when teaching their kids the native tongue and culture – the cord to Estonia that serves to bring people back in later years as shown by impact assessment.
Estonia chooses artists to get on state payroll for next 3 years
Estonia is to pay a 1001-euro monthly salary in 2016-2018 to artists Kaido Ole, Marge Monko, Kris Lemsalu, Mark Raidpere and Anu Vahtra.
Finnish-Estonian film nominated for Golden Globe
Finnish-Estonian film «The Fencer» («Vehkleja»), which is also competing in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 88th Academy Awards, has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Meet the state-paid writers
Wages from state budget will go to writers Maarja Kangro, Indrek Koff, Mihkel Mutt, Jürgen Rooste and Tõnu Õnnepalu. «A rather representative selection, both by genre and by age,» observed Estonian Writers' Union head Karl Martin Sinijärv.
Come spring, Under and Adson to be reburied in Estonia
The long-lasting debate regarding reburial of family of poetess Marie Under from Sweden into homeland is hereby in full swing – as soon as end of January, culture ministry is hoping to trigger the process and lay the remains at rest at Rahumäe Cemetery.
126 artists and authors eye the public payroll
The last day of November was deadline to apply for writer/artist state salary. The applications had to be filed to relevant professional associations.
Burkas possibly banned in schools and hospitals
Justice ministry has put forth a proposal to ban burka and niqab in certain public places of Estonia, primarily in state agencies.
ERR says money lacking, fails to convince
A storm is brewing around budget of Public Broadcasting (ERR) which threatens to bin part of next year's live broadcasts and lay off staff. And yet the Riigikogu finance committee last night supported not the granting of 650,000 extra euros to ERR as the claims about lack of money are allegedly unclear.
Tallinn views lead to great discovery
Russian film historian Pyotr Bagrov has identified a movie thought to have been destroyed – the very first Estonian feature film shot in 1913 titled «Laenatud naene» (The Borrowed Wife). After a 102 year pause, the film again reaches Estonian viewer.
Come January, €805.86 to drop monthly into state paid authors accounts
Culture ministry has proclaimed a pilot project of paying trust-based monthly wages to five writers and five artists.
Record set at Estonian Eurovision rush
Feels like the last-split-second torrent of songs to run for Eurovision is getting mightier, media-wise, each year that goes by. Primarily, it's the newsworthy dropping of the envelope or CD in a collection box. Also, the lion's share of songwriters being the Bohemian type creatures, details will be polished till deadliest of deadlines.
Editorial: our symbolic treasure
As times go by, historic cultural treasures increase in value, both as assets and emotionally. In disputes between the nations, they evolve into a kind of symbolic metric and in the remarks around their ownership the current temperature of relations between the states is seen and felt. Likewise with an art collection taken to Russia from University of Tartu during WW1. While Fine Arts Museum in Voronezh celebrates 200th birthday of Otto Friedrich von Richter's Ancient Egypt Collection, we are still stuck with the centenary since it was taken away.
Voronezh, Russia basks in Richter collection glory
Probing the insides of 3,000 years old sarcophagus holding Nesipaherentahat, a personal architect and scribe to the Egyptian pharaoh Ramos, Russian historians stumbled upon proof that the art treasure has actually resided in Estonia – out popped a Tartu circus poster dating 108 years back!
Saku, Estonia likes Saku, Japan
Saku, Nagano prefecture, in Japan and Saku, Estonia officially entered an agreement of friendship in 2007. Unofficially, ties have been warm a lot longer.
Did you know that...
In 2014, Estonia was visited by 17, 303 Japanese tourists while Japan was visited by 2,861 Estonian tourists. And did you also know that...
Why President Meri held press conference in airport toilet
Tadahiko Yoshino-san knows the total and detailed background to «toilet conference» once held by President Lennart Meri.
Ambassador to Japan sees music make friends
Jaak Lensment, Estonian Ambassador to Japan, says Estonia has an amazing assortment of friends, in Japan, who know Estonia and are deeply into our music. Underneath, he provides a brief overview of recent events related to culture.
An Enterprise Estonia (EAS) representative in Japan, Kosaku Yamaguchi-san vigorously does the «self-flagellation» thing whenever in a Kilingi-Nõmme sauna.
Estonian food fans found in Japan
Japan-Estonia friendship society secretary-general Hideko Arai-san confesses they are great Estonian food fans and yearly gather to try and cook some, in Japan.
Estonia discovered on postage stamp
Japan-Estonia friendship association president Tadahiko Yoshino-san discovered Estonia on a postage stamp.
