• 2016-10-05

Oct. 7, Hang Massive (UK/Sweden), Vaba Lava, Tallinn
Hang Massive have established themselves as the world’s leading hang duo. Their unique style of music and more recent fusion with electronic production has further set Hang Massive into a world and genre of their own. With 15+ million views on YouTube, and the release of a new amazing live album and loads of exciting new projects on the go, the band has really taken off. Right now, the band is on a global tour and performing at many interesting and varied venues and events. Don’t miss it in Tallinn! To purchase tickets please visit: www.piletilevi.ee

Oct. 7-9, Tallinn International Horse Show 2016, Saku Suurhall, Tallinn
Tallinn International Horse Show 2016 will be held for the 14th time. This is a unique Baltic event with deeply rooted traditions, to which spectators always return. The show combines top-level equestrian sport, live music, and genuine experiences from the horse world. More than 120 top athletes and up to 200 horses from almost 10 countries participate in the show every year. A memorable show programme is also provided for a change to the sporting experience. Anne Veski, a real world class superstar who needs no further introduction, will perform at the show this year. Silvia Ilves (cello) and Kristiina Rokashevich (piano) will perform catchy classical pieces together with Danae Taamal (violin). The culmination of this year’s show is the world cup class on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 17:00. This is a family event, so all young and grown-up horse and pony fans are welcome to be a part of the year’s most important horse show. Experience true emotions! More info on the show is available at: www.tallinnhorseshow.ee

Oct. 13, Livia Nestrovski & Fred Ferreira (Brasil) Concert, Haapsalu Cultural Centre
Livia Nestrovski (vocal) and Fred Ferreira (guitar) are among the brightest stars from the new generation of Brazilian jazz. Their sound and ensemble is characterised by intimate yet forcefully expressive harmony and the modernisation of a delicate repertoire. Song and guitar entwine dialogues and wonder on the paths of Milton Nascimento, Tom Jobim, Kurt Weill, and many Latin-American composers. To buy tickets please go to: www.piletilevi.ee

Oct. 14-16, XX International Tartu Early Music Festival ORIENT et OCCIDENT, various locations in Tartu
Tartu Early Music Festival is an interdisciplinary event bringing together concerts, performances, exhibitions, lectures, study sessions, and master classes. The festival has since its beginning concentrated on Oriental cultures. Its interest, however, has not been on the cultures as such but, above all, their relations to early European, primarily medieval, culture. The aim of the festival has been to create an artistic whole, which has led to many spontaneous joint sessions. More information on the festival programme and tickets are available at: www.festivitas.ee

Open until Oct. 22, Exhibition “Wild Aesthetics” by Peeter Laurits, Nelja Nurga Gallery, Kardla, Island of Hiiumaa
Opened in collaboration with Vaal Gallery, the exhibition presents the works of Peeter Laurits, one of the most influential photo artists of Estonia, from various periods of his career. It allows the viewer to observe how the artist has varied the photographic tools of expression, touched the boundaries of the medium and the technical means, and focused on deciphering the mystical-mythical codes that manifest themselves in nature, widening the role of photography in the Estonian cultural space in the process. Works by Laurits have been acquired by several museums and private collectors in Estonia as well as abroad. For more information on the exhibition please contact Kalli Sein at +372 503 2246, or Kadi-Ell Tahiste at +372 5354 1041.


Oct. 8, Inga Kalna Live Concert, Dzintari Concert Hall, Jurmala
Opera diva Inga Kalna’s astonishing vocal prowess and intuitive but “right on” interpretation make every appearance unforgettable either in a role or on the concert stage. Fully at ease from the Baroque to the contemporary, from chamber music’s intimacy to large-scale oratorios, or leading opera roles, Kalna is magnificent. This concert will have Kalna wrapping her warm soprano around miniatures by Richard Strauss, and several gems from the songbooks of the Latvian masters Alfreds Kalnins and Janis Medins. Piano accompaniment as always will be entrusted to her steadfast colleague Diana Ketlere. Tickets can be purchased at: www.bilesuparadize.lv

Oct. 9, Porridge Day, Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, Riga
The feast is called Porridge (Putra) Day in Latvia. Porridge is the most traditional Latvian dish. From the age-old semolina porridge known as putelis to today’s alternative, debesmanna cranberry mousse. The names and varieties of this dish are too many to mention; the hostesses will certainly be generous in serving you a portion to sample the food staple of yesteryear. Additional information is available at: www.brivdabasmuzejs.lv

Oct. 10-16, Autumn Riga Restaurant Week, Riga’s best restaurants
Riga Restaurant Week takes place twice a year, in spring and in autumn. As part of this year’s Autumn Riga Restaurant Week, Riga’s best restaurants will open their doors for a delightful journey for the tastebuds and gourmands willing to treat themselves to an array of delicious tastes at an especially enticing price — 15-20 euros for a three-course meal. For the entire week, all of 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. The full list of restaurants taking part in this event as well as the descriptions of menus they offer can be found at: www.liveriga.com/en/7981-autumn-riga-restaurant-week

Oct. 10, Life is about Playing — Vintage Toy’s Exhibition, Latvian National Library, Riga
Travelling to the past is something exceptional. Toys from the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century open a unique world to us. There’s no doubt that the collection of the Hungarian toy collector Mrs. Mariann Karlocai will enchant all generations. The collection consists of approximately 5,000 toys, and most of them were made at the beginning of the 20th century. At the exhibition in Riga you will find the masterpieces of this collection: toys for girls and boys, prestigious and unique pieces, handmade objects which were extremely valuable and important for their little owners. The best toy factories of the time are represented at this exhibition with their old toys — old, but still valid and functional. The exhibition is put together by the Hungarian Commercial and Trade Museum, the Embassy of Hungary in Latvia and the National Library of Latvia.

