Estonian Cultural Days present an impressive lineup of performers.

Estonian Cultural Days in New York (“Eesti Kultuuripäevad New Yorgis”) is a multi-day affair with concerts, theater performances, lectures, and other events spanning five days, April 5-9, 2017, and featuring Estonians from both the local diaspora and abroad. The five day event celebrates the Estonian culture in the United States. Most concerts and theater performance will take place in the historic New York Estonian House.


 In 2018, the Republic of Estonia will celebrate its 100th anniversary. We’d like to invite you to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia, taking place from April 2017 to February 2020. The Estonian Cultural Days 2017 will be one of the first festivals to take part of this series of events and we're happy to have you all in New York City.

In 2018, the Republic of Estonia will celebrate its 100th anniversary. We’d like to invite you to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia, taking place from April 2017 to February 2020. The Estonian Cultural Days 2017 will be one of the first festivals to take part of this series of events and we're happy to have you all in New York City.

  • Lecture by art historian Heie Treier about Louis Kahn, entitled “Kahn. Islander”, which will outline the relationship of the Estonian-born architect Louis Kahn with Estonia. This will also present the related book (Treier, Maasik) entitled “Kahn.Saarlane.Kahn. Islander”.
  • Piret Raud’s and Kätlin Väinola’s talk/workshop for children, where Piret Raud will present her book “Mister Bird’s Story/Härra Linnu Lugu” and Kätlin Väinola will carry out a workshop, during which time parents can listen to a variety of lectures while even the youngest cultural aficionados are given an opportunity to participate in the program with presentations that are appropriate to their age group.
  • The exhibition “40 Years of the Estonian Cultural Days in New York”, where, in cooperation with Heinrich Toots and Mare Valgemäe, we will put together an exhibition about the programs of the last 40 years of the Estonian Cultural Days, based on their own personal archives.
  • Ott Lepland and Tanja Mihhailova’s concert. Ott Lepland’s band will present both vocal duets by Ott Lepland and Tanja Mihhailova, as well as solos by Tanja Mihhailova.
  • A contingent from the WAF choir will perform at the New York Scandinavian House, to which the Estonian Consulate in New York routinely invites top performers, as well as representatives of other nations. Their other concert will take place at the EELK church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and will also feature the New York Estonian Mixed Chorus and the East Coast Estonian Children’s Choir. This concert will be followed by the closing ceremony and reception for the Cultural Days in the assembly hall of the church.
  • The Tallinna Linnateater will present “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, starring Andrus Vaarik, Epp Eespäev, Argo Aadel and Kristiina-Hortensia Port, in a production which is sold out for years in Estonia.
  • The opening of the local Estonian painter Uno Habakukk’s exhibit.
  • A panel discussion “Retaining a sense of ethnic identity in a foreign cultural arena”. This will feature presentations by representatives from artistic communities from countries from all over Europe. It will also feature discussions with these representatives about questions of identity and about the influence of ethnic identity and other issues on their artwork. Discussions with possible presenters are still ongoing.
  • A film evening presenting the film “Luuletaja ja Luuraja” (subtitles in English) which premiered in Estonia in December. Discussions about having the director and/or producer participate in person are still ongoing.
  • There may be other additions to the program; Stay tuned and follow our Facebook page for more information.

We would like to thank you everyone for supporting us this far! Thank you for inspiring us to work harder and giving us all your positive feedback. Special thanks go to all donors from Estonia supporting our festival even though they might not be able to be here celebrating with us.

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