Japan inspired by Estonian choir music
Japanese choir association chairwoman Saeko Hasegawa-san says they knew nothing about Estonian choir music until 2009 when the girls’ choir Ellerhein first sung in Japan.
Erkki-Sven Tüür glad to work with Paavo Järvi
Composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, with Paavo Järvi you are connected by not friendship alone, but by work. What’s up for the season?
Järvi-san, a conductor warmly welcome in Japan
«I fear you have no hope. All are uptight for the recording, and in two days the orchestra is off for the next concert,» NHK artist's manager Kaori Takagi is gently but firmly letting me know that the trip to the edge of the world may have been for nothing. I'm telling Kaori-san I just cannot go back home to Estonia without a story with Mr Järvi. The lady looks sorry but says it is out of her powers... Mr Järvi must have still been all sweat in his tail coat as Sony recording company staff and NHK managers «walled him up» backstage after the concert, banging the door in the face of all unrelated.
Baltics team up for Venice Biennale
Yesterday, Estonian Centre of Architecture proclaimed winner of curator call for representing Estonia at 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2016: a work named «Balti Atlas».
City centre edges towards the sea
During five to ten years, Tallinn city centre will be edging from Viru area towards Admiralty Basin, closer to the sea. Around Old City Harbour, construction has begun on lots of lots. Meanwhile, not all developers have disclosed their plans to broader public.
The ranting dads and the rattled kids on the fields
«Get the game!», «Boil the umpire!», «Pass better!», «Strike stronger!». A late afternoon at sports arena. The kids are playing football, «green» against «yellow». All are having fun and trying their very best. At times, they flop pretty bad which for beginners is pardonable. Flanking the field, coaches of both teams are encouraging the guys to enjoy the game. At the other edge.. we quoted them above, a bit. In the conflict of educational philosophies, who loses is the child. What did he do wrong? Nothing.
Editorial: the kids sports parental hate speech issue
The screaming, spitting and cussing mama bouncing on the bleacher may be fun to watch, perhaps, in some comedy. In real life, spare me the encounter.
Medical scientist proves hypothesis set by Lennart Meri
Not limited to liking what Lennart Meri wrote and published four decades back, medical scientist Raul Talvik believed it.
Art again belongs to the people: Estonia prescribes percentage
Stuck away at galleries for a while, art is again among the people like in the times Soviet when state agencies were artists' golden clients. Thanks be to Commissioning of Artworks Act.
Justice minister says soundness of mind needed with hate speech issue
While recent weeks feature frequent and fiery faultfinding with Estonia increasingly abounding with calls to hate and act ugly, justice minister Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) does not think it wisdom to criminalize hate speech. «We need to realize that by treating the hate speech issue in a manner sloppy, unwise and hasty, it can get absurd,» he warns.
Editorial: building business in the land
For the first time ever, Estonia today hoists flags to celebrate Entrepreneur Day. If in a company or agency here and there they cut a cake, fine. Even so, don't let it be time wasted on hollow oratory. Better be thinking of the business culture as its currently stands, the economy as a whole, boosting the state/entrepreneur dialogue.
Arabic speakers countable on fingers
Lion's share of refugees coming to Estonia will be Syrians whose command of English will be our basic school level at best. Meanwhile, Arabic speakers in Estonia number under two dozen.
ETV+ launched for oneness of Estonia
On 3rd floor of TV house, a studio sits furnished like a comfy home in Estonia. The kitchen, the living room, the soft sofa. The Scandinavian-like modesty is contrasted by a black corner lit up like a nightclub. Come Monday morning, it's here they launch a new Russian language ETV+ channel by ERR, the Public Broadcaster.
Ilves bumps into old friend
Last Friday, some fifteen minutes before a concert to celebrate jubilee of Arvo Pärt was to start, a lovely lady in black emerged from presidential vehicle to be followed by Toomas Hendrik Ilves in person. Escorted by security and keeping a bit apart, the two walked towards the venue.
Photo by Estonian picked picture of the day by NASA
Yesterday, NASA picked photo taken in Võru County by Estonian photographer Martin Mark dating August 24th as image of the day.
Paper proposes paid higher education in English
Published yesterday, a report by Nordic Investment Bank vice president Gunnar Okk advises to heap research and higher education on three major universities. Critical of the approach, Marju Lauristin condemns this as administrative-technocratic view on the domain.
