Culture.ee’s weekly recommendations for December 18–24

If you love contemporary art and motocross, thought-provoking documentaries, choral music, Christmas fantasies, Estonian National Male Choir or Bach, this week is just for you. Enjoy!

Marco Laimre’s solo exhibition “Motor”
16 Dec – 28 Jan
Tallinn Art Hall

Marco Laimre’s solo exhibition “Motor” brings together contemporary art and motocross, garage and landscape, sport and technology. The artist poses several questions in his exhibition: How can we combine the process of art with motorsport? How can we create a symbol of the landscape from the perspective of a motorcyclist? What happens when ‘garage poetics’ is transferred to the context of an art exhibition or vice versa? How is repairing things different from creation as a process? Does an engine have a face? The exhibition is curated by Indrek Köster and Taavi Talve (Johnson&Johnson).

Lost in Lebanon – movie night and discussion
18 Dec
The Club of Different Rooms

December 18 is International Migrants Day. To celebrate the day, IOM is organizing the Global Migration Film Festival which is going to take place in over 100 countries around the world. In Estonia, IOM is screening the movie “Lost in Lebanon”. The film portrays the stories of four Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, a country only a quarter the size of Estonia where every fourth person is a Syrian refugee. The film shows us the reasons why people have fled from Syria and the possibilities they now have in Lebanon, where ca 70% of Syrians have no legal rights to work, obtain education nor have an access to health care.

Christmas concert of chamber choir Head Ööd, Vend
19 Dec
Tallinn Dome Church

Chamber choir Head Ööd, Vend invites every friend of choral music to a pre-Christmas concert, where beautiful choral music will be performed, which awakens Christmas spirit in everybody. The concert will be accompanied by a string quartet consisting of Hains Tooming (violin), Kristjan Rudanovski (violin), Kristjan Kannukene (viola) and Ruslan Petrov (cello). Marten Altrov will play the clarinet and Kristiina Veerde the flute. Programme includes music by Kõrvits, Kodaly, Walters, Biebl, Holten, Ehala, Górecki, Kreek, Sisask, Uusberg.

Christmas concert of Estonian National Male Choir
20 Dec Tartu St John’s Church
21 Dec Võru Culture Centre Kannel
22 Dec Valga Culture and Hobby Centre
23 Dec Tallinn St John’s Church

The Christmas concerts feature songs about life, faith, and love – authors include John Paul Rudoi, Timothy Takach, Ola Gjeilo, Rene Eespere, Pärt Uusberg and Rasmus Puur.

Liisi Koikson’s Christmas concert at Instrument Museum
21 Dec
Intrument Museum

Christmas concert with Liisi Koikson, Marek Talts and Christian Harrysson.

Christmas Fantasy. Pärnu City Orchestra
21 Dec Pärnu Concert Hall
22 Dec Viljandi Baptist Church

Pärnu City Orchestra
Soloist Maris Liloson (soprano)
Pärnu Chamber Choir and Mixed Choir Endla
Conductor Mikk Murdvee
The programme includes well-known and loved Christmas music.

Bach. Mass in B minor
22 Dec Tartu St Paul’s Church
23 Dec Estonia Concert Hall

Concert series “Oratorio”
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Kaspars Putninš
J. S. Bach’s Mass in B minor is one of the most important sacred compositions within world music literature, as well as the crowning jewel of Bach’s work. This was Bach’s last major choral composition, and the author was still working on it during the final year of his life.