Event Guide

  • 2020-02-27

ESTONIA

Open till March 01, Photo Exhibition by Masha Ivashintsova ‘Chiaroscuro’, Juhan Kuus Documentary Photo Centre, Tallinn

The exhibition ‘Chiaroscuro’ is the first large-scale retrospective of St. Petersburg photographer and poet Masha Ivashintsova (1942-2000) to take place anywhere in the world. There will be eighty black-and-white photos on display, and Masha’s poems will be shown to the public for the first time (translated into Estonian by Doris Kareva and into English by Matthew Hyde). With her photographs, Masha takes us on a journey into the everyday lives of the Soviet people, lives which were full of love, sadness, absurdity, conflict and laughter. For full information on the exhibition please go to www.dokfoto.ee/en 

March 08, ‘Canticle of the Sun’, Concert by Estonian Sinfonietta, Niguliste Museum, Tallinn

The concert performed by Collegium Musicale Chamber Choir and Estonian Sinfonietta is a kind of a rite and worshipping of the sun, with music written to glorify this source of heat and light. In addition to the exceptional date, this is the time when a new cycle of nature begins. To learn more and to buy tickets online please visit www.piletilevi.ee 

March 14, Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra, Alexela Concert Hall, Tallinn

The world’s largest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra, known as the Hundred Gypsy Violins, will perform an unusual concert that will include both classical masterpieces and traditional Gypsy and Jewish tunes, played in the original and inimitable manner of this orchestra. Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra is a unique phenomenon in the world of music. The orchestra performs traditional Hungarian and Gypsy melodies, as well as the classics by Brahms, Johann Strauss Father & Son, Monti, Bizet, Sarasate, in their original arrangement, without score or a conductor – one of the performers acts as the latter. The musicians listen to each other, playing as a single body, unerringly keeping time at the rhythm or style change. Besides violins the orchestra comprises violas, cellos, double basses and clarinets. The icing on the cake in the orchestra sound is a virtuoso cimbalom player. To learn more and to buy tickets online please go to www.piletilevi.ee 

March 19-20, Tallinn Fashion Week 2020, Swissotel, Tallinn

Tallinn Fashion Week is an event that has been organized by the Estonian Fashion Council since 2007. TFW is a dialogue with the fashion consumer which develops the awareness of the society on design and enables the promotion of cooperation between different design areas. The program includes several fashion events, including designer shows, exhibitions of fashion drawings, seminars, and performances. Naturally, guests can also enjoy a show of the latest trends in the Estonian clothing industry. More information can be found at the official page www.estonianfashion.eu and on Facebook.

March 19-28, Jõhvi Ballet Festival, Jõhvi Concert Hall, 

The festival’s aim is to develop ballet education in Estonia, promote world class dancing in Ida-Viru County and to introduce Estonian dancers, who are well-known in Europe. For additional information please email at johvi@concert.ee

March 25-29, Tallinn Music Week, various venues in Tallinn

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is one of the biggest indoor music festivals in the Baltic and Nordic region that presents a line-up of around 200 artists from Estonia and abroad, representing various musical genres. The number of Festival participants from Estonia and elsewhere reaches 25,000. In addition to the main program of the Festival that takes place in the most important clubs and concert venues of Tallinn, you can also explore the lesser known parts of town during the Tallinn Music Week. Across Tallinn, City Stage concerts take place; you can also participate in the discussion series TMW Talks, the restaurant festival TMW Tastes and the contemporary art program TMW Arts. Please visit the Festival’s official page www.tmw.ee for full information.

LATVIA

February 28 – March 01, Latvian Book Fair 2020, Kipsala International Exposition Center, Riga

Latvian Book Fair is the key event of the publishing industry in Latvia that brings together Latvian and foreign book publishers, book sellers and companies doing business related to the book industry. In addition to books, the exhibition also includes intellectual games, in particular those that help develop reading skills, development and educational aids, as well as products for creative hobbies. Find out more at www.bt1.lv 

February 28 – March 27, Krista Dzudzilo’s Exhibition “Through a Glass Darkly”, Gallery Daugava, Riga

The artist’s first solo exhibition at the Daugava gallery features new works, created specially for this event. The exhibition, which mainly consists of paintings, also includes objects created by the artist. The title is a reference to Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 film of the same title. The content of Krista Dzudzilo’ exhibition, in turn, alludes to the themes explored in the film.

