With these recommendations we suggest listening to the lecture about histories of racism at Ülase12 and the lecture about material objects at Niguliste museum. Also, you can attend in the movement workshop at Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava, go to the opening of the Christmas tree at Niguliste and give a look into a dance performance for children or the dance performance called Nasty. You are welcomed to watch and discuss about a Serbian film in Tartu and listen to the  concerts of MØ or Kadri Voorand and Estonian Voices in Tallinn. Last but definitely not least, Tallinn Black Night’s Film Festival has started and does not end before December.

Minna Henriksson is an artist based in Helsinki. Her work engages with covert political processes that appear to be neutral or natural. In recent years her work has often dealt with archives and histories.

In Tallinn, she will present two recent projects that are based on critical research about the histories of racism in Finland.

“Unfolding Nordic Race Science” is a collaborative research project about the development of race science in the Nordic countries in 1850-1945.

“Works on Paper” (2015-2017) addresses the relations between Finland and South Africa during the apartheid regime. Finland was a major paper supplier for the South African government and most of the predominantly white-owned printing industry in apartheid South Africa.

The event is in English.

The Passage

20 Nov
21 Nov
Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava

Dance performance for kids by United Dancers of ZUGA.

“The Passage” is a dance performance, where friendship and trust will be put to the test. Accordance becomes essential: playing with each other and playing with movements and sound. The joy of play will be held out to both – the audience and the performers. At one point everybody could find themselves as a part of the play.

United dancers of ZUGA is a dance collective that was created 12 years ago by then young and active dance-makers Tiina Mölder, Kaja Kann and Jarmo Karing.

For his talk, Francisco Martínez proposes a series of artifacts to be considered as devices for thinking, and a methodology, materiography, that connects theory and physical work.

Francisco Martínez is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki and part of the editorial team of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. In 2018, he was awarded the Early Career Prize of the European Association of Social Anthropology for his book Remains of the Soviet Past in Estonia (UCL Press).

FLSE film club: “Krugovi”

22 Nov
Üheteistkümnes, Tartu

November in philosophy and semiotics film club continues with a Serbian film “Krugovi” (“Circles”), directed by Srdan Golubovic.

After the screening, we will discuss it with the lecturers of the semiotics of conflict, Katarina Damčević and Merit Rickberg.

The film explores the consequences of civil war in former Yugoslavia: the impact of a selfless deed of benevolence and heroism right in the middle of the raging Bosnian war inextricably intertwines the lives of five people who are still affected by its consequences, over a decade later. Will they overcome the guilt, frustration, urge for revenge? Will they do the right thing, at all costs?

The film is in Serbian and German with English subtitles.

The talk is in English.

LP invites you to the concert “Let’s Stop the Time” of Kadri Voorand and the ensemble Estonian Voices. As guests, Andres Kõpper (NOËP), Erki Pärnoja, DJ Sander Mölder and vocal ensemble Accent will perform.

Kadri Voorand is a top-notch artist who has a great voice. She collaborates with the best musicians, and the music she creates with them is spontaneous and offers an overwhelming emotion. “This is the most important concert in my life,” says Kadri Voorand. “I can bring my dream band on the stage. The music I’m writing for this concert is alternative music with the touch of pop, but there’s also something for the fans of jazz music.”

The two-hour concert will feature songs of Kadri Voorand and her trio, the production of Estonian Voices, the guest performers’ music, as well as joint arrangements. “All this together creates so much musical energy on the stage that it takes time to recover from the punch,” says Kadri Voorand.

Contemporary dance performance “Nasty”

23 Nov
24 Nov
Kumu auditorium

Susanna Leinonen Company, founded in 2001, is one of the most acclaimed Finnish contemporary dance groups, both nationally and internationally. The company’s works are known for their magnificent, polished visuality as well as for choreographer Susanna Leinonen’s detailed and demanding movement language. Leinonen started her career as a dancer in the Estonian National Ballet and now brings her top ensemble to Tallinn for the first time for the European premiere of her latest piece, Nasty.

Nasty is a strikingly topical piece that explores the expectations, limitations and attacks targeted at our bodies. Leinonen and her ensemble have examined what it is like to constantly be an object of others’ observation; in the center of the work are dancers and their bodies as tools of artistic work. The highly trained physique becomes a machine that stretches, bends and creaks to attain its full potential. But the question remains: who gets to define that potential?

Arvo Pärt’s delicate and expressive music contrast and completes this stark vision of the world.

This Techno Praxis is an experiment where during the 3-hour dance session together with a DJ, the participants stay in different tempo each hour: 120 BPM during the first hour, 130BPM during the next, 140BPM during the last. After the session, there will be a feedback and discussion where participants share their thoughts about their experience and where this kind of staying together in one tempo can lead to.

Techno Praxis is led by Üüve-Lydia Toompere, a freelance dance artist whose creations and ideas move in parallel with the techno-music scene as well as dance art while studying the club dance culture in Berlin (her current hometown) and Estonia.

Music will be selected by DJ Kevin Park.

Register HERE!

MØ’s concert in Tallinn

24 Nov
Rock Café

Danish superstar announces a new 12-date European tour for November-December 2018, culminating in a huge, 15,000 capacity homecoming show at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen. MØ’s friend and sometime collaborator ALMA will support on all dates.

The tour will round off what is already shaping up to be a massive 2018 for MØ, and is announced fresh off the back of her scene stealing appearance at Coachella Festival in the US and an acclaimed UK headline tour, including a sold out show at Brixton Academy earlier this month. It also comes swift on the heels of the release of her acclaimed new song “Nostalgia”, out now and accompanied by an intimate and revealing lyric video, curated by MØ’s parents and featuring family snapshots from childhood and teenage years.

Christmas tree created by the interior decoration company Shishi is presented in Niguliste for the third year in a row. This time, the Christmas tree is more festive and dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

On the opening day, the entry to the museum is with a special ticket for 100 cents or 1 euro.

12 Opening of the Christmas tree and organ music
1 p.m. Festive concert. Estonia mixed choir
3 p.m. Organ half-hour. Christmas-themed programme
4 p.m. Organ half-hour. Christmas-themed programme

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

16 Nov – 2 Dec

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival aka PÖFF is an annual film festival held since 1997 in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia.

PÖFF is the only A-category film festival in Northern Europe, sharing that status with world’s leading festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Warsaw, and San Sebastian. With over 600 films, over 1200 attending film professionals and journalists and attendance of more than 80,000 PÖFF is the largest annual cultural event in Estonia.