Tallinn Creative Hub joined ECBN (European Creative Businesses Network) and Circostrada Network.
The showcase took place at Wabadus and Vabank on 5th April attracting near thousand music fans.
The Tallinn Music Week main prize, sponsored by Skype for the fifth year, was awarded to Elephants From Neptune – currently one of the hottest rock bands in Estonia that was just signed by Finnish Fullsteam Agency. The prestigious title of Skype’s Go Change the World Award is complemented by €3500.
On 28-29 September Stalker Festival will turn Kultuurikatel into an installation intertwining electronic music with visual, sound, film and performing arts into a mystical world that embraces the guest in the sense of future being at hand.
Cultural Tourism 2011 presents a new free application CultureWalks that helps a smartphone user to discover different cultural paths in Tallinn and Turku while offering background information about the sights.
A dozen Dutch “sablepoot” chickens are moving into their new home at the community garden of Tallinn Creative Hub today with the official opening taking place at 6 pm. This move takes the experiment of urban gardening in Tallinn next to the Culture Kilometre to a new level.
Estonian professional glass art celebrates its 75th jubilee with a grand installative exhibition „Grand Fragility“ from 9 June to 22 July in Tallinn Art Hall. One part of the exhibition presents more than 30 musical instruments made of glass for one of the highlight events of the European Capital of Culture project „World of Glass“.
Tallinn Creative Hub / Kultuurikatel / calls students, experts and visionaries to meet on 26th-27th April at an interdisciplinary event that focuses on global open-source thinking models in investigating and influencing the different levels of urban space.
FREE CITY calls students, experts and visonaries to meet on 26th-27th April in workshops and dialog-actions for learning to use different open-source tools inside and outside IT, to study the method of action in open-source paradigm and find open-source solutions to start your own new initiatives in analysing, influencing and planning our urban space.
Tallinn Creative Hub / Kultuurikatel/ is looking for ideas to open the community garden Katlaaed this summer
Kultuurikatel is at the moment still a construction site but the Tallinn Creative Hub foundation has started to develop the content platform and hopes to grow exciting ideas to the garden of Kultuurikatel /Katlaaed/ this summer already. We have announced an open call for ideas for the garden of Kultuurikatel.
Winner of ‘The Concrete Construction of Year 2011’ award, announced on a national thematic Concrete Day by the Concrete Association of Estonia, is sound sculpture Cromatico, which was built and used as part of the programme of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011.
To keep up the cooperation of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 and Tallinn Music Week, Tallinn Creative Hub /Kultuurikatel/ opens its doors on 30th March for the first time this spring and invites to listen to new club music by Estonian and foreign artists.
Foundation Tallinn 2011 thanks all cultural creators, entrepreneurs, media and other partners for the successful year as the European Capital of Culture. The success of the year is proven by a high number of programme creators and audience, by lively cultural discussions, by the unprecedented attention of international media to Tallinn and Estonian culture and the record breaking increase of cultural tourism.
Today, on 22 December the performance of the unique musical composition “Song of the Tower Bells” and the following concert will be concluded by a fire show on Harju Hill (Harjumägi). The burning of the fire sculpture “2011“ will celebrate the darkest night of the year and the end of the European Capital of Culture year.
On 22 December, the final day of the European Capital of Culture year, actresses Anu Lamp and Jekaterina Novosjolova and theatre students will tell the best stories of the international storytelling competition. The stories will be read in the Tallinn Art Hall at 18:00-20:00.
The last party of Club 2011 will start on 22 December at 22 in Kultuurikatel where the sounds that have filled the party series of the European Capital of Culture throughout the year will come together in one. IIRIS and Uebanda will present their new releases, international artists like Redshape, Lil Silva, 2562 and Dorian Concept will perform.
After two months of intense rehearsals the interactive installation ’BLEIER RESEARCH Incorporated’ by Danish/Austrian participatory theatre SIGNA premieres on 8 December. Each performance is considerably influenced by the role of the audience.
European Capital of Culture programme will finish with a unique film event ’60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero’ with artistic contributions from known film makers from all around the world. 55 directors have announced their participation, for full list please check out www.60sec.ee.
Arvo Pärt’s impressive composition Adam’s Lament will be heard for the first time in Finland in Turku. The premiere will take place in the St. Michael’s Church on 7 December, with Arvo Pärt present as the guest of honour.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves thanked on Sunday, 4th December 2011 ten volunteers, two volunteer leaders and companies that promote volunteering by their employees.
The Month of Photography is officially over but there is still one gemstone to come. European Eyes on Japan, which opens this week, is part of Tallinn’s Month of Photography. The exhibition is collaboration between the two current European Capitals of Culture Tallinn 2011, Turku 2011 and the EU-Japan Fest. The exhibition is showing at Temnikova & Kasela Gallery.
From 29-31 March 2012 Tallinn Music Week festival will take place for the fourth time. It’s a showcase festival that aims to present to local audiences the most exciting and up-to-date Estonian music and to present our best artists to international music industry and press.
Festival Christmas Jazz 2011 offers 20 fantastic concerts at churches, clubs, concert and theatre halls in six Estonian cities from November 24th to December 10th. Musicians will come here from USA, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany and other countries.
