This week’s recommendations include film screenings, art exhibitions, a dance performance as well as jazz and jungle music. Have a joyful week!

Film festival God, Save England!

1521 Apr
Cinema Sõprus

Best British author films from the 70s.

In these days when the British are threatening to break up with the European Union once and for all, it is high time to remember the golden age of almost half a century ago, when they were just joining the European Economic Community, the grass was still green and everyone was focusing on the bright future.


15 Apr at 6.30 pm Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971)
16 Apr at 8 pm Barry Lyndon (1975)
17 Apr at 8.30 pm Performance (1970)
18 Apr at 6.30 pm Family Life (1971)
19 Apr at 7 pm The Wicker Man (1973)
20 Apr at 7.30 pm O Lucky Man! (1973)
21 Apr at 6.30 pm Get Carter (1971)

A retrospective of the work of the Latvian artist Gustav Klucis (1895–1938), one of the greats of Constructivist and Russian agitprop art.

The exhibition provides a survey of the artist’s experimental work, which employed innovative graphic design and photo montage in the service of both propaganda and the avant-garde.

Curator: Iveta Derkusova (Latvian National Museum of Art)

Kris Lemsalu and Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia invite everyone to the presentation of the Estonian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale on 15th of April at 11 at ARS project space (ARS Art Factory, Pärnu mnt 154).

The project will be presented by commissioner Maria Arusoo.

A decadent breakfast with Bekker cakes and sparkling wine will be served.

The inauguration of the Estonian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale will be on 10th of May at 17 with Kris Lemsalu’s solo show Birth V – Hi and bye. The exhibition opening will be accompanied by a performance by Kris Lemsalu, Roman Lemberg, Michael Kleine, Kyp Malone, Michiko Takahashi, Carola Caggiano.

Exhibition Lasnamäe?

15–17 Apr
Vent Space project space

Considering Lasnamäe, the first things that spring to mind are the rows of prefabricated buildings and the wastelands interspersed between them. As a manifestation of a characterless, purely utilitarian space in the cityscape, it continues to be an important and intriguing environment for us, the young people born in the former Soviet Union or right after its collapse. The impersonal nature of Lasnamäe provides us with breathing space, creating a gap into which it was possible for us to write our story. It is our conceptual playground between the real playgrounds and rows of windows, where memories and the emotions they conjure intertwine with the foreign, thereby making it familiar.

Participating artists: Anna Kaarma, Lee Kelomees, Tõnis Laurson, Tiiu Lausmaa, Janne Lias, Riin Maide, Vassa Ponomarjova

Tiina Sarapu’s exhibition Case Study 2

15 Apr 5 May
Tartu Art House

The minimalist glass exhibition looks at cases studies of boxes, parcels, trunks, presents, cases, packing, sending and opening. For Sarapu, glass is mainly an installation or a sculpture material and she is captivated by geometrical shapes and simple abstract forms. She wants to enjoy clarity, order, emptiness and to create more of it. The first version of the exhibition Case Study was in Hop Gallery in Tallinn in November 2017.

Tiina Sarapu (b 1971) has graduated from the Department of Glass of the Estonian Academy of Arts and worked there in 2003–2017 as a lecturer. In addition to Estonia, she has had personal exhibitions in Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Denmark. Amongst many other accolades, in 2007 she received the Kristjan Raud Award.

What happens when a screenwriter starts to live-out his own script?

Imant is commissioned to write a con-artist story for a TV series. As research for his script, he tries out his fictional cons in real life – all for academic reasons, of course! “A Hobo walks into a bar with a doggie on a leash…” is how the first con starts, so Imant steals the little doggie of his neighbour. As Imant progresses in his script – he is drawn deeper into the world of con-artistry and crime.

Although made with private funding by young film professionals, the film overthrew financially local big-budget supposed-to-be-hit-of-the-year on the local market as well as became a box office hit number 1 in Latvia, leaving behind such Hollywood franchises as Star Wars and Fifty Shades of Grey.

The film is in Latvian with English subtitles.

Performance at STL

18 Apr
19 Apr
Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava

New collaboration performance by Ruslan Stepanov and Artjom Astrov at Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava.

“For this newly commissioned production at Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava we’re joined by Viljandi Culture Academy dance theory lecturer Kai Valtna and dance technique teacher Raido Mägi, who are partnered in dialogue with their student Anumai Raska. The piece takes victimhood as its focus, projecting it on both performers’ and audience’s bodies, while, at the same time, drawing parallels with historical interpretations of freedom andindependence.”

Gauthier Toux Trio (FR/DK)

18 Apr
Jazz Club Philly Joe’s

A rising figure on the French, Swiss and European jazz scene, the trio lead by promising French pianist Gauthier Toux has developed a unique jazz sound, complex and lyrical, blended with many influences ranging from pop to hip hop.

The trio has performed more than 150 concerts since it was created in October 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland. 3rd release The Colours You See is out on UK label Naim since May 4th, 2018.

Line up:
Gauthier Toux (piano)
Simon Tailleu (bass)
Maxence Sibille (drums)

Jazzkaar 2019

1928 Apr
Telliskivi Creative City

Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, paying homage to the very first festival in 1990 with new albums from the cream of Estonian jazz as well as concerts of the current top jazz musicians in the USA. The main performers of this year’s Jazzkaar are Bobby McFerrin, John Scofield, Joshua Redman and Judith Hill.

The programme of Jazzkaar 2019 includes over 60 concerts. The festival welcomes to Estonia the current stars of the international jazz scene who can be also heard at the main European jazz festivals such as EFG London Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz.

The main hub of the jubilee festival will be once again Telliskivi Creative City (Telliskivi Loomelinnak) in Tallinn, however, jazz will be brought further away from the capital city as well.

ETK Goes Jungle – Lu:k

19 Apr
Club of Different Rooms in Tartu Widget Factory

It’s time to take a journey to the early 90s, blow the dust off the vinyls and remind the good old part of the rave culture – jungle music! And who would be a better guide than Estonian jungle pioneer Lu: k! Lovin U? La:v? You know, right?

Studios, Kalev K, and Moose who have been involved with the local jungle scene for a long time will bring along their old favourites.