This week you can go to Tartu to learn about multiculturalism in the southern part of India, visit a conference about contemporary museums or go to Club of Different Rooms in Tartu Widget Factory to learn some new dance moves. In Tallinn you can go to cinema Sõprus to watch documentaries about fashion as well as world-famous fashion designers, visit a comedy or a piano festival, take a curator’s tour at exhibition “Hive Mind”, watch a documentary about false messiahs or choose between dance and choir music. Take your pick!

Guest Ph.D. Student of the University of Tartu, Nimeshika Venkatesan (Stella Maris College, Tamil Nadu, India) will offer the listeners a glimpse into Madras as she knows and lives it.

Tamil Nadu or the land of Tamils is a state in the southern part of the Indian peninsula. Tamil Nadu is known for its rich cultural heritage, ornate temples built during the reign of the Chozhas, sprawling churches and beautiful mosques. People of varied faith, practicing different religions belonging to a multitude of cultures live together in harmony. Chennai or as formerly known as Madras is a city with character. It is a melting pot of cultures where people from various other states seek out opportunities to realize their dreams. There is a rich history of the classical arts with the city grooming some of the finest Carnatic vocalists, dancers and percussionists.

Fashion affects all of us, whether we admit it or not. We all make fashion choices: which trousers or dress to buy next? Which brands to prefer? Which shops to visit? Do we know who has designed all these clothes that we buy? Do we explore where and how they have been made? Do we feel the fabrics?

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.

ICOM ICME 51st Annual Conference

9 – 12 Oct
Estonian National Museum

ICOM ICME 2018 annual conference “Re‐imagining the Museum in the Global Contemporary” is a 4-day long event presenting more than 40 presentations from all over the world to reflect upon the complex contexts in which museums exist today.

In addition, the conference creatively examines the range of new and future roles we might productively employ in our respective and interconnected institutions.

Tallinn Comedy Festival

9 -12 Oct

Tallinn Comedy Festival brings together famous entertainers with up-and-coming acts for the fifth time already. During the four days from Oct 9th to 12th you can enjoy more than 20 entertainers from Estonia and around the world.

We invite you to enjoy the big festival gala where 10+ acts have limited time to perform their best material. You’ll also find festival specials of Komeediklubi English-language comedy night and Fopaa! Estonian-language one, and solo shows both in English and Russian. We’ll also be piloting a brand new comedy format.


11th International Festival Klaver 2018

5 – 12 Oct
Estonia Concert Hall

The largest piano festival in the Baltic and Nordic countries was first held in 1998, when its founder and artistic leader, pianist Lauri Väinmaa, wanted to bring some of the most amazing pianists (of whom Estonians knew nothing at the time) here and introduce the locals to the trends of world music. All of this occurred before the arrival of YouTube, thanks to which we can get access to almost everything in the world now. Additionally, we want to pay our respects to the 150-year-old tradition of classical piano evenings.

The festival will be held from October 5 to October 12, 2018, in Tallinn and artists include the best pianists in the world: Leif Ove Andsnes (Norway), Rudolf Buchbinder (Austria), Jeremy Denk (USA), piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque (France), Brazil PianOrquestra, and many others.

The artistic director of the festival is Sten Lassmann.

Kumu Documentary: Looking for Jesus

10 Oct
Kumu auditorium

“Looking for Jesus” is the latest project by the Polish artist Katarzyna Kozyra, whose starting point was information about the “Jerusalem Syndrome”, an acute delusional disorder which was first reported by medical professionals in the 2nd half of the 20th century. After visiting the Holy Land, people afflicted with the syndrome start to identify with Biblical characters: usually with the Messiah. To date, the artist has visited Jerusalem several times in order to find those who in the early 21st century believe themselves to be Jesus.

Introduction by art scientist Triin Tulgiste.

Traditional Dance Festival “Sabatants”

11 – 13 Oct
Club of Different Rooms in Tartu Widget Factory

“Sabatants” is a unique festival that aspires to appreciate and preserve traditional dance culture.

Five workshops suitable for participants with different dance experiences. Two seminars for listening, learning and contributing. Dance until the early morning hours all three nights.

Curator’s tour at the exhibition “Hive Mind”

11 Oct
Tallinn Art Hall Gallery

Hive Mind curator, Stacey Koosel will give a talk and tour of the exhibition. She will introduce the works of exciting young Finnish contemporary artists, tell the stories behind the works and philosophize about the concept of ‘hive mind’.

The tour is free of charge and is held in English. Tour starts at Art Hall Gallery

Katel presents: CamelPhat

12 Oct
Tallinn Creative Hub

Tallinn’s house hotspot Katel presents the hottest beatmakers in the world – CamelPhat.

The UK duo made their name on the dance music scene with their smash hit ‘Cola’, which earned them a Grammy nomination and has since been popular in both underground clubs and on mainstream radio.

Doors open at 23:00.

In Dark Night and Cool Air

14 Oct
Tallinn Philharmonic Society House of the Blackheads

Chamber Choir NOVA from Norway and NUKU Choir meet in the House of Blackheads to welcome the autumn with the Nordic composers’ songs.

The Norwegian Chamber Choir NOVA was founded in 2001 and they have gained recognition at numerous international choir competitions and won the Norwegian national cultural scholarship. The experienced and talented conductor of the choir, Tore Erik Mohn (1961), is looking for a choir’s unique sound and he is, in addition to classical music, open to more theatrical projects.

NUKU choir is a theatrical choir, which is open to staged projects as well as classical choral music.

Conducted by Tore Erik Mohn (Norway), Saale Kreen and Reeda Toots.

Programme includes Knoph, Britten, Grieg, Sandström, Pärt, Tulev, Kõrvits, Kaev, Tipp and others.