What do digital street art, living folk instruments and A Midsummer Night’s Dream all have in common? Published: 05.05.2017

The events that will be featured in the Estonia 100 and Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union international programme in 2017 and 2018 were announced on second of May at the NO99 Theatre in Tallinn. The common thread running through these very diverse events is that they will all raise the profile of Estonia through some very talented people. 

The talent and artistry of Estonian artists is wonderfully clear in the digital street art of Edward von Lõngus, the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum’s exhibition “ALIVE! The Story of Estonian Folk Instruments” and Theatre NO99’s production “NO40 A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

Kadri Uus, project manager for Edward von Lõngus’ digital street art project remarked that Lõngus has an extraordinary gift that allows him to create something truly Estonian yet also universally human that not only Estonians but viewers of all nationalities can discover and relate to.

“We will celebrate Estonia’s centenary in various European capitals together with Edward von Lõngus’ slightly mysterious characters with their little quirks, who are all more or less the same age as the Republic of Estonia”, added Uus.  

The digital street art project will be launched in Brussels this upcoming July.

An exhibition of traditional Estonian folk instruments will be opened in the Musical Instruments Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in Brussels, which project manager Risto Lehiste promises will take visitors to the forest, where everything began. “All of the instruments on exhibit are more or less known in Europe, but our instruments are more “alive” than elsewhere”, noted Lehiste secretively.

The NO99 theatre will perform its “NO40 A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the Konzerthaus Berlin. This two hundred year old former Prussian State Theatre is one of Berlin’s grandest venues. NO99 actors will take the stage in this production directed by Ene-Liis Semper and Tiit Ojasoo together with the Ellerhein Girls’ Choir and an orchestra conducted by Olari Elts. The performances will be held from October 7-9.

Jorma Sarv, Head of the Estonia 100 and Estonian Presidency international programme, was pleased to note that cooperation between the different organisations involved in compiling the international programme has been smooth. “I believe that it is our joint opportunity and responsibility to create an inspiring image of Estonia where we can just be ourselves and dare to speak about our talents and abilities,” Sarv added.

More than 150 events will be held in over 30 countries in honour of Estonia 100 and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The events were selected in two open calls from among 400 submissions. Estonia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 July – 31 December 2017. Estonia’s centenary celebrations were launched on April 16 of this year and will continue through to February 2020.

The Estonia 100 and Estonian Presidency international programme is available at www.events.estonia.ee and will continue to updated regularly. 

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