Exhibition of Estonian Illustration „Once Upon a Time…“ in Białystok

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From the 13th of May 2018, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok, Poland presents the exhibition “Once Upon a Time…”. It is an extraordinary exhibition introducing Estonian illustration that travelled around Italy for two years. The illustrations thematise internationally known fairy tales by the brothers Grimm.

In the exhibition, 20 Estonian artists participate with 59 works: Sveta Aleksejeva, Anu Kalm, Kristi Kangilaski, Kadi Kurema, Anne Linnamägi, Regina Lukk-Toompere, Ülle Meister, Tiia Mets, Jüri Mildeberg, Piret Mildeberg, Gerda Märtens, Viive Noor, Juss Piho, Anne Pikkov, Ulla Saar, Kertu Sillaste, Catherine Zarip, Tiina Mariam Reinsalu, Maarja Vannas-Raid and Urmas Viik.

The exhibition is organised by the Estonian Children`s Literature Centre, the Estonian Embassy in Warsaw and the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Białystok.

See also: Dawno, dawno Temu…

The Literary Festival HeadRead from 24th to 26th May

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During the HeadRead Literary Festival, meetings with children‘s literature authors, as well as a book fair, will take place in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre.

Thursday, 24th May

10am Children’s writer Kätlin Vainola and illustrator Ulla Saar talk about their children’s books and collaboration in the fairy tale attic. The meeting will be held in Estonian.
10am Anti Saar in the illustration gallery. In Estonian.
12pm Reeli Reinaus. In Estonian.
2pm Mika Keränen. In Estonian.
4pm Scottish children’s author and storyteller Janis MacKay. The meeting will be held in English.

Friday, 25th May

10am Finnish children’s author Timo Parvela will meet young readers in the fairy tale attic. The meeting will be translated from Finnish into Estonian by Piret Kärm.
10am Swedish children’s author Åsa Lind in the illustration gallery. The meeting will be translated from Swedish into Estonian by Kaja Sakk.
12pm Timo Parvela in the illustration gallery. Translated from Finnish into Estonian by Piret Kärm.

Saturday, 26th May

12pm – Book fair in the courtyard of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. Everyone can bring along children’ books for exchange! Children can meet the mascot of the Centre, Nukitsamees (Bumpy) and participate in various activities. There is also a café!

Welcome to the Literary Festival HeadRead!

See also: The Literary Festival HeadRead

“Wolf Run” Exhibition at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

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On Friday, 4th May 2018 the exhibition ”Wolf Run“ opens at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. The exhibition is open until 1st June. 43 illustrators participate in it, both old classics and new artists.

Illustrators from Estonia: Made Balbat, Katrin Ehrlich, Kristi Kangilaski, Kadi Kurema, Giulia Landonio, Regina Lukk-Toompere, Jüri Mildeberg, Lucija Mrzljak, Gerda Märtens, Viive Noor, Marja-Liisa Plats, Priit Rea, Ulla Saar, Jonas Taul, Urmas Viik.

From Latvia: Elīna Brasliņa, Rūta Briede, Roberts Koļcovs, Gunārs Krollis, Gundega Muzikante, Aleksejs Naumovs, Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja, Anita Paegle, Juris Petraškevičs, Reinis Pētersons, Anda Strautniece, Gita Treice, Anna Vaivare.

From Lithuania: Ieva Babilaitė, Inga Dagilė, Lina Dūdaitė, Lina Itagaki, Rasa Joni, Dalia Karpavičiūtė, Kęstutis Kasparavičius, Aušra Kiudulaitė, Akvilė Magicdust, Martynas Pavilonis, Rimantas Rolia, Elena Selena, Karolis Strautniekas, Lina Žutautė, Kotryna Zylė.

Curator Viive Noor, ”Werewolf is one of the main topics in the European cultural area and it is also a beloved theme by the illustrators from the Baltic countries. It is an honour to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage at our centre with the exhibition. The exhibition was furthermore presented at the London Book Fair in April where Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were the market focus countries. The exhibition offers an extraordinary insight into Estonian illustration art since the best artists´ works are presented.“

Marju Kõivupuu, ”Although there have been many folkloric were-creatures through the ages, the king or the queen of them has definitely been a were-wolf. Portraying a person changing into a dangerous predator was especially loved in the Middle Ages. Today, the wolf as a smart predator has become a symbol of independence and bravery. Interesting in this sense is Clarissa Pinkola Estés book ”Women Who Run With the Wolves“ where the author sees similarities between women and wolves in folklore. In her opinion, they have a lot in common, such as endurance and strength,  patience, playfulness, curiosity, courage, thoughtfulness and vitality.

