In October and November 2011, an Estonian cultural festival was held in Paris featuring a variety of musicians, theatre makers, artists, and directors work in the French capital and its suburbs. In September 2011 a similar but smaller cultural festival BEstonia was held in Antwerp, Belgium and in February 2011 the Estonian music festival Eesti Fest was held in London.
Estonian culture has received international recognition when the Estonian (and Latvian) song and dance festival tradition as well as the cultural space of the island Kihnu, were included on UNESCO’s World List of oral and intangible heritage. The organising of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn in 2002, hosted by Estonian Television, is still remembered as a benchmark event requiring international co-operation on a large scale and making Estonia further known among European audiences.
Numerous national and international theatre festivals take place, some of which are organised every second year. One of the oldest festivals, Baltoscandal, that takes place biannually in Rakvere, gathers the newest and most innovative theatre troupes throughout the world. Seven dance festivals take place in Estonia, two of which are international. The yearly contemporary dance festival “August Dance Festival” is organised by the NGO Second Dance in Tallinn, for which the ticket sales continue to provide an important source of income next to the project-based governmental support.
Cooperation and exchange between Baltic States has also grown during the past years in several fields e.g., most recently through events such as the Estonian and Latvian Urbanists’ Summer Days in Kabli, South Estonia in August 2011, that was supported by EU funds, and the exhibitions such as After Socialist Statues and So on and So forth were organised by an Estonian curator in the Contemporary Art Center KIM in Riga, respectively in autumn 2011 and 2012.