Gunnar Okk: related specialties should be taught in one university
Tomorrow, Nordic Investment Bank vice president Gunnar Okk will address research and development committee chaired by Prime Minister to report on situation and options for higher education and research in Estonia. Employees at universities and research agencies are anxious to hear what the report will reveal. In interview underneath, Mr Okk will allow an initial peek.
At long last: cog aged 700 reaches maritime museum
Friday night, the cog wreck close to 700 of age unearthed at building site in Kadriorg was lifted out and transported to Seaplane Harbour to undergo conservation.
40,000 electro fans flood Pärnu
Weekend Festival Baltic got going in Pärnu yesterday - the yearly peak for electronic dance music lovers making its Baltic debut. For the occasion, the global biggies come to town, with 40,000 fans expected to listen on the beach.
University of Tartu seeks to swallow three institutes
Despite the sleepiness of summer, employees at the Institute of the Estonian Language (EKI) are deeply disturbed that their institution – a bastion to defend and develop the native tongue – is in danger of takeover by University of Tartu (TÜ) as approved by the very Ministry of Education and Research.
The Seto Kingdom Liveth
This past weekend, Obinitsa City, South-East Estonia saw Setos from wide world over convene - with the occasional Estonians intermingled not a few.
Finding graves in Siberia hindered by closed archives
Finding and marking graves of Estonian victims of Stalin era repressions is hampered by instability of financing. Also, it is difficult to gain access to archived materials and to this day Estonia is missing a maintaining of war graves agreement with Russia.
New head of Estonia's Viljandi Culture Academy comes from Spain
Inaki Sandoval Campillo from Spain was on Friday elected new head of the Viljandi Culture Academy of the University of Tartu subject to endorsement by the rector of the university.
Tallinn top chef opens restaurant in central Moscow
Who is the Estonian chef de cuisine’ in charge of the largest army of cooks? In all likelihood, the man is Andrei Šmakov, former chief cook at Tallinn restaurants Ribe and Kadriorg: in one of Moscow's oldest five star hotels, he is boss over a whopping 46 cooks.
Positivus festival in Latvia attracts 5,000 music fans from Estonia
The Positivus music festival held near the Latvian small town Salacgriva not far from the Latvian-Estonian border over the past weekend was attended by approximately 5,000 people from Estonia.
Medieval cog parked beneath building in Tallinn
Till the beginning of August, all those interested are welcome to come glance at ship wrecks unearthed while building apartment houses in Tivoli Quarters, Tallinn.
Tallinn world premiere: meet the grand masters of silence
This Tuesday night Noblessner Foundry will feature world premiere of «Adam’s Passion», a musical theatre production by Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson. Born from partnership between Eesti Kontsert and the Milan-based producer Change Performing Arts (CPA), the play will be touring dozens of nations around the globe.
Venice Biennale – fumbling in the future
La Biennale di Venezia, the grand art world event, is in full steam and as a seething summertime tourist magnet is living proof that contemporary art is not as marginal as some love to claim. Every year it’s beat-the-visitor-record year.
Gulag Museum mutilated by Russian authorities
At the Western edge of Ural Mountains, near Kuchino Village some two hour drive from Perm, there lays a one-time political prisoners colony Perm-36. For the past 20 years, the camp has hosted Museum of History of Soviet Political Repressions.
Puppet Theatre told to return €63,000 of grants
Independent audit finds Puppet Theatre must pay back part of EU project support not used expediently. The sum to be returned is €73,000 which for the theatre is one month’s salaries or the budget for a year’s worth of new productions.
On tangerines, vodka and whatnot
«Tangerines» Oscar campaign agent Tatiana Detlofson feels we were not known enough to win.
«Ida» grabs Oscar as «Tangerines» settles for nomination
As expected and predicted, the black and white Holocaust-related «Ida» from Poland snatched the best non-English film Oscar award in Hollywood last night – «Tangerines» by Estonia and Georgia thus relegated to nominee status, a spot against top five and doubtless a giant step towards dreaming bigger in years that lie ahead.
Elina Born and Stig Rästa voted for Vienna
This year, the lucky ones were Elina Born (20) and Stig Rästa (34) with their tune «Goodbye to Yesterday», pocketing 79 percent of votes in finals. For the first time ever, Estonian superfinals featured three instead of two – Elisa Kolk and Daniel Levi in it till the end.
An Oscar for «Tangerines»? Pray for a miracle
Come Sunday night, will «Tangerines» reap an Oscar? Alas, no... if the influential US entertainment predictions portal GoldDerby be believed. The chances are just as tiny as with Golden Globe: one percent out of hundred.