Further information: Viive Noor, curator, viivenoor@gmail.com, 634 0080, 5557 9930

Estonian Children’s Literature at the London Book Fair

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The 2018 London Book Fair will be held from April 10–12, and for the first time ever, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will be market focus countries. Estonian children’s literature will be represented at the LBF with a larger space than usual at stand 5F129. Several children’s-literature-themed seminars will be held during the fair.

Pushing the Limits of Graphic Stories: Spotlight on the Pop Up Creators Project
Bhavit Mehta (UK), Sanita Muižniece (LV), Simon Jurčiukonytė (LT), Anne Pikkov (EE), William Grill (UK), Lina Dūdaitė (LT), Oskars Pavlovskis (LV), Ulla Saar (EE)
April 10 at 10 am, Children’s Hub

Picture Books Like No Other. The Unique Vision of Piret Raud
Piret Raud (EE), Roger Thorp (UK)
April 10 at 5:30 pm, Cross-Cultural Hub

Finding New Voices: Children’s Literature from the Baltics
Pam Dix (UK), Luize Pastore (LV), Aušra Kaziliūnaitė (LT), Roger Thorp (UK), Penny Thomas (UK), Emma Wright (UK), Ulla Saar (EE)
April 11 at 10 am, Children’s Hub

Promoting Reading – Experience and Ideas from the Baltic
Rūta Elijošaitytė-Kaikarė (LT), Silvija Tretjakova (LV), Triin Soone (EE), Daniel Khan (UK)
April 11 at 11:30 am, Children’s Hub

Estonian illustration can be seen in both London and Oxford during the LBF. The exhibition “Running With Wolves” shows Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian illustrations in the LBF exhibition area. The large international exhibition “It’s Always Tea-Time”, curated by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and the Estonian Publishers’ Association, will be on display at the Oxford Story Museum until July 7, and the “POP UP Creators” exhibition will be displayed at the Royal Over-Seas League Gallery until May 20.

Additionally, for the first time ever, three Estonian nominees are on the shortlist for the LBF’s International Excellence Awards: Helena Koch from the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre for the Rights Professional Award, publishing house Päike ja Pilv for the Market Focus Baltics Children’s and Young Adult Publisher Award, and publishing house Avita for the Market Focus Baltics Education Publisher Award. The winners will be announced at 6 PM on April 10 at the fair.

The London Book Fair is one of the largest book fairs in Europe and is held at the historic Olympia Hall in Kensington. Close to 25,000 visitors will be in attendance to peruse 1,300 exhibits. The Estonian representation is organised by the Estonian Publishers’ Association, the Estonian Literature Centre, and the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre with assistance from Estonia 100, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, and the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in London.

See also: estlit.ee

“It’s Always Tea-Time” Illustration Exhibition to Open in Oxford on 30 March

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On March 30, 2018, the large international illustration exhibition “It’s Always Teatime” will open in Oxford, England. The exhibition, curated by Viive Noor, includes 72 artists from 19 countries and will be accompanied by an Estonian cultural programme.

Over 150 years have passed since the publishing of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. To celebrate the occasion, Noor invited her artist-friends from around the world to have teatime with Alice. Thus, an international illustration exhibition was born, and will begin its journey from the Oxford Story Museum, where it will be displayed until July 7.

“Most of the artists taking part in the exhibition are the world’s cream of the crop of illustrators. All the works are original pieces, and were made specially for the exhibition,” Noor commented. Since the autumn of 2015, the exhibition has been displayed in Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Poland, and Hungary. From the UK, it will head onward to Moscow and St. Petersburg.

In addition to illustrations, visitors to Oxford will be able to see a doll collection based on the same theme, which was curated by Tatyana Mokhryakova and includes pieces by several top artists from around the world. The Estonian ceramist Karin Kalman’s contribution was a china set for the bizarre tea drinkers. During May and June, the Estonian musician Silver Sepp, storyteller Piret Päär, and illustrator Kertu Sillaste will tell Estonian stories as part of an accompanying cultural programme. International Alice’s Day will take place in early July, and to mark the occasion, the Estonian curator and artist Viive Noor and Latvian illustrator Gundega Muzikante will erect an installation titled “Jõgi / River” in the city of Oxford.

The Story Museum is a private museum and activity centre where stories are discovered, collected, and told in all kinds of ways, including through exhibitions, performances, educational programmes, and other events. The museum also organises the annual International Alice’s Day every July.

