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Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

This weekend looks quite similar to last weekend — scorching temperatures, lots of sun and big music events in Estonia and Latvia while Lithuania is more low-key. The obvious highlights are the long-awaited Positivus and Õllesummer festivals in Riga and Tallinn, respectively. Positivus is the more high-profile of the two with Muse, Scissor Sisters, the […]

Documentary director back in Tallinn for another film

Documentary director back in Tallinn for another film

TALLINN — American director James Tusty, creator of the most high-profile English-language documentary on Estonia “The Singing Revolution” is back in Tallinn to secure funding to make another film about Estonian song festivals in the light of the first film’s success. “The Singing Revolution” screened in 125 cinemas in North America but ultimately was a […]

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

While last weekend the three Baltics were united in going all out for live music, this weekend your entertainment choices will vary greatly depending on which country you’re in. The exception to that of course is Sunday’s World Cup final which will be shown on large-screen TVs in bars, restaurants and tents all over Tallinn, […]

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

There’s probably no weekend all summer that will have a wider variety of music playing in the Baltics than this Friday and Saturday. The most-famous act is the U.S. rapper Pitbull, probably the most well-known Latino rap act after Cypress Hill, and if you’re in Tallinn you can shake your culo to his high-energy, campily […]

Baltic midsummer celebrations video gallery

Baltic midsummer celebrations video gallery

RIGA — It was a long weekend in the Baltics for midsummer’s, called Jaaniõhtu in Estonia, Jāņi in Latvia and Joninės in Lithuania. While Lithuania’s holiday was more subdued this year due to unyielding rain that made even lighting a bonfire difficult, in Latvia and Estonia the weather behaved better as people headed out to […]

Sting returning to Tallinn, Vilnius

Sting returning to Tallinn, Vilnius

TALLINN — That English brahmin of popular music Sting has booked his third appearance in Tallinn and Vilnius, bringing famous conductor Steven Mercurio and the Brits’ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra along for the trip this time around. Sing’s “Symphonic” tour will stop in Tallinn’s Saku Suurhall on Sept. 11. The concert will differ from previous Sting’s […]

An interview with HU?

An interview with HU?

TALLINN — The music group HU? may be the finest Estonian invention since Skype. Their 2008 debut album Film aspired to be a classy underground effort, but far exceeded those expectations (wrote music critic Erik Morna of Film in Eesti Ekspress, “We’ve been waiting for this disc for over 20 years”). The album’s songs were […]

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

If you want to see the local culture in the Baltics the next week is perfect because of the midsummer celebrations — Jaaniõhtu in Estonia, Jāņi in Latvia and Joninės in Lithuania. Next week will be a shortened work week in each country for the midsummer traditions of bonfires, drinking all night, holdover rituals from […]

Lith gets Empire of the Sun, Latvia Muse, Estonia Scissor Sisters

Lith gets Empire of the Sun, Latvia Muse, Estonia Scissor Sisters

RIGA — Where’s the EXIT of the Baltic states, the Sziget, the Lollapalooza, the Glastonbury? Well nothing that large-scale is done in the Baltic states yet, to the disappointment of local music fans and the tourism industry. However, in Latvia Positivus and in Lithuania the B2gether festivals are gaining prominence, with their line-ups looking like […]

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition

This weekend is great for getting out of the capitals in Latvia and Lithuania, where the weather is supposed to be agreeable and a bevy of events are going on. In Estonia, the weather is supposed to be chilly and rainy, but that’s OK because Tallinn will hardly be sleepy with Rod Stewart in town. […]

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