“I received an email telling me it was over. I didn’t know how to respond. It was almost as if it hadn’t been meant for me. It ended with the words, Take care of yourself.” And so I did. I asked 107 women, chosen for their profession or skills, to interpret this letter. To analyze it, comment on it, dance it, sing it. Exhaust it. Understand it for me. Answer for me. It was a way of taking the time to break up. A way of taking care of myself”
The year as European Capital of Culture in Tallinn will finish on 22 December with an intense programme at the seashore and in city centre. As part of ’Happy End’ a unique one and only screening of ’60 Seconds of Solitude’ will take place at Tallinn harbour, a new composition by Margo Kõlar ’Song of the Tower Bells’ will sound on Freedom Square accompanied by a 3D video projection on the facade of St John’s church.
The most important animation festival in the Baltic and Nordic regions, which runs between 16 and 20 November 2011, promises a feast of short and feature animation from across the world whilst new initiative AnimaCampus, running 15-19 November, will be a meeting point for young animators eager to learn more about their craft.
The arts festival NEU/NOW, which is connected to the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 program, will be launched in Tallinn on November 17. 35 projects by young artists from 17 different countries are featured in the NEU/NOW Festival in categories of visual arts, design, film, theatre, dance, music and sound. Among the projects are five from Estonia.
From today tickets are on sale for the last and one of the most thrilling theatre projects of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 by the Danish participatory theatre SIGNA „BLEIER RESEARCH INCORPORATED“. The border testing experiment will take place in Standard building (Kopli 25) from 8.–11. December and 13.–15. December.
It’s December and Christmas time, but outside the summer sun blazes. Something is wrong! The Mayan calendar predicts that the world will end on December 21, 2012. Every Estonian has to decide how they will spend their last days. Rait finally wants to confess his feelings to his lifelong love, the starlet Lenna Kuurmaa. His friend Mihkel, hits his head, goes bonkers, and needs to save the world by sacrificing that very same Lenna to the Sun Gods. Brenda wants to escape her dictatorial mother but insane asylum orderlies chase her. Ervin wins the world’s last lottery and is so upset by not having any way to spend it that he wants to die from misery. Confusion reigns. But hope always dies last... And, fortunately, the end finally comes...
The world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir and internationally renowned soprano Annely Peebo are to give a concert together on 12th of November 2011 at the Nokia Concert Hall, 13th of November at the Vanemuise Concert Hall and 15th of November at the Johanneksenkirkko in Helsinki. The concert in Tallinn is a part of the programme of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011.
On the 29th of September 2011, the documentary film «The Detour» by Atelier Limo started its tour around the Gulf of Finland in the port area of Tallinn. About 70 people gathered for the premiere in Terminal A which had been transformed for the occasion into a great projection room.
„World of Glass” – a unique Christmas concert by the European Capital of Culture, tickets on sale now
This Christmas, a rare and fragile world of glass will open in Tallinn - on 20th and 21st December the glass instruments made by the Estonian glass artists and the students of glass art from the Estonian Academy of Arts will reach the stage for the first time in the world.
In this year’s edition, the NU Performance Festival leaves behind the theatre scene and conquers the stage of the everyday: From November 7 – 10, 2011, the biannual for international contemporary performance and theatre is exclusively hosted at the Sokos Hotel VIRU. More than 35 performance and theatre artists are present for four days and show work that has been originally created for or adapted to the hotel’s premises.
The 12th international new music festival NYYD will take place on 20th – 28th October. The collaboration with the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 has enabled to organise the festival at a level that has not been possible in Estonia before, a level that is also outstanding in the European context.
Whispering Spaces is a site-specific project consisting of five exhibitions in apartments in various districts of Tallinn. The project draws attention to Estonian photographic art and artists and emphasizes the importance of the unconscious relationship between the individual and space.
The online arts festival NEU/NOW which is part of the programme of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011, was launched last week at www.neunow.com. The Festival showcases projects by 135 young future talents from 23 countries. The NEU/NOW LIVE Festival, presenting 35 of the projects selected for the on-line Festival, takes place in Tallinn this November.
In this year’s edition, the NU Performance Festival leaves behind the theatre scene and conquers the stage of the everyday: From November 7 – 10, 2011, the biannual for international contemporary performance and theatre is exclusively hosted at the Sokos Hotel VIRU. More than 35 performance and theatre artists are present for four days and show work that has been originally created for or adapted to the hotel’s premises. In the light of the festivities of Tallinn 2011, we wanted to invite artistic contributions that revolve around the notion and practice of hospitality.
From this week Kumu art museum presents the personal exhibition of one of Estonia’s internationally best known artists Ene-Liis Semper. The exhibition is a synthesis of room installation and video art. According to the artist it is the largest and most work intensive personal exhibition she has had and it is one of the most important art events of Tallinn 2011.
Three Kingdoms - a co-operation by NO99, Münchner Kammerspiele and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre will premiere in Munich tomorrow. The play received praise by public and critics in Estonia after the premiere in Tallinn in September.
As a thank you for the excellent game between Slovenia and Serbia that has helped Estonian football to unprecedented heights and for the support of European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012 for the Estonian team, Tallinn 2011 sends a present to Slovenian National team while sending our special thanks to the Slovenian goal keeper Samir Handanovic.
This year’s entrepreneurship awards were announced at the evening reception of Tallinn Entrepreneurship Day on October 6. Sokos Hotel Viru was awarded Tourism Project 2011 for creating the first hotel museum in Estonia - Hotel Viru and the KGB that is part of the programme of European Capital of Culture Tallin 2011.
The exhibition of works of 51 artists from Estonia, Europe, US, Australia and Asia will be seen from 7 October in a space specially set up for the occasion in the Noblessner district.
The class of 2011 of Viljandi Culture Academy’s actors will bring to stage of the Von Krahl theatre a production by Finnish top director Kristian Smeds on 1st October 2011. The production of 12 Karamazovs is being presented by the European Capitals of Culture Tallinn and Turku.
