In this week’s recommendations we are mixing various topics like photography, South Korean cinema, soviet hippies, folk and opera music, as well as Take on Me, death metal, farm life and Kadriorg. As always, we recommend choosing something from here and something from there!

Photo exhibition “Memory as a Weapon” by Juhan Kuus
16 July – 25 Aug
Juhan Kuus Documentary Photography Center

Juhan Kuus was the internationally recognised documentary and press photographer who received dozens of awards, including South Africa Press Photographer of the Year on several occasions, and is the only photographer of Estonian descent ever to have received the most prestigious press photo award in the world: the World Press Photo Award, which he won twice, in 1978 and 1992.

Auteur cinema 2018: Trespassers #7: “Samaritan Girl”
17 July
Cinema Sõprus

Kim Ki-duk opened the European film festivals’ doors for the South Korean films with his unconventional works. Often, like in “Samaritan Girl,” he borrows religious issues to intimately combine them with provocative stories and at the same time create discomfort and desire to understand the characters. Hints for sex, purity, redemption, rage and melodrama are like Vana Tallinn liqueur with champagne.

Shanty Film Café: Soviet Hippies and soundtrack release
18 July
Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia

Screening of Soviet Hippies (2017) by Terje Toomistu. Following an artist talk with the film director and Soviet Hippies Soundtrack vinyl release presentation. Also vinyl only DJ set Western rock vs Eastern БЛОК by Ahto Külvet (Psühhoteek) and Sander Varusk (Terminal).

14th Hiiumaa Folk Music Festival “Hiiu Folk 2018”
19 – 22 July

There are concerts, workshops, film programme, nature hikes and much more. The programme includes OXUS (Uzbekistan), Svjata Vatra, Senam Koffi Tsogbe (Togo), Puuluup, trio Riho Sibul, Jaak Tuksam and Ain Agan, Tuulelõõtsutajad, Mari Kalkun and Aleksandra Kremenetski, Heinavanker, Rondellus, Helin-Mari Arder and Teet Raik, Pööriöö, Jaak Johanson and Krista Citra Joonas, Juhan Uppin, Shabat Quartet and others.

Saaremaa Opera Days
19 – 28 July
Kuressaare Castle Opera House

Saaremaa Opera Days is the most popular opera festival in the Baltics. Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, will come alive during this time: the terraces of the cafes are open until late at night, and the people are in the party mood. This time, there are two guest performers – the Hungarian National Opera and the Shanghai Opera House accompanied by a number of well-known classics.

A-ha – Electric Summer 2018
19 July
Tartu Song Festival Grounds

A-ha is globally one of the most iconic pop bands to hail from the 1980s. The multi-Platinum selling Norwegian trio is composed of lead vocalist Morten Harket, guitarist Pal Waaktaar-Savoy, and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen. Widely regarded as true pioneers of both music and video technology to arise during the mid-80s, they are perhaps best known for their huge and instantly recognisable hit Take on Me which made number one internationally, matched by their single The Sun Always Shines on TV – both of which were fruit of their best-selling debut album Hunting High and Low, released in 1985.

Concert of Cannibal Corpse
20 July
Tapper Club, Tallinn

The world’s most famous death metal band Cannibal Corpse from the United States will perform in Tallinn. It is already their fifth time to perform in Estonia.

Courtyard Cafés Day in Vormsi
21 July

On this magical day, many courtyards in Vormsi are opened for all those who are interested. You can see how Vormsi people live. You can see the houses powered by solar panels, animals, birds and many other interesting things. Each place also offers self-made drinks, food, fish and home-made things.

Open Farm Day 2018
22 July

There will be various companies from the largest milk production in Estonia to domestic cider producers, the best organic producers in Estonia, large and small animal raisers and grain growers, gardeners, fruit and berry growers, herb growers, small processors and tourist farms.

Celebration of the 300th anniversary of Kadrioru palace and park ensemble
22 July
Kadriorg park

Concerts at the Concert Square and Luigetiik, Palace Garden Games – a playful and creative landscape game for children and adults; outdoor cafes with historical menus; the opening of the exhibition “Kadriorg 300” and the presentation of the catalogue at Kadriorg Art Museum.