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September 01 – Oc­to­ber 29, Tallinn Pho­tomonth 2017, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn

Tallinn Pho­tomonth is an artist led bi­en­nial of con­tem­po­rary art and vis­ual cul­ture. Al­though started in 2011 by a group of artists work­ing pri­mar­ily with pho­tog­ra­phy and video, the bi­en­nial has never been a nar­rowly me­di­a­based event – it looks more broadly at de­vel­op­ments in art and so­ci­ety in a world me­di­ated by cam­eras, screens and images. The 4th Tallinn Pho­tomonth will start on 1 September 2017 with the open­ing of an ex­hi­bi­tion cu­rated by Anthea Buys at Tallinn Art Hall. In­cluded in the main pro­gram are ex­hi­bi­tions open­ing through­out September and Oc­to­ber at dif­fer­ent art venues and the coun­try’s first and only con­tem­po­rary art fair The Pho­to­graphic Art Fair. This year’s fair in­tro­duces the works of 41 artists, five gal­leries and five project spa­ces. It is pos­si­ble to pur­chase art­works and com­ple­ment one's per­sonal art col­lec­tion at the fair. A satel­lite pro­gram will run in Tallinn’s pub­lic and com­mer­cial gal­leries. The cen­tral com­po­nent of Pho­tomonth is its pub­lic and ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram high­light­ing con­nec­tions be­tween ex­hi­bi­tions and ex­pand­ing top­ics rel­e­vant to the pro­gram. Pub­lic events in­clude lec­tures, book launches, artist talks, guided tours, work­shops and an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram for schools. Please go to www.fo­tokuu.ee to get more in­for­ma­tion.

September 04-10, Saare­maa Food Fes­ti­val, Saare­maa Is­land

The heart of the summer is over by September, but Saare­maa con­tin­ues to smile invit­ingly and de­li­ciously to all. Clean air and sea breeze – es­pe­cially at the begin­ning of September, when Saare­maa Food Fes­ti­val takes place. Born in 2014, Saare­maa Food Fes­ti­val of­fers a fas­ci­nat­ing pro­gram for a whole week, wel­com­ing all vis­i­tors to par­tic­i­pate. Great lo­cal fla­vors are mixed to­gether, bring­ing great food closer to lo­cal res­i­dents and in­tro­duc­ing the food cul­ture of the county to a wider pub­lic. Learn more about the fes­ti­val and the pro­gram at the of­fi­cial web site http://www.saare­maa­toidufes­ti­val.ee/en/

September 05-09, Es­to­nian Theatre Fes­ti­val Draama 2017, Tartu Draama will take over Tartu once again at the begin­ning of September. The Es­to­nian Theatre Fes­ti­val Draama is a cu­ra­tor fes­ti­val. The main pro­gram con­sists of the most in­ter­est­ing and the best pro­duc­tions of Es­to­nian Theatre. In ad­di­tion to the main pro­gram, the fes­ti­val of­fers ex­cit­ing side-pro­gram, mu­sic events and an op­por­tu­nity to spend time in the cozy fes­ti­val club. All of­fi­cial info on the fes­ti­val is avail­able at www.draama.ee

Open till September 17, Ex­hi­bi­tion of Es­to­nian Con­tem­po­rary Graph­ics, Tartu Art House, Tartu

Es­to­nian print­mak­ers’ group ex­hi­bi­tion “Be­yond Re­al­ity” will re­main open in the large and small gal­leries of the Tartu Art House un­til September 17. "Be­yond Re­al­ity" of­fers the pos­si­bil­ity to dis­cover this "world" from the viewpoint of con­tem­po­rary print­mak­ers: they of­ten dis­man­tle the vis­ual whole into var­i­ous lay­ers that are then re-compiled into a new com­bi­na­tion or are left dys­func­tional on pur­pose. This ex­hi­bi­tion is not based on pre­cisely de­fined tech­ni­cal bound­aries, which means that the artists can ex­pand twodi­men­sional graph­ics through other dif­fer­ent di­men­sions. The ex­hi­bi­tion is sup­ported by the Cul­tural En­dow­ment of Es­to­nia. Learn more about the ex­hi­bi­tion at www.kun­sti­maja.ee

