Monday, 14 January 2019

Video: Journey Through Setumaa (1913)

Estonia's first cinematographer Johannes Pääsuke made this film about Setumaa in 1913.



A new film about the life of Johnanes Pääsuke has been released and is now playing in cinemas across Estonia. The film stars Ott Sepp and Märt Avandi.


Monday, 7 January 2019

A look inside the Estonian National Museum

In October 2016 the Estonian National Museum opened its doors at its new location in  the former grounds of Raadi Manor in Tartu. In May last year I visited Tartu with my sister and we explored the new premises. We were very impressed!

Entrance of the Estonian National Museum.

An excellent collection of folk costumes are on display.

Each parish is represented. 

The garments are divided into seasons - summer, autumn, winter, spring.


A truly wonderful exhibition!

One of great features of the museum are the information screens.
You can change languages with ease.

One of my favourite exhibitions in the museum is the language centre.
Here all the Estonian dialects are represented.

When you walk in the room it is full of lights and buttons representing each parish.
When you push a button to a particular parish, the spotlight shines on that region 
and you  can listen to a person speaking with that dialect. 
You can also hear all the different dialects spoken all at once - that's Estonia!

The Estonian vowel machine.
Simply press the pedal to listen to the correct pronunciation of each vowel.

Practice makes perfect!

Estonian history in pictures.


This book of parish colours is a great keepsake. It was written by a staff member of the museum.
The Estonian National Museum is a must-see when in Tartu. 
I'm looking forward to returning soon!

Friday, 4 January 2019

Video: The University of Tartu - Get to Know Us

The University of Tartu is a prestigious public research university that is ranked in the top 1.2% of the best universities in the world. With study programmes available in Estonian and English, the university has much to offer both local and international students. 

Thursday, 3 January 2019

On this day the Estonian War of Independence armistice took place

Today 98 years ago ended the Estonian War of Independence when the ceasefire with Soviet Russia came into effect. Today we remember those brave men who fought in the Vabadussõda and gave their lives for Estonia’s independence. 


The declaration of independence in 1918, was followed by nearly two years of warfare. The armstice took effect on 3rd January 1920 and the Treaty of Tartu was signed on 2nd February 1920.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Estonians dance in Tartu on New Year's Eve

Over 8000 people attended the nationwide dance event on New Year's Eve. Here's a look at the dancers in Tartu. 

Friday, 28 December 2018

Nationwide dance event to take place across the Republic of Estonia on December 31

On 31st December 2018, at the end of the anniversary year, a joint dance celebration will take place in 16 locations across Estonia. The public joint dance known as “Dancing Estonia” will be held concurrently at 3 p.m. on town squares in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Narva, Rakvere, Viljandi, Jõhvi, Jõgeva, Paide, Kuressaare, Kärdla, Võru, Valga, Põlva, Rapla, and Haapsalu. The steps are taught to all participants on town squares at 2 p.m.


Thousands of participants are expected to be in attendance on the day. The event is sure to be a lot of fun and a great way to end the year! 

You can learn the dance moves here: Eesti Tantsib