June 1st – Children’s Day
June 2nd – Jubilee: singer Kare Kauks 70
June 4th – National Flag Day. Jubilee: poet Karl-Martin Sinijärv 50
June 8th – jubilee: theatre director Ingo Normet 75
June 14th – Day of Mourning and Commemoration. Commemorating the victims of Soviet deportations in 1941 and 1949.
June 15th – Saint Vitus Day. A saying goes that it was not worth planting cabbage after this day, but sowing buckwheat was recommended. Jubilee: actor, playwright and poet Taavi Eelmaa 50
June 18th – birth anniversaries: composer Roman Toi 105, director and scenographer Tõnu Virve 75. Jubilee: humorist and journalist Gaute Kivistik 50
June 19th – birth anniversary: writer and composer Enn Vetemaa 85
21 June – summer solstice
23 June – Saint John’s Eve. Saint John’s Day is a day of beauty and happiness for all and the day set for remembering Saint John the wise. All animals and people alike had to be blessed with light. And a huge bonfire had to be made. All over Estonia, private and public bonfires are made and parties held
June 26th – birth anniversary: singer Jaak Joala 70. Jubilee: journalist Rain Kooli 50.
27 June – Saint Sampson’s Day. Not much is known about Saint Sampson’s Day. Old people say that its Estonian name ‘Seven Sleepers’ Day’ refers to the occasion when seven brothers fell asleep in church or on the way to church.
June 28th – birth anniversary: singer Vello Orumets 80. Jubilee: singer Anne Velli 75

Folk calendar via Estonian Open Air Museum

Until June 17th

CCPM Manifestal. Festival on Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

On May 13th, the new contemporary performance festival CPPM Manifestal will be launched, celebrating the development of our two-year MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) students at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Looking back at their 99-hour production “Where Do We Go From Here”, which received widespread international attention last September, there is certainly reason to expect exciting experiences, a surprising creative approach and bubbling innovation from them. All these 13 new productions presented at the festival result from their artistic research projects undertaken to complete their master studies.

 The CPPM Manifestal is born in cooperation with our incredible partners: Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava, Uue Loomingu Maja, Elektron, Estonian Dance Agency and Estonian Academy of Arts. The festival is supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

When: Through May and June until June 17th

Where: several locations



Whole month

Jazz Idealism 1967

The idea for the exhibition “Jazz Idealism 1967” comes from the Tallinn ’67 jazz festival. Through the recollections of the festival participants, the visitor is invited on an audio-visual journey, where against the historical background to the event, we are called to consider timeless topics such as idealism and reality and the relationship between power and the human spirit, and to reflect on what it means to be human.

The idea of the exhibition is based on the materials collected by the curator of the exhibition, music historian Heli Reimann, in the course of her research on the Tallinn ‘67 festival and a soon to be published monograph about the event. The programmes and activities accompanying the exhibition are managed by Risto Lehiste, head of the Chamber of Celebrities in Estonian Music.

When: May 11th – October 3rd

Where: Maarjamäe stables, Pirita tee 56

Ticket: 8-20 €

Whole month

Applied art exhibition  “Translucency”

Applied art in its many forms is taking over Kai Art Center this summer!

The extensive applied art exhibition “Translucency” includes 21 artists from the Nordic countries, the UK, the Netherlands, the US, Lithuania and Estonia.

The show, curated by the Danish art historian and glass artist Stine Bidstrup, focuses on the phenomenon of translucency – the mysterious and multifaceted area between transparency and opacity. Artworks exhibited at Kai are conceptual, playful and experimental. The artists look at themes like presence and absence, the private and the public, individuality and collectivity, time and temporality, politics and language, material decay and structural defects.

The exhibition features a variety of fields, techniques and materials: glass, textile, ceramics, garments, photography, sculpture, installation, jewellery, video, furniture, 3D printing, digital design etc. Alongside the international main exhibition, the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial also has an exciting satellite programme, including over 20 satellite exhibitions, installations and other events taking place in various locations all over Tallinn.

