The Ministry of Culture is gathering opportunities to enjoy the Estonian culture during the emergency situation when people have to spend most of their time at their homes.
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The Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art publishes videos from their video art archive every week
Haus Gallery exhibitions and art films archive and auction portal
Virtual tours of the Tartu Art Museum and interviews with artists and art professionals
Art collections of the University of Tartu
The Museum of New Art on Facebook and gallery of the collection of the Museum of New Art
Temnikova & Kasela Gallery exhibition archive
Outdoor gallery of the Telliskivi Creative City
Digital collection of the Art Museum of Estonia
Virtual tour of KUMU art museum
Online gallery Konstanet
A database of artists of the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art, which is interesting browsing for art lovers
Recommendations from the magazine of the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art
Digital guide for exhibitions in the Art Hall
360-degree view of Katja Novitskova’s exhibition in the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2017
Annual exhibition of the Estonian Painters’ Association
University of Tartu Library, ‘19th-century artists in Tartu’
University of Tartu Library, ‘Early Western European Prints’
Tartu Art House shares photos of exhibitions on its Facebook page
Recycling exhibition ‘GIVE A NEW LIFE’ of the Museum of New Art
Free streaming platforms
ERR's (Estonian Public Broadcasting) streaming platform
Lasteekraan, ERR’s streaming platform for children
ERR’s archive of old movies, radio shows, and photos
TV3 Play offers content produced by the TV3 Group for free
Paid streaming platforms
Elisa for children
Telia’s video rental
Europeana offers access to digital materials from thousands of European archives, museums and libraries.
The web portal of Estonian museums
The most unique items of Estonian Writers’ Museums
Estonian Literary Museum’s ‘Kreutzwald’s century’
Collections based on one museum
Places in Tallinn covered in fiction, collected by the Tallinn Literary Centre
Tartu Toy Museum
Digital collection of the Art Museum of Estonia
Journal of the collections of the Museum of Estonian Architecture
Self-service environment VAU of the National Archives, where you can study your family tree from parish registers, for example.
Collection of the Museums of Virumaa
Facebook page of the Estonian Agricultural Museum
Databases of the Estonian Literary Museum
Virtual tours and exhibitions:
Virtual tour of the Estonian Museum of Natural History
Virtual exhibitions of the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
Virtual tour of the Rakvere Castle of the Museums of Virumaa
Virtual exhibitions at the University of Tartu Museum
Digital library of the Tallinn University of Technology Museum
Dr Fr. R. Kreutzwald Memorial Museum
Mõniste Rural Life Museum
Estonian History Museum
Estonian War Museum – General Laidoner Museum
Estonian Open Air Museum
KUMU art museum
Virtual tour of the University of Tartu
Museum of Viljandi
Kuressaare Castle of the Saaremaa Museum
Tartu City Museum
Estonian Health Care Museum
Estonian Road Museum
Tallinn City Museum
Time travelling at the Tallinn City Museum
Karilatsi Open Air Museum
The Farm Museum of C. R. Jakobson
Tori Horse Breeding Farm
Web exhibitions of the National Library of Estonia
Carpet portal of the Estonian National Museum
Estonian National Museum virtual tour
Virtual exhibitions of the Estonian National Museum
Blog of the Estonian National Museum
Blog of the Collections Department of the Estonian National Museum
Yearbooks of the Estonian National Museum
Maps information system of the National Archives
Photo information system FOTIS of the National Archives
Blog of the National Archieves – exciting findings and virtual exhibitions
Archives School of the National Archives – plenty of history-based learning materials and tasks
BOOK BORROWING, LITERATURE
Book borrowing and libraries
The National Library of Estonia’s online environment, which allows you to order books digitally to the outdoor bookcase is still open. Books can be ordered in the ESTER environment (https://www.ester.ee/search~S7*est), where you should select the ‘RR Raamatukapp’. Once the book has arrived, you will receive an e-mail. The ordered books can be obtained from the bookcase using the ID-card or the reader card of the National Library. It is also possible to return books to the bookcase 24 hours a day.
The bookcase is located outside next to the main entrance of the National Library – it looks and works like a regular parcel terminal! The bookcase can be used completely without human contact.
You can order books to the bookcase at any time. During the emergency situation, the bookcase will be filled and emptied every two hours, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Digital Archive DIGAR has a lot of digitised material, such as books and pictures
The DIGAR Estonian Articles has older digitised newspapers and magazines. There are approximately 390,000 publications available, containing more than 3.7 million pages and 6.4 million articles.
The search portal of the National Library can be used for searches across almost all library collections.
E-Varamu’s purpose is to make available digitised resources of Estonian memory institutions: libraries, archives, and museums. The e-Varamu can be used to search many Estonian databases at the same time (e.g. the e-catalogue ESTER, article database ISE, universities’ digital archives, and digitised collections of museums and archives).
ETERA is a digital library environment that backs up one copy of all digitised documents. In addition to digitised materials, the platform provides access to theses defended at Tallinn University in recent years, as well as various photographs and graphic works. The environment is available in Estonian and English.
DSpace of University of Tartu is a repository for the permanent storage and publication of electronic materials, e-dissertations, and books, as well as digitised books, magazines, manuscripts, etc.
Tallinn Central Library’s e-library ELLU offers readers the opportunity to read works by Estonian and foreign authors. There is a selection of fiction and nonfiction. The e-books are mainly in Estonian.
OverDrive's Library offers readers the opportunity to read English and Russian e-books and listen to audiobooks.
