Estemb in Belgium and Luxembourg :: Events, News en-us WiseCMS 2.0 Estonian design at Flanders Design Gallery, Brussels <P align=justify><STRONG>First ever Estonian design event with the exhibition&nbsp;<EM>Size Doesn't Matter</EM>, a&nbsp;pop-up&nbsp;shop and a&nbsp;seminar will take place at&nbsp;Flanders Design&nbsp;Gallery (Kanselarijstraat 19, 1000 Brussels)&nbsp;between&nbsp;24 April - 24 May.<BR></STRONG><BR>Estonia is a small but extremely creative country. The density of designers is very high - Estonia has one designer per 800 residents and the country’s design courses are quite famous. However, hardly anyone is aware that James Bond’s legendary miniature Minox Spy Camera, Skype and TransferWise were developed by Estonians. This country with barely 1.3 million residents has its own satellite and possesses great expertise in the area of electronics. Estonia is renowned for its eGovernment, eElections, eParking and it is even possible to order a Christmas tree online there.</P><P align=justify>The exhibition will present the products of more than 50 contemporary Estonian designers ranging from jewellery to fastest folding electric scooters and everything that is in-between. And good news is that&nbsp; visitors will have an opportunity to buy some top Estonian design and get an overview of the current design scene in Estonia. <BR><STRONG><BR>Special events connected with the exhibition:<BR><BR>25-27 April: pop-up shop of the Estonian Design House at the&nbsp; Flanders Design Gallery.<BR><BR>25 April: interactive debates and lectures&nbsp; by Estonian design critics and designers&nbsp;at the&nbsp;Flanders Design Gallery.</STRONG></P> <P align=justify>The exhibition will remain open until 24 May.<BR><BR>Further information&nbsp;coming soon: &nbsp;<A href=""></A> </P> <P align=justify></P></STRONG> <P align=justify><BR><BR body <>&nbsp;</P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:07:30 GMT Fri, 23 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Jaan Rääts's music at the festival L'Europe en Musique <P align=justify><STRONG>Rääts's Concerto for chamber orchestra&nbsp;will be performed at&nbsp;festival<EM> L'Europe en Musiqu</EM>e on 27 April at 11:00 at Brussels Music Instrument Museum </STRONG>(Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Brussels).<STRONG>&nbsp;<BR></STRONG><BR>Jaan Rääts is an Estonian composer&nbsp;with a fairly constant sound and style. He has written both instrumental music, symphonies and concertos for chamber orchestra. In additon, he teaches composition&nbsp; at the Estonian Academy of Music and among his many students there were Erkki-Sven Tüür who is now one of the most acknowledged Estonian composers himself. Vigorous rhythmic pulse is the basic element of Rääts's music in which the various stylistic fragments revolve as if in a drum mixer: Mozartian triads and modernist clusters, baroque and folk music motifs, linear polyphony and pop music rhythms. He says: "I don’t like rigid systems. I like absorbing musical material, filtering it, emotionally developing it as needed. Using it as a springboard for my imagination..."<BR></P><P align=justify>The festival L'Europe en Musique will be held from 23 to 27 April 2014 at Brussels Music Instrument Museum. During the festival, listeners will have a chance to discover the music of 28 European composers representing&nbsp;28 different works and ways of thinking in the recital of young artists.&nbsp; </P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>Further information about&nbsp; the Festival L'Europe en Musique, see: <A href=""></A></P> <P>&nbsp;</P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:43:25 GMT Fri, 23 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Arvo Pärt's music at Flanders Festival in Kortrijk <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify><STRONG>21st May at 20:00 at Flanders Festival in Kortrijk&nbsp;Flemish chamber choir Aquarius will be performing Arvo Pärt's <EM>Kanon Pokajanen</EM>.</STRONG><BR><BR>Aquarius is a Flemish chamber choir specializing in contemporary vocal music. The choir has in a few years built a solid international reputation among others as an acknowledged interpreter of Arvo Pärt's music and is highly appreciated by the composer himself. The choir has given concerts&nbsp;at several major festivals in Belgium and abroad (France, the Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, Poland, Spain, etc.).<BR><STRONG><BR></STRONG><EM>Kanon Pokajanen</EM> by Aquarius&nbsp;on Youtube: <A href=""></A></P> <P></P>For further information and tickets, see:<BR><A href=""></A><BR>Facebook: <A href=""></A> <div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Wed, 21 May 2014 15:07:30 GMT Fri, 23 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT The Dynamite Vikings at Brussels Jazz Marathon <P align=justify>Estonia's annual cooperation&nbsp;with Brussels Jazz Marathon continues and expands! This year,&nbsp;music fans will have a chance to enjoy <STRONG>The Dynamite Vikings</STRONG> - Estonian-Danish-Swedish jazz&nbsp;which could be described as "progressive postmodern jazzrock". Although starting out from jazzy background, the reviewers have mentioned Zappa and earlier King Crimson as stylemarks of <EM>The Dynamite Vikings</EM>. The trio has released three CDs <EM>Vikingology</EM> (Cope Records, 2003), <EM>Search For Happiness</EM> (Cowbell Music, 2006) and <EM>Meaning of the Party</EM> (Elwood, 2008) and has performed in Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, Germany and France.<BR><BR><STRONG>The Dynamite Vikings' concerts at Brussels Jazz Marathon:<BR><BR>23 May at 18:00 on Luxembourg&nbsp;Square&nbsp;<BR>24&nbsp;May at &nbsp;20:00&nbsp;at Flagey <BR>24 May at 22:00 at Flagey </P></STRONG> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>Admission to the events is free.