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Krista Tramberg: Inspiration and improvisation at the springtime Jazzkaar

Krista Tramberg. Photo: Merli Antsmaa

From April 20 to April 30, the biggest springtime jazz party Jazzkaar 2011 will once again take the town, this year with the participation of the youngsters of Eksperimenta!. We talked to the project manager of Jazzkaar Krista Tramberg about the most notable events and exciting activities of the approaching jazz spring.

How would you characterize the spring programme of Jazzkaar in this year of the Capital of Culture? Which exciting performers and events are you going to present to the Estonian audiences during the last 11 days of April?
Thanks to the year of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011, the programme of the Jazzkaar festival is also very varied and colourful, bringing many of the world’s top musicians to Estonia, including the extraordinary star vocalist Bobby McFerrin from the USA. In addition to McFerrin, the programme of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 also includes the distinctive “Punkt” festival, which launches our 11-day jazz party; one of the world’s most renowned saxophone players David Liebman, who will also present the Jazz Awards; the European Jazz Orchestra, composed of young talents, whose concert in Estonia will be broadcast by several radio stations across Europe; and the “Urban Space Project”, bringing jazz and improvisation to the streets of Tallinn.

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Making of the art works. Patricia Gomes

„Riding the time“

This “making of” describes the different steps in the creation of my story about time and space: a girl rides her bicycle in the woods to run away from time and, delighted by the surrounding nature, she stops, she feels, she takes a deep breath and she looks back nostalgically on her past. However, she goes on riding. She wants to go further and further, to leave time behind so that time itself has no time to dream. And she rides on, ready to make new discoveries, in this universe of hers in which everything is possible.

Patrícia Gomes, 17 years old, Portugal

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Making of the art works. Ana Figueira

People, Space and Time“

The moment I heard about the theme of the project, “Space and Time”, I immediately thought of different generations of a family. I then created a sequence of photographs, in which my grandmother and I are shown in old and present-day settings. The images were edited with the help of special software.

Ana Figueira, 18 years old, Portugal

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Turkish exposition

Arda Koray. Our real identity

Turkey’s national work on the Eksperimenta! triennial began in June 2010. The triennial’s national concept was determined by D-Atelier and announced to the entire country. The young people attending the public meetings were told about the general concept and the main philosophy of the European Capital of Culture, the expectations to the youth, the significance of establishing an inter-cultural artistic union, and the importance of the cultural rapprochement of Turkey and Estonia. Young people with the ability to look after and direct world art who also had ideas were invited to join the project. The individual works of these young people, as well as what they thought of the topic and what they did, were monitored on the Internet. These young people assumed responsibility and worked together with their younger friends. By generating ideas, they produced examples for their younger friends. That was meant to achieve a bigger and wider synergy. It constituted a good opportunity for the younger children to understand and question contemporary art.
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Finnish exposition

Jyväskylän kaupungin kuvataidekoulu. Grenouilles

Participation in Eksperimenta! is part of a wider national development project in contemporary art education in Finland. This development project includes over 4000 students in 12 art schools that focus on art education. From this group, anyone between the ages of 14 and 19 (over 1971 students) could take part in Eksperimenta! The art schools began their contemporary art education projects in the autumn of 2010 through numerous art workshops.

As the producer of the contemporary art education project and the curator of Eksperimenta! Finnish exposition I have visited each participating art school and explored the workshops, their contents and the final products. Through discussions with the participating teachers and supervising artists we have together decided which workshops could produce materials suitable for the exhibition. 16 workshops were chosen with the aim of participating in the Eksperimenta! exposition. The participants were chosen on the basis of sketches and ideas and as the work progressed, the works have been allowed to develop freely.

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Volunteer at Eksperimenta! and win a trip to the Venice Biennale!

Coordinator of Eksperimenta! volunteers Triinu Soikmets. Photo: Liina Viru

If you would like to visit the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 in spring, participate in organizing an international art event, take a behind-the-scenes look at the triennial, gain new contacts and enjoy the fruits of the work accomplished, then volunteer at Eksperimenta!. We welcome enthusiastic volunteers from all of the participating countries of Eksperimenta!, as well as from other countries!
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IDEAlaboratory 2011

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IDEAlaboratory 2011 explores the possibility of integrating contemporary art and art education from three different aspects during three days in the form of lectures and practical workshops. There are exciting speakers from a dozen countries.
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Eksperimenta! and the Tiger Leap Foundation poster contest

Foto: Tanel Rannala

Eksperimenta! and the Tiger Leap Foundation are holding an international poster contest for primary and high school students!


– participate in the creation and presentation of the Eksperimenta! exhibition
– demonstrate your creativity and create a bold poster that speaks to people
– take part in the opening party of the Eksperimenta! triennial in the Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011
– get inspired by the works of young people from different countries


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The exhibition of the projects of E! Estonian works opened in Pärnu

Eksperimenta! exhibition in Port Artur 2. Photo: Kerli Kehman

The exhibition “How Did I Get Here?”, presenting the Eksperimenta! Estonian exposition artworks projects – is open until mid-March in Pärnu, on the 2nd floor of the Port Artur 2 shopping centre. The exhibition displays the results of the nation-wide Talent Hunt of Eksperimenta!. More than a hundred works on the exhibition theme “Space” were gathered during the national competition. The works that make it to the final exhibition, representing the contemporary art of young Estonians, can be seen at the triennial, which opens in Tallinn at the end of April.

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Estonian Air is the official carrier of Tallinn 2011. Photo: Tallinn 2011 Foundation

How to get to Tallinn?

By plane
Tallinn is only 2 to 3 flying hours away from Europe’s biggest cities. Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is located right at the border of the city.

From the airport:

By bus
Bus No. 2 on the route MÕIGU–REISISADAM. The airport’s bus stop is located in front of the arrivals terminal. In the city centre, the bus stops next to Viru Keskus in A. Laikmaa Street. You can purchase bus tickets from the bus driver or from the R-Kiosk in the terminal. The bus ride from the airport to the city centre takes about 20 minutes.

By taxi
Taxis are waiting in front of the arrivals terminal. Tallinn Airport is located 4 km from the city centre, the approximate taxi fare to the centre is €10.

By ferry

Ferries from Helsinki to Tallinn:
Viking Line
Eckerö Line

The ticket fares to Tallinn vary from €20–€40, be sure to check the discount offers for groups and students.

Ships from Stockholm to Tallinn by Tallink.

By coach
There is frequent coach connection between Tallinn, the main cities of the neighbouring countries and other European countries.
The main coach operators Eurolines and 
Ecolines offer a discount of approximately 10% to students and groups.

By train
The Moscow–Tallinn line is operated by Gorail.

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