Schedule:

March 30 – July 7: “It’s Always Teatime” international illustration exhibition open

May 31 – June 1: “It’s Always Time for a Good Story” events featuring Silver Sepp, Piret Päär, and Kertu Sillaste

July 5–8: “Jõgi / River” installation by Viive Noor and Gundega Muzikante

The “It’s Always Teatime” Oxford exhibition is organised by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre with support from the Estonian Graphic Designers’ Association, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Estonian Publishers’ Association, the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in London, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

“Sea Fairy Tales” Exhibition at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

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The “Sea Fairy Tales” exhibition will be open at the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre from March 20 through April 28. A total of 90 sea-themed illustrations by 78 artists from Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Denmark, and Russia20) will be displayed.

Estonian illustrators on display will include Sveta Aleksejeva, Anneliis Aunapuu, Mare Hunt, Kadri Ilves, Anu Kalm, Anne Linnamägi, Regina Lukk-Toompere, Ülle Meister, Hillar Mets, Tiia Mets, Jüri Mildeberg, Piret Mildeberg, Viive Noor, Enno Ootsing, Ede Peebo, Juss Piho, Piret Raud, Priit Rea, Tiina Mariam Reinsalu, Reti Saks, Kertu Sillaste, Vera Staniševskaja, Vladislav Staniševski, Catherine Zarip, Annika Tonts, Milvi Torim, Kelli Valk-Kagovere, Maarja Vannas-Raid, and Maarja Vint.

The traveling exhibition embarked on its journey from the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre in Tallinn in 2011, visiting various sites around Estonia, Finland, Russia, Poland, Germany, and Denmark along the way. Now, it has returned home.

Exhibition of Estonian Illustration „Once Upon a Time…“ in Poland

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From the 1st of March 2018, the Culture Club Przegorzały in Kraków presents the exhibition “Once Upon a Time…”. It is an extraordinary exhibition introducing Estonian illustration that travelled around Italy for two years. The illustrations thematise internationally known fairy tales by the brothers Grimm.

In the exhibition, 20 Estonian artists participate with 59 works: Sveta Aleksejeva, Anu Kalm, Kristi Kangilaski, Kadi Kurema, Anne Linnamägi, Regina Lukk-Toompere, Ülle Meister, Tiia Mets, Jüri Mildeberg, Piret Mildeberg, Gerda Märtens, Viive Noor, Juss Piho, Anne Pikkov, Ulla Saar, Kertu Sillaste, Catherine Zarip, Tiina Mariam Reinsalu, Maarja Vannas-Raid and Urmas Viik.

The exhibition is open until the 24th of March 2018. It is organised by the Estonian Children`s Literature Centre, the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Krakow, the Estonian Embassy in Warsaw, Erasmus+, Culture Club Przegorzały, and the Cultural Centre Dworek.

See also: Culture Club Przegorzały 

Mika Keränen Participates in Estonian Literature Week in Finland

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From the 13th until the 15th of February, Estonian Literature Week takes place in Finland, and Mika Keranen represents Estonian children’s authors there. Keränen will meet readers in three different libraries and in one school.

During this week, literature readings of Estonian authors take place in different cities around Finland, in libraries, schools and universities. Estonian literature is also presented online in the new magazine Helmi. The publication can be obtained at the venues of the events and Helsinki’s Estonian House.

This year’s festival takes place for the fifth time. The aim of the festival is to present Estonian authors and new Estonian literature in Finland. Estonian Literature Week is organised by the Tuglas Society, Estonian Literature Centre, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Majaoja Foundation, Union of Estonian Societies in Finland and the Estonian Institute.

Source: ”The Tuglas Society”

The Best Designed Estonian Books Chosen

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On Thursday, the 8th of February, the most beautiful Estonian children’s books of 2017 were announced at the National Library of Estonia. The jury valued high quality illustrations, as well as design, typography, and the appropriate choice of material.

In an outstandingly designed children’s book, all the above-mentioned characteristics are well balanced. Altogether 40 books took part in the competition.

The chosen books can be seen on the 6th floor of the National Library of Estonia from the 8th of February until the 3rd of March. The books will also be exhibited at the Bologna Book Fair 2018.

The competition of the best designed Estonian books has taken place since 1998. This year it was organised by the Estonian Graphic Designers Association, the Estonian Publishers’ Association, the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, the National Library of Estonia, and the Association of Estonian Printing Industry.

 

THE BEST DESIGNED ESTONIAN CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN 2017 WERE:

Three Autumns by Jaanus Vaiksoo. Designed by Kadi Kurema and Anne Linnamägi. Illustrated by Kadi Kurema.

