Estemb in Belgium and Luxembourg :: Events, News en-us WiseCMS 2.0 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 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 Sat, 24 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 Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 GMT 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 Mihkel Maripuu's exhibition at gallery Nassau 42, in Antwerp <P align=justify><STRONG>Mihkel Maripuu's works&nbsp;are in focus at the exhibition <EM>Color is Chaos </EM>which&nbsp;is opened 10 April at 19:00 at gallery Nassau 42.&nbsp;<BR></STRONG><BR>Young Estonian&nbsp;artist Mihkel Maripuu is born in 1987 and at an early age he was drawn to art and painting.&nbsp; He studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts and continues his Masters’ degree in Berlin. Since 2008, from the age of 21, he has already been showing his works in several galleries in Estonia and internationally in Georgia, Greece, &nbsp;Germany &nbsp;and now in Belgium. Last year, he was awared the prize of Young Painter at the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania. Mihkel’s works are colorful and eclectic. He is strongly influenced by the social media and shows his adversity of consumerism in his work. </P><P align=justify>Nassau 42 Fine Arts is the latest and most contemporary international gallery on ’t Eilandje (Nassaustraat 42 near the MAS in Antwerp). This young, dynamic gallery works with a quarterly changing art exhibition presenting&nbsp;paintings, sculptures and photography by both local and international artists.<BR><BR>Further information about the gallery and Mihkel Maripuu,&nbsp;see: <BR><A href=""></A><BR><A href=""></A> </P> <P></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:45:00 GMT Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:00:00 GMT The Great Guild Hall in Tallinn receives European Heritage Label The Great Guild Hall in Tallinn (Estonian History Museum)&nbsp;is among four firsts to get the new European Heritage Label in 2013. <BR><STRONG>The&nbsp;award ceremony will take place on 8 April at 19:30 at Solvay Library</STRONG> (Park Leopold, Belliard Street 137, 1040 Brussels).<BR><P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>Other sites to recieve the Label include Park Carnuntum (Austria),&nbsp;Camp Westerbork and the Peace Palace (The Netherlands).&nbsp;&nbsp;Nine preselected sites were&nbsp;&nbsp;assessed by the selection panel of independent experts against the criteria&nbsp;for European symbolic value of the site, educational and communication activities for raising awareness of the European significance of the site and reliable work plan.&nbsp;The panel deemed that the four abovementioned sites fulfilled best the European Heritage Label criteria and recommended the European Commission to award them the Label. <BR><BR>For further information, see: <A href="/aadress"></STRONG></A></P> <P></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:22:29 GMT Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:00:00 GMT Let's Do It! exhibition in European Parliament <P align=justify><STRONG>The exhibition&nbsp; presenting <EM>Let's do it!</EM> movement will be&nbsp;opened&nbsp;in&nbsp;European Parlament&nbsp;on 8 April at 18:00</STRONG><BR><BR><EM>Let's Do It!</EM> movement was born in 2008 in&nbsp;Estonia. 50.000 people came together to get rid of 10.000 tons of illegal garbage on roadsides, in forests and in towns, cleaning the entire country in just 5 hours. The action inspired people in many different countries to do the same. Thus, the network of people, determined to organize massive cleanup actions to clean their home countries, started to grow. By today, more than 100 different inspired cleanup actions engaging altogether more than 5 million volunteers, have already taken place in different countries.<BR><BR></P><P align=justify><EM>Let’s Do It! Belgium</EM> launches its third national campaign against trash and waste and will once again try to mobilise as many volunteers as possible during March-May. This event is not only a part of the ongoing international <EM>Let's Do It! World</EM> campaign, but also of the European Commission's initiative <EM>Let’s clean up Europe 2014</EM>.<BR><BR>For further information about the event, see: <A href=""></A></P> <P></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:50:16 GMT Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:00:00 GMT Ash and Money by Ene-Liis Semper and Tiit Ojasoo at Bozar <P align=justify><STRONG>An Estonian documentary opens Millenium International Film Festival on 3rd April at 20:00&nbsp;at Bozar (rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels).