March is an unpredictable month – once it snows, once it rains, once the sun is shining bright. The only thing we can count on is the Estonian Week, which arrives every year come rain or shine. The Estonian Institute together with Szimplafilm brings you the biggest Estonian festival in Hungary – the 10th Estonian Week.
The festival starts on March 14 with the exhibition „Where did all the Euros go?“ in FUGA. With the help of audiovisual materials and literary texts the exhibiton curated by the Estonian Association of Architects introduces ten structures built with financial assistance from the European Union. The same exhibition will open in Debrecen on March 22 in Modem.
As part of the Festival, four new films from last year will be screened in Művész cinema together with two animation programmes. Estonian party animals from the 90s, tension on the adventurous northern coast, an absurd spy story with a love twist, intrigues between the extremes. All that awaits those who come to the screenings. We will also be welcoming guests – two charming film directors Triin Ruumet and Vallo Toomla, both here in Budapesti with their first film, accompanied by Ülo Pikkov, a master in animation films. The films on the 16th and 17th will be followed by concerts in Kuplung – we will start off with I Wear* Experiment with their northern electropop and continue with some serious rock music by Elephants from Neptune on the following night.
The film programme in Szeged starts on March 20 in Grand Café and in Debrecen on March 23 in Modem.
Jazz club Opus will welcome Verbarium on March 21. Three members of the quintet, that is Mingo Rajandi, Marek Talts and Eno Kollom have already performed in Budapest last year as part of Heliotroop. Their repertoir is built up on the poems of two important Estonian poets of last century – Kersti Merilaas and August Sang. Their music is inspired by jazz, Estonian folklore, world music and rock.
What do novelist Mari Saat and poet Kristiina Ehin have in common? Both were translated into Hungarian las year by Béla Jávorszky. This year’s Estonian Week puts those two writers in the focus of the literary programme together with Kristiina’s husband Silver Sepp who is a master of self-made instruments from bicycle wheels to wooden sticks covered with nails. The literary programme together with an improvisational concert in Budapest will take place on March 24 in Nyitott Műhely and in Szeged on March 25 in Grand Café.
The Estonian Week provides food not only for your soul but also for your body. We invite you try Estonian food in Kazimír bistro, exclusively available only during the Estonian Week.
More details soon!