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27.02.2011 Culture Capital’s treats for early spring

Culture Capital’s treats for early spring


Tallinn continues to celebrate the title of European Capital of Culture in 2011 with many exciting events taking place in the coming months. Here are the spring highlight events:


Cinema in the City, March 1 – November 30
Location: different locations in Tallinn
Guerilla cinema declares war on tastelessness, indifference, megalomania, boredom and ignorance and does so by attempting to conquer cinema and city space metre by metre.

Object no. 2011: Inner world, throughout the month
Location: Vabaduse väljak (Freedom square)
This work is presented as an installation. It is knowingly naïve and clearly wants to do the impossible: condense the entire Estonian art world into one work.

Art bus “Hop on Art/ Hop off Art”, March 5 – May
Location: different locations in Tallinn
Every Saturday the art bus “Hop On Art / Hop Off Art” by the Estonian Academy of Arts will take you into the heart of art. See the foundries, handicraft centres, workshops, studios and factories where art is made.

Silent pictures go loud, until March 5
Location: Kumu Art Museum
Once, all films were silent. In 2011, Tallinn presents sea stories, a series of Estonian and world films where sound technicians will present different styles of maritime film and sound from Estonia and abroad.

Erkki-Sven Tüür's Awakening, March 10
Location: Estonia Concert Hall
Erkki-Sven Tüür, one of the best-known Estonian composers, is writing a new piece for the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra to mark Tallinn’s year as European Capital of Culture.

Estonian Music Days, March 21 – 26
Location: different concert venues in Tallinn
Representing a different taste, but meant for listeners with finely-tuned ears, the Estonian Music Days have been one of the country’s most important festivals for over 30 years, focusing on local composers, but balancing home-grown and foreign chamber music and more monumental work, and offering more and more genres and styles each year.

Tallinn Music Week, March 24 – 26
Location: different concert venues in Tallinn
Tallinn Music Week started in 2009 with a plan to introduce the entire world to Estonian music, from jazz and folk to punk and metal. A kind of crash course in Estonian music was born, which on one spring weekend in 2011 will fill all of Tallinn's clubs, theatres and cellar bars with the freshest and most exciting Estonian music there is.


International children's literature day – masked parade in Tallinn Old Town, April 2
Location: Tallinn Old Town
April 2 is Children’s Literature Day, and it will see children all over the world receive a message from Aino Pervik entitled ‘books remember’. A poster with the same message has been designed by Jüri Mildeberg.
A large procession of masks will take place in Tallinn’s Old Town, with hundreds of children from different parts of Estonia wearing masks inspired by their favourite literary heroes.

Punkt Tallinn – opening of Jazzkaar 2011, April 20 - 30
Location: different concert venues in Tallinn
The Norwegian Punkt festival has garnered worldwide fame due to its special concept: concerts are followed by free form interpretations of the music – a live remix – in which both the audience and musicians can participate. On 20 and 21 April, Punkt will visit Tallinn for the first time and open the 22nd Jazzkaar festival.

Cityrama Tallinn, April 20 – May 6
Location: Russian Theatre
According to writer Italo Calvino, a city is composed of the relations between its spatial dimensions and past events. Cityrama is an interactive installation and night-time performance uniting, at a state-of-the-art level, theatre and video installations, giving city life a boost and creating live and interactive television.

Giant Jazz: Bobby McFerrin, April 29
Location: Nokia Concert Hall
Bobby McFerrin is one of the most charismatic and unique artists in the music world today. A ten-time Grammy winner, he is well known as both a musician and conductor and had worked with a large number of symphony orchestras.

NO99 Straw Theatre, April 30 – September 30
Location: Skoone bastion
NO99 Straw Theatre is the biggest event especially created for the Culture Capital year. It is an installation, a public space and a venue for cultural events. Straw Theatre will be built on the Skoone bastion, next to the famous Old Town of Tallinn. It will be open from May to September 2011 and after that, it will disappear.

Contemporary art triennial for school kids: Experimenta!, April 26 - June 14
Location: Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and Maarjamäe Castle
Eksperimenta! is a contemporary art triennial for school kids. It is a unique art event that challenges education to break free from school walls and interact creatively with the world around us. The main topic of Eksperimenta! – Space – will bring to the Song Festival Grounds interpretations (ranging from city space to picture space and from geopolitics to psycho-geography) from curators from more than a dozen countries.

Culture Capital's full event calendar available here.

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