Exhibition angers Jewish community
An exhibition recently opened in Tartu Art Museum to commemorate 70 years since deliberation of concentration camps and end of WW2 has caused outrage among Estonian Jewish society thinking some exhibits mock the memory of holocaust.
Oscars send Estonian movie into big picture
Lembit Ulfsak actor
Hollywood agent «disappointed» in Estonian Golden Globe miss
Producer Ivo Felt says Tatiana Detlofson did half the job for success of «Tangerines» in America.
Estonian-Georgian film «Tangerines» gets Oscar nomination
The Estonian-Georgian film «Tangerines» by Georgian director Zaza Urushadze has made the list of five films nominated for this year's Oscars in the category of foreign language film by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
As good as Globe
So the experts had it right. As predicted, no Golden Globe for «Tangerines». On the other hand, not for the sure favourite «Ida» of Poland either. Rather, «Leviathan» by the Russians stole the show.
NO99 is making history
For the first time ever, an Estonian theatre production has made it to main programme at Festival d’Avignon – «My Wife Got Angry» by Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper.
Donated piano arrives in Slovyansk, waits to be tuned
A brand new Estonia piano the Estonian National Opera donated to the Slovyansk School of Fine Arts has arrived in Ukraine and is waiting to be tuned, the Slovyansk media channel 6262 reported.
Estonian-Georgian film «Tangerines» nominated for Golden Globe
Estonian-Georgian film «Tangerines» («Mandariinid»), which is also competing in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 87th Academy Awards, has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Võru smoke sauna habits get UNESCO credit
As applied by Estonia, Võrumaa chimneyless «smoke sauna» traditions have been entered into UNESCO intangible heritage list. Such saunas along with the indigenous Võru life and culture are vital for the community and worthy to be passed on to future generation, says culture ministry.
Allegedly oldest Estonian film found in Russian archive
A film discovered in the archives of Gosfilmofond in Russia, believed to be shot in 1913, is set to take the title of the oldest Estonian non-documentary film from «Karujaht Parnumaal» («Bear Hunt in Parnu County») if the year of production proves correct.
PBK pops proposal to buy ERR made shows
The competition for Russian-speaking TV-watcher information space reached new heights as Baltic Media Alliance Estonia (BMA) CEO Irina Kozyrenko set forth a fresh idea – instead of creating a new Russian language state channel, why not produce content for the money and sell the programmes to Pervyj Baltijskij Kanal (PBK, First Baltic Channel).
€60,000 splashed for Oscar
For the very first time, to our knowledge, a locally produced movie – «Tangerines» – is being campaigned for Oscar.
The works of Arvo Pärt – a pilgrimage in music
Today’s birthday concert for Arvo Pärt conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste comes as culmination for Pärt’s Days, in St John’s Church of Tallinn. Like a ten day musical pilgrimage, one would wish for it to happen every fall from now onwards – as we walk through the humiliation, the repentance, the thirst after God, and the mysteries of life and death laid at our feet by the sacral sounds served by Mr Pärt.
Robert Wilson: Pärt is a dream
Art is remembered 5,000 years from now, says the maestro while in Estonia.
What a joy to find... anything!
Since end of June, archaeological excavations are on in Märjamaa Commune, Rapla County – at a burial area. By now, some 700 items have been unearthed.
A cute trip to back to childhood days
Strolling around in Lottemaa, one spots fans of the puppy girl from kids to grown-ups.
Patti Smith hammers Tallinn with punk liturgy
Not quite dead yet, punk’s only 68 and has just been spotted performing in Tallinn.
Pärt touched by «a rare rendering»
Tuesday afternoon, people lined in their dozens around John F. Kennedy Centre, Washington. An hour and a half ere the event was due to start, fans braved the blazing sun for a free ticket to a concert by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra performing works of world famed Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
European Museum 2014 nominees range from İstanbul to Tallinn
European Museum Forum annual conference held in Tallinn, at Art Museum of Estonia, was wound up with awards gala in Kadriorg last Saturday with the European Museum of the Year proclaimed from among 36 candidates. Estonian Maritime Museum, the Seaplane Harbour or Lennusadam, received special commendations.
Awards handed to authors of nicest nature shots of the year
Monday night, in Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn, top Estonian nature photos of the year were selected for 14th time round. Main prize – the Big Wolf – for «Nature Photo 2014» – along with Nature Photographer of the Year title went to Andrus Allikas for picture A Crisp Morning (Karge hommik) shot at Kaberneeme seaside, Harju County, on the coldest daybreak this year ever saw – in Estonia.
