We don't know what has been done with endowment money
Kertu Saks, who will take charge of the Estonian Cultural Endowment from mid-November, plans to make support decisions more transparent and understandable as the public is currently in the dark concerning what the agency has sponsored and what sponsorship has achieved.
14.10.2016, Heili SibritsPM
Editorial: let's bring violent deaths down by half
Regarding deaths by violence and accidents, Estonian statistics tell two tales. First, the shrinking numbers over these past decades are impressive. Secondly, we are still lagging behind the nations safest in Europe.
Tallinn Maritime Days to Be Opened on Land, in the Air and at Sea
This year’s Tallinn Maritime Days are set to open on Friday, July 15 and according to prognosis bring more than 130,000 visitors to Tallinn’s four harbours.
Tänasel Tjuun Inil Padas esinevad kaks välisartisti - Culture Shock Inglismaalt ning HLZ Itaaliast
Täna, reedel, 1. juulil toimub Tallinna Kultuuriaed Padas üritus Tjuun In, kus astuvad ülesse kaks välisartisti – Culture Shock Inglismaalt ning HLZ Itaaliast. Neid toetavad Tjuun Ini residendid Qba ja L.Eazy. Pada teises saalis kostub muusika peosarja Jäck! djdelt: Marek Poel, Johann 3000, Nikolajev ja Kask.
At present, words of the cultured carry no such weight as at end of 1980ies, observes folklorist and former first lady Ingrid Rüütel (EKRE) while admitting Estonia could never solve the problems of the nations of the world. Even so, Estonia might play a part in international cooperation provided we feature wise, experienced and balanced politicians.
26.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: conflict v compromise
To a degree, stiffness and «my way» is turning into a stumbling stone for a key figure in current governing coalition, health and labour minister Jevgeni Ossinovski. After rising to lead Soc Dems in May 2015, he was expected to do a kind of restart and raise the party's popularity and profile by bringing it out of the shadows of partners.
Editorial: Estonians choose freedom
Yesterday, Republic of Estonia celebrated its 98th anniversary. Quite an age, while we will have to admit that though old in a sense we're still rather young as of the 98 years we have managed to be free for less than a half. As penned by a Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev: slavery is easy and freedom is hard, and for that very reason nations often opt for the former. Even so, in the 20th century Estonians did twice clearly declare that they desire to be free and it is vital in the future to stay true to that choice.
25.02.2016, Urho MeisterPM
Editorial: a new commentarium for free and civil discussion
Starting today, anonymous comments are no longer an option in Postimees. As before, all are welcome to keep on commenting but from now on as registered and identified users.
Candidates go missing in Culture Award list
Culture ministry managed to lose part of candidates for Culture Award in its computer and the committee concerned is forced to reconvene.
28.01.2016, Hendrik AllaPM
Gallerist «interested in artists taking steps ahead»
Estonian contemporary art is doing ever better abroad. At least, one does get the impression. putting it flashy: exports are happening. The reasons being many, while gallerist Olga Temnikova is doubtless the current face of export.
26.01.2016, Janar AlaPM
Editorial: the heartfelt Ivo Felt
By numbers, we Estonians are not many and never will be. Among the wealthiest of the world we will probably not be offered a seat. What we have left is having a big heart.
Editorial: the importance of landing softly
The so-called golden handshakes and soft landings for long serving (executive) employees are often depicted in a negative context. Actually, what such customs or unwritten rules in working relationships really show is maturity of an organisation. In the sense of organisational culture, holding veteran employees in honour reflects values which are desired to be shown to those on the outside. Such organisations show themselves to be strong. Exactly the same goes for the state and the employer.
Emotions the string pulling Estonians back home again
Estonians dwelling abroad think Compatriots Programme benefits to be vital when teaching their kids the native tongue and culture – the cord to Estonia that serves to bring people back in later years as shown by impact assessment.
18.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Estonia chooses artists to get on state payroll for next 3 years
Estonia is to pay a 1001-euro monthly salary in 2016-2018 to artists Kaido Ole, Marge Monko, Kris Lemsalu, Mark Raidpere and Anu Vahtra.
126 artists and authors eye the public payroll
The last day of November was deadline to apply for writer/artist state salary. The applications had to be filed to relevant professional associations.
02.12.2015, Hendrik AllaPM
Come January, €805.86 to drop monthly into state paid authors accounts
Culture ministry has proclaimed a pilot project of paying trust-based monthly wages to five writers and five artists.
03.11.2015, Hendrik AllaPM
Art again belongs to the people: Estonia prescribes percentage
Stuck away at galleries for a while, art is again among the people like in the times Soviet when state agencies were artists' golden clients. Thanks be to Commissioning of Artworks Act.
