Event Guide

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March 31 – April 30, Marko Mäe­tamm’s Solo Ex­hi­bi­tion “I’m Only Stream­ing”, Tallinn City Gallery, Tallinn

Marko Mäe­tamm’s solo ex­hi­bi­tion I’m Only Stream­ing is open at Tallinn City Gallery till 30 March. The painter, who has mainly been in­spired by family life over the past decade, is now turn­ing his at­ten­tion to wars, catas­tro­phes and other emer­gen­cies rag­ing around the world and the will­ing and un­will­ing pow­er­less­ness of nor­mal peo­ple in re­gard to these sub­jects. At the ex­hi­bi­tion, vis­i­tors will see ex­cerpts from a travel diary, large paint­ings, comics, sculp­tural ob­jects and much more. The abun­dance of pic­tures is dizzy­ing and rem­i­nis­cent of the end­less streams on so­cial me­dia. Art Hall cu­ra­tor, Siim Preiman, finds the key to ex­plain­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion in the ti­tle, “At first, Mäe­tamm’s hu­mor­ous tone can be mis­lead­ing and make us think it is a light­hearted joke. I think it’s the op­po­site – the artist fo­cuses on the so­cial jus­tice war­riors within us all, who just stream, like and tweet, but who are in­ca­pable of ac­tu­ally tak­ing part in solv­ing global prob­lems.” Full in­for­ma­tion on the ex­hi­bi­tion is avail­able at www.kun­sti­hoone.ee

April 7, Jazz Con­cert by Rebecca Kon­tus, The­atre NO99 Jazz Club, Tallinn

Rebecca Kon­tus is a com­poser and singer who is dif­fi­cult to clas­sify in terms of genre. Her mel­low tim­bre sounds great in jazz, how­ever, the singer has ex­per­i­mented and chal­lenged her­self in very dif­fer­ent styles, from gospel to rock. One can get this kind of col­or­ful ex­pe­ri­ence from her five solo al­bums. With her pro­gram Streets of Paris, Rebecca per­forms French chan­sons with other tal­ented mu­si­cians. In ad­di­tion to the fa­mous songs sung by Piaf, the cre­ation of other French com­posers is also in the pro­gram. The con­cert is or­ga­nized by the Es­to­nian Jazz Union. More in­for­ma­tion on the con­cert can be found at www.jazz.ee

April 6-8, Tallinn Book Fair 2017, Na­tional Li­brary of Es­to­nia, Tallinn

The Na­tional Li­brary of Es­to­nia and the Es­to­nian Pub­lish­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion in­vite ev­ery­one to the an­nual Spring Book Fair at the Na­tional Li­brary. Both small and big book lovers are wel­come. A big book sale takes place and many dif­fer­ent events are held, in­clud­ing book launches, meet­ings with authors, and work­shops for chil­dren. In ad­di­tion, ex­cit­ing sem­i­nars and train­ings take place. Al­most 30 pub­lish­ing houses of­fer books with spe­cial prices. Come with the whole family and spend time with books and knowl­edge! The en­trance to the fair is free of charge. For more in­for­ma­tion please visit www.es­t­book.com

April 6-13, Es­to­nian Mu­sic Days 2017, Tallinn

The fes­ti­val Es­to­nian Mu­sic Days (EMP) comes again with the fresh en­ergy of spring! Tak­ing place for the 38th time al­ready, EMP is Es­to­nia’s largest fes­ti­val for pre­mieres, bring­ing more than 25 new pieces writ­ten es­pe­cially for the fes­ti­val by the most out­stand­ing Es­to­nian com­posers of all gen­er­a­tions to the au­di­ence over a week in 2017. This year’s theme is Through Dim­ness. The works will be per­formed by top Es­to­nian groups and in­ter­preters, among them the Es­to­nian Na­tional Sym­phony Orches­tra, Es­to­nian Phil­har­monic Cham­ber Choir, Vox Cla­man­tis, Es­to­nian Cello En­sem­ble, Erkkisven Tüür, Jo­han Rand­vere, Peeter Vähi, Heleriin Uib, Ulla Krigul, Saale Fis­cher, Kris­tel Aer, Theodor Sink, and oth­ers. For­eign per­form­ers are rep­re­sented by in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised in­ter­preters from France and Rus­sia, among them pi­anist Ni­co­las Hor­vath and per­cus­sion­ist Le Quan Ninh from France and oboe player Dmitri Bul­gakov from Rus­sia. The fes­ti­val is or­ga­nized by the Es­to­nian Com­posers’ Union. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val can be found at www.ees­timuusika­pae­vad.ee