Tallinn Month of Photography is an international festival of lens-based art organised by the Union of Photography Artists in Estonia. Most of the programme of the Month of Photography will take place in October 2011 and consists of exhibitions and events that seek to explore the possibilities, limits and spatial relations of photographic media.
Tallinn Music Week together with Ewert & the Two Dragons and Kreatiivmootor are diving into Vienna’s vibrant club scene within Waves Vienna festival!
This week Vienna will host the city’s first club festival Waves Vienna. The city’s most significant clubs (Flex, Badeschiff, Fluc, Pratersauna), unique off-locations, and the public space will merge into the site of the Waves Vienna Festival from September 28th to October 2nd. Waves Vienna’s motto is „East meets West“; numerous international alternative, electronic, rock, and club acts will be performing around Vienna’s 2nd district.
This Saturday, 1st of October is the last day of NO99 Straw Theatre. The installation of straw that lasted for five months and that was the venue for performances by reputable groups from Estonia and abroad will close its doors.
In a few months’ time an experimental theatre will open its doors in the Standard factory building in Kopli (North Tallinn) – an experimental laboratory that plays with limits. It is the participatory theatre led by Danish group SIGNA, where roles will be played by the audience. From today Tallinn 2011 and SIGNA invite all brave people to put their talent to test.
When opening the concert season 2011/2012, agency Corelly Music premieres a new work The Lovers and the Rogues by Estonian contemporary composer Märt-Matis Lill. It is a brand new genre in music - secular mystery play, based on legends from Tallinn, also on real events that have taken place in upper town or downtown in Tallinn.
The results of the project “Cities for All – Tallinn for All” are presented as a part of Design Night festival
As a part of Design Night festival, the results of the project “Cities for All – Tallinn for All” were presented yesterday on September 20 and the works were evaluated by a jury.
The ideas were evaluated by an international jury who selected the winner. The first and the second prize were divided between the Tallinn public transportation project and Gulliver Map. The third prize was given to the project of visual aids for the blind.
At the invitation of Tallinn 2011 the representatives of 16 European Capitals of Culture visit Tallinn from 22 – 24 September. In addition to a two day seminar they will check out the programme of Tallinn 2011 and attend the opening of LIFT11’s last project „A Path in the Forest“.
CitySonic is a one-night-two-stages club-festival taking place in old town’s most popular music venue - Von Krahl (Rataskaevu St 10) on Saturday, October 8th 2011. The mini-festival aims to assemble into one night a top selection of bands representing Estonia's alternative music in a wide scope of genres and styles.
From September 21-25 five children and youth choirs from Japan will visit the European Capital of Culture Tallinn. The choirs come from the city of Sendai, from the area, which was damaged the most in the earthquake and tsunami in spring. The choirs are accompanied by the delegation of cultural benefactors, who in addition to meeting the Culture Capital team, will also meet with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications and Tallinn City Government.
16 – 25 September Tallinn will be the playground for innovation minded design fans during the European Innovation Festival IF ... and the fourth Design Night that belong to the programme of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011.
On Friday 23 September the last and biggest installation of LIFT11 „A Path In The Forest“ by Japanese architect Tetsuo Kondo will be opened in Kadriorg Park. LIFT11 urban installations festival is part of the programme of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011.
6th Design Night festival and IF...Tallinn 2011 draw the attention of design-minded people in Finland
On September 16-25, Tallinn is overtaken by innovative design fans who are taking part of the European Innovation festival IF... and Design Night festival. Within the span of 2 years, 6 cities organize the Innovation Festival – Barcelona, Milan, Kortrijk, Lisbon, Vilnius and Tallinn. The festivals concentrate on the themes of innovation and user-friendly design, social inclusion, mobility, environmental awareness and the influence of technology on everyday life.
Tallinn Chamber Music Festival is created to enrich and add some classical spice to the busy cultural life in Tallinn. PLMF organizes the Festival with the support of the Tallinn City Government, the Ministery of Culture and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. The Festivals artistic director is the outstanding Estonian opera singer Pille Lill.
The NEU/NOW LIVE Festival 2011 showcases exciting new work in visual arts, design, film, theatre & dance and music produced by emerging international artists. 35 projects from 17 countries have been specially selected to feature in the live festival, that will take place this November in Tallinn, Estonia, in the frame of European Capital of Culture 2011.
September will bring the Arvo Pärt Days to Nargen Festival – within a week, several musical groups will offer an insight to the work of this renowned composer. This year, the festive weeks will make history with a special event: for the first time in the world, all the symphonies composed by Arvo Pärt will be presented in one concert.
Theatre NO99. Münchner Kammerspiele. Lyric Hammersmith. Simon Stephens. Sebastian Nübling. World Stage Festival. Lars Wittershagen. Ene-Liis Semper. Seven actors from Estonia, three from Germany, three from London. World premiere of the play „Three Kingdoms“ on 17 September in European Capital of Culture Tallinn in Theatre NO99. Autumn and spring in Munich and London.
Tallinn Music Week and Tallinn 2011 set off to music industry expedition in Berlin for Popkomm music trade fair and Berlin Festival
The Estonian and Baltic-Nordic talent showcase-festival and music industry conference Tallinn Music Week has once again teamed up with its partner through the festival career, Tallinn 2011 to bring the Estonian Music & Design Café into Popkomm music industry trade fair at the legendary Tempelhof airport and the whole night of music - Tallinn Music Week on wheels – into one of Berlin’s coolest venues NBI at Kulturbrauerei.