Arvo Pärt continues as most performed living composer
According to Bachtrack, the Britain-based world leading classical music events database, Arvo Pärt continues – for third year running – as most performed living composer of the world.
Sirp: the rough renovation
As assured yesterday by culture minister Rein Lang and Urmas Klaas, chairman of Sirp’s publisher Kultuurileht Foundation: they are not linked to appointment of Kaur Kender as acting editor-in chief of the newspaper.
Titanic to dock at Tallinn Seaplane Harbour
«Just imagine! A hundred years after it sunk, I’m getting a job on the Titanic!» A bunch of guys in overalls are busy attacking the vast boxes, armed with drills. Taken apart, these turn into elegant relief walls, portals, posts. A detail, initially coming across as a veneer wall, appears to be a part of a luxury cabin – when turned «inside out».
Villu Tamme: whippersnapper at fifty
Half a century under his belt, Villu’s still standing. Young at heart, ready to roll, joking the age away.
Tbilisi moved by Mandarins, an Estonian-Georgian movie
Mandarins, the first film ever co-produced by Estonia and Georgia, received a reception at Tuesday night Tbilisi premiere rarely seen in Estonia: with the final song still ringing, audience burst into applause. During credits, the 450 spectators, including Georgian culture minister Mirian Odišaria, stood as one.
Organizer of Robbie Williams' Tallinn concert to get EUR 90,000 from city
The City of Tallinn is planning to allocate 90,000 euros to the company OU Factory which is organizing the Tallinn concert of Britain's most successful solo act Robbie Williams.
Novel by Kivirähk ravishing French hearts
The French daily Le Monde has picked 15 novels advised for summer reading. The list is topped by L’homme qui savait la langue des serpents i.e. The Man Who Spoke Snakish.
Robbie Williams campaign marks launch of Estonia's new marketing strategy
A global social media campaign will start in the fan media of Britain's most successful solo act Robbie Williams on Thursday in connection with the artist's August 20 concert in the Estonian capital Tallinn that will be filmed live.
Tallinn Seaplane Harbor awarded EU prize
The Tallinn Seaplane Harbor has won Europe's highest recognition for heritage care - the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award as a grand prix laureate.
Treasure hunters destroy cultural layer of castle
Over the weekend it was discovered that treasure hunters have been busy at Varbola Fortress, Rapla County, resulting in considerable damage to the monument’s cultural layer.
Patarei closed, only guided tours allowed
Starting this week, the former prison is only accessible twice a day, accompanied by a guide – the building’s electricity system considered dangerous.
Tom Stoppard – correcting mistakes of former interviews
Sir Tom Stoppard, world’s most famous living playwright, will be 76 «in a minute», having just finished writing the Pink Floyd BBC radio drama, Dark Side. At the same time, the man is busy with screenplays of BBC/HBO TV drama Parade’s End and a film adaptation of Anna Karenina. At the moment, he is in Estonia in connection with theatre trilogy The Coast of Utopia, talking about a Russian intellectuals. Two parts of it having been staged, with mixed troupes, in Tallinn City Theatre and Estonian Drama Theatre. Mr Stoppard answers questions thoroughly – in the order of his plays – coming from various angles.
A first in Estonia: Postimees provides live streaming of Nargenfestival opening concert with Ain Anger and ERSO
This Friday, June 7th, at 7 pm, Estonia’s first live Internet broadcast of a classical music concert goes on air: Postimees broadcasting online, full length, the Nargenfestival opening concert with world renown Estonian soloist Ain Anger and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste.
Production of full-length films hit record in Estonia last year
According to Statistics Estonia, 46 full-length films were released in 2012 when Estonian film celebrated its 100th birthday. 13 of these were full-length feature films and 33 were full-length documentaries.
Estonian conductor Paul Mägi elected to Royal Swedish Academy of Music
Paul Mägi, musical director and principal conductor of Estonia's Vanemuine Theater, has been elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music for outstanding musical achievements.
La Bayadere review: romantic and tasteful
Classical ballet, as we know it, was shaped in 19th century St Petersburg, under the hand of Marius Petipa. He it was that turned ballet into a grand spectacle of tree or more scenes, with ballerinas in action in their circling skirts and pointed shoes. La Bayadere being one of the maestro’s works, still alive today.