14.10.2015, Nils NiitraPM
State seeks to lower speed limit on dangerous roads
Road Administration is compiling a new traffic safety program wherein lower limits are considered where quality is not the 90 km/h kind, to bring down deadly accidents statistics.
26.08.2015, Indrek MäePM
The Seto Kingdom Liveth
This past weekend, Obinitsa City, South-East Estonia saw Setos from wide world over convene - with the occasional Estonians intermingled not a few.
03.08.2015, Nele-Mai OlupPM
New head of Estonia's Viljandi Culture Academy comes from Spain
Inaki Sandoval Campillo from Spain was on Friday elected new head of the Viljandi Culture Academy of the University of Tartu subject to endorsement by the rector of the university.
Survey: difficulty of identifying immigrants a major hazard
Survey ordered by interior ministry says strongest security threat related to intake of immigrants is entry of unidentified individuals.
23.07.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: the option of cultural backsliding
A look at fresh videos is like beholding Barbarians of old: wiping off works of dozens and dozens of generations – physical memorials to what mankind had achieved.
Puppet Theatre told to return €63,000 of grants
Independent audit finds Puppet Theatre must pay back part of EU project support not used expediently. The sum to be returned is €73,000 which for the theatre is one month’s salaries or the budget for a year’s worth of new productions.
27.02.2015, Hendrik AllaPM
Donated piano arrives in Slovyansk, waits to be tuned
A brand new Estonia piano the Estonian National Opera donated to the Slovyansk School of Fine Arts has arrived in Ukraine and is waiting to be tuned, the Slovyansk media channel 6262 reported.
€60,000 splashed for Oscar
For the very first time, to our knowledge, a locally produced movie – «Tangerines» – is being campaigned for Oscar.
04.11.2014, Tiit TuumaluPM
What a joy to find... anything!
Since end of June, archaeological excavations are on in Märjamaa Commune, Rapla County – at a burial area. By now, some 700 items have been unearthed.
07.08.2014, Merilyn SädePM
Editorial: messages we need to learn to listen
The world’s greatest composer of contemporary classical music is an Estonian. According to Bachtrack, the Britain-based world leading classical music events database, Arvo Pärt continues – for third year running – as most performed living composer of the world. A big miracle of a small nation.
Editorial: Embarrassed in Estonia
Just some months ago, Vaiko Eplik came out with a new album, 7 ehk Nõgesed. It’s good stuff, and one CD wouldn’t be enough – a pity to kill the thing in the car, and some songs one would like to take jogging. For the car, one can burn an extra CD. For running purposes, stick files in iPod. Both are legal, if done for personal use only.
Sirp seeks new chief
Yesterday, Foundation Kultuurileht council decided upon competition for new editor-in-chief for Sirp. Even so, they see no guilt, in their CEO, related to the scandal which shook the newspaper: all five council members voted for Toomas Väljataga to stay.
29.11.2013, Oliver KundPM
What shall we do with the culture magazines?
Two months ago, in the early days of September, a dinner was held at the Scottish Club, Tallinn. Diners present included culture minister Rein Lang, chancellor at the same ministry Paavo Nõgene, Riigikogu member and Foundation Kultuurileht chairman Urmas Klaas (the trio listed belonging to Reform Party – edit), CEO of the Foundation Toomas Väljataga, editor-in-chief of magazine Akadeemia Toomas Kiho, and magazine Looming editor-in-chief Mihkel Mutt. Now, to the backdrop of the Sirp tomfoolery (as expressed by Mr Kiho – M. S.) the get-together has come to look a bit mystical: what did the coterie divide and decide?
29.11.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Editorial: breaking silence is golden
Correct for culture minister Rein Lang to step down, in this turmoil. Not that he was plainly in the wrong in deeds and decisions: rather, they way the nation was notified was a flop of sorts.
The Sirp Saga: Toomas Väljataga «set up by Rein Lang»
Culture ministry supported decision to confirm Kaur Kender as acting editor-in-chief of Sirp; as scandal erupted, Toomas Väljataga was left alone on battlefield.
20.11.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Editorial: culture paper blowing in the wind
Such limelight, as these past few days, hasn’t fallen on Sirp, the culture paper, for a long-long while. Sure: occasionally, other media will cite Sirp-stories; in 2010, the paper celebrated its 70th birthday etc. Still, all that would fall into everyday-category in the life of a newspaper – in no way comparable to the reaction following news of Kaur Kender appointed as acting editor-in-chief. The issue not being the controversial person that Mr Kender, the writer, is. Rather, it was the way the baton was passed.
Sirp: the rough renovation
As assured yesterday by culture minister Rein Lang and Urmas Klaas, chairman of Sirp’s publisher Kultuurileht Foundation: they are not linked to appointment of Kaur Kender as acting editor-in chief of the newspaper.
15.11.2013, Kaarel Arb