Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, together with his Estonian counterpart Rein Lang and Xavier Darcos, President of the French Institute, launched the Estonian festival «Estonian tonic», on Friday 7 October 2011. the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

In October and November 2011, «Estonian Tonic», an Estonian cultural festival, presents contemporary Estonian creation in Paris and Ile-de-France. Launched at the initiative of the ministers of culture of both countries and implemented by the French Institute and the Embassy of Estonia in France, this event is part of the program of foreign cultural seasons in France.

It comes at a time when Estonia is even more firmly anchored in Europe: the country, which became an observer member of the International Organisation of the Francophonie in October 2010, has adopted the euro since 1 January 2011. Its capital, Tallinn, is, in 2011, the European Capital of Culture.

The Festival, which begins on October 7, will allow the French public to discover Estonia through the richness and diversity of its culture for two months.

It is a whole country that comes to meet the Parisians, symbolized by the arrival of a Viking boat that will dock on the Canal Saint-Martin, from October 7 to 16 in front of the Point-Ephémère and will offer many animations.

In the festival’s programming, music will be the most represented field, with many concerts of classical and contemporary music, including several dedicated to the work of the great composer Arvo Pärt. Groups of jazz, rock or folk as well as Estonian DJs or VJs, representative of the creative dynamism of today’s Estonia will also be very present.

In all, more than thirty events, in the fields of cinema, literature, theatre, architecture, visual and digital arts and contemporary music, will bear witness to the rediscovered freedom of Estonia, the creativity and modernity of its artists, writers, filmmakers and architects.

Classical, traditional and contemporary music, theatre, cinema,
literature, architecture and visual arts

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