Event Guide

  • 2020-10-02


October 05-11, Tartu World Film Festival, Estonian National Museum, Tartu

World Film Festival is an event dedicated to documentary cinema. The festival develops interest towards anthropological, analytical approach to cultures and societies, welcoming film entries from all over the world. Our film program turns attention to cultural exchange as well as cultural representations of everyday life across the world. Tickets can be purchased online at www.piletilevi.ee and all official information is available at www.worldfilm.ee and on Facebook.

October 09-14, International Festival Jazzkaar, various venues in Tallinn

Jazzkaar is the biggest jazz festival of the Baltics, held in Tallinn, presenting the hottest international and local jazz talents and filling the whole country with great sounds and activities. Combining a unique and versatile program with bold solutions, Jazzkaar creates a great jazz festival with the smallest budget in the Nordic. For full information on the festival program, venues and tickets purchase please visit www.jazzkaar.ee or Facebook.

Open from October 11, Exhibition “Like Stones in Flowing Water”, Tallinn City Gallery, Tallinn

The exhibition “Like Stones in Flowing Water” speaks of the consistent yet admirably changeable work of three artists, which is simultaneously both modest and powerfully self-assertive. Curator Tamara Luuk has invited these three particular artists to make a joint exhibition, indicating that poetry, intuition, beauty and harmony also walk their sunny path today, refusing to let it grow wild. Tiiu Pallo-Vaik, Naima Neidre and Ingrid Allik, the three artists at this exhibition, are like colorful, polished stones that become ever more radiant in the passing of time. Obstructing or redirecting this passage with their physicality is out of the question – they are too fragile. Also unthinkable is being randomly rolled here and there by the flowing water. For this, they hold too much weight. All three artists love little things and stories that unveil the grand gestures of nature.

October 12-18, Pärnu Film Festival, Museum of New Art, Parnu

The Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival, founded in 1987, is the oldest of its kind in the Baltic countries. The initiators of the festival were the writer and president of the Republic of Estonia Lennart Meri and documentary film maker Mark Soosaar. The aim of the festival in general is to support cultural survival of peoples. Only documentary films and videos of high value and quality, recording human activities in social, historical or ecological context are accepted for competition screenings. One of the main themes of the festival has always been the survival of indigenous peoples and their cultures. For full information on the festival please email festival@chaplin.ee or call (+372) 443 0772 or search the event on Facebook.

October 16-23, Tallinn Piano Festival,

From October 16 to 23, 2020, Tallinn will host the next international festival of piano music, the biggest piano festival in the Baltic and Nordic area. The festival started in 1998, on the initiative of its founder and Artistic Director pianist Lauri Väinmaa. It was his idea to introduce top-class, internationally acclaimed pianists to the Estonian music audience as well as to present new trends on the global music arena. Another idea has been to draw attention to the format of a traditional piano recital practiced for as many as 150 years. Tallinn Piano Festival is a unique piano week that also covers various exhibitions of instruments of different factories and times, lectures and master classes by talented pianists from around the world. For full information on the festival please email pilet@concert.ee or call (+372) 614 7760.

October 20-23, Tallinn Fashion Week 2020, Swisshotel, Tallinn

Tallinn Fashion Week will present domestic fashion for the eighteenth time. For two days, the grand and undoubtedly spectacular fashion week brings fresh spring fashion from top fashion designers and brands onto the stage. To learn more please go to www.estonianfashion.eu 

October 29-31, Tallinn FoodFest 2020, Estonian Fairs Centre Profexpo, Tallinn

Tallinn FoodFest will feature representatives of the Estonian food industry, catering, hospitality, vendors, and intermediaries – a total of more than 6,000 food industry leaders, decision-makers, or newcomers, including food professionals from neighboring countries. The first two days of the fair are open to business visitors only. On Saturday, food lovers, amateur chefs, confectioners, bakers, and brewers can enjoy good food and learn about the latest trends and the best ways of cooking. Visitors who want to discover kitchen secrets and broaden their horizons and taste buds are welcome. The program of professional competitions for chefs, waiters, bakers, and confectioners, which will be held in cooperation with many partners, offers visitors an exciting experience. Food industry representatives, caterers, and packaging experts share new information and experience. To find out more please visit www.profexpo.ee, email info@profexpo.ee or call (+372) 626 1347.


