Posted in Culture, Music, People

Review on that concert ….

Estland macht Eindruck / Estonia creates impression

Prezioso String Quartet im Stadthaus Ulm / Prezioso String Quartet in Ulm townhall

See: http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/neu-ulm/Estland-macht-Eindruck-id32823567.html

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Posted in Arts, Music

Small Estonia, large chamber music

Hando Nahkur (piano). Photo by Kaupo Kikkas.
Hando Nahkur (piano). Photo by Kaupo Kikkas.

ULM, Germany

An Estonian evening in the series “Classic!”. Tonight the Prezioso String Quartet and Hando Nahkur are performing in the townhouse. Composer Errki-Sven Tüür is already leading by 19 clock into his work …

To which extent the Prezioso String Quartet feels it has become an ambassador of his country?

HANNA LIIS NAHKUR: “We all come from Estonia and we are always surrounded by the music of our homeland. Yes, we feel as an Estonian ensemble. From a purely geographical viewpoint we are a small country, but in terms of music – a hot spot – especially because Estonia has produced a number of outstanding composers like Erkki-Sven Tüür, Arvo Pärt, Lepo Sumera – just to name a few. And all the speak a musical language all their own. There is nothing comparable in other countries hardly.” …

Full text (in German): http://www.swp.de/ehingen/lokales/ulm_neu_ulm/Kleines-Estland-grosse-Kammermusik;art4329,3015990

Posted in Arts, Fashion, People, Technology

Home Textiles / “Young Creations Award: upcycling” goes to Estonia

Home Textiles / “Young Creations Award: upcycling”
Goes to Estonia for the first time

More than ever, products in Upcycling are trendy – both in fashion and in interior design. With the “Young Creations Award: upcycling”, Heimtextil (a fair) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, awarded for the third time a newcomer award, which is dedicated to the principle of sustainability. For the first time the prize was advertised all over Europe.

As winner Heimtextil selected on 14 January 2015 Kairi Katmann from Estonia.

“The issue of sustainability has been around for several years firmly anchored in the home textile industry, and it means to us much more than just a trend topic,” Ulrike Wechsung, Director of Heimtextil said during the awards ceremony.

Kairi Katmann from Estonia convinced the jury with their project “Storytellers” which is dedicated to the issue of pre-consumer waste. ….

Source: http://www.moebelmarkt.de/news/heimtextilyoung-creations-award-upcycling-geht-erstmals-nach-estland-42858.html

Posted in Business, Nature

Sustainable entrepreneurship in Estonia

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Sustainable entrepreneurship in Estonia
Estonia with its pristine wetlands stands as a paradise for rare plants and migratory birds. Organic (BIO) and sustainability have now become a business model. Smart Estonian entrepreneurs show how to preserve this paradise. …

Read more in this article (German): http://www.br.de/radio/bayern2/gesellschaft/weitwinkel/estland-nachhaltigkeit-natur-100.html

Posted in Business, Education, People

English as second official language

Chris Pyak proposes English as second official language in Germany in this article: http://www.theeuropean.de/chris-pyak/9251-englisch-als-zweite-amtsprache-in-deutschland

The author reasons: “…. Estonia ahead of us

Quite different the second place. Tallinn. For five years I have been living in Estonia. This small country has shown me how success looks like in the future.
Estonia has a small population and no natural resources. Less than one percent of Europeans speak Estonian. In the Estonian language, there is no “he, she, it” still has a future form. “No sex, no future” because was also a standing joke among us immigrants.

The Estonians understood: the language is major obstacle to success. With Estonian you can not sell products abroad, bring no foreign investors into the country and win no international professionals.
Without foreigners, no understanding of foreign countries. But since the “foreign countries” make up 99 percent of the market, the Estonians had to change something. Without export the country can not survive.

What the Estonians did, required great courage.

Estonia has English as a second official language. Each law and each form is available in English. Every official, every employer and every toddler speaks the language fluently. All TV channels are in the original English language (with subtitles) and language teaching begins in kindergarten. Today, Estonia is the country with the fourth largest number of English worldwide.

How brave this decision was, is clear if one knows the history of Estonia. The country had been conquered repeatedly. The preservation of one’s identity is very important for the Estonians therefore.Still they chose openness rather than foreclosure. The fears of their past should not block their future. …”

More at above link.