Records available

Luc Robert. La donna è mobile. Verdi

Peeter Vähi. In the Mystical Land of Kaydara

Great Maestros I−V. Kalle Randalu, Neeme Järvi, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Eduard Tubin. Works for Violin and Piano. Vol 1

Keyboard Juggleress (Irina Zahharenkova, DVD)

Arsis. Legend

Magic of Sound (Ralf Taal)

Maria Magdalena (Sevara Nazarkhan, Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir, State Choir Latvija, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra)

Joy and Sorrow Unmasked (European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen)

Locus amoenus (René Eespere)

The Best of Arsis Bells (Arsis, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, Aivar Mäe)

Faust (Ain Anger, Estonian National Opera)

Modigliani − the Cursed Artist (Estonian National Ballet, Risto Joost)


International Festival ORIENT
Artistic director − Peeter Vähi
May 31st − June 4th, 2017
Tallinn, Estonia

The first ever concentrated show of oriental music in Estonia, a tradition going back to the year 1992, has brought the most authentic performers from India, Siberia, Middle East, Central Asia, Far East, and South East Asia. It is certainly a leading musical event in the Baltic States where music lovers can enjoy performers like Hariprasad Chaurasia, ensemble Kodō, Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Jivan Gasparyan, ensemble Huun-Huur-Tu, Alim Qasimov, Burhan Öçal, Sevara Nazarkhan, Gyuto and Gyume Buddhist monks, Wu Man, etc. Keep a close eye on our website and advertising – the show goes on. Detailed program will be available in March 2015.



Wed, May 31st at 7 pm SOLD OUT!
Buddhist monks of the Shingon-shū Buzan-ha sect, Ichitarō

Thu, June 1st at 7 pm osta-pilet-english
Lale Begnazarova & ensemble Altõn Menzil

Thu, June 1st at 10 pm osta-pilet-english
Armen Andranikyan & Averatan

Fri, June 2nd at 7 pm osta-pilet-english
Latif Bolat, Serap Yilmaz

Fri, June 2nd at 10 pm osta-pilet-english
Bamdad Music Ensemble

Sat, June 3rd at 6 pm, Kuressaare Culture Centre, Saaremaa
Latif Bolat, Serap Yilmaz

Sat, June 3rd at 7 pm osta-pilet-english
Light in Babylon

Sun, June 4th at 7 pm osta-pilet-english
Abdellatif Belgacem & 5 Étoiles

Exhibition VIBRATIONS OF MOROCCO by Anna Litvinova
Oriental cuisine, bazaar...

Tickets available from April 5th at Piletilevi. Discounts until Apr 16th.

Wed, May 31st at 7 pm, Vaba Lava (Telliskivi Creative City, Telliskivi Str 60A, Tallinn) Sold out!
Buddhist monks of the Shingon-shū Buzan-ha sect, featuring Ichitarō (taiko-drums / Japan)


Hase-dera, main temple of the Buzan-ha sect

Buzan-ha is a sect of Shingon Buddhism founded in the 16th century by the priest Senyo Sōjō. The main Buzan-ha temple is Hase-dera in Sakurai, Nara. Today the Buzan-ha sect has 3000 temples, 5000 priests and two million followers. Its largest chapters outside Japan are located in Hong Kong and Vietnam.


Thu, June 1st at 7 pm, Vaba Lava (Telliskivi Creative City, Telliskivi Str 60A, Tallinn) osta-pilet-english
Lale Begnazarova & ensemble Altõn Menzil (Turkmenistan)

Turkmenian musicians take the Orient festival stage for the first time. The star of the concert is the excellent singer and dutar virtuoso Lale Beganazarova. At the prestigious international festival “Sharq Taronalari” she was awarded with the Grand Prix. The program is based on Turkmenian traditional mughams.