RBdigital’s e-library offers readers the opportunity to read free e-journals in English, Russian, and Chinese.
Festival of Spooky Action at a Distance by Elektron - an interactive live-stream
You can find a new free-of-charge play every Friday on the Theatre at Home page of the Tartu New Theatre
Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Canterville Ghost’ – live performance from the Old Town Mystery Theatre
LendTeater’s production ‘Mistress’
The #etants challenge of the Estonian Dance Agency
Training videos by Reval-Sport
Online live training sessions of Casa de Baile for salsa, bachata, and other dances
The Facebook page of Sport ID offers a wide selection of training videos
Video tutorials of the Estonian Health Trails and on Youtube
Video by Ott Kiivikas on training in an outdoor gym
Pilates training videos by Kaisa Marran Pilates Studio
Training videos by Sandra Raju and Katrena Trenno on the Facebook page of Sportland
Training video by Englas: somersault and hand stand wall walks
38. Tartu Forest Marathon will be held as a virtual run
Training videos for the emergency situation by Sparta Sports Club
MyFitness training videos in the NETFIT environment
INDEPENDENT ESTONIAN LANGUAGE LEARNING
If you want to study and practice Estonian on your own with a computer or a smart device, there are several ways to do it. Here are some of Integration Foundation’s the tools that can be used for free.
- keeleklikk.ee – beginners’ online course in Estonian, where you can study both in Russian and in English.
- keeletee.ee – Estonian language e-courses for beginners and advanced learners, interactive exercises, animation, video, tests.
- Raadio4 show ‘Keelekõdi’ (r4.err.ee) – audio course of Estonian.
- Literacy tests by the Institute of the Estonian Language.
- multikey – language practice application to help you find chat partners and practice the Estonian language online as well as directly.
- walktalk – an application to help you find appropriate expressions and create your own dictionary.
- 50languages – an application with learning games and tests.
- kutsekeel.ee – study materials with professional vocabulary
- Innove’s Estonian language exams
- keeleveeb.ee and sonaveeb.ee dictionaries
- filosoft.ee – dictionaries, speller, hyphenating
- language advice from the Institute of the Estonian Language by e-mail
www.speakly.me - Estonian language learning programme, follow these steps to get free access:
1. Go to www.speakly.me;
2. Click ‘Buy Now’ (Osta kohe);
3. Sign in, choose Estonian and any package;
4. Enter the promotional code EV100, which will allow you to get free access;
5. Take a language test to determine your level;
6. Start learning.
Additional information: Ott Ojamets, CEO of Speakly, +372 51 209 38, email@example.com
Independent language learning is suitable for both those who want to learn the language on their own and for those who take courses. Remember that regularity and patience are important for independent learning. Make sure you spend some time on learning every day. You also need to give yourself time to achieve results – have some patience and consistency
Quarantine diary of the Tallinn Philharmonic TAFF Club
Albums of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir on Spotify
ERP Internet radio
Soundcloud page of Psühhoteek record store
Netiraadio, dedicated to Estonian music
Spotify playlist of the Estonian Jazz Union
Playlist of 100 iconic Estonian children’s songs
Theme songs of cartoons, part of which are sung in Estonian by the Estonian Radio Children’s Singing Studio
Spotify playlist of ERSO
ERSO’s Youtube and Facebook pages offer archive recordings and both pre-recorded and live presentations will take place there
Rasmus Puur’s opera The Colours of Clouds
Children’s play Raggie and Old-Timey Things
Benedict Brunch live concert, baritone Atlan Karp and pianist Kadri-Ann Sumera
36-hour virtual party ‘Funraiser’ at Kauplus Aasia to collect donations to the Food Bank
Diploma concerts of the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy
Home concert of Eesti Kontsert, The treasures of the Instrument Foundation
Home concert of Eesti Kontsert, Tribute. Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder
Home concert of Eesti Kontsert, i for interpreter. Trio 95
Home concerts by Kadri-Ann Sumera
Duo Ruut with a contact-free concert on Youtube
Horror Dance Squad's concert on Youtube
Jazz Club concert by the Estonian Jazz Union and Philly Joe’s
Ensemble Sinu Naine on Facebook
Matis Leima’s garmon concert on Facebook
ECM Festival in Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, conductor Christoph von Dohnányi, soloist Kalev Kuljus (oboe)
Go to the National Register of Cultural Monuments. Use the menu (left) to select ‘Mälestised’. It is possible to filter the monuments by several parameters (e.g. address, name of the monument, type, keyword, etc.) The results are displayed in the form of a table, where you can open each object as a separate main view.
On the main view page, you can view the history and description of the monument, browse photos, explore related digitised archives, open the map of the monument, etc.
The National Register of Cultural Monuments is currently being developed, which should result in improved usability. Read more about the project here.
Heritage Makers contest ‘Old Things in a Fresh Form’, which invites young people to notice cultural heritage and introduce it to others through stories.
Tallinn Design House – showroom and e-shop of Estonian design
Tali design shop
Krunnipea design shop
Estonian design on the Osta.ee website
Estonian design on the Astri.ee website
The Estonian Association of Designers’s homepage and Facebook page
A book introducing Estonian design, ‘Woods and the Sea: Estonian Design and the Virtual Frontier’, by Michael Dumiak
Interviews with Estonian designers
List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, where you can learn about the knowledge, skills, customs, and practices passed down from generation to generation that are important to us and our contemporaries
Databases on Estonian folklore
Lecture series ‘Eestlaste mõtteilm’ (Estonian mindset) of the Folk Culture Centre – video lectures on the development of the Estonian spirit.