Design side by side with Pärt and Oksanen representing Estonia in the Normandian cultural festival. 11.11.2010 13.11.2010

The Normandian cultural festival Boreales will be opened on November 12 in Caen, France, where the visitors can see the exhibition “design_estonia“ introducing Estonian design within the framework of the official programme. The exhibition will be opened by the Estonian Ambassador in France. A 5-member delegation of Estonian designers will be present. Several nominees for the Estonian design award Bruno and examples of more interesting design products of recent years are exposed in a beautiful and historical public administration building. The selection was also partly made on the basis of material, demonstrating the beauty and application possibilities of Nordic plywood. Products made by Igor Volkov, Monika Järg, Margus Triibmann, Tarmo Luisk, Pavel Sidorenko, Jaanus Orgusaar, Mare Kelpman, Maarja Mõttus, Sixten Heidmets - Sirli Ehari, Julia Maria Künnap, Kerttu Laane can be found in the exhibition. The curators of the project are Marko Ala and Ilona Gurjanova. The Normandian public television prepared the clip introducing Estonian design during the visit to Estonia in August. The exhibition will remain open until the end of the year and has been organised with the support of the Estonian Cultural Endowment. 

The objective of the festival Boreales, which has constantly gained more popularity throughout the years, is to introduce to the Frenchcultural achievements of the Baltic and Nordic countries. In addition to the exhibitions, the programme includes theatre performances, concerts, literary and cinema events. Estonia will be represented by Arvo Pärt, Neeme Järvi and Sofi Oksanen, who has recently won a literary award in France. The Estonian films “Class“, “Autumn Ball“ and “Lotte“ will be shown.

The cooperation of Estonian designers with the Estonian Embassy in France has been productive for years. Together with the Ministry of Culture, active preparation is in progress for the conduction of the Estonian Cultural Days 2011 in Paris.