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Lüneburg celebrates in Estonia

Viljand, Estonia. Photo by nh/LZ

Lüneburg, the German city, will celebrate in Estonia.

At the 35th International Hanseatic Days, which will be held from 4th June until 7th June in the South-Estonian town of Viljandi, also a delegation of the German city Lüneburg  will participate. Under the leadership of Mayor Ulrich Mädge a six-member Council delegation will travel to Viljandi. In addition to the administrative head of the delegation Petra Güntner for the SPD, Renate Rudolph for the CDU, Susanne Neuhaus for the Greens, will go; Daniel Bruges for the Pirates and Jens Kiesel for pensioners / FDP. In addition, a representative of the new museum and theater will travel, aplus five citizens who will look after the Lüneburg booth at the hanseatic market, the press office of the city informs. Lüneburg is known to be a partner city with Tartu in Estonia.

The lifestyle of the Hanseatic period will infuse the quiet, small town in southern Estonia for four days: Viljandi will become the center of the world of medieval merchants. Visitors from all over Europe will offer a magnificent cultural program of music and dance that takes place on an outdoor stage. In the center, the representations of the Hanseatic towns will build their own booths on a Hanse market and present their respective regions and their specialties. The motto of the International Hansa – “here to be creative” . is cordially inviting the guests to join activily in the celebration.

Viljandi, formerly located Fellin, lies 160 kilometers south of the Estonian capital Tallinn. She has city rights since 1283, and now 18,000 residents. The city is dominated by the rich history, especially the ruins of the medieval fortress is a favorite of locals and visitors. Another attraction is of Lake Viljandi.


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Greip – Vihma Loits;

David Simpson, Creative Consultant and Visual FX,
Lyrics: Tule, tule, õllele, tuulekõnõ, õlle, vii vihma, õllele, Venemaale, õlle, aja huugu, õllele, Harjumaale, õlle, tõuka vihma, õllele, Turjamaale, õlle, saada sagar, õllele, Sõrvemaale, õlle! Näide põllu, õllele, põdemassa, õlle; näide nurme, õllele, närtsimassa, õlle, hainamaada, õllele, hallitamas, õlle. Mine, vihma, õllele, vihu neidä, õlle, mine, huugu, õllele, uha neidä, õlle, nemä musta, õllele, muide siäs, õlle, tõrvaskandu, õllele, tõiste siäs, õlle!

A cappella ansambli Greip esimene muusikavideo filmiti üles 2011. aasta suvel Pärnumaal, Audru ja Koonga vallas kauni loodusega paikades.
Lõpptulemus valmis Inglismaal video režissööri, City College Norwitchi kolledži filmi ja meedia eriala lõpetanud, Teele Killingu käe all.
Helirežisöör – Madis Isand
Vihma Loits – rahvaluule (Rõngu v), viis- Kairi Leivo, seadnud Fred Rõigas/GREIP
Osades: Ansambel Greip & Triin Veli.
“Vihma Loitsu” leiab heliteosena ka ansambli debüütalbumilt “Üks Viis”.

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Vägilased – Linnamäng (2010) 3CD:…

Vägilased Viljandi Pärimusmuusika Festivalil 2010
Pärimusmuusika Aidas 23. juuli 2010

Meelika Hainsoo – vocal, violin
Cätlin Jaago – vocal, jew’s harp, flute, bagpipe
Tiit Kikas – el. violin
Jan Viileberg – guitar
Martin Tärn – bass
Reigo Ahven – drums

The band VÄGILASED (The Mighties) first came together in 2000. Those young, college-trained musicians – graduates from Viljandi Culture Academy – come from diverse backgrounds, their artistry encompassing traditional music, jazz, rock, pop and other forms of expression with apparent ease.

VÄGILASED has a unique sound: their music is based on Estonian traditional music – they play regi-songs, playsongs and older instumental music with arrangements that pass through different genres, blending traditional melodies and rhythms with modern harmonies and styles; merging human voice tones, natural instruments and contemporary soundwaves in which easiness and difficulties, happiness and sadness, new and old way of thinking are mixed.

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60th Song Contest: Estonia’s representatives

2_5_Elina_Born_Stig_RastaVienna (APA) – Estonia will be represented at the 60th Euro Vision Song Contest in Vienna by the Duo Elina Born and Stig Rästa. The two succeeded at their first joint appearance with the slightly melancholic song “Goodbye to Yesterday” in the preliminary round with a clear 79 percent of the votes against the competition. They will now fight in the 1st semi-final on May 19 for a ticket to the final on 23 May.

Born was previously the Estonian version of the British talent show “Pop Idol”, “Eesti otsib Superstaari” made her famous, where she finished second. Her partner Stig Rästa is already established in Estonia as a singer, songwriter and producer, and went already twice to the final round of the domestic ESC show. As a duo, the two had not yet competed, but Rästa for a number of years is writing the songs for Born – so now “Goodbye to Yesterday”.

The song belongs to the best arranged of this year’s participants and combines jazz band sounds with brisk guitar pop. At the same time Rästa sets a melancholy feeling under the song’s story with the lyrics. “Goodbye to Yesterday” is about a couple that has to deal with the impossibility of its relationship.

(Tiroler Tageszeitung, Austria)

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1ST LEAD Ruling Reform Party loses majority in Estonian Parliament By Alexander Welscher, dpa

Tallinn (dpa) – The governing coalition of Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas lost its majority in Parliament, final election results showed Monday, with Roivas‘ Reform Party and its Social Democratic partner losing seven seats.

The Reform Party, however, remains the strongest force in the 101-member Parliament with 30 seats, allowing Roivas to continue as premier.

The pro-NATO, free-market liberals received 27.7 per cent of Sunday‘s vote, nearly unchanged from the 28 per cent it received in the 2010 election.

The leftist Centre Party was the runner-up, capturing 27 seats, while the Social Democrats won 15.

The conservative electoral alliance IRL won 14 seats, followed by the Free Party with eight seats and the Conservative People‘s Party with seven.

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“For the protection of Estonia” … and a new Blog

Check it out:

Eesti kaitseks, a Facebook group – with the purpose of informing about the Maharishi Effect and the great value of coherence-creating groups – see

And a new a blog:


“Remain free Estonian sea

Remain free Estonian shore

Storms may blow

But the Estonian heart will not be afraid.”

Eesti Kaitseks means “For the protection of Estonia”.