The beginning of August is continuing with a lot of festivals. This week’s recommendation includes festivals with long traditions such as Leigo järvemuusika, Augustibluus and Birgitta festival.
Summer Night’s International Ballet Gala
06 Aug
Estonian National Opera
Summer Night’s International Ballet Gala brings dancers from around the world (New Zealand, USA, Europe, Russia) to the stage of Estonian National Opera for one time only. The ballet gala in two acts is a unique opportunity to meet with international ballet stars and witness their creative work.
12th Wind Band Festival “Mürtsub pill”
04 Aug – 05 Aug
The main stage of the festival is in a large tent located in the center of Tartu, next to Tartu Kaubamaja, at the corner of Küüni and Uueturu Street. Brass orchestras, but also brass bands and popular music orchestras are preferred. The performances of the festival’s student orchestra, the festival’s joint orchestra, and the festival’s symphonic wind orchestra will also take place.
Intsikurmu Festival 2017
04 Aug – 05 Aug
Intsikurmu Forest Park
The mission of Intsikurmu music festival is to promote intellectual and cultured ways to spend your leisure time. Their aim is to promote Estonian musicians and introduce foreign artists to the Estonian audience. At Intsikurmu festival, some great contemporary music of Estonia is performed and promising foreign acts will be shown.
Leigo Lake Music Festival 2017
04 Aug – 05 Aug
Leigo Farm
In 2017, Leigo Lake Music celebrates its 20th year of activity. That is how many years ago the first lake music concert took place on Leigo’s small willow-fringed island. In addition, it is a privilege to celebrate the jubilee of maestro Neeme Järvi, in whose honour the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra will perform at the festival.
The last concert of both festival days will be accompanied by a spectacular fire show.
Birgitta Festival 2017
04 Aug – 13 Aug
St Birgitta Convent
For a few August nights, the imposing ruins of the Pirita monastery are turned into a modern opera house where various genres of musical theatre are performed: classical opera, ballet, oratorios, contemporary dance and musical comedy – as guest performances as well as original productions.
31st Tallinn International Organ Festival
03 Aug – 13 Aug
The artistic director of the festival is Andres Uibo. Tallinn International Organ Festival has been taking place since 1987, making it the oldest consistently held music festival in Estonia.
Chronicles of Art Life
07 Jul – 12 Nov
Kumu Art Museum
Chronicles of Art Life presents a selection of photos of the art and cultural scene in Estonia from the 1940s to the 1980s. Instead of trying to illustrate particular narratives in the history of art, the aim of the exhibition is to direct attention to the role of photographers in the creation of those narratives. In the selection of the photos, the primary concern was not the significance of the people and events depicted, but rather the evocativeness of the images themselves: the way the photos represent and shape their times and our understanding of them.
Exhibition “With and Without the Fashion House”
29 Jul – 10 Sep
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design
60 years ago the foundation was laid for the legendary Tallinn Fashion House. Inspired by this important day, fashion artists that worked in the fashion house during the 1980s, Anu Johanson, Anu Hint, Anu Strandberg, Heli Kohk, Hilja Tüür, Ivo Nikkolo, Kai Saar, Katrin Kasesalu, Krista Kajandu, Liivi Raid, Saima Krik, Tiiu Akberg ja Zoja Järg, will show their work in the fashion house.
Festival Manor Games
05 Jul – 20 Aug
Performers are interprets from Estonia, France, Russia and the United States. All summer concerts are more or less associated with the Baltic German musical culture and the history of manor concert halls – the festival will preserve the cultural heritage of the concert halls and brings it to the public. In addition to Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and other composers from the golden funds of chamber music, concerts also feature music of the Estonian 19th century’s composers – Julius Otto Grimm, born in Pärnu, one of the closest friends of Johannes Brahms; Heinrich Stiehl who worked as an organist in the Oleviste Church; Christoph August Gabler who worked in Sagadi Manor as a home teacher and who was known as a concert pianist.
Steve Vanoni and the Outsiders
28 Jul – 23 Aug
Kondas Centre
The Kondas Center presents an exhibition of artworks by Northern California Artist Steve Vanoni and a selection of Outsider artworks from his collection. The exhibition will feature paintings created by Steve during his tenure in Tallinn over the last few years and artworks created by Internationally celebrated Outsiders Anne Grgich, Mose Tolliver and William Thomas Thompson.