In the first week of October, one can explore architectural formations of modernism in the context of an industrial city, enjoy Alberto Ferros’s magnificent piano playing skills and take a moment with Peedu Kass Momentum, operate in a musical interzone of Maarja Nuut and Hendrik Kaljujärv, think about why fashion matters, sum up the past folk music year and kick off the new one, take a look at the sports, ballet and religious world from the perspective of the LGBTI community, gain some fishing knowledge of the Setos and Old Believers, study the essence of light and get acquainted with French animated films.

Paul Kuimet’s exhibition “Five Volumes”

29 Sep – 11 Nov
Narva Art Residency

Paul Kuimet’s solo exhibition “Five Volumes” uses the entire ground floor of the Narva Art Residency’s main building. Three 16 mm film projections, one slideshow, objects and photographs with three newly produced works make it the most extensive show of his yet. In collaboration with Berlin-based curator Nico Anklam, “Five Volumes” wants to underscore and expand Kuimet’s long relationship with the moving image and discourses around architectural modernisms found in and around Pärnu KEK Construction Company’s Housing unit Kuldne Kodu (Golden Home).

Beethoven. Ferro. Steinway

3 Oct
Tallinn Philharmonic Society House of the Blackheads

Solo concert of Italian pianist Alberto Ferro, a winner of the 1st prize of the International Telekom Beethoven Competition in Bonn. The concert programme includes music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev.

Peedu Kass “Solo and Momentum”

4 & 5 Oct
Jazz Club Philly Joe’s

The first half of the concert consists of a solo programme focusing on contrabass, bass guitar and electronics. The second half of the concert is dedicated to the prize-winning jazz trio Peedu Kass Momentum featuring pianist Kristjan Randalu and drummer Toomas Rull. Peedu Kass Momentum is a bassist-led piano-trio with a dashing “in-your-face” stage performance. Adventurous rhythms, sparkling virtuosity and sophisticated compositions are the key elements in their performance. If you’re looking for a piano trio with a spark, then this is your choice!

Maarja Nuut & Ruum album presentation concerts

4 Oct
Tartu New Theatre
5 Oct

Maarja Nuut & Ruum operate in a musical interzone; connecting the deep-rooted, intuitive worldview of days past with the hyper-mediated realities and seemingly limitless technological possibilities of the present and future. To mark the release of their first collaborative album ‘Muunduja’, Maarja Nuut and Hendrik Kaljujärv are inviting you to celebrate the occasion with an audiovisual experience in Tartu and Tallinn. The evening will open with enchanting and immersive sound sculptures created by Klara Lewis from Stockholm. The concert in Tallinn also features hypnotic sets by Jamaica Suk (Berlin) and the grandfather of Estonian electronic dance music, Hüpnosaurus.

The fashion film festival MoeKunstiKino offers a selection of new fashion documentaries to help you keep up with the fashion world and love it (even more). To see people who have dedicated their lives to fashion, be passionate together with them, and realise why fashion matters. This year’s program includes a number of documentaries about the greats of the fashion and art world. Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Yayoi Kusama, Christian Dior, Guo Pei and many others appear on the big screen to share their thoughts, accomplishments, setbacks and, above all, passion. We believe that there will be something for every taste.

Folk Music Harvest Party

5–6 Oct

The two-day festival sums up the past folk music year and kicks off the new one. The line-up of Folk Music Harvest Party includes Dil-Mastana (India), Nedsaja Küla Bänd, Villu Talsi, Viljandi Youth Symphony Orchestra and ETHNO Estonia, Black Bread Gone Mad, MandoTrio, ViuVäuVau and many others! Also the folk music awards gala “Etnokulp 2018”, one of the highlights of the folk music scene, will take place for the 10th time.

2nd Festheart

5–7 Oct
Rakvere Theatre

The 2nd Festheart focuses on LGBTI community on sports, ballet and religion. The festival opens with a Belgian drama Girl that won the Queer Palm award at Cannes Film Festival. The film is about a 15-year-old Lara who tries to become a ballerina, but it’s not easy because she was born as a boy. The Swiss film Mario talks about homosexuality in professional sports. The protagonist must choose between a career in a football club and love. Similar choices have to made by childhood friends in the film Disobedience. Two girls cannot follow their hearts because it is unacceptable according to their religion. The main guest of the festival is a director and human rights activist Michelle Emson from Canada.

Onion and fish day at Estonian Open Air Museum

6 Oct
Estonian Open Air Museum

When all the field labour and cattle chores are done, it is time to celebrate. At the beginning of October, we invite Seto and Peipus-Russian communities to take a breath and enjoy the fruits of their hard work. On this day you can take part in a merry Seto Michaelmas party. We pass on the vegetable gardening and fishing knowledge of the Setos and Old Believers and introduce the autumnal festive dishes. In addition to that, you can enjoy concerts by Seto choir Sõsarõ and a folklore ensemble Suprjadki.

Festival of Light 2018

6 Oct
Luke Manor Park

Festival of Lights focuses on light and light-based technologies. It creates a platform to meet and share one’s knowledge and experience working with light. The festival studies the essence of light from the scientific and artistic perspective. Festival of Lights has always shared the value of World Space Week – strengthening the link between space and society. The festival acknowledges the direct and distant impact of light on humans and the environment. The purpose of the festival is to create a social-cultural environment for scientists, artists, entrepreneurs etc.

French animated film month

6–27 Oct
Cinema Sõprus

In October, the cinema Sõprus will show four beautiful French animated films. Films are shown on every Saturday at 1 p.m. in French with subtitles in Estonian or English.
October 6 – The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner)
October 13 – Ernest and Célestine Winter Tales (Julien Chheng, Jean-Christophe Roger )
October 20 – The Painting (Jean-François Laguionie)
October 27 – Yellowbird (Christian De Vita)