At the end of August Helsinki Arts Night audience will experience two projects of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011. In cooperation with Estonian Institute in Finland the LIFT11 installation ’O’ will roll into town and in the premiere of ’sugrierror.com’ in NO99 Straw Theatre will be transmitted live to the screen in the Estonian House.
Those who are interested in contemporary art of jewellery are welcome to visit Tallinna Põhjatuletorn (Northern Lighthouse very close to KUMU, Valge Street 3) from August 27 when 6 artists will present their works – Kadri Mälk, Piret Hirv, Villu Plink, Eve Margus-Villems, Tanel Veenre and Kristiina Laurits.
Tomorrow, on 20th of August Estonia celebrates the 20th anniversary of the restoration of its independence. Everyone is invited to join the celebrations at Song of Freedom concert at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.
This Saturday, 20th of August 15 artists from Estonia and abroad will perform at the concert Song of Freedom at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. Tallinn Chamber Orchestra with conductors Rasmus Puur and Mihhail Gerts will also be on stage. Musicians and the audience will jointly compose a unique „Song of Creation“ at the venue.
The rehearsals have started for a Finno-Ugric play Sugrierror.com that as part of the programme of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 involves Finno-Ugric actors from Estonia and Russia. Sugrierror.com will be performed at NO99 Straw Theatre from 26 to 30 August.
Song of Freedom celebrates two important events: it is the 20th anniversary of the restoration of Estonia’s independence on 20th August while Tallinn wears the title of European Capital of Culture. One aim of Song of Freedom is to say thank you to countries that bravely recognized Estonia’s independence 20 years ago. Special thanks and attention goes to Iceland that recognized Estonia in 1991 as the first country. To celebrate this and also to open the Iceland Day that takes place all over Tallinn on 21 August, Iceland’s President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson will address the public at Tallinn Song Festival grounds.
During five summer days in five districts of Tallinn 130 artists will open their studios to public to enable everyone to see where and how art is being created. Open Studios is part of the programme of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011.
The new circus festival „Circus Tree“ has since last weekend brought together thousands of circus enthusiasts in Kadriorg Park. This week the festival that is part of the programme of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 concentrates on young audiences presenting among others the graduating show of Finnish Circus School and the premiere of Estonia’s OMAtsirkus.
On Tuesday 9 August at 18.00 seven street artists and groups of artists of KONT 2011 will start turning eight sea containers into art objects. At the opening event ’skate doctors’ of Haigla, Kris Luigend and Ats Luik will take care of the party mood.
The idea of 'O', which can fit inside a travelling bag, is so intriguing and internationally informative that the editor-in-chief of architecture magazine ''Project Baltia'', Vladimir Frolov, invited the installation 'O', part of the European Capital of Culture 2011 programme, along with its authors to St Petersburg and Moscow to introduce contemporary art of public spaces and to draw attention with mutual interventions to the problems connected with public spaces.
As the apocalypse is imminent, Von Krahl Theatre has decided to take on the world’s first story of Gilgamesh. This performance will premiere in Katel on 17 August in European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011.
On August 5-13 the international new circus festival 'Circus Tree' will take place for the first time in Kadriorg Park in Tallinn. The international festival, which is part of the European Capital of Culture 2011 programme, will introduce the current European youth circus to the public.
Within the storytelling series of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 on 4 August stories from the Baltic islands will be told in the courtyard of restaurant nAnO starting at 19.00. There will be storytellers from Gotland, Bornholm, Aland, Öland, Rügen, Hiiumaa and Saaremaa. The common topic of the stories will be „Stories of the Seashore.“
The people of Estonia are celebrating two important events this year – the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the country’s independence on 20 August, and the year-long celebrations in Tallinn as the proud holder of the title of European Capital of Culture. In order to make both more memorable and to thank those nations who were quick to recognise Estonia’s independence in 1991, a concert entitled ‘Song of Freedom’ will be held at Tallinn’s Song Festival Grounds on 20 August.
As European Capital of Culture, Tallinn hosted a wide range of events in the first six months of 2011, all of which were well attended: 550,000 people visited the cultural events in the Estonian capital between January and June.
Tallinn’s Maritime Days festival, which came to a close late last night with a Geriljakino screening on the roof of the Linnahall building, saw three of the capital’s ports and harbours crowded with citysiders – who had come to take a look at the boats and ships on display, enjoy the sights of the Cultural Kilometre and attend the concerts taking place as part of the festival. As expected, the Krusenstern proved to be its most popular attraction, with 18,000 people admiring the vessel.
On 20-28 August 2011, thousands of Estonian folk dance enthusiasts will perform a relay dance, with different groups dancing non-stop for eight days and nights, covering all Estonia’s counties. By doing this every dancing couple will add their own line to this story. More than 6200 participants have signed up involving members of over 450 folk dance groups.
As part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 party series Club 2011 Mutant Disco will take place on Friday July 15th in a giant workshop next to Noblessner Foundry.
On August 25-27, Tallinn will host an international literary festival „Dovlatov Days in Tallinn“ which commemorates the 70th anniversary of Sergei Dovlatov (1941-1990), a Russian writer with close connections to Tallinn. The festival is part of the programme of Tallinn 2011 – European Capital of Culture.
Due to Tallinn Maritime Days this weekend traffic will be re-routed in the Passenger harbour area from 15 to 17 of July. Kuunari and Laeva streets will be closed for traffic causing re-routing of bus no 2. We recommend visiting Tallinn Maritime Days without cars – come by bicycle or boat!
The song and dance celebration week filled with sunshine and joy is now over. We danced our dances and sung our songs and had a wonderful celebration!