Nanae, a Japanese Bayadere
Surprise? Absolutely. La Bayadere’s heroine Nikiya – always the prima ballerinas’ bread – is, at today’s premiere, danced by Nanae Maruyama… not even a soloist.
Sci-Fi guru Bruce Sterling gazes at enriched reality
Last week, thinker and writer Bruce Sterling visited the Prima Vista literature festival, in Tartu. Not numerous are the people, able to boast being linked to births of new literary genres. Sterling and Cyberpunk being almost synonymous.
Bad Boys of Dance: rocking the ballet
The Bad Boy Dancers’ show Rock the Ballet may be approached in two opposite ways. «Sensational blockbuster» (Ballettanz) and «This is so cooool!!! (Twitter). Or: «Chippendales for toddlers» (The Independent) and «Worse than worst of the year» (The New York Times).
German writes novel on Estonia, triggered by visit of destiny
As the German guy Lutz Dettmann stepped off the plane in Tallinn, in 1992, he smelt something familiar yet forgotten: Estonian asphalt, the smell of his first grand adventure. Aged 13, Lutz Dettmann found himself in Estonia, as an exchange student. And, close to 40 years, he’s a fan of Estonia and Estonians. «I love this land,» the German confesses, unashamed.
Winny Puhh: the almost-Eurovision-guys
Youtube millionaires still paying to do the band – a costly hobby
Gallery: best Estonian nature photos, 2012
For the 13th time running, the photo competition pulled by the Bus of Nature Society (Looduse Omnibuss) has nominated last year’s best pictures. This time, around 1,400 photographers participated, presenting some 11,000 works. The organiser-in-chief Jaan Riis rejoices that number of participants is up from the year before.
New Zealand artist, migrating thru space
The Pärnu City Gallery Artist’s House presents Journey Through Space, an exhibition by Donna Riddington of New Zealand, residing in London.
Hideo Nakata: horror movie maker by chance
After viewing the frightening girl enter the room, via screen, some dared not switch on TV for a long time. The movie Ring, by Hideo Nakata of Japan – a curse of violently died girl will be carried by a video cassette, the watcher of which dies in seven days – became an instant hit, 15 years ago. To count the sequels and reruns, both hands home handy. Mr Nakata himself went to shoot it in Hollywood.
Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley living in Estonia
Pete Shelley, the English singer, songwriter and guitarist best known as the leader of the punk collective Buzzcocks, has lived in the Estonian capital Tallinn for the past year with his Estonian wife, The West Australian reported.
Andres Kasekamp’s book “A History of the Baltic States” unveiled in Poland
Yesterday, 9 April, the unveiling of the Polish-language translation (“Historia państw Bałtycki”) of the book “A History of the Baltic States” by professor of Baltic politics in the political science department at Tartu University Andres Kasekamp took place at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
Pärt concert disrupted by ovations
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Australia tour peaked, on April 7th, at Sydney Opera House, with gala concert The Composers: Arvo Pärt, A Sacred Journey. The two-hour programme included Arvo Pärt’s pearls Magnificat, Spiegel im Spiegel, 7 Magnificat Antiphons, Tabula Rasa, Fratres, Salve Regina, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, and Adam’s Lament.
Gallery: Occupations Museum shows weapons and Forest Brother bunker
Museum of Occupations, in Tallinn, opened an exhibition on Forest Brothers (Metsavennad!) providing an overview of armed resistance to Soviet power on Estonian territory since autumn of 1944.
Rejoice all ye people! Circus came to town
When it comes to having circus, we’re still a developing country. Rarely does a clown come to town – a Western one. For the most part, we will have to do with the Eastern stuff, stuck somewhere deep in Classicism. As if there was no circus revolution, 40 years back.
Director of Estonia's Puppet Theater resigns
Meelis Pai, the director of the Estonian Puppet Theater and head of the nonprofit foundation NUKU that runs the theater, tendered his resignation to the foundation's supervisory board on Thursday.
Here we go again! Tallinn Music Week talent hunt starts today
By its 5th year, Tallinn Music Week has evolved into a self evident phenomenon, never really fading in between the festivals. This time round, TMW features 233 artists, 165 of these from Estonia.
Street artist adorns Tartu Library benches
Tartu Public Library dates back 100 years to when the very first public library opened doors in town. Still, the ancient establishment remains young at heart. As evidenced, among other things, by caring for cutting edge art.
