Today, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar began a two-day visit to France, which started with a meeting with his French colleague, Françoise Nyssen. In the course of the visit, the minister of culture will open an Estonian design exhibition in Paris, have meetings to discusses film issues, and meet with the Estonian Honorary Consuls in France.
Culture Minister Indrek Saar confirmed that the relations between Estonia and France have been good throughout history, but currently, relations can be considered to be excellent and strong. “France has proved to be receptive to the introduction of Estonian culture, from literature to music, and from theatre to design. Great contemporary figures of Estonian culture, such as Arvo Pärt, Paavo Järvi and many others, are well-known and beloved by the French,” said Saar.
Minister added, that Estonian culture, in all its diversity, has been the focus of several French festivals during the last few years, and Estonian cultural collectives have also been awarded renowned French prizes. “I believe that the cultural programme of the Estonian Presidency and the cultural events of the EV100 programme abroad help to bring Estonian culture even closer to the French people,” said Saar.
This evening, at 6:30 p.m. local time, the minister of culture will open a travelling exhibition called Size Doesn’t Matter introducing Estonian design at the Paris cultural centre La Cité de la Mode et du Design. The exhibition, which is organised by the Association of Estonian Designers, includes the works of more than 50 designers (curated by Ilona Gurjanova). It has previously been on view in Brussels, Tallinn, Vienna, Stockholm, Caen and London. The exhibition is dedicated to the Estonian Presidency of the EU and the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. It will be open in Paris from December 8th to January 21st.
The minister of culture’s schedule for tomorrow includes meetings with representatives of the French National Centre for Cinema (CNC). Opportunities for collaboration between the two countries will be discussed along with the grant mechanisms developed by the CNC. A visit will also be made to the state film organisation, the Cinémathèque Française. Edith Sepp, Director of the Estonian Film Institute, will also participate in the meetings.
Tomorrow, the minister of culture will meet with Ingrid Amer, the Ambassador/Permanent Delegate of Estonia at UNESCO. The minister will also make a visit to an exhibition of Seto folklore at the UNESCO headquarters, which is dedicated to the Estonian EU Presidency and called Seto Women's Headdress. The exhibition was compiled by Andreas Kalkun (Estonian Folk Poetry Archive) and designed by Agnes Ratas.
The last meeting on the minister of culture’s schedule will be with the Estonian Honorary Consuls in France. At the meeting, which will take place at the Estonian Embassy, the minister of culture will introduce the priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the EU in culture, the audiovisual field and sport, as well as the cultural programmes dedicated to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the centenary of the Republic of Estonia.