When: May 29th – August 15th

Where: Kai Art Center, Peetri 12

June 1st – Sune 9th

Joanna Kalm’s performance “UITKEHA” / “BIG YAWN”

Joanna Kalm’s performance “UITKEHA”  / “BIG YAWN” is of fluidity, openness and volatility of being a human organism. Softly choreographed through a body – in this case my own, Joanna’s – so to observe the subtleties of sensing and perceiving which organize one’s being.

I allow time for the body to be expressed in space.

If it is recognized that all possibilities of language – spoken and written – are already given in the world, then what kind of expression is already given in the body?

I find myself in a mist of quickly disappearing dance, which cannot be grasped by hand nor fixed into the form of it. The sensations slip through my fingers and it is not possible to step into the same river twice. A body-self is a process consisting of personal material, the environment and you in it. I am left to follow the (dis)order of my body.

BIG YAWN is part of Joanna Kalm’s anthropology master’s degree (Tallinn University) research focused on embodied holistic self-regulation based on somatic movement. Coming from contemporary dance, she chose to deepen her awareness by delving into Body-Mind Centering® (BMC) practice founded by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

When: June 1st, 7th, 8th and 9th at 7 p.m.

Where: Sakala 3 rehearsal studio, 5th floor

Tickets: 10-14 €

June 5

The Market of Junk and Art

This is the first market in Põhjala factory this year. If you want to sell art, crafts or just make space in your closets, you’re welcome to join. Additional information and registration for selleks – events@pohjalatehas.ee.

You’re also just welcome to find new fascinating things to buy or just browse through!

When: June 5th 10a.m – 3 p.m.

Where: Põhjala factory, Marati 5

Ticket: Free

June 10th

Jazz Idealism ‘67 Concert Programme: Tõnu Naissoo Acoustic Trio

As a satellite to the Estonian History Museum’s exhibition “Jazz Idealism ‘67”, this jazz concert celebrates the ongoing work of Tõnu Naissoo, a legitimate grand old man of Estonian jazz. Having turned 70 this year, he recorded his first jazz album as a teenager. Back then, he was the first in Estonia to used synthesizer in jazz music. He is a legendary jazz pianist, masters synthesizers, Hammond organ and is a composer who has written scores for movies and theatre, a lot of music to jazz ensembles and orchestras as well as choir and chamber music.

When: June 10th, 7 p.m.

Where: Maarjamäe stables, Pirita tee 56

Ticket: 25 €

June 5th – July 18th

EKKM exhibition Letters From a Foreign Mind

“Letters from a foreign mind” focuses on values in social context and explores themes like scarcity, neglect and care, highlighting in the process the many changes in EKKM’s recent past and near future. The building of EKKM has seen countless repairs and spatial renovations during its lifetime but is nevertheless tired and slowly crumbling. The physical and symbolic cracks are the subject matter and the habitat for artistic ideas, for visitors’ memories, its employees’ proposals, an abundance of dust and artworks that have been left behind. As a prologue to the exhibition, EKKM established a community garden in its backyard last spring, allowing to explore the openness and the wider use of space within the institution.

Where: Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), Põhja pst 35, Rumbi 3.

When: June 5th – July 18th

Ticket: Free admission

From June 19th to September 5th

Exhibition “Modern Love (or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies)

The exhibition Modern Love looks at love and human relations in the current age of the internet, social media and high capitalism – the first age of “cold intimacy”. The exhibition looks at how the digital world, technology giants and neoliberalism have changed love and social relations, while at the same time diluting the separation between the public and the private. The exhibition also looks at how the current issues of time and space have influenced the way we communicate with one another and how the virtual has become entwined with reality. These are still two quite distinct things, although the opposite is announced. Modern Love deals with human pathologies connected to the commodification of feelings and the negative expressions of love (e.g. love for money), and for comparison it also delves into meaningful and transformative forms of love, from the personal to the political. 

Where: Tallinn Art Hall, Vabaduse väljak 8

When: June 19th – September 5th

Tickets: 0 – 12 €

The creation of this calendar is supported by the city of Tallinn and Kodurahu programme