Ten extraordinary events in March and April in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia abroadPublished: 09.03.2018

In March and April, Estonia 100 celebrations will take place in major cities in Europe, as well as in Asia, the U.S. and Australia. There are more than 40 events planned in the areas of science, music, art, film and theatre.

Foto: Kaupo Kikkas

The E Stuudio Youth Choir in Australia

The E STuudio Youth Choir, which began its tour of Australia in February, will continue its tour in March. On 4 March two concerts will be held in Melbourne and on 8, 10 and 11 March they will perform in Adelaide. The choir's repertoire consists mainly of contemporary classical choral music. The works of Arvo Pärt, Pärt Uusberg, Veljo Tormis, Tõnu Kõrvits, Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo are among those to be performed. See more here.

Photo: Anni Õnneleid. E STuudio webpage

Estonian films in Finland, Portugal and Belgium

March is an important month for Estonian films. A short film festival focusing on Estonia will take place in Tampere on 7-11 March. Approximately 30 filmmakers from Estonia will participate in the festival, including Priit and Olga Pärn, Andres Maimik, Moonika Siimets, Priit Tender, Priit Pääsuke, Riho Västrik and others. The star of the group representing Estonia is animation virtuoso Priit Pärn, who will give a master class during the festival and whose works are also the subject of two retrospective programmes, one of which also gives a glimpse into the history of the Soviet period in Estonia and the second being a selection of films co-authored by Olga Pärn.

The festival's opening film is "Borrowed Wife" (Laenatud naene) (1913?), the oldest feature film known to have been made in Estonia. This will be the film's international premiere.

On 8-18 March, yet another film festival dedicated to Estonia will be on, this time in Lisbon, Portugal – the animated film festival "Monstra". The festival's programme includes several contemporary animated films, as well as retrospectives of well-known artists Priit Pärn, Priit Tender, Ülo Pikkov, Rao Heidmets and Kaspar Jancis. See more here.

In addition to Finland and Portugal, Estonian films will also be featured at the documentary film festival "Millennium" in Brussels from 20-30 March. Four films related to Estonia are among the films being screened this year: "See You in Chechnya" (Näeme Tšetšeenias, 2015, directed by Alexander Kvatashidze), "New World" (Uus Maailm, 2011), the film's director Jaan Tootsen will be on hand, "Woman and the Glacier" (Naine ja liustik, 2016), directed by Audrius Stonys) and "Roosenberg" (2017, Ingel Vaikla). See more here.

Photo: Kaspar Jancis'i film "Piano"

Edward von Lõngus and Estonian Week in Budapest

In mid-March, the mysterious street artist Edward von Lõngus will continue his European tour, begun last year. The year's first destination spot of Budapest will be the new home of Estonia's finest bagpipe-electro brothers Ats#Pets Soondast (from Soonda), party girls Pauliine, Leelo and Hämar, married couple Miina and Enn, who are stuck in an e-mail server, King of the Boulder (kivikuningas) Lembit, spinning Maali (Keeru-Maali), who never gets dizzy and master inventor Liisu (Leiutaja-Liisu). See more here.

Budapest is worth keeping an eye on for yet another reason. From 19 March to 7 April, Estonian Week will be held in Hungary, bringing together Estonian films, musicians, theatre performances and artists to Budapest, Debrecen and Szeged. For example, during Estonian Week, the latest films from Estonia can be enjoyed in three Hungarian cities. The programme includes the feature films "November", "The Man Who Looks Like Me" (Minu näoga onu), "The End of the Chain" (Keti lõpp), "The Dissidents" (Sangarid) and "When You Least Expect It" (Õnn tuleb magades), the documentary "Soviet Hippies" (Nõukogude hipid), and a selection of the latest Estonian animation. See more here. 

Photo: Edward von Lõngus streetart

Estonian National Male Choir and ERSO in Asia

The Estonian National Male Choir is taking Estonia 100 celebrations to Asia. Performances will be held on 20 March at Beijing University, on 22 March at the Shanghai Arts Center and on 27 March at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore. They will also perform with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) on 24 and 25 March in Hong Kong, at the festival Hong Kong Arts. See more here. 

