Let us present you this week’s recommendations which include film screenings, art exhibitions, a movement workshop and Kalamaja Days 2019!

Film Sorry to Bother You

13 May, 15 May, 16 May
Cinema Sõprus

13 May, 14 May, 16 May
Cinema Artis

Tartu Electric Theatre

In an alternate version of Oakland, Cassius Green gets a telemarketing job and finds the commission paid job a dispiriting struggle as a black man selling to predominately white people over the phone.

That changes when a veteran advises him to use his “white voice”, and the attitude behind it to make himself more appealing to customers. With a bizarrely high-pitched accent, Cassius becomes a success even as his colleagues form a union to improve their miserable jobs.

Andrus Joonas The Meaning of Life

13 May – 1 Jun
Haus Gallery

These are mostly authorial paintings, where the performance art carried out in the global space reaches a flat reality through painting. There are also just descriptions of conditions (Rehabilitation at Pärnu Hospital) and mystical realism (The Meaning of Life = 111). Since 2000, Joonas has used an abstract concept which, in his estimation, is ideal for the present and which he also exhibited at the first Aledoia painting set in 2001 at Raatuse Gallery in Tallinn.

Comic exhibition Spooky Folk²

13 May – 7 Jun
Tartu University Library

A diverse selection of short stories from contemporary Estonian comic creators, inspired by the genuine traditional ghost and spooky stories, will be exhibited. The new exhibition continues and broadens the series of stories from Estonian folklore, which was presented in 2014–2016 in Tallinn and Tartu, as well as in Helsinki and Brussels comic festivals, in Berlin at the Estonian Embassy and at the Greifswald Festival.

Participating artists represent different generations and handwritings in the Estonian comic and illustration landscape. The exhibition will include works by Veiko Tammjärv, Urmas Viik, Stella Salumaa, Anna Lauretta Eespere, Toom Tragel, Anti Veermaa, Mark Antonius Puhkan, Raul and Romet Esko.

Exhibition Estonia.Farm.Film

13 May – 31 Dec
The Estonian Open Air Museum

Exhibition on farm architecture in Estonian films.

Most Estonian film directors, cinematographers and film designers have shot scenes on a farm. Yet, the story of Estonian film has not been told through farmhouses so far – and vice versa. But physical locations have left behind a visual trace evident to generations of audiences. Rural architecture, often the focal point in films, carries the most diverse range of emotions and stories. The farms seen are personal, documentary, artistic, symbolic and political. The rural architecture recorded in Estonian films can be seen as a phenomenon in itself, which continuously creates and visualises the archetype of life on Estonian farmsteads and in Estonian society in general.

Mäetamm has been a resident artist at the Tartu Art House since 4 March and has used this time to discover and map Tartu for himself. The artist, who is originally from the south Estonian town Karksi-Nuia, has recollected memories associated with Tartu that are often tumultuous and frequently unpleasant. He has also made drawings of various places that are characteristic of Tartu or of the shadowy non-Tartu.

Kumu Documentary: Studio 54

15 May
Kumu auditorium

It’s impossible to recall late 70s New York without recalling Studio 54, the legendary Manhattan night spot where celebrities, socialites, the straight, the queer and the beautiful danced, drank, perhaps got high and, most importantly, were seen. It was the epicentre of 70s hedonism: a place that not only redefined the nightclub but also came to symbolise an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society: they became the kings of Manhattan, and then lost it all. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first stretched across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

Introduction by Olav Osolin.

Free admission!

The screening of Priit Pärn, Priit Tender, Kaspar Jancis and Ülo Pikkov’s animation series Frank & Wendy (2005).

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlot49j4wA4

Free admission!

Kalamaja Days 2019

18–19 May
Kalamaja District

Kalamaja Days will be held for the eleventh time.

★ Great artists
★ Experience the tastes at the street fair
★ Youth area and exciting workshops
★ Courtyard cafés
★ Powerful afterparty
★ And other exciting things


May 18, Saturday
11 am – 9 pm Programme on the main stage
11 am – 6 pm Street fair (handicraft, food, drink)
12 noon – 6 pm Children’s area
7–10 pm Long table party

May 19, Sunday
10 am – 6 pm Street fair (handicraft, food, drink)
11 am – 6 pm Programme on the main stage
12 noon – 6 pm Children’s area and sport activities

10 am – 6 pm Courtyard cafés

Exhibition Published by Lugemik. Printed matter from 2010–2019

18 May – 1 Sep
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

The exhibition Published by Lugemik. Printed matter from 2010–2019 presents for the first time all the titles published by Lugemik in the last decade.

The 81 exhibited publications include artists’ books, monographs, exhibition catalogues, theatre texts, readers and other printed matter such as posters, postcards, zines, etc.

As an independent art publisher, Lugemik has mapped a large part of the Estonian contemporary art and design landscape through numerous collaborations with artists, designers, theorists, and cultural institutions, resulting in a variety of printed matter. The exhibition strives to talk about the aspect of translation in Lugemik’s practice, and will also reflect on topics related to book-making, such as graphic design, contemporary methods for art reproduction, and various forms of collaboration.

Movement workshop: Instinctive Me

18 May
Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava

Movement workshop: Instinctive Me is meant for those who are not willing to do sports, go to a gym or take group dance lessons but who are interested in the body and its biomechanical qualities.

In this workshop, there will be breathing, reacting, activating and relaxing muscles and accepting of the gravitational force.

Hopefully, the participant gets a confirmation that fighting the social comfort and sweeping sweat of one’s forehead after a physical effort, achieving a state of instinctive Me is possible.

The workshop is taught by Karl Saks who is a recognized dance and sound artist. He gives classes of dance technique and movement improvisation at the Viljandi Culture Academy and teaches outside Estonia.

Registration HERE!