On 15 and 16 July the largest music festival of the Baltics Positivus will take place in Latvia’s seaside resort Salacgriva, where in addition to world renowned main acts like Editors, James, Röyksopp, Mark Ronson & Business Intl and Hurts also nine artists from Estonia will perform. For the first time Positivus has joined forces with Tallinn Music Week.
Tallinn Maritime Days that take place from 15 to 17 July offer intimate jazz concerts, a unique sunrise concert on board of Kajsamoor on Tallinn Bay and the premiere of Helena Tulve’s and Tarvo Hanno Varres’ work „Salt“. Tickets for these events are available at Piletilevi.
The parade of the Song and Dance Celebration on 3rd of July takes an unusual shape in this year of European Capital of Culture as it will be opened by Tallinn’s performers ‘floating’ on the waves of the sea. Tallinn 2011 Foundation is supporting the event also by providing free parking lots for bicycles and prams.
Next month, from 15th to 17th of July ‘Tallinn Maritime Days 2011’ - one of the highlight events of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 will take place.
The virtual application 360.tallin.ee is providing an opportunity to take a virtual tour around Old Town. This is readily available on the website.
This June Tallinn will be covered by an array of colours and designs when benches, trees and street lights in Tammsaare Park and concrete pillars in Viru Keskus Bus Terminal are covered with an eclectic range of knitted graffiti. The first display takes place today at the bus terminal.
Weapons of Sound, who perform on Saturday 11th June in Tallinn’s Freedom Square as part of the Trumm-It show, are perhaps the UK’s greenest band. Currently the band members are sorting rubbish from trash cans in Tallinn in order to find material for instruments that they are going to use during Saturday’s concert. Tomorrow the band will plant a tree next to the Culture Kilometre.
Use of technological elements in fashion is best demonstrated by pop-stars like Lady Gaga with her kinetic so-called living dress and Katy Perry with a costume performing a play of led lights. Also designers of sportswear cannot do without functional and high level materials and solutions while creating new models.
European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 will organize a huge party of rhythm and a concert called the Trumm-It Show on June 11 in Vabaduse väljak. Along with guests from Switzerland and the United Kingdom, the audience will get a performance of the rhythms and music styles known to the music world.
From June 2nd to September 30th seemingly everyday machines like parking meters, ATMs, traffic lights, phones, loudspeakers and letterboxes will appear in Tallinn’s city space. Nearer inspection will reveal that the usual machine behaves in a strange way.
On Sunday 5th June during the family festival ’Culture Moves to the Seashore’ a café-bus will open on the floating Eco-Island in the Old Fishing Harbour. On the shore visitors can operate a poetry-machine and view city installations, including the world’s largest wind chimes.
“Soul Vibrations” a solo sculpture exhibition of the Italian artist Vittoria Marziari opened on the 1st of June 2011 at the Representation of European Union, Rävala 4 (entrance from Laikma Street), in Tallinn. The exhibition is organized by the Embassy of Italy in Tallinn and will be open to the public until 26th of June. It is the last international stage after Warsaw and Vilnius.
NB Festival begins on Sunday the 29th of May in offering exotic theatre experiences for children and youth by South Korean and Brazilian theatre groups among other performers. South Korean theatre Art Stage SAN will perform „Story of Dallae“, Brazilian theatre Grupo Sobrevento presents „Almost Nothing“.
On Sunday the 5th of June at 12 noon a grand bicycle parade of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 will start from the Freedom Square and move along the Pärnu Road and Mere Avenue to Linnahall to open the Culture kilometre while celebrating bicycle traffic in the city.
The 30th Tallinn Old Town Days will begin on Saturday, 28 May at 18:00 with a parade from Freedom Square to Town Hall Square and the following opening performance “Open-Hearted City”. The Old Town Days festival is one of the highlights of the European Capital of Culture programme in early summer.
On May 20th and 21st there will be a unique opportunity to see the hidden architectural gems and secret heritage hideouts of Tallinn’s Old Town. Doors will be swung open and gates will be proudly unlocked allowing visitors to explore the hidden depths of Tallinn’s most historical monuments.
Legendary sailing ship ‘Krusenstern’ returns to Estonia for Tallinn Maritime Days from 15 to 17th of July
The barque Krusenstern will be the most distinguished guest at the summer highlight of the European Capital of Culture programme ‘Tallinn Maritime Days’. After 20 years away, Krusenstern will return to her former home port.
On 18th of May the president of German parliament Norbert Lammert, chairman of Estonian parliament Ene Ergma, president of the Goethe Institute Klaus-Dieter Lehmann and member of the executive board of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 Jaanus Mutli will open one of the biggest media art exhibitions of Europe this year „gateways. Art and Networked Culture” in Kumu art museum
HeadRead literature festival will invite participants to guided literary walks around Tallinn, offer readings by internationally renown writers like Boris Akunin and Philippe Claudel, poetry slams, music, cinema and more.
This Saturday, the 14th of May the Museum Night will take place in Estonia for the third time. All over Europe an international museum day will be celebrated for the 7th time around May 18th. This year Museum Night is part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme. Museums all over Estonia will open their doors for free visits from 18:00 to 23:00. In Tallinn there are free bus transfers between the museums.
The international triennial jury of the Contemporary Art Triennial for School Students Eksperimenta! announced the winners of three categories and gave an additional special mention to one talented young artist. The first ever Eksperimenta! belongs to the programme of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 and showcases interpretations of “Space”, the theme of the exhibition, by more than 900 authors from 13 countries.
