Discover the centuries-old Estonian music in Belgium

Estonia has until the end of 2017 president of the EU. For its rich musical culture to share with the rest of Europe, there are a few events planned in Belgium. It shows respect for the tradition and folklore of central.

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Until the end of this year is Estonia the Council of the European Union (EU). With Estonia at the helm of this rotating presidency, hopes the small Baltic state to the EU guide to the digital innovations where Estonia is so famous for. For the Est is the digitization of society is not anything strange or new concept. So, each newborn child is automatically an e-mail address of the state granted, what the bureaucracy a lot of paperwork saves. Another central point is the dealings with Russia. As a former Sovjetland and current neighbor of the Russia of Vladimir Putin Estonia is a country of strategic importance for the EU.

But the Estonian presidency is much more than digitizing and Russia. Estonia also has a long and rich cultural history. Under the impulse of some cultural centers that we get here in the us the chance to get acquainted with Estonian culture. Therein is the music that plays a crucial role. Because music is much more than a hobby or a high-end pastime for the majority of Estonians. Music is so entwined with the country that even its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 (partly) due to the folk music.

Bagpipes of zeehondendarmen

Just like everywhere else in the world, there are all sorts of popular music genres to be heard on the Estonian radio stations. Ed Sheeran, Béyonce or Coldplay you can hear them all pass. Still, the Estonians of their typical folk music is still a warm heart. ‘A lot of young people play folkinstrumenten in Estonia”, says Tanel Veeremaa.

And he should know. As the director of the Museum of Theatre and Music in the capital, Tallinn, is he in daily contact with countless young people that their cultural history back refuse to return. On the occasion of the EU presidency, he is working on an interactive exhibition of traditional musical instruments in Brussels, aptly called Alive!. From 19 October to mid-april 2018 will allow the public to become acquainted with all sorts of ancient instruments in the museum of musical instruments. Especially a bagpipe made of zeehondendarmen will be many visitors in the eye.

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According to the Estonians is their tradition, in other words, still very much alive. The living proof of that statement is the singer Maarja Minute. Her music combines the best of both worlds: the Estonian ancient sounds and modern electronics seep through in her work. On October 19, she performs at BOZAR in Brussels.

For whom the fusion of contemporary music a step too far, on 24 november welcome in music hall AMUZ in Antwerp. There will the women of Kuldatsäuk traditional Estonian singing songs. The Belgian chamber choir Aquariuszal them accompany. But Estonia sends not only its folk music. Also the world-famous conductor Paavo Järvi comes to the capital of Europe. On december 10, he will together with his Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen at BOZAR, the tones of Wagner Schubert there make it sound.

It is therefore known that there is in Estonia no shortage of good musicians. The Est receives the love of music with the spoon entered. Not for nothing is the independence of the communist Soviet Union known as the Singing Revolution. The five-year Zangfeest in Tallinn was critical in the peaceful resistance against the soviet rule, which from 1944 to 1991 took.

And still, the festival is a highlight for the Baltic country. The event, where tens of thousands of singers typical Estonian songs at a time to bring in the outdoors, by the UNESCO, besides referred to as cultural heritage. A piece of that heritage will so continue until the end of 2017, to be admired in Belgium.

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