<BR></STRONG><BR>The screening takes place in presence of the film director Tiit Ojasoo and is followed by Q&amp;A. <BR><BR>The NO99 Theatre announced in March of 2010 that it would use all the tricks commonly used in politics and communications over the following two months to create a new successful and energetic super-party <EM>Unified Estonia</EM>.<BR><BR></P><P align=justify>The theatre organised a party convention and staged it with the participation of 7000 people. The documentary film produced about the project and its influences is a study of the state of affairs. Bearing in mind the upcoming parliamentary elections in European Union the choice seems to be rather topical but also depicting something that is universal no matter countries and nations. </P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify><STRONG>Trailer:</STRONG> <A href=""><STRONG></STRONG></A></P> <P align=justify></P> <P align=justify>The NO99 Theatre is the most popular and internationally known but also intriguing Estonian theatre tackling social, environmental and political actualities. In February, they performed in Brussels in collaboration with Müchener Kammerspiele and KVS with the play <EM>Ilona.Rosetta.Sue</EM>. </P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>For further information and tickets, see: <A href=""></A></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:11:12 GMT Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:00:00 GMT Estonian writer Eeva Park in International House of Literature in Brussels <P align=justify>Eeva Park is an Estonian writer and poet. She has written poems, short stories, radio plays and her works have been translated into English, Swedish, Norwegian&nbsp;and German.&nbsp;Eeva Park's novel <EM>Lõks lõpmatuses</EM> (<EM>Trap in Infinity</EM>, 2003) that focused on human trafficing issues in Europe won the Estonian literary award for the best novel in 2004, and its translation into German was among the five nominees of the prestigious Brücke Berlin Preis. </P><P align=justify><BR>The exchange of writers in residence&nbsp;forms a part of the long-term co-operation between International House of Literature Passaporta and Estonian Literature Centre and Writers' Union&nbsp;offering&nbsp;every second year Belgian and Estonian writers&nbsp;an opportunity for a one-month stay in each other's country. </P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>Further information about writers in residences:&nbsp;&nbsp;<A href=""></A></P> <P align=justify></P> <P align=justify>Further information about Eeva Park: <A href=";id=48808">;id=48808</A></P> <P></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:14:14 GMT Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:00:00 GMT Estonian legendary family band Johansons in Brussels <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify><B>The </B><B>Johansons’</B> way of singing has been influenced by folk and traditional music, but also by jazz, Barbershop singing, Russian romances, music from Soviet cartoons and personal contacts with traditional musicians from different cultures. The Johansons have done theater projects, promoting traditional and songwriters’ music through festivals and media. Their recent album "Külm" (The Cold) gained remarkable success at the end of the year 2012. <BR><BR><STRONG>The concert will take place on 29 November at 20:00 at Molière, Galerie de la Porte de Namur (3 Square du Bastion, Brussels)</STRONG><BR><BR>Listen to the music: <A href=""><STRONG></STRONG></A></P><P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>Muziekpublique keeps music and dance traditions alive and kicking in Brussels through an ambitious programme of concerts, courses and projects. A year-round concert programme both indoors and outdoors, featuring Belgian and international artists, forms the core of the foundation’s activities.</P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>The event is organised by Muziekpublique in cooperation with the Estonian Association in Belgium.</P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>For more information and tickets,&nbsp;see: <A href=""></A></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:40:47 GMT Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:00:00 GMT A mysterious land by the Baltic Sea – Estonian day in Antwerp at Permeke Library <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>You are warmly welcome to discover the smallest country by the Baltic Sea through a literary encounter between the Flemish writer and Eastern Europe expert Johan Deboose and Estonian award-winning writer Tõnu Õnnepalu. In addition we offer you heart-warming Estonian choir music, body-warming Estonian drinks and snacks and the best of Estonian cinema – political and ironic comedy <I>Mushrooming</I>. By the end of the day, you will be befriended with this little country and will know what makes it so unique. At the same time you will also discover that some things are universal no matter the states, peoples or cultures.