On the last week of September you should consider attending a lecture about continental ice masses in Tallinn or a workshop of creative writing in Tartu, choose between an American cartoon, a Japanese horror movie or a documentary based on African opera. Fortunately, for those who are unable to make the choice there are also Hans Richter’s silent films with live music at Sveta Bar, a violin festival in Kihnu and Konzerthausorchester Berlin’s performance at Estonia Concert Hall. Apple Festival in Põhja-Tallinn and the possibility to spend the weekend in the open air at The Estonian Open Air Museum are also on the menu.

Polar Forum

24 Sep
Seaplane Harbour

Polar Club that is held on Monday, September 24 at 6 p.m. at the Seaplane Harbour marks the 240th anniversary of the celebrated mariner, admiral and the first explorer of Antarctica, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen (20.09.1778-25.01.1852).

At the forum, Professor Reinhard Dietrich of Dresden University of Technology will give a presentation “The contribution of continental ice masses to Baltic Sea level changes: Past, present and future”. The presentation is in English. The forum is moderated by the Secretary of the Polar Club, Katrin Savomägi.

Literary Tuesday: Creative Writing

25 Sep
Tartu Literature House

Before the great final of Estonian Poetry Slam (September 26), we come together and find new writing topics for next season.

The workshop will be delivered by our guest poet Bence Bárány from Hungary. The workshop will be in English but participants can write in any language they choose.

“One of the most essential thing about poetry slam is to be true on stage, to find the topics which the performer is really interested. However it sounds quite easy it is usually a difficult part, it takes a lot to dive into your own thoughts and feelings and then transform them into a text that gives a proper picture about the dive you did. With the practices included in the workshop, I hope to give the participants the opportunity to make these dives together and to find out what they really want to speak about. No more spoilers. It’s gonna be fun.”

This American Classic produced by Walt Disney Pictures is one of the most aggrandized animated films of all time. Nearly every American child has seen this film! Why is the Lion King one of the best movies ever made? The Lion King became the highest grossing animated film ever in June of 1994. It then received two Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and was named Best Original Score for its outstanding music. In 2011, TIME Magazine named The Lion King one of the top 25 films of all time. Later in 2016, the U.S. Library of Congress even selected the film to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.

Japanese Month: The Complex

25 Sep
Tartu Electric Theatre

クロユリ団地 / Kuroyuri Danchi (2013, 106 min) 

Directed by: Hideo Nakata
Starring: Atsuko Maeda, Hiroki Narimiya

Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. On the first night in her new room, she is awoken by a strange scratching sound coming from the apartment of her neighbor, a reclusive old man who has refused all attempts at communication. Concerned over his wellbeing, Asuka enters his home only to find him dead from malnutrition. Worse, it looks as if he had been trying to claw his way out of the room.

The movie is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Director: Manthia Diawara
Country: Portugal, USA, Mali
Year: 2017
Length: 70′
Language: English
Official website: www.documenta14.de/en/artists/1940/manthia-diawara

Introduction by art scientist and art critic Eha Komissarov.

The Malian-born Manthia Diawara’s film is based on the African opera Bintou Were, a Sahel Opera, which recounts an eternal migration drama. The Bintou Were opera, filmed on location in Bamako, in 2007, serves as a mirror for Diawara to build an aesthetic and reflexive story, through song and dance, about the current but timeless drama of migration between North and South, and the ongoing refugee crises.

Silent movie screenings with live music.

As always, we have the immense pleasure to invite you to the opening of the brand new, more regular season of Silence, Silent Cinema Soundscapes!

For your viewing pleasure, we will screen a retrospection of Hans Richter’s short experimental films accompanied by the truly unique and visually engaging Erik Alalooga on his self-built instruments as well as a full-length Soviet sci-fi delight “Cosmic Voyage” by Żeńska Forma.

Kihnu Violin Festival 2018

28 – 30 Sep
Metsamaa Traditional Farm, Kihnu

The festival brings together all the best violinists of Estonia and especially values the Kihnu tradition. As a result, new violinists emerge in Kihnu, the skills and style improve, and the knowledge about Kihnu violin playing traditions is widened.

Attention is paid to both adults and youngsters, and everyone interested in folk culture is welcome. The festival is a great opportunity to spend time together for all age groups.


Michaelmas Day at the Estonian Open Air Museum

29 Sep
The Estonian Open Air Museum

September 29th is the day we finish our chores outside and start working indoors. We are celebrating Michaelmas Day with a sermon at Sutlepa chapel.

It is also the first day of The Estonian Open Air Museum’s winter season and the entry is free for everyone!

Apple Festival

29 Sep
Arsenal Centre, Tallinn

On September 29, the Apple Festival will take place at the Arsenal Centre. With the Apple Festival, we celebrate the apple ripening and we enjoy everything that can be made with apples.

At the festival, local apple growers and producers of fascinating apple products sell their products, and an apple exhibition is open.

Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Estonia Concert Hall

Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Iveta Apkalna (organ)
Conductor Juraj Valčuha

Nicolai. Overture of opera “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
Jongen. Sinfonia Concertante for Organ and Orchestra Op. 81
Beethoven. Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 (Eroica)

The orchestra performs over a hundred concerts a year, playing both at their home hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, and touring in Asia, USA, and Europe.

Opening concert of the season of Eesti Kontsert.