Inspired by nature, driven by tradition and digital technology. To celebrate its first EU presidency and to continue with the Estonian centenary, Estonia presents itself to Belgium, Luxembourg and the world starting from this summer until the end of 2018 with an exceptional cultural programme! Gigantic wooden megaphones RUUP by Birgit Õigus will bring the voices of the Estonian forest to the city of Brussels. Digital street art figures from a hundred years ago by Edward von Lõngus and NOAR.eu art platform invite passers-by to take a leap to today’s Europe via a specially developed app. In the Musical Instruments Museum a temporary exhibition shows kannel and other traditional instruments while strolling through a pure scenography of Estonian nature and sounds. The programme for 2017 also shows how music in all its facets is part of the Estonian soul; from the National Male Choir performing master of silence Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis, to Estonian Jazz-icons Maria Faust and Peedu Kass Momentum, to Maarja Nuut who combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics. And there is so much more! Through this programme Estonia wants to transmit a clear message of ‘unity through balance’. Staying close to nature and traditions, protecting what is vital on one hand, while being open for continuous development and grasping opportunities in a digitalised society, is a challenge for Estonia and Europe.
The full cultural programme for Belgium and Luxembourg is online now. Download the programme here and be part of the celebrations.