Oct. 14, Jazz Concert by Intars Busulis feat. Latvian Radio Big Band, Spikeri Concert Hall, Riga
Latvian Radio Big Band has prepared a new original programme presenting the pieces of music composed and arranged by Latvian Radio Big Band musicians — Intars Busulis, vocals; Raimonds Macats, keyboards and harmonica; Latvian Radio Big Band. Tickets can be purchased at: www.bilesuparadize.lv

Oct. 7, Kristine Opolais Gala Concert, Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre, Vilnius

Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought-after sopranos on the international scene today, appearing at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She will perform with the LNOBT orchestra conducted by Sesto Quatrini (Italy), who, despite his young age, already has an extensive and impressive range of experience. For more information on concert and tickets please visit: www.opera.lt

Open until Oct. 8, Exhibition “365 Day Project” by Jonas Mekas, Jonas Mekas Visual Art Centre, Vilnius
Jonas Mekas is undoubtedly one of the greatest film camera virtuosos of the 20th and 21st centuries, who also does not shy away from using a video camera. During 2007, a video camera “wrote” Jonas’ diary with entries about everyday events. Each day’s video diary entry became a month’s worth and finally, a subjective video chronicle of an entire year in which each day is represented by a film lasting only a few minutes with an accompanying written dedication, poem, insight. The recorded images in the “right here and now” video diary are intertwined with archival film photo clips, reminiscences, dreams, poetry. They, in turn, are interspersed with the words, thoughts, and worlds of others as well, so that the diary becomes not only the documentation of the everyday, but also a meditative journey through the dimensions of spirit and memory. The exhibition is displayed on 12 separate obelisks each showing that month’s videos on a small monitor. The entire video diary consists of 365 video films. For more information on the exhibition please visit: www.mekas.lt

 Oct. 13-16, Vilnius Jazz Festival 2016, various locations in Vilnius
“Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny” (Frank Zappa). The 28th jazz festival hits the town again in October for four days of contemporary and experimental jazz concerts and related activities. Founded during the early days of perestroika, the festival has grown into one of the most highly regarded cultural events of the year. More information on the festival programme and tickets is available at: www.vilniusjazz.lt

Open until Oct. 19, Anachronikos Exhibition, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
The group exhibition Anachronikos circles around the idea of an entropic moment and a seemingly empty space of time — of reduced significance and energy, faintly driven by inertia, mechanical repetition, and validity of routine. It is a feeling of saturation when things have to break in order to start reshaping. By bringing together the work of five artists — Chiara Camoni, Filip Cenek, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, KIWA, and Mercedes Muhleisen — an attempt is made at peeking through the hole within the fabric of vacuity. In these works, the methods of repetition, automatism, and appropriation are exercised to a point at which our comprehension is suspended. In this pause, we linger. The exhibition is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture. For more information about the project please visit: www.cac.lt

Oct. 19, Concert “Evening of Compliments” by Vilnius String Quartet, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius
Every concert of the Vilnius String Quartet leaves listeners with memorable experiences. In this concert string music intertwines with piano sounds. In addition to works by Viennese classicists Beethoven and Mozart, the programme features Piano quintet in A minor by Edward Elgar, a 19th – 20th century English composer. And why Beethoven’s contemporaries named his Quartet No 2 in G major “Quartet of Compliments” you will learn at the concert! Learn more about this concert and buy tickets at: www.vilniusfestival.lt

Oct. 2-19, Exhibition “The Morality Reflex,” Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Artists: Brandon Andrew, Judy Chicago, Leon Ferrari, fierce pussy, Andrea Fraser, Dan Graham, Rana Hamadeh, Linas Jablonskis, Joachim Koester, Carlos Motta, Shelly Nadashi, Karol Radziszewski, Marianna Simnett, Bart Van Dijck, An van. Dienderen, Heidi Voet. This exhibition addresses the idea of morality as a corporeal mode and aims to articulate links via an embedded cartography of psychological triggers. The research explores moments when moral values came under pressure and became newly shaped, such as the AIDS crisis, the history of birth control, and witch hunting in 15th-century Europe. A reading of these instances proposes a history of morality that is not a story of continuous progress towards a free-thinking, evenly-distributed society, but a chronology that operates quite literally as a muscle, with contraction and relaxation over morality concerns. The exhibition proposes logics below the skin’s surface to grapple with a climate of fear, the collapse of state welfare, censorship, and morality discourse both before and during capitalist acceleration. Please visit the Contemporary Art Centre webpage www.cac.lt for more information on this and other exhibitions.