Kerli: success equals inner peace
Born in Elva, currently residing in California, Kerli is slowly but surely trudging up the music mountain of world fame. The fresh Playboy (yes, the US original) kicked her interview off by stating that Kerli was one of the world’s greatest unheard of pop stars. With two Billboard dance chart tops, songs in Tim Burton movies. Well, not the top of the tops, but close enough. Not long ago, Kerli came out with a dancing-like Gothic Pop flavoured EP, Utopia.
Estonia files Võru smoke sauna for UNESCO list
Minister of Culture Rein Lang signed an application on Wednesday whereby Estonia seeks the inclusion of the tradition of the Voru smoke sauna, or chimneyless sauna, into the UNESCO intangible heritage list.
Naval battle to be acted at Tallinn maritime festival (5 pictures)
A sea battle will be acted out on the Bay of Tallinn on the opening day of the Tallinn Maritime Days to be held this year from July 12-14.
President Ilves presented Folklore Collection Awards
Yesterday, on Mother Language Day, the Head of State, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, presented this year's Folklore Collection Awards of the President of the Republic at the Estonian Literary Museum. The awards went to Kaie Humal for collecting folk traditions from the area around Lake Võrtsjärv in 2011–2012, to Triin Äärismaa for managing and implementing the project Collection of Oral Folk Traditions in the Jõelähtme Area in 2011–2012 and to Rosaali (Roosi) Karjam for her long-term, dedicated collection of Kihnu folk traditions.
Eesti Pank is announcing a design competition for two collector coins
Eesti Pank is announcing a design competition for a collector coin dedicated to the music of Raimond Valgre and a coin marking the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Both individuals and groups of authors are invited to participate in the competition.
State schools bestowed expensive works of art
Yesterday, State Real Estate Ltd launched design contest to acquire €191,000 worth of art for buildings planned for four state high schools. The works of art shall adorn walls of upper secondary schools of Jõgeva, Lääne, Viljandi and Nõo counties, to enrich public space.
2013 festival of Estonian composers to be dedicated to Arvo Part
This year's festival of Estonian composers, to be held in Tartu in June, will be dedicated to Arvo Pärt.
Theatre Award nominees: definite top acts
The Beatles of Vanemuine, by Tartu New Theatre. Carrmen! by Vanemuine. Luts in Springtime and Pentecost, by Estonian Drama Theatre. These three are running for Production of the Year title, awarded by Estonian Theatre Union and financed by Cultural Endowment of Estonia. The winning theatre will be proclaimed on March 27th.
Lible statue for Palamuse: sculptor outruns order
Preventing handshake by Palamuse folks and sculptor Tauno Kangro, the Lible statue to grace the town is already a finished work. The author was forced to hurry, he says. Due to bronzeworks studio timetable.
Organizers release partial list of performers at Rock Summer festival
About 30-35 artists are expected to perform at the Rock Summer 25 festival in Tallinn this summer, organizers released 15 names on Wednesday.
Epifolium came to stay
Epifolium’s album, of the same name, is recent times’ brightest debut. Authentic traditional culture blends tastefully with today’s digital options. A breath of fresh winds in interpretation of Estonian folk music. But – who is this Epifolium, christened Iisak Sulev Andreller?
Government thanks national award winners
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, Minister of Education and Research Jaak Aaviksoo and Minister of Culture Rein Lang presented the national science awards, the Wiedemann Language Award and the sports and culture awards at the Estonian Academy of Sciences, reported Government Communication Unit.
Rein Veidemann: the existential Estonia of Nüganen
It was, of course, to be expected – something grand for our Anniversary, once Elmo Nüganen gets involved. However, the most critical of critics were surely overwhelmed by what actually transpired.
Original copy of Declaration of Independence on display at Stenbock House
Yesterday, on the 95th anniversary of the Estonian declaration of independence, an exhibition was opened in the Green Hall of Stenbock House displaying the original copy of the declaration of independence alongside Juhan Kukk’s manuscript of the draft, Government Communication Unit reported.
Estonian book wins weighty bronze
Book by Ivar Sakk, From Aa to Zz. The Concise History of Typography (Aa kuni Zz. Tüpograafia ülevaatlik ajalugu) was awarded bronze medal at the contest Best Book Design From All Over The World 2013.
New Estonian movie: rocks you like roller-coaster
Today is the premiere of Living Images (Elavad pildid), a historical drama by Hardi Volmer telling the story of dwellers in a house, throughout 20th century. At that, paying homage to history of film, presenting each era in its own movie-style.
Estonian cultural days to take place in Poland
On Sunday, 24 February Estonian cultural days dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will begin in Poland.
