The year 2016 has been a hard one in many senses, but the cultural life here surely has blossomed and we are sure it will also keep up the great work in the year 2017. Have a great week and may your new year come joyfully!

“Booked Moments”
10 Dec – 30 Dec
Estonian Printing Museum

The best photos from the bookstore Fahrenheit 451 and organised photo contest, “Booked moments” will be on display. The aim of the contest was to value reading culture, books and individuals meeting with books. Contestants were invited to shoot photos that capture moments of reading. The exhibition will present photos of people reading in different situations, places, both expected and unexpected moments, with a space for wider interpretation of reading as well.

Exhibition “Changing Tartu in Four Views”
11 Nov 2016 – 19 Feb 2017
Tartu Art Museum

The exhibition includes numerous artists associated with the Pallas art school, such as Nikolai Triik, Johannes Võerahansu and Kaarel Liimand, as well as Baltic German artists from the 19th century. The aim of the exhibition is to introduce the museum’s collections through works from the last two centuries depicting Tartu. This selection offers a historic overview of the changes in the perception and representation of Tartu and its symbolic locations.

4th Tartu Winter Music Festival
01 Jan – 08 Jan
Tartu St John’s Church

The Tartu Winter Music Festival is a festival of chamber music in Tartu that offers lovely classics and musical display by Tartu’s very own professional musicians in Tartu St. John’s Church on every day of the first week of the new year. In addition to seasoned and already well-known professional musicians such as countertenor Ivo Posti and guitarist Kristo Käo, piano duo Jorma Toots and Ebe Müntel, the 2017 Tartu Winter Music Festival will also include a recital by the new young concertmaster of the Vanemuine Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Linda-Anette Suss.

6th bachFest Tallinn
01 Jan – 07 Jan
Different venues in Tallinn

For the sixth year in a row, Tallinn will start the New Year with marvelous sounds of music by the famous German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The festival has become a tradition and an original, warm and beautiful New Year’s greeting of Tallinn to all the inhabitants and visitors of our capital.

The Ilves Sisters “Happy New Year”
28 Dec/29 Dec/ 30Dec/
Vanemuine Concert Hall/St Charles Church in Tallinn/Rapla Cultural Centre

The Ilves Sisters consists of bright, talented, and cheerful sisters, who started their life as musicians in childhood already and gave their first concerts at the time. The time of holidays is meant to be spent with the family. On the stage, as well. The Ilves Sisters also value their family and what could be more beautiful than seeing five sisters showing their love for music as well as for their family by making music together on the stage. In December, The Ilves Sisters give ten spectacular concerts. Their repertoire includes cheerful, energetic Christmas songs as well as romantically slow pieces of music of beautiful wintry atmosphere.

Christmas cinema of Pärnu’s Museum of New Art
07 Dec 2016 – 07 Jan 2017
Pärnu Museum of New Art

New arthouse-type cinema will be brought to the people of Pärnu by the Museum of New Art in collaboration with Pärnu Film Festival.. Arthouse films from Estonia as well as abroad will be brought to the audience at first as the Christmas cinema programme compiled to have added value – meaning, selecting films, which have both educational content as well as high artistic value.

Exhibition “Ball and biscuit”
09 Dec 2016 – 08 Jan 2017
Artist-run space Kraam

The title of the exhibition is a reference to the microphone STC 4021, which was called “ball and biscuit” because of the unusual visual form of the microphone. The same microphone was used by the band White Stripes when they recorded their album “Elephant” (2003). In this album they also have a single which is called by the name of this microphone.

The artist have made three installations to this exhibition: room installation “Heliocube” by sound artist Hello Upan, which is a sound installation and a live performance-room built to this environment. Then Liisi Eelmaa has made an installation from clothes called “The Blooms of the Jungle”, where the artist has been processing underwear in silk-printing technique, giving it a new look and meaning. Artist Killu Sukmit’s room installation “The Art Blanket” is a blanket, which you can conceptually take on to yourself as an empowering blanket of art, which will keep you warm ideologically and culturally.