April 14-16, Tallinn Crafts Fair, Tallinn

Tallinn Crafts Fair – it is crafts, gifts, jew­elry, home fur­nish­ings, work­shops, entertainment, food and drinks, and much more. It is a ma­jor event in the field of crafts, with the aim of pop­u­lar­iz­ing crafts and of­fer­ing won­der­ful sto­ries from the world of de­sign, art, and taste ex­pe­ri­ences. In ad­di­tion to shop­ping, you can learn a few nifty tricks and sly pieces of wis­dom. Tallinn Crafts Fair is a large hand­i­craft fes­ti­val, which fea­tures an en­tire se­lec­tion of crafts. The fair is open from 10:00 to 18:00 and the en­trance is free of charge. Learn more at www.tallinnakäsitöömess.ee

April 14-23, 11th Ja­panese An­i­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val JAFF, Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu and Narva

Ja­panese an­i­ma­tion and life­style film fes­ti­val JAFF is an an­nual film fes­ti­val bring­ing the lat­est and great­est an­i­mated, fea­ture and doc­u­men­tary films from Ja­pan to the cine­mas of Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu and Narva. This year the fes­ti­val will be held for the 11th time, big­ger and bet­ter than ever! The fes­ti­val fea­tures var­i­ous pro­grams – from Ja­panese cui­sine to school films – that in­tro­duce you to the best new and old movies of all kinds and shapes. JAFF ends with an an­nual party, An­imemöll, at the So­laris centre, fea­tur­ing cos­play, lec­tures, demon­stra­tions and much more! Go to jaff10.ani­me­fest.eu to find out more.


April 6-8, Riga Jazz Stage 2017, Splen­did Place Cin­ema, Riga

Ev­ery year, the in­ter­na­tional jazz com­pe­ti­tion Riga Jazz Stage gath­ers up and com­ing jazz mu­si­cians from Latvia and around the world, al­low­ing the au­di­ence to fol­low their fa­vorite mu­si­cians dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion and en­joy top qual­ity jazz in yet un­heard in­ter­pre­ta­tions. This year’s com­pe­ti­tion will take place in two cat­e­gories – Jazz Vo­cals and Jazz Gui­tar. Jazz lovers will be able to en­joy live con­certs three nights in a row at the com­pe­ti­tion’s venue – the Splen­did Palace cin­ema. Fur­ther­more, mu­sic lovers are in­vited to at­tend spe­cial Jam Ses­sions, or the of­fi­cial af­ter­party, each night at jazz club Trompete from 10:30 PM. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.riga­jazz.lv

April 7-24, 22nd In­ter­na­tional Baltic Bal­let Fes­ti­val, Riga, Rezekne, Ventspils and Preili

This year’s edi­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Baltic Bal­let Fes­ti­val will of­fer per­for­mances to au­di­ences in Riga, Rezekne, Preili and Ventspils. The fes­ti­val’s slo­gan in­vari­ably is “From the clas­sics to the avant­garde”, while the theme of love is preva­lent this year to mul­ti­ply the good, the beau­ti­ful, the no­ble, and the eter­nal in the world and the peo­ple. The Bei­jing Dance The­atre and Gior­dano Jazz Dance Com­pany from Chicago will be the spe­cial guests this year. The fes­ti­val’s pro­gram also en­vis­ages the tra­di­tional open­ing con­cert at Riga’s In­ter­na­tional Rail­way Sta­tion/shop­ping centre ORIGO, the ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to the fes­ti­val at Ga­ler­ija Cen­trs, an evening of Swedish cin­ema, and other ac­tiv­i­ties. Tick­ets to the shows and con­certs of the 22nd In­ter-

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