The 11th Estonian Week, the biggest Estonian total art festival, will kick off with creative digital street art.
We will open this week of culture with its traditional line-up of film screenings, book presentations, theatre premieres, exhibitions and concerts with a truly special event. Within the framework of (R)estart Reality – the highlighted event of the EV100 jubilee year that melds tradition with digital technology – Edward von Lõngus, the daredevil of Estonian street art, will again visit Budapest to bring to life archive photos of Estonians who lived in the early 20th century in cinematic form on the walls of houses. After numerous other cities, the virtual wanderers will come to Budapest to make new friends. On 19 March we will introduce the software and the special mobile application at Élesztőház and might also reveal where those wanting to do their own private investigation in search of the photos should head off to.
On 20 March we will be screening Soviet Hippies as a joint programme with the Visual Studies Platform at CEU. The documentary presents the period when the Eastern European hippy movements created their own system countering the harsh regime of the Soviet Union during the Estonian-Russian psychedelic underground culture of the ’70s. Our guests will be the film’s director, Terje Toomistu, and its producer, Juliane Fürst. On the evening of the same day, you can listen to the Kadri Voorand & Mihkel Mälgand duo’s compositions packed with improvisation and ambient electronic effects at the Opus Jazz Club. The highly versatile young Estonian singer, pianist and composer, who with no exaggeration can be credited as being the first lady of Estonian jazz, will appear on stage with one of Estonia’s most sought-after double base and bass guitar players.
A man and a woman’s attempt at meeting in one and a half hours. He is Estonian and she is Hungarian; their common roots are formed by the post-Soviet period, and their common language is film rather than broken English. The performance at Trafó titled Just Filming was jointly created by two actors – Annamária Láng of Hungary and Juhan Ulfsak of Estonia – and legendary Finish director Kristian Smeds. Film critic Tamás Jászay will sit in conversation with Kristian Smeds after the performance on 22 March, and the audience can meet the filmmakers at the Trafó club on 23 March.
Between 23 and 25 March, Estonian films will again conquer the screens in Művész cinema. The film adaptation of the Estonian cult novel, Old Barny aka November, tells the story of the rivalry between a father and son for the favours of a female psychologist by the picturesque Estonian coast; human destinies in a fast-food joint, the quest for happiness by confirmed losers and inimitable Estonian animation. Can the Black Death be outwitted? Will the spaced-out Composer who looks like Arvo Pärt take an ecstasy pill? What does it take for somebody over 40 to find love? Can a pathologically dependent mother-son relationship be broken up by a sexy washing machine repairman who happens to be a wolf? And what can you do if your father hits on the girl you fancy? So many questions that will only be answered if you go and see the films of the Estonian Week.
We will serve two different slices of Estonian literature at Nyitott Műhely on 27 March. Viivi Luik, equally outstanding in poetry and prose, is primarily known in Hungary for her essays. Her new volume, Shadow Theatre, takes us on a journey from the past to the present, from childhood to adulthood, from the Baltic states of the Soviet Union to Rome, while revealing the complicated relations between identity, language and art. Paavo Matsin’s novel, Gogoldisco, is set in an alternative reality where Tsarist Russia has recently defeated NATO, reoccupied the Baltic states and deported most of the Estonians; what’s more, Gogol, a classic of Russian literature, unexpectedly emerges in Viljandi and life in the little town turns upside down... Those for whom this is not enough already should join us at the Estonian venue on the Night of Literature on 21 March, where Zoltán Schneider will give a reading of Mart Kivastik’s novella every half hour.
During the Estonian Week, Marge Monko’s solo exhibition can be viewed at the Ani Molnár Gallery and Wood in Estonian Architecture is open at FUGA until 25 March.
The Estonian Week will be welcoming audiences with films and exhibitions in Szeged from 4 April and in Debrecen from 5 April.
More details to follow soon!