<STRONG> <BR></STRONG></P><P align=justify>Since more than a decade, the <B>Brussels Jazz Marathon </B>draws public from all over Europe and even from Japan. It is a huge jazz party which makes the capital of Europe swing for one weekend with more than 450 musicians performing on the main squares in Brussels (Grand Place, Place du Sablon, Place Ste-Catherine, Place Fernand Cocq, Place Luxembourg) as well as in 50 venues/clubs/hotels. <BR><BR>For further information about the festival, see: <BR><A href=""></A><BR><BR>The Dynamite Vikings on Youtube and Myspace:<BR><A href="" target=_blank></A><BR><A href=""></A><BR></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:41:40 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Daily Dozen with New York-based Estonian artist Jaanika Peerna <p>On the occasion of the April 15th opening of Jaanika Peerna's first solo exhibition in Espoo, Finland, online magazine <a href=""></a> (Baltic, Russian and Scandinavian art territory) interviewed Estonian-born, New York-based artist Jaanika Peerna, who is currently spending a year in Berlin.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:51:26 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT (The Müürileht) Interview: Toomas Hendrik Ilves (on music, subcultures and a lot more) We went to see the President of Estonia to talk about music, subcultures and evolving culture; Estonian self-esteem, manners and success; leaving and returning; contemporary world view and a more tolerant and optimistic society. <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:09:36 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Tallinn Music Week reveals conference line-up featuring Pussy Riot and Robert Levine Tallinn Music Week (TMW), the annual music conference and showcase festival, has unveiled its most impressive line-up yet. From March 27-30, the Nordic and Baltic region's premier music event will be buzzing with industry heavyweights, activists and journalists, as well as 227 bands from 20 countries. <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:04:19 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Free and secure internet – can it be achieved? <p>A part of the preparations for the Freedom Online Coalition’s conference “<a href="">Free and Secure Internet for All</a>” – which will take place during the Estonian ICT Week – is a document that focuses on one central question: how to enforce and ensure the promise of a free and secure internet for all.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:47:57 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Hungary: Estonian week 2014 <p>The traditional Estonian week in Hungary is taking place between 17 March and 4 April 2014. It is being organised by the Estonian Institute in Hungary for the 7th time.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:19:17 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Estonian and Ukrainian musicians to perform at benefit concert “For Ukraine” This Sunday, 16 March at 12:00 a benefit concert entitled "For Ukraine" will be held at Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak) in Tallinn. With this event, Estonian and Ukrainian musicians, students, and non-governmental organisations will express their support for a free and dignified Ukrainian nation. <p><img style="float: right;" alt="ukrainale" src="" height="140" width="397" /></p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:37:12 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT President Ilves: e-Estonia is sharing the experience of using its personal ID code with Japan <p>President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who arrived in Tokyo on March 6 at the invitation of the Japanese Prime Minister, made a presentation at the Japan Association of New Economy, gave a lecture at Waseda University, met with local and foreign media at Tokyo National Press Club and paid a visit to the headquarters of Microsoft Japan, where Estonian and Japanese start-up companies were introduced to investors.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:23:24 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Tõnu Kaljuste wins Grammy for Arvo Pärt’s “Adam’s Lament” Estonian conductor Tõnu Kaljuste won a Grammy award in the best choral performance category for his work on composer Arvo Pärt's album "Adam's Lament" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles on January 26, 2014. <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:29:59 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Black Nights Film Festival Breaks Audience Record <p>The 17th Black Nights Film Festival, which tied up on December 1, screened 585 films in Tallinn and Tartu, and broke its 2011 audience record, this time attracting 77,500 viewers.</p> The program included one world premiere as well as three European and 10 international premieres. <p>"Each year it becomes easier to gain access to films because the festivals prestige is growing in the world," head organizer Tiina Lokk said in a press release.</p> <p>"We should also be proud of the fact that tens of renowned film directors, producers and actors found the time to come to Estonia," Lokk said.</p> <p>The most watched movies were "Enough Said" (USA), "Three Many Weddings" (Spain) and "Amazonia" (Brazil-France). The audience favorites were "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Belgium), "Three Many Weddings" (Spain), "Frances Ha" (USA), "Like Father, Like Son" (Japan) and "A Thousand Times Good Night" (Norway).</p> <p>The festival's international judging panel gave the EurAsia best film award to the Italian-French movie "The Great Beauty." The Tridens Herring award went to Iceland's "Of Horses and Men" and the best Estonian film award went to "Tangerines."