Reportage with gallery: touring secret rooms of national library
To celebrate its jubilee, National Library of Estonia gives readers a week of peeking into rooms usually hidden.
Estonia’s anniversary gets country-wide photo action
On February 24th, to celebrate 95th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, a photo initiative is organised, asking all to shoot a picture within one minute, at 1 pm to 1:01 pm, of oneself or surroundings.
Neeme Järvi announces pause before ERSO until early April
Neeme Järvi, music director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO), on Friday announced that he will not conduct three scheduled performances with ERSO in March and on April 5 but will be back before the orchestra after that.
President Ilves presented the Young Architect Award to Veronika Valk
"The works of Burman and Kotli are very well known in Estonia and I am quite sure that in time people will speak, with respect, about the houses designed by Grossschmidt or Tomiste, the representatives of new and fresh ways of thinking," told the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, today when presenting the Young Architect Award. The winner was Veronika Valk, reported Office on the President.
Maestro Eri Klas gets lifework award
The path of the famed conductor Eri Klas, awarded for lifework by Estonian government, is strewn with rewards, decorations and titles.
Estonian writer Indrek Hargla's medieval mystery published in French
Estonian writer Indrek Hargla's crime novel "Apothecary Melchior and the Mystery of St. Olaf's Church" has been published in French translation.
Ilya Repin in changing times (5 pictures)
The Kadriorg Art Museum, housed in the newly renovated Kadriorg Palace, kicks off with exhibition of one of the great Russian classics, Ilya Repin, coming to us from the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki.
Enthusiasts Steam Through Sauna Marathon
On Sunday, Otepää held its fourth European Sauna Marathon, an orienteering race in which teams of four had to track down and visit 20 saunas in the surrounding area, ERR News reported.
Full list: Estonia thanks and recognises 99 people with decorations
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves signed the decision to award decorations before the 95th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia to 99 people for their services to Estonia, reported Office of the President.
Historians Debate over 13th Century Freedom Fighters
The intellectual debate of the year so far has revolved around whether the 13th century fight against crusaders was in fact a fight for freedom by a single nation, as it was seen for much of the 20th century, ERR News reported.
Historic Rock Festival Plans Comeback for 25th Anniversary
The Rock Summer festival, first held in Tallinn in 1988, will hold a one-off event in mid-June to celebrate a quarter of a century since its birth, ERR News reported.
Kerli tops Billboard
The Los Angeles based Estonian singer, songwriter and producer Kerli is on the verge of breakthrough with the song «The Lucky Ones», finally making No 1 in Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play.
Anonymous Estonian donates half million euros
An Estonian desiring to remain unknown has donated half a million euros in support of philosophical literature series Avatud Eesti raamat (AER, Open Estonia Book). The maker of the largest known donation for Estonian culture decided to remain anonymous, in order to avoid the limelight.
Return of Ice Age warms Estonians to movies
As revealed by fresh data, 2,586,995 movie tickets were purchased in Estonia last year, which is 6.2 per increase year-on-year and accounts for 1.96 visitations per inhabitant – a record since Estonia’s regained independence.
Puppet Theatre in financial straits
This week, auditors will be sent by Ministry of Culture to the Estonian State Puppet Theatre,in order to investigate its financial affairs.
Estonia’s bestseller, 2012: When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen
Last year’s most popular paper copy book in Estonia was Sofi Oksanen’s When the Doves Disappeared, adorning the book shelves of 12,009 homes. In e-book format, the novel translated by Jan Kaus and published by Varrak, has been purchased 198 times.
Lukas: National Museum Will Be State of the Art in 2016
With the ink fresh on the contract to build the first real home for the National Museum, the institution's director Tõnis Lukas has promised that the museum will astonish visitors when it opens three years from now, ERR News reported.
Fun-poking «Killjoy» proclaimed Engine of Culture by Postimees
The Postimees culture desk’s Engine of Culture award went to the TV show Tujurikkuja (killjoy) team lead by Ott Sepp and Märt Avandi.
«Mushrooming» tops Estonian box office chart in 2012
«Mushrooming» («Seenelkäik»), a political satire from Estonian director Toomas Hussar, secured a place at the top of the box office rankings for Estonian films in 2012 with a more than two times lead ahead of the next popular production, figures published by the Estonian Film Institute show.
Puppet Theater's Art Director Resigns Admitting to Plagiarism
Vahur Keller of the State Puppet Theater handed in his resignation yesterday saying he used materials in the theater's Christmas production that he had failed to cite, reported ERR News.