A programme dedicated to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the centenary of the Republic of Estonia will see jazz musicians and Estonian design take over Europe this week.
Yesterday, jazz project Maria Faust Sacrum Facere and the Belgian group De Beren Gieren performed to a full house in Brussels at the B-EST jazz festival and got an emotional response. Today, jazz trio Peedu Kass Momentum will perform in Brussels; tomorrow, an exhibition by the Estonian Kumu Art Museum will open at the Bozar centre; the first NeuroTheatre performance will be given at the Bozar Electronic Arts Festival, and during the weekend, the famous OXO Tower Wharf Gallery in London will be filled with Estonian design while hosting the ‘Size Doesn't Matter’ exhibition.
According to Jorma Sarv, the head of the cultural programme of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Estonian centenary celebrations, this is just the beginning and autumn holds many more exciting events.
"The new cultural season will have a more Estonian face in several European cities this year. We are inviting audiences to concerts, exhibitions and theatre performances, as well as to urban spaces via street art. If I'm to highlight some names, then in addition to the music and arts programme that we prepared with renowned local partners in Brussels, we are also really looking forward to the October performances of the NO99 Theatre in Berlin and the exhibition of Konrad Mägi's works in Rome. In November, we will present Finland with a number of performances by our national opera over several weeks, both for adult and young audiences," Sarv said.
The B-EST jazz festival was conceived on the initiative of the Flagey Concert Hall in Brussels to bring together talented Belgian and Estonian jazz musicians and to allow their interaction to create something new. It is not the first time for the bass virtuoso Peedu Kass or jazz musician Maria Faust to perform in Brussels, but performing with other musicians is an exciting opportunity for them.
Anne Erm, the artistic director of the Estonian Jazzkaar festival, notes that the international programme of the Estonian Presidency and Estonia 100 has provided an impetus to Estonian jazz artists and has taken them to fascinating new venues. In addition to excellent Estonian jazz, the Flagey Concert Hall will host the photo exhibition ‘Estonian Jazz in Photographs’ by photographer Kaupo Kikkas from 12 to 17 September.
On Thursday 14 September, Estonian talents will arrive to Bozar, Brussels' largest art centre, where an exhibition by the Kumu Art Museum will open a new wing. The exhibition The Archaeology of the Screen: The Estonian Example, curated by Eha Komissarov, will focus on artists that were active in Soviet Estonia and Moscow in the 1960s and 1970s.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is Juri Sobolev's installation that combines mandalas and cosmic images to create a completely new total environment. A dialogue is created between the piece and Tõnis Vint's artwork based on ethnic patterns. The other section of the exhibition focuses on young Estonian-born artists who are interested in similar themes but use contemporary technology. The exhibition includes works by Taavi Suisalu, Sigrid Viir, Paul Kuimet, Marge Monko, Ivar Veermäe and Katja Novitskova.
In the evening of the same day, Bozar will host another event. The NeuroTheatre Collective invites the audience to take part in a unique experience of non-verbal communication, led by future cyber-enhanced humans of the future. Their emotions, triggered by their specific personality and expressed in dance improvisation, together with brain-computer interface technologies will capture your imagination in Demultiplexia. On a scientific level, the event brings together several research fields, including brain-computer interaction, choreography, psychology, and kinematics.
At the same time Size Doesn’t Matter – an exhibition of Estonian design, will open in London, juxtaposing the small size of Estonia with the abundance and accomplishments of its designers. The message of 'small country but many talents' presents a collection of Estonian design, comprising high-quality, small-production-run products and innovative industrial products. According to Ilona Gurjanova, who conceived the exhibition, it provides the chance to present Estonia as a quickly-developing design country and gives designers an opportunity to reach an international stage expand design trade.