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When the Noise Had Ended: Geislingen’s DP Children Remember

“The youngest victims of WWII search their memories to tell how they and their families escaped the Red Army to find refuge in a displaced persons’ camp in post-war Germany – more than 60 years ago. Sometimes horrifying, often unflinchingly honest, their stories and intimate photographs offer glimpses of a brave but artificial world – […]

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The Estonian play, “Sõdur” (“Soldier”) comes to Australia in February

Performances of “Sõdur” or “Soldier” will take place as follows. If you would like a copy of the English translation before you attend a performance, please contact the consulate at estconsyd@bigpond.com Perth Sunday 8th of February 2009, 3pm Foundation Theatre, Scotch College Australind St Entrance, Swanbourne Contact: Anu van Hattem on 08 9384 2757 , […]

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Book Review – Valentina my Little Russian Princess

Valentina my Little Russian Princess After some researching I was able to purchase a book – “Valentina my Little Russian Princess“. One should not be misled by the title as it has a reason. To most Estonian pre-war arrivals and their children it is very informative and descriptive of their fate. Personally it brought back […]

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Valentina, my Little Russian Princess

A prominent Sydney Estonian resident, Mrs Valentina Craig, has recently had her biography “Valentina, my little Russian Princess” published. Mrs Craig, now aged 92, fled the Russian Revolution as a child and immigrated to Estonia (her father’s birthplace) and then Australia in 1927 after doctors advised of a warmer climate to treat her tuburculosis. Her […]

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Estonian film ‘Magnus’ playing at 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival

The Estonian film ‘Magnus’ is playing at the Melbourne International Film Festival this week. Session times Thu 31 Jul 08 7:15 PM 154 Flinders St (Cnr Russell St), Melbourne, Vic, 3000 Sat 9 Aug 08 11:00 AM Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne, Vic, 3000 Tickets Tickets are available from the Melbourne International Film Festival site. […]

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Estonian Film ‘The Class’ screening at this years upcoming Sydney Film Festival from June 4 to June 21

The Class (Klass) Estonian film, The Class (KLASS) wil be screened at the 2008 Sydney Film Festival. The program guide is on the website http://www.sydneyfilmfestival.org/ Award winner at Karlovy Vary and Warsaw Film Festivals, this confronting feature was inspired by the Columbine High School massacre, but director Raag takes a different approach from Gus Van […]

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Estonian Youth Orchestras in Australia – March 2008

ESTONIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRAS IN AUSTRALIA During March, 2 youth orchestras from Estonia are touring Australia : the String Orchestra of Tallinn Secondary Music School, conducted by Toivo Peäske and the Symphonietta Orchestra of Tartu I Music School, under Kaido Otsing. The youngest instrumentalists are 12 years old. They will perform music from such international composers […]

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Youth string orchestras from Estonia

Tallinn Music High School String Orchestra Conductor Toivo Peäske, Symphonietta Orchestra of Tartu I Music School Director Kaido Otsing Free performance Atrium, Lane Cove Council building 48 Longueville Rd Lane Cove 7.00pm Wednesday 12 March 2008. Further details: Lyndall McNally (Lane Cove Youth Orchestra) 9428 4505 or 0411 413 335 Robyn Mah (Lane Cove Music […]

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“Bonegilla’s Beginnings” by Ann Tündern-Smith, Book Launch

Sydney Book launch, 6th of March 2008 You are invited to the launch of a new contribution to Australia history “Bonegilla’s Beginnings” by Ann Tündern-Smith Guest speakers: Mary Elizabeth Calwell DTheol BA daughter of our first Federal Minister for Immigration, Rt Hon Arthur Augustus Calwell KCSG, and author of his forthcoming biography Tiiu Salasoo MSc […]