Here are this week’s recommendations. Enjoy!

Film Pain and Glory

1 Jul
2 Jul
3 Jul
4 Jul
Cinema Sõprus

2 Jul
Tartu University Church

4 Jul
Rapla Cultural Centre

A film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia

Film Rocketman

1 Jul
4 Jul
Cinema Sõprus

Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.

This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.

ESTO 2019 in Tallinn

13 Jul

This coming summer the XII Global Estonian Cultural Festival, otherwise known as ESTO 2019, will cross the symbolic “Finnish bridge” between Finland and Estonia and arrive on Estonia’s shores.

The festival, which is part of the Republic of Estonia’s 100th anniversary celebration and carries the theme “Our Future”, will focus on youth.

You can find the programme on the ESTO 2019 website

Jimmy Nelson’s exhibition Homage to Humanity

1 Jul – 10 Aug
Fotografiska Tallinn

The exhibition Homage to Humanity is an all-immersive experience that invites you on an extraordinary journey through Jimmy Nelson’s eyes. Next to the iconic photography this exhibition is accompanied by the 2019 WEBBY Award winning mobile application that makes it possible for you to scan every photograph of the exhibition, and enables us to bring the images to life like never before – with intimate behind the scenes films, personal storytelling, and interviews. This allows people from all generations and cultures to see the making of the work, and to better understand the story behind it.

Exhibition Wanderlust

1 Jul – 25 Aug
Voronja Gallery

The sixth summer season of Voronja Gallery is curated by two Riga-based curators and art critics Valts Miķelsons and Indrek Grigor, who will introduce to the gallery new-media artists from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

But the exhibition titled Wanderlust will not so much centre on media as on the ever-changing question of how and what people know about the world.

Artists: Taavi Suisalu and Timo Toots (Estonia), Krišs Salmanis and Zane Zelmene (Latvia) and Zilvinas Landzbergas and Dainius Liškevičius (Lithuania).

The exhibition explores the father son relationship and the influence they have had on each other. For the son, the most important period was his childhood that shaped him into the person he is: all the images and memories from that time pass through his mind every day. For the father, it was the big change that shifted the focus of his life: children introduced a new variable that influenced his decisions.

Festival KÕU

5–7 Jul
Mäeotsa Farm, Vana-Roosa Village

This year, electronic music festival KÕU is held for the 6th time and features 6 stages and more than 70 DJs. Artists from Estonia, Latvia and Finland play house, tech-house, techno, drum and bass, jungle, psytrance, ambient and electro jazz.

Various workshops are held on site.

At the same time, KÕU Festival will organize an ambient concert at the Vana-Roosa Church on July 6, which is free for everyone.

On the occasion of the centenary of the Art Museum of Estonia, an examination of the museum’s collection will be organised in the Kumu’s Great Hall, the geographic and temporal dimensions of which extend from the international to the local, from the Middle Ages to the present day. All of the popular approaches to art history owe their emergence to the museum. But what happens when artists intervene and provide their own versions of an era, a work or a movement when an artist functions as a curator?

Curator: Eha Komissarov

Tahkuna Briis

6 Jul
Tahkuna Lighthouse

On the 6th of July, another Tahkuna Briis cultural festival will take place in and around Tahkuna Lighthouse.

Already for the fourth time, the event brings together musicians from the island and from the mainland and traditionally, there is also an art program.

Faun Racket
Lauri-Dag Tüür
Mauno Meesit
Valev Sein and Raul Keller

DJ: MRT / Kiimsask / REC

Installations from Kordon residency.

Photo exhibition Bus Life.

The main idea of the 27th Song Celebration and the 20th Dance Celebration is My Fatherland is My Love. These words have a personal meaning for each and every one of us.

Used by the poet Lydia Koidula, these words have now become a timeless anthem for love of the fatherland that has brought people together in hard times to care for their land and continually recreate it. Each and every one of us has a special relationship to our fatherland. Love and fatherland are such broad and multi-layered concepts that they only find substance through personal devotion and expression.

The head conductor of the 27th Song Celebration Minu arm is Peeter Perens.