</P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify><B>The event takes place on 23rd November at 15:30 at Permeke Library (De Coninckplein 25-26, Antwerpen)</B></P><P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>Programme:</P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>15:30 welcome and introduction by the Ambassador of Estonia H.E Mr Gert Antsu</P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>16:00 literary debate between Johan Deboose and Tõnu Õnnepalu followed by performance of Estonian choir Beene </P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>18:00 reception with Estonian drinks and snacks.</P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>19:30 Estonian feature film <I>Mushrooming</I> by Toomas Hussar.<BR>See the trailer: <A href=""><STRONG></STRONG></A></P> <P align=justify><BR>The Estonian day is organised in cooperation with Antwerpen Boekenstad, Estonian Embassy in Brussels, Spoetnik Antwerpen and Permeke Library and Letterenhus.<BR></P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing>For more information, see:<B> </B><A href=""><B></B></A><B></B></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a><a href="" target="_blank"> <img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /> </a><a href="" target="_blank"> <img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /> </a></div> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:14:32 GMT Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:00:00 GMT Jaak Lutsoja jazz quintet touring in France and Luxembourg <p class="MsoNoSpacing" align="justify"><b>Jaak Lutsoja</b> is an excellent and sensitive accordionist who is always striving for more experience and fresh inspiration to create his music. He has played with many top Estonian musicians and in many foreign countries. Estonia's most reliable concert agency, The Sate Concert Agency, has organized performances for the artist since 1998. Some of these performances include The Limbazi Festival in Latvia and the E. Piaf Festival in France.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b>21 November&nbsp; at&nbsp; 21:00 at Cité de la Musique, Marseilles (245 bis, Boulevard Michelet 13009 Marseille)<br></b><a href=""><b></b></a></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b>23 November at 20:00 at Jazzy Colors, Paris (123 Rue Saint-Martin, 75004 Paris)</b><a href=""><b></b></a><b></b></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><b>24 November at 19:30 in Brasserie Neumünster, Luxembourg&nbsp; (28 Rue Münster, 2160 Luxembourg)</b></p> <div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:38:25 GMT Sat, 23 Nov 2013 22:00:00 GMT 3D animation opera Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange closing Brussels' Filem’on festival <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify><STRONG><I>Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange</I> <I>– a rapid love story</I></STRONG> is an animation operetta dealing with the topic of illegal immigrants fleeing from Africa to Europe in a socially critical way. It is also a story of impossible love between orange boy Maroc, a singing boat refugee, and lemon girl Lisa. Maroc is&nbsp; brave but poor, Lisa is the daughter of a rich businessman and owner of a tomato ketchup plantation – a fruitier version of Romeo and Juliet!<STRONG></STRONG></P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify><STRONG>The screening takes place on 3rd November at 18.30 at cinema Aventure </STRONG>(Rue des Fripiers 57, Galerie du Centre Bloc II) followed by Q&amp;A with the film director Mait Laas.<STRONG></STRONG></P> <P align=justify>See the trailer: <A href=""><STRONG></STRONG></A><BR></P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing><STRONG></STRONG>&nbsp;</P><P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify><STRONG>Filem’on</STRONG>, Brussels International Children’s Film Festival, celebrates its <STRONG>7th birthday</STRONG>! During the autumn holidays,<STRONG> from Sunday 27 October until Sunday 3 November</STRONG>, the Brussels film venues Cinema Nova, Aventure, Cinematek, GC Everna, GC De Pianofabriek, GC Ten Weyngaert and Espace Delvaux, welcome all children between the ages of 3 and 15. This year’s theme is Fairytale and all films, encounters and workshops will be focusing on that.<BR>&nbsp;<BR>For more information about the festival programme and tickets, see: <A href=""><STRONG></STRONG></A></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a><a href="" target="_blank"> <img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /> </a></div> Sun, 03 Nov 2013 14:18:59 GMT Sat, 23 Nov 2013 22:00:00 GMT Estonian rock band Tanel Padar & The Sun in Brussels Botanique <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify><STRONG><EM>The Sun</EM></STRONG> was formed in 2003. The singer – Tanel Padar - is best known internationally for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001.