Education and culture


In October, the Arsis Youth Ensemble of Tartu held concerts in Lisbon and Porto. With these concerts, the Estonian Embassy in Lisbon celebrated the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The tour was organised with the cooperation of Estonian company Pipedrive, present in Portugal, as well as with the assistance of the Estonian Honorary Consul in Porto, Mr Mário Ferreira.

In November, Estonian artist Tanel Veenre presented his creations at the exhibition of contemporary jewellery „From Pearls to the Air“ in Lisbon, Galeria Reverso.


In February, musicians of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Lisbon School of Music performed together at a chamber music concert in the Thalia Theatre in Lisbon, which was followed by a reception in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

In March, Estonia was in the spotlight as the guest country at the Monstra Animation Festival. Several top Estonian animated film makers visited the festival, including Priit and Olga Pärn, who supervised animation workshops.

In March and April, an exhibition dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Nukufilm in the Lisbon Puppet Museum and an exhibition of the illustrations and engravings of Priit and Olga Pärn in Fábrica Braço de Prata were opened to the public.


In January, the book “Os Blumthal” by José Milhazes, one of the best known contemporary political writers in Portugal, was published with great success in Portugal. The book is based on the story of the family of the author´s Estonian wife Siiri.

In February, a book „Viagens – Journeys: 2016-2018 Estonia“ by Inês Moreira was published by Circo de Ideias in Portugal.

In October, the exhibition „Wood in Estonian architecture“ was displayed to the public in Setúbal Library, in cooperation with the Municipality and the Estonian Embassy in Lisbon. Animation workshops were also held by Kaisa Masso on the opening day of the exhibition.


In October, the Estonian translation of the book „The Blumthals“ by José Milhazes was published.


In September, Estonian jewellery artists participated in the 1st Lisbon Contemporary Jewellery Biennial.

In October, the Estonian architect Ott Puuraid attended the Lisbon Architecture Triennale with his works.

In October, the delegation of Music Estonia participated in the Worldwide Music Expo (WOMEX) conference in Porto.


In June, the European Literature Night (Noite da Literatura Europeia) took place in Lisbon, organised by the European Commission Representation in Portugal, together with EUNIC Portugal. During this event, more than 10 embassies and cultural institutes presented the literature of their respective countries.

Estonia made its debute at this event, by presenting the poetry of Kristiina Ehin from her books „Luigeluulinn“ and „Emapuhkus“ (translated into Portuguese by Eva Toulouze). The poetry was accompanied by the music of Silver Sepp, performed by the Portuguese actress Cheila Lima.