Estonia’s capital will welcome 200 regional headliners, as well as up-and-coming and international artists for a week of concerts at some of its most famous venues.
Now in its 28th year, the largest jazz festival in the Baltics will welcome 3,000 artists from 60 different countries for a 10-day jazz extravaganza.
It’s a little known fact but famous Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake) loved visiting Haapsalu. Each year the seaside resort honours the great musician with a programme of classical music and ballet.
Now in its eighth year, the week-long Pärnu festival takes place in various locations throughout the seaside town, with a focus on orchestral music played by the world-class Pärnu Festival orchestra.
Watch the opera from inside the courtyard of a 13th-century castle on the wild and enchanting island of Saaremaa, which each summer hosts 10 days of classical performances.
Taking place on Leigo’s small willow-fringed island, there will be concerts showcasing music from classical to rock. The summer’s evening culminates in a Leigo-style display of fireworks – both traditional and floating tea lights.
Over 100 different concerts will be held across Estonia, bringing together more than 4,000 international singers, conductors and composers.
The Estonian National Opera (founded in 1865) celebrates its 112th anniversary with performances of Jerry Bock’s popular musical Fiddler on the Roof.
Every August, the imposing medieval Pirita monastery ruins are turned into a modern opera house with performances of classical opera, ballet, contemporary dance and musical comedy.
Each year around 80,000 people attend one of Northern Europe’s biggest film festivals. With around 250 feature films and more than 300 shorts and animations, there’s plenty keep movie lovers entertained. Also check out the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival in April and the open air Tartu Love Film Festival during summer.
To get you in the mood for Estonia’s centenary celebrations, check out one of these events in London.
London’s Brutalist icon welcomes the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir who will perform the music of Arvo Pärt, one of the most successful Estonian composers in music history.
The Estonian Contemporary Art Development Centre (ECADC) will host Democracy to Come – an international exhibition speculating on future possibilities for democracy (also showing at Whitechapel Gallery). The historic Regent Street Cinema will screen documentary @katjanovi, telling the story of Estonian installation artist and rising star Katja Novitskova.