&nbsp;Band’s repertoire spans various styles: pop/hard/soft-rock, sweet (but out-there!) ballads, even a vigorous clash of metal and, of course, some good old rock'n'roll to please the dudes. The group has released four top selling albums in Estonia plus one international CD, two DVDs and two acoustic albums. They have won 16 different music awards plus countless nominations, including from MTV. The band has done gigs in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Finland, Iraq, France, Turkey, USA, etc... Tanel Padar and The Sun have been the opening act for Metallica, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and many more.</P> <P align=justify><BR><B>The concert will take place on 18 October at </B><B>Le Botanique, Witloof bar (rue Royale, 236,&nbsp; Brussels). Doors open at 19:00.</B><BR>Don’t miss it! But if you do, you can enjoy the them on 19 October in Luxembourg at the Baltic night&nbsp; at CinEast film festival. <BR><BR>Listen to the music: <A href=""><STRONG></STRONG></A></P><P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>The event is organised by the Estonian Association in Belgium in cooperation with Estonian Embassy in Brussels, the Estonian Association in Luxembourg and the CinEast.</P> <P align=justify>For more information about the concerts and tickets, see: <A href=""><STRONG></STRONG></A><BR><A href=""><STRONG></STRONG></A></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:03:22 GMT Sat, 23 Nov 2013 22:00:00 GMT Estonian films and rock music featured at CinEast in Luxembourg <P class=MsoNoSpacing align=justify>For the 6th time, <STRONG>CinEast Film Festival (9-27 October)</STRONG> will offer the public in Luxembourg the best of Central and Eastern European cinema, as well as many special events (concerts, exhibitions, culinary events). This year again, the festival offers an extensive choice of the latest Estonian feature, animated, documentary and short films – for example, the award winning animations <I>Lotte from the Gadgetville</I> <I>(italic)</I> and <I>Lotte and the Moonstone secret</I>. Warm recommendations include the recent 3D animation opera <I>Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange </I>and the feature <EM>The Arbitrer</EM> with the chance to meet the intriguing and beautiful director Kadri Kõusaar. In addition to that, a powerful rock concert with <EM>Tanel Padar &amp; The Sun</EM> together with a Lithuanian basketball film and a Latvian DJ will be featured at the Baltic evening in club Melusina.</P><FONT size=3 face="Times New Roman"></FONT><FONT size=3 face="Times New Roman"></FONT> <P class=MsoNoSpacing>The event is organised by the Estonian Association in Luxembourg in cooperation with the CinEast film festival and Estonian Embassy in Brussels. </P> <P class=MsoNoSpacing>For more information about the programme and tickets, see: <A href=""><STRONG></STRONG></A></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:18:59 GMT Sat, 26 Oct 2013 21:00:00 GMT Transpoesie – poetry in metro is back. Meet Asko Künnap, poet and designer of this year’s edition <p align="justify">For the third year, to celebrate the European Day of Languages and linguistic diversity as well as to promote contemporary poetry, EUNIC Brussels in cooperation with&nbsp;STIB, National Lottery, City of Brussels, Gallerie Anspach, book shop Libris Agora and in partnership with Passa Porta will be displaying poems by poets from 25 European countries in their original languages and in translations.<br></p> <p align="justify">Estonia is represented by a poem of <strong>Asko Künnap</strong> (Dutch translation by Marianne Vogel/Cornelius Hasselblatt and French translation by Jean-Pascal Ollivry) who has also taken care of the visual identity of the project this year.<br></p><p align="justify"><strong>26 September at 17:00-19:00</strong> – opening of poem exhibition at Gallerie Anspach (Blv Anspach 24, Brussels)</p><p align="justify"><strong>26 September at 20:00</strong> – literary evening at Passa Porta (rue Dansaert 46, Brussels) in the presence of poets and designer</p><p align="justify"><strong>24 September – 21st October</strong> – stickers, posters and leaflets with poems in original language and French/Dutch translation in Brussels metro, buses and trams</p><p align="justify"><strong>17 October</strong> <strong>at 20:00</strong> – poetry evening at Hungarian Balassi Institute (Treurenberg 10, Brussels) in the presence of poets</p><p align="justify">For more information, please see: <a data-cke-saved-href="" href=""></a></p><p align="justify">or follow Transpoesie in Facebook.