 March 05, Jurmala Jazz, Concert by Michael Kaeshammer, Dzintari Concert Hall, Jurmala

This year the internationally acclaimed Michael Kaeshammer goes on a world tour with accompanying musicians, also visiting Latvia to showcase his talents and to perform to the Latvian audience with an unprecedented jazz show. The versatile Canadian artist creates an intimate and inviting atmosphere in his concerts, where any listener will find an interesting angle. Michael Kaeshammer is a Canadian pianist, singer, songwriter and producer not restricted by any genre or direction of the music industry. He walks his own path, and is a muse of inspiration for himself, as well as the strictest critic, creating music that will, above all, stimulate and satisfy his own high demands for music. Thanks to his talent, developed over the years, the music created by Michael is melodically rich and easy to perceive for listeners. For more information please visit www.dzintarukoncertzale.lv and to buy tickets online please go to www.bilesuparadize.lv 

March 05-31, Exhibition ‘Jewelry is not Only Jewelry. Finale’, Putti Art Gallery, Riga

In 2020, the art gallery Putti celebrates its 20th anniversary and opens an exhibition with works by well-known contemporary and conceptual jewelry artists. The name of the exhibition alone proves that jewelry can be something more than just decoration. Jewelry is a process: a real relationship and lively participation. Finale – with this exhibition the gallery ceases to exist, because every object, every person and every action has a beginning and an end. The stage design, idea and concept come from the fashion designer duo MAREUNROL’S (Marite Mastina-Peterkopa and Rolands Peterkops). The entrance to the exhibition is free.

March 08, ‘Vox Femme’, Concert by Latvian Voices, Small Guild, Riga

Vox Femme, the program of the outstanding and world-renowned professional a cappella group Latvian Voices, is based on the story of women in Latvian folklore and world music, choosing works written by female composers and music made for legendary women. One of the central pieces of the program is the folk song series Latvian Myth. It is a folk song story about a woman's life from birth, through her youth to full maturity and ultimate death. The Vox Femme program features Latvian Voices performing classical music melodies in contemporary arrangements, as well as combines them with original music by Latvian Voices. Learn more and buy tickets online at www.bilesuparadize.lv 

March 13, Mahler’s Fifth and RIX, Concert by Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Great Guild, Riga

According to Greif, a Polish-French composer of Jewish origin, his concerto was inspired by “death, which in its dance revokes the customary societal divide”. Piano quartet RIX seldom performs in its full composition back home, as the musicians spend their daily lives in various orchestras in Europe, but they gather in Latvia every year to perform some little- or unknown piece, and a concerto for four soloists is a rare sight indeed. A performance of Mahler’s Fifth is a more frequent phenomenon, but everyone who admires Visconti and Venice will attest that the Adagietto’s beauty is unparalleled, and one can never get enough of it. Learn more and buy tickets online at www.bilesuparadize.lv 

Open till March 15, Painting Exhibition by Laine Kainaize, St. Peter’s Church, Riga

Laine Kainaize is a follower of the Latvian school of realistic painting and a student of master painter B.Berzina, Far from photographic precision, Kainaize’s landscape paintings show a pattern very distinct to her own style. The compositions consist of larger and smaller generalizing of color areas, whose monotony is disturbed by subtle tonal shades of color and is brought to life by sharper, contrasting touches of color. The tickets cost 1.00-3.00 EUR. 

March 23-29, Riga Restaurant Week, various restaurants in Riga

During this special week, Riga’s restaurants open their doors to all gourmands willing to treat themselves to an array of delicious tastes for an especially affordable price of 20–25 euros for a three-course meal. For the entire week, all the city’s residents and guests have the chance to enjoy the season’s best foods prepared by experienced and innovative chefs who give each meal a modern and sophisticated twist.