Photo: Jaan Krivel

Arvo Pärt's and Robert Wilson's "Adam's Passion" in Berlin

On 27-29 March, a theatre stage constructed in one of Europe's most prestigious concert halls, the Konzerthaus Berlin, will enchant viewers with Pärt and Wilson's visual collaboration "Adam's Passion".

For the first time since its premiere in Estonia, "Adam's Passage" will reach audiences abroad. In Germany, many are already familiar with "Adam's Passion". Films about the performance and its conception, which have now been seen by tens of millions of people in nearly forty countries, have also been shown by German tv channels. In addition, articles about the performance's premiere in Estonia appeared in leading German newspapers. For this reason, the German public has long been anticipating the performance's arrival in Konzerthaus Berlin. See more here.

Photo: Kaupo Kikkas

AHHAA Science Theatre Marathon at the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam

On 31 March and 1 April, the AHHAA Science Centre will wow science fans at the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam. Over the span of two days, twelve special shows will be performed which have been created especially for introducing the history of Estonian science in Amsterdam. For example, the "Psycho Bus" will take on Estonians' quirkiness and examine where it has come from. In addition, interested individuals can take part in research activities in exciting workshops. See more here. 

Photo: AHHAA Science Center

Estonian jazz musicians at the Sage Gateshead Jazz Festival in England

On 7 April, the Kadri Voorand Quartet featuring Kadri Voorand, Liisi Koikson, Jaak Sooäär and Paul Daniel will take the stage at the Sage Gatheshead Jazz Festival in Newcastle, England, with a repertoire dedicated to composer Veljo Tormis. In addition, the Lithuanian-Estonian rock-jazz group Heavy Beauty will perform at the same festival, capturing the best of both genres and providing the audience with an exciting listening experience.

Also, Estonian jazz pianist Kirke Karja and her Quartet have been invited to one of Europe's most important jazz festivals Jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany. The quartet will be performing at the festival on 20 April.

Photo: Eesti Jazzliit

The ensemble Heinavanker in Washington

On 8 April, the ensemble Heinavanker ("Hay Wagon") will help liven up Estonia 100 festivities across the ocean in Washington, DC. The National Gallery of Art, which is hosting an exhibition of the most famous painter from Estonia, Michel Sittow, welcomes Estonian folk chorals, ancient regilaul (runic songs), as well as the works of contemporary Estonian composers to the gallery's Arts Center.

Photo: Heinavanker

The exhibition "Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States" in France

On 10 April, the exhibition "Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States" will open at the prestigious Orsay Museum in Paris, France, marking the 100th anniversary of the independence of the Baltic countries. The international exhibition is being organised in collaboration with four Baltic museums: the Latvian National Museum of Art, the Art Museum of Estonia, the Lithuanian Art Museum and the M.K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum. The head curator of the exhibition is prominent French researcher of symbolism Rodolphe Rapetti. 150 works of notable artists from the Baltic countries spanning from the end of the 19th century to the 1930s, will arrive in Paris. Following Paris, the exhibition will be on display in Estonia and in Latvia and Lithuania in the next few years. The exhibition is open until 15 July.

Photo: Eesti Kunstimuuseum

Spotlight on the Baltic countries at the London Book Fair

The London Book Fair, which will take place on 10-12 April, will also focus on the 100th anniversary of the independence of the Baltic countries. The joint exhibition of the Baltic countries introduces the wealth of diverse literature, as well as writers from the three countries. From Estonia, columnist and writer Mihkel Mutt, poet Maarja Kangro, children's author Piret Raud and several others are travelling to the fair. Several Estonian publishers will also be on hand. The book fair will be followed by a weekend introducing Estonian literature on an even more in-depth level, providing readers with an opportunity to get acquainted with the works of Estonian writers.

Photo: Priit Hõbemägi

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