<br></p> <div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:21:57 GMT Sat, 26 Oct 2013 21:00:00 GMT Estonian architecture exhibition “100 HOUSES” at Espace Architecture La Cambre at Flagey <P align=justify>“100 HOUSES” is the first exhibition of Estonian architecture in Belgium depicting the building tradition&nbsp;of private houses in Estonia, a discipline often noted as the strength of the nation’s architecture. This exhibition shows the personal relationship Estonians hold with the design of a new home. Each house presented results from a unique project and has been built in the past 20 years.<BR></P><P align=justify>Particular attention is paid to the first decade of the century, as the economic growth triggered numerous building projects and media’s attention for interior architecture started to blossom. Estonia is a place where many young architects can practice. This is especially emphasised in the exhibition – nearly half of the presented houses are designed by architects under 40. The exhibition represented Estonia at the 12th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale and was featured in Paris, Strasbourg and Carcassonne between 2011 and 2013.<BR><BR><STRONG>The exhibition runs from 26 September 2013 to 6 January 2014 at Espace Architecture La Cambre Horta, ULB</STRONG> (Place Flagey 19bis, Brussels), <STRONG>Tuesday- Sunday 10:30-18:00.</STRONG><BR></P> <P align=justify>For more information about the exhibition, please see: <A href="" data-cke-saved-href=""></A><BR><A href=";id=163&amp;cat=1" data-cke-saved-href=";id=163&amp;cat=1">;id=163&amp;cat=1</A><BR></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:21:00 GMT Sun, 05 Jan 2014 22:00:00 GMT "Nordic colours. Estonian Art 1910-1945 from Enn Kunila’s collection" in European Parliament <p align="justify">Enn Kunila’s art collection is one of the largest collections of modern painting in Northern and Eastern Europe comprising works of more than 60 artists and giving an overview of the origins of Estonian professional art and its most important developments in the first half of 20th century.<br></p><p align="justify"><br></p> <p align="justify">The exhibition displays 34 works by artists such as Konrad Mägi, Ants Laikmaa, Ado Vabbe, Elmar Kits, Lepo Mikko, Endel Kõks and many others. A catalogue and a comprehensive book about Enn Kunila’s collection, both in English, will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.<br><br><strong>24 September at 18:30 - opening of the exhibition in the Yehudi Menuhin Hall, European Parliament</strong> (rue Wiertz 60, Brussels)<br><strong>25 September at 11:30 and 15:00 - guided tours of the exhibition by art historians</strong><br><br>For participation at the opening and in a guided tour, please contact <a data-cke-saved-href="" href=""></a>.<br><br>For more information about the collection and exhibition, please see: <a data-cke-saved-href="" href="/"></a>.<br></p> <div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:06:02 GMT Sun, 05 Jan 2014 22:00:00 GMT “Love in Strasbourg”: works of the best-known Estonian artist Eduard Wiiralt in the Estonian Permanent Representation and Embassy <P align=justify>As of 19th September, you are warmly welcome to explore the works of the most famous Estonian print artist Eduard Wiiralt from the collection of the Finnish composer Juhani Komulainen. This extraordinary collection focuses on the first period of the artist’s stay in Paris (1925-1933) and&nbsp; features charming sketches of the famous Hell and Cabaret&nbsp; as well as the&nbsp;self-portrait drawing Violinist. The most exiting work in the collection is probably the Reclining Tiger (1937/1950), a rare version between the 1937 and 1950 works.<BR></P><P align=justify>In addition to prints also featuring drawings, watercolour paintings and monotypes, the selection of works allows us to assume that the collection in question once belonged to the artist’s friend Nelly Stulz in Strasbourg. Wiiralt and Stulz were romantically involved from 1931 to the spring of 1933.<BR></P> <P align=justify>You are welcome to visit the exhibition at rue Guimard 11/13, 1040 Brussels from Wednesday to Friday between 14:00-17:00 upon preregistration by phone (+322 227 39 10) or by e-mail (<A href="" data-cke-saved-href=""></A>).<BR></P><div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a></div> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:21:57 GMT Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 GMT Kristjan Randalu and Belgian Aka Moon making music at Marni Jazz <p align="justify">Since the early nineties, Aka Moon has attacked a large number of sacred cows, building links between the most varied styles across different continents. This time, they are exploring Estonia where they chanced upon pianist Kristjan Randalu – internationally trained young musician with sublime technique. Like the Aka Moon members themselves, Kristjan is the kind of person who is open to challenges. A sense of adventure and innovation are the key concepts of this concert night.