Thu, June 1st at 10 pm, Vaba Lava (Telliskivi Creative City, Telliskivi Str 60A, Tallinn) osta-pilet-english
Armen Andranikyan & Averatan (Armenia)

(taiko-drums / Japan)

Armenian ensemble Avetaran, led by its artistic director and singer Armen Andranikyan specializes in performing early and sacred music of Armenian classical tradition. The trio is made up by Vardan Harutyunyan, who plays wind instruments duduk (indigeneous to Armenia) and zurna and Arman Nasibyan on percussion.
Since January 2017, Avetaran is on a European tour, performing in Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Helsinki, St Petersburg and London.

ArmenAndranikyan Ichitaro

Japanese taiko drummer Ichitarō is an attractive and virtuosic performer who is inspired by Japanese traditional music. In 1990, he joined Japanese drummers group Ondekoza and gave more than 2000 performances alongside them in Europe and Asia. His mentor Den Tagayasu, the founder of Ondekoza, gave him the stage name of Ichitarō, wishing that he would become the best Wadaiko drummer in the world (ichi means ‘one’ in Japanese). In 2004, he debuted as a solo drummer. Ichitarō is also known for his compositions, which include not only traditional instruments but also more modern musical styles.

Watch Ichitaro on YouTube


Fri, June 2nd at 7 pm, Vaba Lava (Telliskivi Creative City) osta-pilet-english

Latif Bolat, Serap Yilmaz (traditional Sufi Whirling Dervish / Turkey)

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Turkish singer, composer and scholar of Turkish music and folklore Latif Bolat is a native of the Mediterranean town of Mersin. After receiving his degree in folklore and music at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, he taught traditional music throughout the country. He has also received further degrees in Turkish History and Middle East Religion and Politics from Ankara University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Bolat possesses a vast repertoire, ranging from Sufi devotional songs and Turkish folk music to classical pieces. He has presented his music all across America, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Bulgaria, Turkey, Philippines, England and many other international locations. In addition to his Carnegie Hall concerts and lectures, he has recorded four successful CDs, made many TV and radio appearances and composed music for television. He is also the co-author of a Turkish Sufi poetry book titled “Quarreling with God″.


Fri, June 2nd at 10 pm, Vaba Lava (Telliskivi Creative City) osta-pilet-english
Bamdad Music Ensemble (Iran)


Iranian traditional music band Bamdad Music Ensemble was formed in 2001. The main goal of the group is to introduce the rich Iranian culture to the outside world and to form a more serious attitude towards Iranian art. The ensemble is comprised of traditional iranian instruments, such as tar, setar, santour, ney and so on. The number of members varies depending on the performance, usually it is around 10. They often use the texts of great islam poets, such as Ḩāfez̧, Saadi and Rumi, as song lyrics.
Bamdad Music Ensemble is currently based in the city of Mashhad.

Sat, June 3rd at 6 pm, Kuressare Culture Centre, Saaremaa
Latif Bolat, Serap Yilmaz (traditional Sufi Whirling Dervish / Turkey)

 Sat, June 3rd at 7 pm, Vaba Lava (Telliskivi Creative City) osta-pilet-english
Light in Babylon (Middle East)

Light in Babylon is a fusion of different ethnicities and cultures and they cooperate with musicians from different origin as well. With the strength and openness of their youth and the various musical influences the members of the group have, Light in Babylon is a colourful blend of their inner voices. The band is an excellent example of the multicultural and alternative scene in the Middle East - the different musical flavors will take the imagination on a travel trough the Middle East and beyond.
The core trio of the band met in 2010 in Istanbul. Michal Elia Kamal wrote lyrics and compositions and arrangements were created together with santur-player Metehan Çifçi and guitarist Julien Demarque.

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Light in Babylon has toured all around the world, including Turkey, Cyprus, Germany, Switzerland, France, Hungary, Greece, Finland and India. Their first album “Life sometimes doesn’t give you space” was released in 2012 and the second CD “Yeni Dunya” (which means ‘new world′ in Turkish) was released in 2016.
Light in Babylon gives through music all the love that it carries in his heart to inspire individual healing with the wish that every human will follow the vision of a world full of diversity, freedom, peace and light.

