Friendly cultural reminders for this week

Here are some recommendations for the Valentines week that should offer you a lot of nice things to do with your friends and lovers. Have a beautiful week!

Underwater archaeology adventure room
10 Jan – 2 Sep
Seaplane Harbour

How are shipwrecks and underwater objects found? What can an underwater robot see and what can it do? Scientists have done field work to search and find dozens of ships and now the exciting materials from the Arrows project, one of the major projects of recent years where the Estonian Maritime Museum also participated, are introduced to the visitors.

Tasty Tartu 2018
1–28 Feb
Various locations in Tartu

Tasty Tartu 2018 is a campaign of taste experiences, which will be taking place in Tartu for the fourth time. Only in February, you can enjoy new food experiences by trying the affordable special three-course menus of the 14 restaurants that are developing these in addition to their ordinary menus to celebrate this month. The special menus are available for the set price of 21 euros and they consist of three courses.

Exhibition “Leonhard Lapin. Void and Space”
9 Feb – 13 May
Kumu Art Museum

Leonhard Lapin has been active in the art scene for 50 years and is considered one of the founders of Estonian pop art and a classic of the neo-avant-garde. His oeuvre stretches from graphic art and painting to installation and performance, from architectural criticism and essays on art to poetry. The exhibition provides an overview of the various stages of his career.

Festival “Virmalised”
12–16 Feb
Estonia Concert Hall

For the first time in independent Estonia, on three evenings, the best pianists of our time will perform the best Estonian piano music of the century. In addition to classics, new pieces will also be performed at the festival dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. For example, new pieces by Jüri Reinvere, Tõnu Kõrvits, and Tõnis Kaumann will be performed in addition to the classic pieces by Eduard Tubin, Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Ester Mägi, and other Estonian composers.

Kumu Documentary. Bombastic Rubbish. Novgorod Spaceship
14 Feb
Kumu auditorium

Hilarious film about the architect Frank Matcham, who designed more than 120 theatres in Britain. Frank Matcham? Never heard of him? After seeing this film you’ll want to visit his theatres. Oh, Frank Matcham, where have you been all this time?

16th Student Theatre Days
16–18 Feb

Student Theatre Days is a festival dedicated to the activities of Estonian student theatres and amateur groups. The festival is organized by the students of the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy.

Runic Song Room at Estonian National Museum
17 Feb
Estonian National Museum

Runic Song Room is a series of events where experienced traditional musicians will be fore-singers and participants will have the opportunity to sing along. This time there will be a chance to sing with Karmen Linnamäe. She has studied psychology but is currently active in music therapy. In her work, she has also used the runic song and its elements.

Chinese New Year celebrations
17 Feb
Vabaduse Square

Traditional Chinese New Year celebrations in Tallinn include musicians, dancers and martial arts artists from Beijing. In the course of the day, ice sculptures are built, Chinese craftsmen show their mastery skills and one can enjoy delicacies of Chinese cuisine.

Winter Jazz 2018
17 Feb
Kumu auditorium

Concert series “Winter Jazz” takes place at Kumu auditorium and there will be prominent musicians from six European countries. “Winter Jazz” takes you to the depths of the cimbalom sounds from the far reaches of the galaxy. On February 17 the multi-instrumentalist Mihály Borbély will perform with his new project Polygon, inspired by folk music, world music, jazz and contemporary music. Borbley is a recognized saxophonist, clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist. The trio’s music has a special color given by the sounds of Hungarian folk instrument cimbalom.