Contemporary music and art will be frantically celebrated at Kumu ÖÖ (KUMU Night) on May 20th as part of the official European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme. For one night only the Kumu Art Museum will open its doors until the early hours for nearly 2000 music and art enthusiasts. 13 hand-picked artists are to be placed over three stages resulting in what will be a night saturated with high quality art and music. Simultaneously, ticket holders will be able to visit the highlight exhibition of the European Capital of Culture: ‘Gateways. Art and Networked Culture’.
A happening opened NO99 Theatre’s Straw Theatre on 30 April. Theatre NO99 has put on one-time happenings before in its large hall and has created them on the principle that the event would be sensitive in terms of time and place, and that its poetry would lie in the moment: it is not possible to repeat it any more anywhere else nor at any other time. This is also the case with the Straw Theatre’s opening performance. It is meant for the NO99 Straw Theatre alone and exactly for 30 April.
The Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (CAME /EKKM) have announced the nominees of the newly established contemporary art award Köler Prize for 2011: Dénes Kalev Farkas, Tõnis Saadoja, Timo Toots, Sigrid Viir and Jevgeni Zolotko.
Easter and Spring Fair on April 24 at the Estonian Open Air Museum announces that spring has arrived and invites everyone to the swing! The event is part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme.
XII International Choir Festival „Tallinn 2011“ will take place in Tallinn on 13-17 April as part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme. The festival will bring together 35 choirs and 7 vocal ensembles with 1513 participants in total. The countries represented at the festival include the USA, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Slovenia, Finland, Czech Republic, Ukraine and of course Estonia.
The Contemporary Art Triennial for School Students Eksperimenta! takes place in Tallinn (Estonia) in the exhibition halls of the Song Festival Grounds, Maarjamäe Palace and at the surrounding urban space from April 26 to June 14, 2011. Eksperimenta! is a unique and first ever international event that presents contemporary art made by 14-19 year old youngsters from 13 countries.
European Capital of Culture theatre programme opens with a new production, a new festival and a new theatre house
The theatre programme of the European Capital of Culture starts in April with the premiere of a winning play of an international drama competition in Tallinn City Theatre, the unprecedented performing arts festival POT and the opening of NO99 Straw Theatre.
The event kicked off last Thursday night with an opening party at Von Krahl, which played host to a line-up of new artists. Over three days, the 2011 Tallinn Music Week had 147 artists performing and 352 registered international delegates. The event attracted around 7,600 visitors.
The European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 cultural calendar includes three major Corelli Music agency projects, the first of which will be presented to the audience on the last days of March. In the Capital of Culture programme, as well as in musical activities in general, Corelli Music combines historical values with the works of notable contemporary composers.
The Tallinn Music Week conference taking place from 24-26 March 2011 focuses on three main topics: sustainability and a meaningful investment policy into talent and creation; the role of the manager and entrepreneur in bringing creation to the audience and consumer; and new opportunities for distribution of creation in the digital age.
Who wouldn’t like to listen to stories? Storytelling is one of the most primal expressions of culture and oral heritage the first vehicle of culture in time. On Sunday, March 20th, that is the world storytelling day, the year-long storytelling series of the Capital of Culture will start.
20 March is the ASSITEJ children’s theatre day dedicated internationally to theatres performing for children and youth. This year the ASSITEJ children’s theatre day will be celebrated in Tallinn in „Piip ja Tuut Mängumaja“, that is a new unique theatre space for young audiences.
In cooperation of this year’s European Capitals of Cultures Tallinn and Turku will present this Friday, 11 March a club party in Tallinn’s F-Hoone with the title „Night Moves“ that will bring to the stage the most exciting DJs and VJs from Estonia and Finland. The event is part of the Night Moves Turku 2011 tour and the Tallinn 2011 club series Club 2011.
The Third edition of Tallinn Music Week will celebrate Tallinn being the European Capital of Culture!
It is finally the year when Tallinn will proudly hold the title of European Capital of Culture, with Tallinn Music Week being one of its highlight events for music fans both in Estonia and abroad.
Tallinn Music Week is a showcase festival and a music industry networking event that started out in 2009. Having partnered up with the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 and the country’s very own brainchild, Skype, the event is a strong new initiative with the aim of integrating the Estonian music scene effectively into the European music industry circuit, thus providing a new platform for the country’s best talent to spread further from Estonian borders.
Eesti Kaasaegse Kunsti Muuseum (EKKM) is glad to announce that the nominees for the recently founded contemporary art award Köler Prize 2011 are:
Dénes Kalev Farkas, Tõnis Saadoja, Timo Toots, Sigrid Viir and Jevgeni Zolotko.
In cooperation of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 and National opera Estonia
13 March at 14.00 and 17.00 in the theatre hall of National opera Estonia
Only two performances!
During five months more than ten internationally well-known artists and theatre groups from the USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Lithuania, Finland and other countries will perform in the Straw Theatre. Also new works of several Estonian authors will have their premieres in the Straw Theatre: Jarek Kasar, Ene-Liis Semper, Hendrik Kaljujärv, Eva Klemets, Anne Türnpu and many others. „Deer slayer“ by Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper will have its last performances.
On Saturday, March 5, 2011, the Art Bus, which is part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme, will begin its tours for the first time and during the whole year it will take visitors to 30 art, design or architecture spots in Tallinn and near it.
On 27 February at 20:45 a 24-hour utopian installation „Object no. 2011“ was opened on Freedom Square in Tallinn. The project focuses attention on an artist as a human. Hundreds of important creative people in Estonia will participate in the installation during a three-week period. „Object no. 2011“ is part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme.
