Crazed Tallinn

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Venue: Estonian Writers’ Union (see on map)
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  • Poetry reading
Original language: Estonian
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Crazed Tallinn is one of the traditions of the HeadRead literary festival, based on the literary event named Crazed Tartu. Its initiator and long-time manager is Jaan Malin (1960), the figurehead of Estonian performative poetry, a dadaist, trickster and sound poet, a literary experimenter whom the festival has tasked with putting together a more expressive poetry reading programme for several years now. This time, it will feature a band of poets who began their careers in the 1990s or 2000s, none of whom need a further introduction to Estonian audiences: Kätlin Kaldmaa (1970), Indrek Koff (1975), Triin Soomets (1969), Karl Martin Sinijärv (1971) and Jürgen Rooste (1979) have all left their imprint on newer Estonian poetry, and many of them are known as exceptional performers of poetry, dramatists of the written word. Audiences can also enjoy the friendly and fatherly shakeup by Philip Meersman (1971), reminding us of … not any known author but a grandma in the apple tree. Malin himself will perform as part of the literary-musical group Rooluulend, which also includes philosopher and expressive artist Roomet Jakapi (1973), flautist and poet Leonora Palu (1979), and composer and violinist Indrek Palu (1977). Those who have seen Malin and Jakapi create insane worlds with merely sounds, know what to expect from the evening – something unexpected.


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