Open till September 17, Vil­jandi Art Fes­ti­val “QQ”, Vil­jandi County, Vil­jandi

Vil­jandi Art Fes­ti­val QQ (the Es­to­nian way to pro­nounce QQ is / kukuu:/ which is an ab­bre­vi­a­tion from KUNSTIKUU – the month of art) will be held for the first time, and its goal is to cre­ate an in­ter­na­tional ac­tiv­ity plat­form and meet­ing place bridg­ing and in­volv­ing dif­fer­ent fields of art. Within one month, from Au­gust 18 un­til September 17, the small town of Vil­jandi be­comes a can­vas and ex­hi­bi­tion site for in­ter­na­tional artists – cul­tural events and in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties take place ev­ery day: joint youth art per­for­mances, street art ses­sions, sound per­for­mances, in­stal­la­tions in an ur­ban space, art cir­cus, light in­stal­la­tion and light sculp­tures, en­vi­ron­men­tal art, café ex­hi­bi­tions, open-house art ex­hi­bi­tions and gallery ex­hi­bi­tions, as well as out­door cinema, po­etry slam, dance per­for­mances, con­certs, and guided walks in town. Vil­jandi of­fers a unique small-town at­mos­phere for for­eign vis­i­tors, and the or­ga­niz­ers be­lieve it to be an ideal place for in­ter­na­tional cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion, syn­ergy be­tween artists and new in­no­va­tive per­spec­tives to emerge. The par­tic­i­pa­tion of for­eign artists brings nov­elty and ex­cite­ment, un­ex­pected an­gles and de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tials into the per­cep­tion of the small-town mi­lieu. To find out more about the fes­ti­val, please visit http://qq.vil­jandi.ee or email at vil­jandikukuu@gmail.com

September 23-24, Ja­panese Pop-cul­ture Fes­ti­val An­i­mat­suri 2017, Tartu

An­i­mat­suri is a fes­ti­val mainly tar­geted to­wards youth in­ter­ested in Ja­panese cul­ture. The em­pha­sis is on Ja­panese pop cul­ture, including, anime, manga (comics pro­duced in Ja­pan), mu­sic, com­puter games, fash­ion, etc. In two days, the vis­i­tors have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous work­shops, lis­ten to pre­sen­ta­tions, play com­puter or board games, com­pete in a num­ber of con­tests, com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple shar­ing the same in­ter­ests, and much more. The or­ga­nizer of An­i­mat­suri is the NPO Ja­panese Cul­ture Club Asashio founded in 2005 in Tartu. More info on the fes­ti­val can be found at the of­fi­cial home­page: www.an­i­mat­suri.eu

September 25 – Oc­to­ber 01, 12th Tallinn De­sign Fes­ti­val, Tallinn

Tallinn De­sign Fes­ti­val is a sig­nif­i­cant an­nual event demon­strat­ing the achieve­ments of de­sign­ers of Es­to­nia and other coun­tries, but also the mind­set of the de­sign com­mu­nity. The pro­gram of the 12th Tallinn De­sign Fes­ti­val con­cen­trates on de­sign cul­ture. The venues of the fes­ti­val have of­ten been ne­glected pearls of ar­chi­tec­ture be­com­ing the fa­vorites of the pub­lic af­ter­wards. The cre­ative vi­tal­ity of the city is as­sured by an in­ten­sive pro­gram of satel­lites. Among the part­ners there, be­side de­sign­ers, are both start-up and ex­pe­ri­enced or­ga­ni­za­tions, man­u­fac­tur­ers, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and other es­tab­lish­ments. In the col­lec­tively com­posed fes­ti­val pro­gram, one can find for­mats go­ing deeper into the de­sign world, cul­tural and en­ter­tain­ing events and ini­tia­tives pro­mot­ing de­sign trade. Go to www.di­s­ain­ioo.ee for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

LATVIA

September 02, Kau­guri Au­tumn Fes­ti­val 2017,

Kau­guri, Jur­mala

The an­nual Kau­guri Au­tumn Fes­ti­val will cel­e­brate the end of the summer sea­son on September 2 this year. Thus, Jur­mala con­tin­ues its tra­di­tion to cel­e­brate

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