Spring is lurking around the corner, but the last of winter still has to offer lots of interesting events. So do not start your spring cleaning yet and go enjoy some wonderful events!

Tallinn Winter Festival
03 Feb – 11 Feb

In addition to all the beautiful music, there are also other benefits to this festival. Since 2006, the festival has paid attention to those in need in our society. Under the motto “Raise Your Eyes and Open Your Heart”, Käo handicapped children´s centre has been supported over the years to train music therapists and buy instruments. NPO Nirk’s everyday transport has been supported and the children of Saaremaa also received funds for buying instruments.

“Wave on Parquet” by Peeter Ulas, Villu Jaanisoo and Maria Metsalu
20 Jan – 19 Feb
Tallinn Art Hall Gallery

The exhibition includes the works of graphic artist Peeter Ulas (1934-2008), sculptor Villu Jaanisoo (1963) and performance artist Maria Metsalu (1990). The arrhythmia expressed in the title of the print produced by Peeter Ulas in 1979 is well-suited as the common denominator of this exhibition, in which the works of Villu Jaanisoo and Maria Metsalu are displayed along with his own. The carriers of emotion in these works are strikingly different, but the emotion itself – within the capability of the artist and the changing times – is surprisingly similar.

Exhibition “Mediaeval Pleasures. Celebrations of the Great Guild on the 15th-16th Century”
25 May 2016 – 07 May 2017
Great Guild Hall of the Estonian History Museum

The new exhibition of the Estonian History Museum introduces the celebrations and the diversity of the celebration rituals of the high society of the 15th and 16th century in the Great Guild Hall. At the feasts of the Guild, beer and wine flowed, one could try oriental spices, the scents of which waft through the exhibition hall today, and enjoy the best dishes. As a guest of Tallinn mint master, the richest townsman of his time, Urban Dene, one can admire the original items, discover how the May Count was elected and why the bird was shot, which dishes were on the tables of Guildsmen and why one could by placed under the so-called virgin’s surveillance.

Abundance and Ephemerality. Still Lifes from Finnish and Baltic Collections
21 Jan – 14 May 2017
Estonian Museum of Art

The compositions by the 17th– and 18th-century Netherlandish, Italian and French masters of flower bouquets, fruit baskets and elegantly covered breakfast tables, as well as their compositions of hunting trophies, have charmed viewers for centuries with the mastery of their painting techniques and allegorical subtexts. Along with earlier paintings, this exhibition also includes works by contemporary artists from Finland and the Baltic countries that relate technically and thematically to the still life genre.

Lucia di Lammermoor
07 Feb
Estonian National Opera

Donizetti’s opera is about the destiny of a woman. The intrigues of a world ruled by men do not allow her to assert herself. Lucia’s wishes are disregarded, her will is suppressed and her life’s happiness is sacrificed. When existential feelings cannot be expressed openly and honestly, they explode with the force of a nuclear bomb. Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor – the Romeo and Juliet of the Scottish Lowlands – is not simply a private tragedy of love, but also an exceptionally political story in which the masculine power system deeply distorts human relations and finally destroys them for good. Donizetti colours the raging of betrayed love and the dissolving of the rage with the most eloquent music: the revenge is bloody, insanity is terminal. Abused feelings ruin everything and everyone.

Reflections on Architecture
08 Feb
Kumu auditorium

Who would have dared to think a couple of decades ago that the purpose of an industrial building could be something more than serving as a functional structure? Today’s priority is to include sustainable materials in the construction process, as can be witnessed in the Ricola building created by Herzog and de Meuron, who used tightly compacted earth as building material. “Reflections on Architecture” alternates images from his old films with footage containing fragments of conversations with Herzog & de Meuron, and shots of some of their constructions.

Jamali Maddix (UK) ”Chickens Come Home To Roost”
08 Feb/09 Feb
GenClub/Kivi Paber Käärid Bar

Rising star Jamali has been seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), The John Bishop Show (BBC1) and Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central). His own series “Hate Thy Neighbour” was released on Vice’s TV Channel “Viceland” in both the UK and the US. Jamali has supported Jim Jefferies in Hyde Park and performed throughout Europe and the Middle East. Fresh from a complete sellout run at the Edinburgh festival Jamali brings takes his debut hour on tour.

Winter Jazz 2017
10 Feb – 12 Mar 2017
All over Estonia

The season will start on 10th of February in Theatre NO99 Jazz Club with the sizzling jazz group Equally Stupid (Finland-Iceland-Switzerland). The trios’ energetic live performance praised by critics, offers a melodic creation spiced with rich rhythm patterns which will captivate the audience.

Salon concert: Eeva and Villu Talsi
10 Feb
Varbuse Music Manor

Eeva and Villu Talsi have performed as a duo for a while now, but are known for the wider audience as musicians from the band Curly Strings. At the concert, both older traditional instrumental songs as well as their own creations will sound on the cheerful mandolin, guitar, violin, and talharpa.

Telliskivi Social Dancing Weekend 2017
11 Feb – 12 Feb 2017
Telliskivi Creative City

You are in for:
-20+ social dancing styles & workshops
-Some free social dancing events and surprises
-Experienced (and already familiar) instructors from Estonia and abroad. Guest instructors are coming this year from Amsterdam (BraSaZouk) and last year’s favourites Pedro & Linda (P&L Dance) from London are also back in Tallinn.

Mixed choir HUIK!’s concert “In Forgotten Gardens”
11 Feb/12 Feb
Keila School

At the year’s first concert, the mixed choir HUIK! invites the audience on a journey to mysterious gardens. New creations by young composers take the audience to different seasons and states of mind – soul gardens, when it is cold or lonely, when one yearns for a loved one’s embrace or cheerful buzz of friends. In some gardens, one might even run into oneself. All these feelings have a place, their own quiet garden.