 Sun, June 4th at 7 pm, Vaba Lava (Telliskivi Creative City) osta-pilet-english
Epi (morin khuur, overtone singing / Mongolia)
Abdellatif Belgacem (poetry / Tunisia) & 5 Étoiles (folklore group of the Sahara bedouins)

Mongolian musician Dandarvaanchig Enkhjargal, also known by his artistic name Epi was born in Ulaanbaatar, but grew up in the small village of Altanbulag. He was a nomad on the taiga with his family and their herd of horses before talent scouts discovered his gift for music and directed him to further studies. Epi studied music at the Ulaanbaatar Conservatory with professor Jamjan, the best morin khuur player in Mongolia. In addition to playing the traditional Mongolian horsehead fiddle – morin khuur – he also studied throat singing. Nowadays, Epi is well-known all over the world and often performs with other world-musicians.

AbdellatifBelgacemTunisian poet Abdellatif Belgacem comes from a family of poets of the Marazig tribe. He has received more than 300 awards in and outside of Tunisia. He has also taken part in numerous festivals in the Arab countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and others.
Abdellatif Belgacem is the chairman of the poetry committee of the International Festival of the Sahara − an annual desert festival held in Douz. The poetry contest run by him is considered to be the central event of the festival. In addition to the desert festival, he has been linked to his hometown in other ways as well − Belgacem worked as an advisor to the municipality of Douz in 1990−1995. He has been the director of the Douz Sahara Museum twice, first in 1988−1998 and secondly in 20122015. He is the founding member of the Arab popular literature union and a similar association of the Maghreb region. He is also a member of the worldwide assembly dedicated to preserving the camel.
In his poetry, Belgacem perpetuates the oral tradition of “popular poetry″ in the South of Tunisia. This is in the form of declamation, syncopated like the trotting of camels, and sounding a bit like rap. Praise of the Bedouin life, love poetry, moped breakdowns − every aspect of Saharan life today is present in these verses.


Folklore group of the Sahara bedouins 5 Étoiles was brought to life in 2007 by Abdedhaher Hedi. The group is dedicated to following their ancestry and presenting the heritage of the Marazig tribe. 5 Étoiles is a welcomed guest in numerous festivals and belongs to the core group of performers of the International Festival of the Sahara. They are irreplaceable when it comes to performing the traditional dances that are a part of the bedouin wedding ceremony. 5 Étoiles performs in traditional costumes, which notably include light blue pleated skirts and red waistcoats, to the sound of traditional instruments.






Exhibition VIBRATIONS OF MOROCCO by Anna Litvinova 

MoroccoAnnaLitvinova“My visits to Morocco have become a tradition − I have been there ten times by now. I am attracted to the local combinations of colours, that I discover again and again when I'm painting. There is a special flavour in the air, consisting of a tremendous amount of different smells. I have a direct contact to the everyday life when I'm creating − I paint on the streets, in the markets, at harbors and in the small villages. My style has become sort of a reportage, where the original material is recorded by brushes and paints, translated into the language of spots of colour and lines.″

Anna Litvinova was born in 1976 in St Petersburg, Russia and has been living in Tallinn, Estonia since 1986. Anna graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts as a fine art and painting major. Her works have been exhibited at numerous galleries in group and solo shows. Anna is an intense painter who has a great sense of color, and with her bold brush strokes, creates a vivid, exciting world for us on a blank canvas whether it be a landscape or a human figure. She is constantly evolving as an artist to reach the next level of creativity.




Peeter Vähi − artistic director
Tiina Jokinen − management director
Thea Karin − producer (North African projects)
Taimi Paves − manager (Far East)
Inna Kivi − assistant producer
Kaisa Luik − booklet editor
Kadri Kiis − accountant
Olavi Sööt − logistics
Tanel Klesment − sound, recordings
Mart Kivisild − design
Johannes Vähi − webcast / live streaming
Reno Hekkonens − marketing

See also: Festival Orient, Orient 2015, Orient 2013, Orient 2011, Orient presents in 2010, Orient 2009, Orient presents in 2008, Orient 2007, Orient presents in 2006, Orient 2005, Festival archives Orient in Palmyra (Voices from the Stars Above the Desert), The Path to the Heart of Asia (CD recorded with featuring musicians of Orient 1992)

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