A nice ensemble. The intaglio illustrations carry the long Estonian tradition of printmaking. A skillful synthesis of print and drawing.

How the Animals Got their Tails. Designed and illustrated by Catherine Zarip.

With its stylish colour scheme and refined handling of details this volume represents the best traditions of Estonian children’s books.

Mr. Nightingale from Nightjar Street by Ellen Niit. Designed by Endla Toots. Illustrated by Priit Pärn.

A well-designed and well-balanced book. Detailed, compelling and uncompromising illustrations. Novel and unique interpretation of a children’s literature classic. Professional choice of materials.

Great Tit Spreads its Wings by Paul-Eerik Rummo. Designed by Andres Tali. Illustrated by Kaido Ole.

A surprising children’s book. A rather unexpected yet highly skilled use of top rate art. A joyful and non-clichéd approach to the literary material.

The Visit by Anti Saar. Designed and illustrated by Anna Ring.

A skillfully composed book which combines fiction with educational material. Novel, fresh and unique style of illustration. Playful and professional design.

Spezial prize of the Jury:

Susie and the Slippery Sleep by Reeli Reinaus. Designed and illustrated by Marge Nelk.

A novel approach to Estonian children’s illustration. Collage pictures that depict dreamy fantasy worlds.

Special prize of the Estonian Graphic Designers’ Union:

Please Come Yesterday by Joel Sang. Designed by Mari Kaljuste. Illustrated by Anne Pikkov.

Intelligent design springing from the style of the illustrations. Skillful use of two-colour print.
Special prize of the Estonian Graphic Designers’ Union

 

FOLLOWING CHILDREN’S BOOKS WERE CHOSEN AMONG THE 25 BEST DESIGNED ESTONIAN BOOKS: 

Physics Primer by Heli Lukner, Mare Müürsepp. Designed by Angelika Schneider

A handy science book for children, where the complex scientific material is presented in a simple yet well-structured way.

From Hurt to Pärn by Jaak Urmet. Designed and illustrated by Karel Korp

The rather eclectic material has been crafted into a fine sum total. The illustrations and layout are lively and joyful, in perfect harmony with the contents.

The Boy Who Drew Maps by Kätlin Vainola. Designed and illustrated by Ulla Saar

Dashing and sweeping illustrations combine well with the uncluttered layout; refreshing cover material.

Catherine and the Peas by Kadri Hinrikus. Designed by Endla Toots. Illustrated by Anne Pikkov

A classic, compact children’s book. Typography has regard for the young reader and the text does not smother the pictures.

Through the Black Hole by Tiit Kändler. Designed and illustrated by Eerik Kändler

A striking, dynamic science book for children; text and illustrations are proportioned in sweet harmony.

Great Tit Spreads its Wings by Paul-Eerik Rummo. Designed by Andres Tali. Illustrated by Kaido Ole

Such visual bacchanal of illustrations is a rare sight. Meant for children, but can also be enjoyed by an older generation.

Bear’s Paws by Milvi Pank. Designed by Katrin Kaev. Illustrated by Mare Hunt.

Warm and sensitive design, illustrated by merry and playful collages. Not at all a traditional approach.

Maarius, Magic, and Liisi the Werewold by Reeli Reinaus. Designed and illustrated by Marja-Liisa Plats

+ Special prize of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

A stylish ensemble boasting outstanding design and great typography. Delightful colour scheme, albeit a bit unexpected in a children’s book.

Source: National Library of Estonia

Aino Pervik Awarded for her Lifetime Achievement

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On Thursday, the 8th of February 2018 the Estonian government approved the recipients of the National Lifetime Achievement Award for Culture. The award for her long-term distinguished activity as a children’s writer was given to Aino Pervik.

Aino Pervik (Raud) is the favourite childhood author of many Estonians. She has given her readers unforgettable moments in the company of Kaari, Kunksmoor, Arabella and many other beloved characters. She also knows how to enchant today’s children, be it by reading stories about Paula, Klabautermann, Bluephant or the King of the Valley of Woes. Aino Pervik’s message has been born by a sense of mission and love of humanity for readers of all ages. She manages to express deep life truths in a way that makes them understandable to young readers.

The National Lifetime Achievement Award for Culture is presented for outstanding long-term creative activity and the amount of the award is €64,000. Three lifetime achievement awards for culture are presented each year. Besides Aino Pervik, theatre director Merle Karusoo and texile artist Anu Raud were awarded, too.

The lifetime achievement awards will be formally presented just prior to the centenary of the Republic of Estonia, on February 20 in Läänemaa Secondary School in Haapsalu.

Source: Ministry of Culture