The hospitality programme consists of a three-step training session in which we will introduce the idea of hospitality, the Capital of Culture programme and acknowledge customer service professions. The Capital of Culture has developed a hospitality badge in order to acknowledge the companies engaged in improving the quality of customer service. Employees who have completed the training programme can also proudly wear a hospitality badge.
A new interactive exhibition “Discover Estonian Mythical Creatures!” was opened on February 11 at the Science Centre Energy. The exhibition that combines mythology and technology.is part of the European Culture Capital Tallinn’s 2011 program.
The major European Capital of Culture project „Trumm-It“ will start a series of lectures and workshops called „Talk_Trumm-It“ in collaboration with Tallinn Sports and Youth Department`s project “A Gift of Time”. The series will be opened by the acknowledged American beatboxer Napoleon Maddox who will be in Estonia during the Tallinn 2011 project „Silent Pictures Go Loud“ .
From February till March a new festival “Silent Pictures go loud” will take place on three weekends in various cinema and concert venues in Tallinn as part of the programme of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011. The concept of the festival is to blur the boundaries between film and music, present surprising and unexpected solutions that will give silent films a unique and universally comprehensible voice.
European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 presents: Chinese Year of the Rabbit will be celebrated with big festivals in Tallinn and Narva.
On Friday the baroque music festival starts in Tallinn, Tartu and Jõhvi. Having evolved from the “gate tower concerts” of Hortus Musicus the festival that this year belongs to the programme of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 has become a large scale international music event.
International documentaries festival DocPoint Tallinn – a highlight event of the European Capital of Culture - will kick off today bringing a host of guests from Europe to the Estonian capital. The opening night in Sõprus cinema will present the premiere of ”Cubaton”.
On 22 January 2011 the finals of 1st Fire Sculpture World Championship took place in Tallinn at Shnelli pond with seven teams competing. Lithuanian team was declared the winner of the competition.
The final round of the World Championship of Fire Sculptures takes place on 22 January 2011 from 11.00 to 21.00. The sculptures are built by the Schnelli pond in Tallinn Old Town during the day and the presentation/burning of the sculptures starts after 18.00.
FOR LOVE NOT MONEY is intended as a timely reflection on the state of contemporary art production, presentation and reception during a period of world financial crisis - at the moment Estonia has adopted the EURO as its currency. Curated by Eve Kask (EE), Eha Komissarov (EE) and Simon Rees (LT) the exhibition presents the work of 92 artists and 14 artist-groups representing four generations and 32 countries including a focus project by 14th Triennial prize winner Oscar Munoz (CO).
NGO Urban Lab in cooperation with the Foundation Tallinn 2011 announces the Viru pedestrian tunnel design competition. The pedestrian tunnel located under the intersection of Gonsiori and A. Laikmaa Street, the so-called Viru tunnel, has been a place with a bleak and unpleasant atmosphere where pedestrians often have difficulties finding the correct exit.
Simpel Session 11 takes place on 5-6 of February in Tallinn, Estonia, as one of the first international highlight events of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme. Europe's biggest indoor BMX and skateboarding contest Simpel Session 11 is happy to announce that as of this year, the contest is officially a World Cup sanctioned event, kicking off the World Cup Skateboarding World Tour 2011 pro street season.
On 13 January 2011, the first hotel museum in Estonia called ‘Hotel Viru and the KGB’ will be opened at Sokos Hotel Viru as part of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme. On 13 January the museum will be open for free for all the local residents and guests between 11 and 17.
In January Mirjam Tally will begin a yearlong series of events „Composer in residence for every district of Tallinn“ that is the contribution of Estonian Composers Union to the programme of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011.
Everyone expecting something extreme from the events of the European Capital of Culture please note that the winter swimming festival Pirita Open 2011 and Estonian Championship in winter swimming will be held on 7-8 January in the Pirita River in the Pirita TOP Marina.
„Mapping“, an exhibition that introduces outstanding art works from the Ljubljana Biennials of Graphic Arts, belonging to the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana will be open to public on January 2 in Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn. „Mapping“ is an accompaning exhibition of the 15th Tallinn Print Triennial that opens on January 20 and is part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme.
Member of the board of Tallinn 2011 Jaanus Mutli thanked everyone who came to the Theatre Square on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the start of Capital of Culture. „I saw thousands of happy faces during that night and I hope that all of them will attend many other events of Capital of Culture during 2011,“ said Mutli.
Happenings on Tallinn’s freedom Square on 28.12.2010 and 4.01.2011
Tallinn University of Technology’s Centre of Biorobotics in cooperation with the Estonian Media Artists Union will install a robotic Holy Euro Cow that will offer Estonian citizens the possibility to exchange 1 Kroon into 1 Euro.
The opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture will present music by Kukerpillid, Tanel Padar & The Sun and IIRIS on stage on the Theatre Square. The year 2011 will arrive with fireworks over land and sea.
Tallinn 2011 – European Capital of Culture is inviting everyone in Tallinn to don their aprons and do their bit as part of the 'What's Cooking?' initiative, in which hospitable locals will welcome guests of the European Film Academy awards – the cream of the continent's cinema industry – into their homes and into their kitchens.
This unique event, a first in European cinema, will serve as something of an entrée to the film gala being held at the Nokia Concert Hall in Tallinn on 4 December, and will also usher in the city's year as European Capital of Culture.
Foundation Tallinn 2011 and Postimees AS signed a cooperation agreement that gives the leading Estonian print and online media company the role as the official media partner of the European Capital of Culture.