LITHUANIA 

February 27 – March 07, 19th Japanese Film Festival, Vilnius and Kaunas

The Embassy of Japan in Lithuania together with the Japan Foundation has announced the annual Japanese Film Festival. The 19th Film Festival this year is going to bring you films of various genres, which will be screened in Vilnius and Kaunas from February 27th until March 7th. Six movies of different genres, produced in 2017-2018, will be shown in Vilnius Forum Cinema Vingis and Kaunas Cinema Centre Romuva. The festival will include comedy, drama, adventure, romance and movies inspired by real life stories. The movies will introduce traditional and modern Japanese culture, present beautiful landscapes and shed light upon everyday relationship between family members, the pursuit of love and search for the meaning of life.  The diversity and distinctive presentation of the themes will enable the audience to become more familiar with Japan and its culture. Everybody is welcome not to miss such a great opportunity to learn more about Japanese cinema! Festival program and more is available at www.vilnius-events.lt 

March 03-08, Kaziukas Fair, various venues in Vilnius

Celebrate spring! This 400-year-old tradition promises to wake the city up after the sleepy winter. Get your Easter palm bouquet, eat special gingerbread, look at the wicker crafts, and watch traditional shows. This year, the fair is adding a modern twist – there will be an ice-skating rink at Lukiškės Square with various contests and activities. The entrance is free. For more information please go to www.kaziukomuge.lt 

March 03-31, ‘What is the Wi-Fi Password?’ Exhibition by Aira Urbonaviciute, Town Hall, Vilnius

The title of the exhibition refers metaphorically to the state of mind of modern humanity. In everyday life, the question “What is the Wi-Fi password?” relates to the appeal of internet connections, but at the same time represents the minimal real contact occurring with other persons. The entrance to the exhibition is free.

March 04, ‘Enchanting Virtuosity’ Concert by Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Vilnius

The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Robertas Servenikas, a recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize, will collaborate with Roman Kim, a Tatar, Belarusian and Korean violinist born in Kazakhstan and residing in Germany. The concert will feature works by composers who were also virtuoso performers: J. S. Bach’s Concerto for violin and orchestra in D minor, BWV 1052R, Tartini’s Sonata The Devil’s Trill, Paganini’s Cantabile, Boccherini’s Symphony in B flat major, etc. tickets can be purchased at the box offices of the Philharmonic Society.

March 11-14, International Baltic Jewelry Show “Amber Trip’20”, Exhibition and Convention Center “Litexpo”, Vilnius

Like every year, in spring, the International Baltic Jewelry Show “Amber Trip” will invite everyone to Vilnius, the jewelry capital of the Baltic States. The only jewelry event in the Baltic States is attended by professional jewelers and designers, as well as manufacturers of technological equipment and devices. The event includes the presentation of the latest technologies in the jewelry industry, trends in the amber jewelry and crafts market, and the latest works of professional jewelers around the world. Around 60 percent of the exhibition is devoted to jewelry and around 40 percent – to amber. To find out more please visit www.ambertrip.com 

March 19 – April 02, Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino Pavasaris”, various cinemas in Vilnius

Visit the biggest and most important film event in Lithuania. Be the first to see the premieres, attend meetings with filmmakers, and watch the most exciting movies. The program is divided into five parts and is easy to follow: Discovery of the Year, Festival Challenges, Masters, Critics’ Choice and Competition of European Debuts. Learn more at www.kinopavasaris.lt 

Open till March 20, ‘Glance’, Photo Exhibition by Marius Cepulis, Local Pub, Vilnius

Photo exhibition Glance by nature photographer Marius Cepulis, who has never found a bigger passion and joy source than this hobby, except, of course, for family. In this particular show you will be able to glance into the eyes of wolves, snakes and other creatures that in our modern city world seem somehow strange and terrifying. The entrance to the exhibition is free.