October 06, Concert by Iris Bergcrantz Quintet, VEF Culture Palace, Riga

Iris Bergcrantz Quintet is a unique family band with father Anders Bergcrantz on the trumpet, mother Anna-Lena Laurin is on keyboards and the front person, Anders and Anna-Lena’s youngest daughter, Iris Bergcrantz does the vocals. They have played together for Iris's entire life. In time, Iris was ready to form her own group, and in 2014 she founded her Iris Bergcrantz Quintet, since then the group has worked together and played at different festivals and clubs in Sweden, Germany and Denmark. Performances in the Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia are coming up as well as a premiere at The International Jazz Festival in Rochester, USA. The trumpet player of the band, Anders Bergcrantz, is today considered to be one of the best trumpeters in the world. Learn more at www.vefkp.lv anf buy tickets online via www.bilesuparadize.lv 

October 07-12, Baltic Pearl 2020, Splendid Palace, Riga

Baltic Pearl is one of the oldest film festivals in the Baltic States, introducing cinema professionals and enthusiasts to the films that have won awards in the most significant international film festivals, revealing the names of young talents and demonstrating the masterpieces of classical films in a special program. Baltic Pearl always presents the best of the Cannes, Venice and Berlin film festivals. Great names, everlasting themes, fine style – the festival’s selection criteria remain unchanged, offering thought-provoking innovation, restored masterpieces, world film classics and harmonious play between cinema and fashion. All official information on the festival can be found at www.balticpearl.lv 

October 12-25, Autumn Riga Restaurant Week, various restaurants in Riga

During these special two weeks, 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 these weeks, 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. You can find the list with restaurant offers here: https://www.liveriga.com/en/7981-autumn-riga-restaurant-week 

October 15-25, Riga International Film Festival, various venues in Riga

The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) paints a wholesome picture of the most daring and important European cinema of today, and allows for successful curation of Latvian film within a larger context. The festival features several competition programmes, headed by a multi-genre feature film competition within which an international jury chooses a title for the RIGA IFF Award. More than 100 screenings in 9 film sections will run along with lectures, discussions and other events, gathering hundreds of international film professionals in Riga. Part of the festival’s infrastructure is the legendary cinema Splendid Palace (member of Europa Cinemasnetwork), it hosts most of the film program and events. The screenings are held also in the film theatres K. Suns and Kino Bize as well as the Latvian National Library and Kanepe Culture Centre. More information on the festival’s film sections, competitions and ticket policy can be found at www.rigaiff.lv 

Open till October 28, Solo Exhibition by Elita Patmalniece, Putti Art Gallery, Riga

“The secret of consciousness is yet to be deciphered. Just like no one knows where memory really resides. I do not think out the drawing, and when I draw, I don’t think about what I’m doing. I am in the drawing, and at the same time, I am the drawing. A fragment in a free stream that sketches moments. That which happens in the vibrational space at the moment of connection – here and now, in this and parallel worlds. The drawing is my meditation and point of connection – the doorway to the big secret.” The entrance to the exhibition is free. More information is available at www.putti.lv  

Open throughout October, Riga Photography Biennial 2020, Riga Art Space and other venues in Riga

The Riga Photography Biennial is a European-Baltic contemporary art festival that deals with visual culture in topics ranging from cultural theory to current social and political processes. In 2020, the focus will be on examining the concept of reality and its transformation in the context of historical heritage and digital technology. There is also an extensive program with exhibitions, readings, discussions, workshops and cinema. The main event this year is the international exhibition Era of Canvas II: Landscape in the Riga Art Space on the influence of technologies on thinking, perception and communication. A group exhibition of international artists will be shown in the Latvian National Art Museum, which takes up the theme “Can a picture presently fully (re) present an object that it represents”. The project (In) Visible Artists shows works by previously unknown or lesser known Latvian photographers and photo artists in the city that were created in the period up to the Second World War. The symposium at the biennial focuses on photography as an index for history, news, conspiracy theories and tourism. 