</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Christmas Season Opens in Tallinn <p>The internationally acclaimed Tallinn Christmas Market opens its six-week run today, filling Town Hall Square with the sights, sounds and fragrances of the Yuletide season.</p> <p>The market will be open every day from 10:00-19:00, with hot drinks served until 23:00. There is an entertainment program on Fridays from 17:00-19:00, and on weekends from 12:00-14:00.</p> <p>Another place to get an early visit in with Santa Claus in Tallinn is the one-day International Christmas Bazaar this Sunday from 11:00-16:00 at the Radisson Blu Hotel. More than 20 embassies will be selling specialty products from all over the world. Every euro goes to children's and women's charities in Estonia.</p> <p>Last week, as per tradition, a Christmas tree, this time 16 meters high and coming from the small town of Vaela, was set up in the middle of the square. A lighting ceremony will take place on Advent Sunday.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Haapsalu, Estonia Wins Award for Accessible and Sustainable Tourism <p>EDEN awards: promoting sustainability for six years</p> <p>EDEN is an accolade that the European Commission has been giving out for six years now, awarding emerging destinations that have successfully contributed to sustainability and opening up tourism to everybody.</p> <p>The goal of this year's EDEN awards is to give accessible tourism more visibility and to encourage other destinations across Europe to start following their example. In return, they will reap great benefits, because barrier-free tourism opens many new, sometimes niche, markets and attracts new clients. This in turn has a positive effect on economic growth and the jobs that come with it.</p> <p>6. Haapsalu City, Estonia</p> <p>The small, romantic 700-year-old seaside town of Haapsalu is situated on the West Coast of Estonia and has been called the Venice of the north. The town is just 100 kilometres away from Tallinn and is reputed for its historic, maritime ambiance, warm sea water, curative mud baths and friendly residents.</p> <p>Accessibility: As a spa town and a city with a specialised school and care centre, Haapsalu has a long history of hosting people with disabilities. The local government and businesses are dedicated to improving accessibility in town. The Läänemaa Chamber of Disabled People is a local umbrella organisation that brings together disabled peoples' groups from across the country and regularly discusses accessibility issues.</p> <p>Read more: <a href=""></a></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Estonia Celebrates 22 Years of Regained Independence Today Estonia celebrates the restoration of its independence on 20 August 1991 after nearly 50 years of Soviet occupation. <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT One in Three Households Grow Their Own Food <p>Almost one in three households in Estonia is growing field crops or horticultural products for their own use, data from the 2011 census and social statistics show. </p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Thirteen Estonian Athletes to Take Part in Summer Deaflympics <p>Estonia will send 13 athletes to compete at the Summer Deaflympics starting this week in Sofia, Bulgaria.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Next Song and Dance Festival to Take Place in Summer 2014 <p>Have you ever heard 18 000 voices singing at once? This emotional experience can be felt during Estonia's Song Festival, which occurs once every five years in Tallinn.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:00:00 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Bank of Happiness Piques Interest of International Media <p>Estonia's unique Bank of Happiness caught the attention of two major media outlets this week. </p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:15:51 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Geologists Find Unique Fish Fossil <p>At the end of June Estonian geologists found a fossil of a 394 million year old fish that might be named after the Vadja people, a people related to the Estonians. </p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:43:03 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT Kaia Kanepi Jumps 22 Places to 24th in WTA Rankings <p>Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi saw a major boost in her Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking after fighting her way to the quarter-final at Wimbledon.</p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:29:21 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT “Let’s Do It!” is Estonia's Candidate for 2013 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights <p>The Foreign Ministry has decided to nominate the Let's Do It Foundation's worldwide cleanup campaigns "World Cleanup 2012" and "World Cleanup 2013" as Estonia's candidate for the 2013 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights for promoting a clean environment all over the globe. <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:33:33 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT EU Officials and Tech Executives Discuss Cloud Computing Project in Tallinn <p>EU officials and tech executives met in Tallinn yesterday for the second meeting of a new cloud computing project, which aims to make European countries more self-sufficient in light of new security concerns over American IT service providers. </p> <p><a href="">Read more...</a></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 13:34:51 GMT Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT