Tramway among Glasgow venues hosting Estonian celebrations

The Estonian National Ballet makes its Scottish debut at Tramway as part of the festival, Estonia Now
The Estonian National Ballet makes its Scottish debut at Tramway as part of the festival, Estonia Now

This month a city-wide festival of contemporary dance and performance, music, visual art and film and more by leading Estonian artists will be presented in Glasgow as part of the centenary celebrations of the Estonian Republic.

Estonia Now, which runs from Monday, November 12 to Sunday, November 18 features work produced and presented by Tramway, the University of Glasgow, the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and TalkSeePhotography, Stereo, Strathclyde University, FutureScot and Glasgow Film Theatre.

The artistic line-up includes the Estonian National Ballet performing in Scotland for the first time, late night events starring leading figures from Estonian electronic music, and a contemporary performance triple bill of classic and new work.

Estonia Now also brings opportunities to learn more about the country’s history, politics, digital sector and food with appearances by representatives from Estonia’s business and public sector.

Estonia Now is co-produced by the Estonian Embassy in London as part of the Estonian Republic Centenary Celebrations.

Councillor David McDonald, chair of Glasgow Life and deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Estonia Now provides a fascinating opportunity for audiences in Glasgow to experience work by some of Estonia’s leading artists and to learn more about the country’s cultural landscape.

“As one the city’s leading international art spaces, Tramway will be at the heart of the festival, bringing new contemporary arts for everyone to enjoy.

“I would encourage everyone to join us in our welcoming and diverse Glasgow celebration of Estonian culture, taking place as part of the Estonian Republic centenary celebrations. Through Estonia Now we can share inspirations and ideas, ambitions and attitudes, and help build new links for the future.”

Her Excellency Ms Tiina Intelmann, Estonian Ambassador in the UK, said: “Estonia Now brings to you the past and present of Estonia and is intended to mark 100 years from the establishment of our state. Today, Estonia is a modern and cool Nordic country, fully integrated into our common European space and culture, a wonderful place to visit and to live in. I am glad that this festival happens in Glasgow, a vibrant city with which we have enjoyed a longstanding and fruitful relationship.

“People make Glasgow and people make Estonia. Estonia Now is a wonderful celebration of our shared European values and culture.

“Estonia and Scotland have longstanding cultural ties and I’m proud to say that some of the remarkable Estonian artists have also shaped Glasgow. Neeme Järvi as a Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra or Eve Mutso, former Principal Dancer of Scottish Ballet, to name a few. We hope that Estonia Now further revitalises and expands our cultural and economic cooperation.”

Choreographer and dancer Eve Mutso, said: “Estonian National Ballet’s performances in Glasgow at Tramway as part of Estonia Now will be an exciting and emotional time for me.

“Estonia and Scotland are both my homes and seeing them come together thanks to Echo’s performances in Glasgow is very special to me. Special times, special places!”

To find out more and book tickets visit Estonia Now