PÃ¤rnu is not only a stretch of beach but it also boasts a flourishing cultural life and hosts numerous festivals, live music and events throughout the year. To keep track of the latest news on upcoming PÃ¤rnu events, festivals, exhibitions and cultural celebrations, be sure to visit this page regularly. When visiting an event in Parnu, be sure to check out our range of Parnu Hotels!
Main events 2010
11th Estonian Line Dance Festival June 12 – 13, Sassi Horse Farm in Audru district and PÃ¤rnu, www.linetantsufestival.eu.
Put on your Stetson, riding boots and giddyup! The festival actually set a Guinness World Record back in 2006 for â€˜Worldâ€™s Longest Silent Line Danceâ€™, so if anyone talks theyâ€™re disqualified. In 2007 that record was beaten by a bunch of Canadians and the Estonian didnâ€™t much like that, so in 2008 they organised a good old fashioned â€˜line dance lynchingâ€™, 2354 people showed up and secured the record once again. Participants
wearing skirts, and pants from all over the Baltic region have been invited, letâ€™s wish them luck and a big howdeeee.
30th International Hanseatic
Days June 24 – 27, various locations throughout PÃ¤rnu, www.parnu2010.eu.
PÃ¤rnu is finished warming up and is now ready to host the International Hanseatic Days. This event will welcome over 2000 delegates from former Hanseatic cities, theyâ€™ll reminisce about the good old days of â€˜the Leagueâ€™, theyâ€™ll also dress the part and itâ€™s a pretty good excuse to not shower for a few days. Hanseatic traders, craftsmen – and women, minstrels… wandering and otherwise will be on hand, and of course you
canâ€™t have a Hanseatic event without a knightsâ€™ tournament.
PÃ¤rnu should see over 100,000 people in attendance at this event so make sure to book your hotel well in advance or youâ€™ll be sleeping on the beach.
A Bow to Valgre July 02 – 04,
Ammende Villa garden (A-3) and various locations around the city. PÃ¤rnu-born musician Raimond Valgre (1913 – 1949), holds a special place in the hearts of Estonians and Finns alike. Along with his own timeless music, this yearâ€™s tribute will also include music written by his contemporaries.
David Oistrakh Festival July 05 – 31,
PÃ¤rnu Concert Hall (p.8), Eliisabeti Church (p.27),www.oistfest.ee.
One of Estoniaâ€™s biggest and most established classical music festivals, this one honours the accomplished Soviet-era violinist, David Oistrakh, who spent his summers in PÃ¤rnu, and attracts a large number of well-known musicians and conductors from all over the world.
Street and Beach Basketball Championships 2010
July 10 – 11, Kaubamajakas Shopping Centre parking lot (p.34) and the beach in front of Sunset Nightclub (p.25). Forget beach volleyball, thatâ€™s old news – how about beach basketball? Weâ€™re still trying to
figure out the logistics of how to bounce the ball on the sand or in the water, but apparently itâ€™s something not to miss. There is also a more traditional street version to be played as well and the finalists
will be chosen to particpate in the worldâ€™s biggest street basketball event, The Moscow Open. The traditional 3on3 games will take place on Saturday July 10th in the parking lot of Kaubamajakas. The Beach Basketball event will take place on Sunday July 11th, in front of the Sunset nightclub, and it will be played with feet in water.
24th PÃ¤rnu Film Festival July 11 – 25,
Museum of New Art (p.8), www.chaplin.ee.
What started out as a small festival has grown into a major documentary and anthropology film event that brings together amateur cinematographers and enthusiasts from around the world. The seemingly endless list of films can be found on the centreâ€™s website, listed above.
PÃ¤rnu Opera Days July 09 – 10, PÃ¤rnu Concert Hall (p.8), www.concert.ee.
In simple terms, â€˜Opera Daysâ€™ means in fact two opera events held on consecutive evenings. This year, Alexander Porfiryevich Borodinâ€™s â€œPrince Igorâ€ will be reenacted expertly by the National Academic Bolshoi Opera company and the Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.
9th International Baltic-Nordic Harmonica Festival 2010 July 30 – August 01,
PÃ¤rnu Kuursaal (p.25), www.piccolo.ee.
Harmonica players from all over Europe take part in gala and open-air concerts and workshops all over the city. According to the organisers this is the â€˜not-tomissâ€™ party of the season and it was one of the top events for both young and old in PÃ¤rnu last summer. I know, right? The harmonica is the new â€˜electric guitarâ€™, Jimmy Hendriks played one so itâ€™s gotta be cool, right?
17th International Nude Art Exhibition â€œMan & Womanâ€
June – August, Museum of New Art (p.8), www. chaplin.ee.
Now in its 17th year, this annual exhibition aims to promote the talents of the artists and open the eyes of society to the power, frailty, beauty and sometimes ugliness of the human condition.
PÃ¤rnu Blues Days August 02 – 07,
PÃ¤rnu Yacht Club restaurant (p.20) and downtown PÃ¤rnu, www.parnublues.ee.
Tallinn has itâ€™s successful jazz events and that made PÃ¤rnu feel kind of blue – so a few folks got together to do something about it. Now in its second year, the Blues Days will feature a few international artists and some talented Estonian locals. There will be workshops to help amateurs channel their inner B.B. King and nightly concerts at the yacht club. A gala event featuring all of the musicians and indeed some of the, hopefully well trained, amateurs will take place in downtown PÃ¤rnu at the conclusion of the event.
12th PÃ¤rnu Porcelain Days August 06 â€“ 09,
Nooruse Maja (p.9), www.noorusemaja.ee.
Everything youâ€™ve always wanted to know about hand-painted porcelain, including workshops and competitions.
PÃ¤rnu Art Nights August 14 – 15, PÃ¤rnu city centre (A-7) and Rannapark (Beach Park) (B-4).
Apparently everyone has an inner artist and this event certainly aims to exploit that. Thereâ€™ll be a variety of workshops dedicated to all sorts of different artistic endeavours, including theatre, literature, painting, handi-crafting, fashion, and everybody is invited to participate. There are also workshops for kids, and a night
cinema running romantic films under the stars.
Night of Ancient Lights August 28, PÃ¤rnu Coast.
This tradition which originated during the â€˜Viking Eraâ€™, was revived in Finland in the 1990â€™s and has spread all over the Baltic region. The ancient happening now helps to promote unity among all the Baltic nations and on this night, flares and fires can be seen on the coasts of Finland, Ã…land, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania and
all over Estonia.