Open till October 04, Ina Budryte’s Exhibition ‘Dreams for Everyday’, Exhibition Hall of the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania, Vilnius

The exhibition transports the visitors into the ‘Dreams for Everyday’ by one of the most original Vilnius-based artists Ina Budrytė (b. 1957). The exhibition features a selection of as many as 90 paintings on paper and an entire collection of small sketches in pencil from 1990 through 2020. The artist values the technique of painting and drawing on paper as a subtle, and, at the same time, immediate and expressive instrument. By preserving the intimacy of privacy, the artist can cultivate strangeness and embark, boldly, on an exploration of a mysterious life in no man’s land stretching between the real and the imaginary. In this parallel world, Budrytė continuously revisits some of the motifs and stories. This has prompted a thematic structure of the exhibition in contrast to a chronological one. The artist arranged her artwork into eight open cycles that allow for extension and additions. In them, Budrytė does not tell a consistent linear narrative or produce variations on the same motif. All these groups of artwork have implicit autobiographical references or philosophical reflections on a historical theme and the human nature. 

Open till October 04, Marcel Cerf’s Exhibition, Old Town, Vilnius

To commemorate the years of Vilnius Gaon and Lithuanian Jewish history, the French Institute in Lithuania is organizing a walk through the Jewish quarter of the 1930s – an exhibition of photographs by the French photographer Marcel Cerf (1911-2010). Marcel Cerf photographed the Vilnius Jewish Quarter in 1933 and 1938. 10 photos are exhibited in roughly the locations where they were taken more than 80 years ago. The entrance to the exhibition is free.

October 02-04, Contemporary Art Fair Artvilnius’20, Exhibition and Convention Center Litexpo, Vilnius

In a limited world, date and tradition lose meaning. Twice postponed this year due to the pandemic, the contemporary art fair ArtVilnius’20 this year invites art fans to the largest visual arts event in the entire Eastern European region, presenting its visitors with the most interesting local and foreign galleries, an impressive program of projects and events. ArtVilnius’20 has temporarily become an autumn event, shortened to three days. 50 galleries and 200 artists from 10 countries will take part in ArtVilnius’20. 

Open till October 10, Dainius Liskevicius’ Exhibition ‘Linking to the Place’, Gallery (AV17), Vilnius

An exhibition of interdisciplinary art creator Dainius Liškevičius “Linking to the Place” will remain open at Gallery (AV17) till October 10th. The exhibition “Linking to the Place” presents the latest project of Dainius Liškevičius – a three-year period in a specific geographical location. This place, a homestead (single farm) surrounded by still existing forest areas, creating a sense of isolation, a post-apocalyptic illusion of an island, simulates a physical escape or an illusory slowdown. The objects, photographs and drawings shown in the exhibition represent several separate evolving life stories that unite into an integral narrative of the exhibition. 

October 15-18, International Festival “Vilnius Jazz”, various venues in Vilnius

Hear the wave of contemporary jazz and improvisational music flood the city. This is a rare opportunity to see some renowned foreign jazz performers in Lithuania, discover musical innovations, hear the rising stars and get a taste of jazz avant-garde. Dive into the free spirit of the festival and choose from a multi-media program that will pique your curiosity. Founded in 1987, Vilnius Jazz is the oldest annual jazz festival held in Vilnius. It is an exceptional event in Lithuania, providing a broad perspective on contemporary trends in jazz from all over the world. Over the years Vilnius Jazz has earned a reputation of a radical avant-garde festival oriented towards novelty and limit-stretching creativity. 

October 22 – November 08, Contemporary Music Festival “Gaida”, various concert halls in Vilnius

What is contemporary music? It’s definitely not just what you hear on the radio. Listen for a program open to all traditions and cultures. Serious symphonic music and alternative works, electronic or experimental music, and an array of multimedia projects will take over the main concert halls of Vilnius.