<br></p> <p align="justify"><br>For the 10th time, Marni Jazz enriches Brussels music scene. This year, the focus is on soprano sax. The festival features such established artists as Cassol, Fabrice Alleman, Pierre Vaiana ja Ludovic Jeanmart, as well as young talents both from Belgium and abroad creating a place for musical encounters in new and interesting formats.</p><p align="justify"><strong>The concert will take place on 13th September at 20:00 at Théâtre Marni&nbsp; </strong>(rue de Vergnies 25, Brussels)</p><p align="justify"><br></p><p align="justify">For more information about the festival and tickets, please see: <a data-cke-saved-href="" href=""></a><br></p> <div class="img"> <a href="" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /></a><a href="" target="_blank"> <img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="" /> </a></div> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:25:41 GMT Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 GMT Who won the European Museum of the Year award and why did Estonian museums refuse to close for the night? <p><undefined:undefined:p>From May 14-17, Tallinn played host to the European Museum Forum 2014, culminating in the presentation of the European Museum of the Year Award 2014.</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:hr id="system-readmore"></undefined:undefined:hr> <undefined:undefined:img alt="emya_tallinn_cropped" width="322" height="91" src="" style="float: right;"></undefined:undefined:img> <undefined:undefined:p>This year's Museum Forum programme can seen here: <undefined:undefined:a href=""><a target="_blank" href=""></a>.</undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p></p> <p><undefined:undefined:p><undefined:undefined:a href="">Programme</undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>The European Museum of the Year award has been presented since 1977 and the impressive list of winners over the years can be seen running down the right hand side of the European Museum Forum's web page: <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a>.</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>The list of this year's nominees was also long and prestigious: <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p>. <undefined:undefined:p>But before introducing this year's winner, an unusual occurance happened on the same night in museums all over Estonia... They call it Muuseumiöö, the Night of Museums, and it also featured English-language tours: <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>All together, an estimated 75 000 people attended Museum Night in Estonia according to Estonian Public Broadcasting in English <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p></p> <p><undefined:undefined:p>And the award went to.... Well, you can watch the awards ceremony and find out: <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>But we'll cut to the chase and let you in on the fact that he European Museum of the Year Award 2014 went to Nobel laureate writer Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, Turkey <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a>.</undefined:undefined:p></p> <p><undefined:undefined:p>Mr Pamuk was in Tallinn to receive the award:</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>ETV Interview: Turkish Nobelist Pamuk on Museums, Memory and Melancholy<undefined:undefined:a href=""> <a target="_blank" href=""></a></undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>The list of all the award-winners and special commendations can be seen at <a target="_blank" href=""><undefined:undefined:a href=""></undefined:undefined:a></a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>Tallinn's own Lennusadam / Seaplane Harbour of the Estonian Maritime Museum received special commendation "For the impressive maritime atmosphere with spectacular, theatrical exhibition design beautifully integrated into the building and for the evident central position of the visitor at the heart of the online experience which allows them to download information whilst walking through the exhibition."</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>When in Tallinn, you must come and see this extraordinary new museum, which opened in spring 2012:<undefined:undefined:a href=""> <a target="_blank" href=""></a></undefined:undefined:a></undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>&nbsp;</undefined:undefined:p> <undefined:undefined:p>&nbsp;</undefined:undefined:p></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:27:37 GMT Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 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 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 GMT