The play "How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare" of Theatre NO99 will be performed with a simultaneous translation into the English language. This one time event will take place on November 3rd. The play has received several awards in Estonia (the best play of the season by Estonian theatre critics) and abroad.
As part of Tallinn 2011, 52 weeks, from Tuesday 19th Oct till Friday Oct 22nd we will be making cup art with local artists and anyone else who wants to join in outside EKKM, near Linna Hall from 5pm each evening until the fence is stitched at Põhja pst 35. Local artists include Okeiko, Marika, Multistability Crew, Team Tallinn 2011 and others.
Foundation Tallinn 2011 and Tallinn Month of Photography 2011 present: Photographic Art Fair on 22.-23.10.2010 at the Rotermann Centre
Rotermanni 10 / Roseni 5 will be open Friday – Saturday 12-20
The aim of the fair is to introduce the Estonian Photography Artists union members and their works to a broader audience and possible collectors. The event is organized by Union of Estonian Photography Artists (www.foku.ee).
European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 has been awarded the 1.5 million Euro Melina Mercouri prize
European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture has assured that Tallinn 2011 will receive the 1.5 million euro Melina Mercouri prize in a letter sent to the foundation Tallinn 2011, the Ministry of Culture of Estonia and the city of Tallinn.
Culture Capital’s information centre opened its doors on September 11 in the posh and up- coming Rotermann Quarter. It is located at Rotermanni 10/Roseni 5.
Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia CAME will open the exhibition Next to Nothing on Friday the 23th of July presenting works by fifteen artists (videos, installations, photos, paintings, objects), that test the mental and physical standing power of CAME against attacks from the „white-cube art“ and vice versa. There will be works from three artists from outside Estonia, among them most notably Martin Creed from the UK.
Estonian choirs won prizes at the World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China – Estonian National Television’s Girls Choir won the main prize amongst children’s choirs; European Capital of Culture Mixed Choir won two gold diplomas in the open competitions of mixed choirs and modern music; Turba girls choir won a silver diploma in folklore category.
Tallinn Maritime Days 2010, the largest free family event in Estonia welcoming all Tallinn residents and visitors, will kick off today,16th July. The highlights of the festival will be the regatta of Olympic sailboats and the tugboat dance show. This year’s programme will span three ports – come (or sail in) and see!
As part of a joint programme of the European Capitals of Culture Istanbul 2010 and Tallinn 2011 Estonian pop star Iiris Vesik performs at concerts in Istanbul this week.
World Choir Games will be held from 15th to 26th of July in Shaoxing in China. The World Choir Games are an international choir festival taking place biannually on different continents.
„Katusekino“ or Rooftop Cinema opened its doors for the first time in Tallinn as part of European Capital of Culture 2011 programme on the roof terrace of Viru Keskus. The first season will present a rich selection of art and independent movies from internationally well known directors in 70 full length shows.
Tallinn, the European Capital of Culture in 2011, presented itself to the world in Helsinki on Sunday, June 13. The hosts of the day, Evelin Pang and Mikko Fritze presented parts of the programme to Helsinki citizens as well as visitors, who filled the Senate Square.
The Tallinn 2011 Foundation and Estonian Air entered into a partnership agreement which will see the two working closely together to promote Tallinn’s year as the European Capital of Culture all over Europe.
Between 16 and 18 July, Tallinn’s Maritime Days – the biggest free family event in Tallinn this summer – will be bringing a sailing regatta, a swimming competition and an amazing boat dance show with a police and Border Guard flying squad to Tallinn Bay.
The competition organised by the Tallinn 2011 foundation for advertising students and young advertisement designers has been won by Ingmar Niklus and Ilmar Kurvits for their work titled ‘Cultural therapies’. The winners will represent Estonia at the end of the month at the Eurobest advertising festival in Amsterdam.
The seaplane hangars at the Lennusadama port in Tallinn owned by the Estonian Maritime Museum are themselves to become a museum whose central exhibit will be the submarine Lembit. Having stood empty for years, the hangars will be fully renovated by 2011. The Maritime Museum will be revealing its plans to the public on 22 September.
Tomorrow, Wednesday 26 August 2009, a delegation from the European Film Academy (EFA) will be arriving in Estonia on a three-day working visit to approve the preparations for the film gala to be held in Tallinn in December 2010.
Tallinn Maritime Days is the most important event in the coastal area of our capital. Tallinn Maritime Days 2009 will take place in the Admirality Basin and Seaplane Harbour which is connected by the future sea promenade (or the so called „Culture Kilometre“) and boat trips between the two harbours. Maritime Days will involve substantial maritime and harbour related programmes, concerts, boat trips, water related attractions and performances.
On a visit to Tallinn until Tuesday 17 February is Sir Robert Scott, the current chairman of the selection committee for the European Capital of Culture, who is here to check on the preparations for Tallinn’s year as the cultural capital in 2011.
Cultural capital puts city districts of Tallinn into focus
The Creative Council of the Foundation Tallinn 2011 that is preparing the cultural capital program gathered already for the third time on 1 December, in order to assess the proposals received for the ongoing idea competition.
The Creative Council of the Foundation Tallinn 2011 that is making preparations for the European Capital of Culture convened for the second time on September 29 with the purpose of assessing the project ideas received for the current competition for ideas.
In June, Tallinn organises Maritime Days directed to all citizens and visitors of Tallinn, hoping that this will become an annual tradition. The purpose of the Tallinn Maritime Days, held from 17th to 19th of June, is to unite the events related to the maritime and harbour area of Tallinn into a cooperative enterprise.