An extraordinary film night – the single screening of ’60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero’, that has been created by more than 50 worldwide known film makers (Park Chan-wook (South Korea), Michael Glawogger (Austria), Naomi Kawase (Japan), Eric Khoo (Singapore), Shinji Aoyama (Japan), Rafi Pitts (France/Iran) and Brillante Mendoza (Philippines) among others), will take place at 19:30 on 22 December 2011 at the cruise ship dock of the Port of Tallinn. The extraordinary event will be accompanied by a great performance – a special screen, the equipment, set design and the film itself will be sacrificed to the flames as it is being shown, never to be seen again. Creators and producers of the film are Veiko Õunpuu and Taavi Eelmaa; the screening will be accompanied by live music composed by Ülo Krigul. Neither the film nor the event will be marketed or broadcast in any profit-making way; the only copy will be destroyed.
The premiere of ‘Song of the Tower Bells’, specially composed by Margo Kõlar and the video projection inspired by it on the façade of St. John’s Church will start at Freedom Square at 20:11 on the dot. For around 20 minutes, ten churches around the city – Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, the Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker, the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord, the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, the Episcopal Cathedral, St. Olaf’s Church, the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Ukrainian-Greek Catholic Church, the Church of St. Charles and St. John’s Church – will be filling the Old Town with a unique sound: the harmonious concert of the bells of the city’s church towers, which have gone unheard for years. They will once again ring out and be heard by all of the old Hanseatic city’s residents with the help of modern technology. The audio-visual experience will be made complete by a video projection by artist Taavi Varm using the architecture of St. John’s church as a unique canvas.
Following the unique ‘Song of the Tower Bells’ and accompanied by Christmas songs performed by the mixed choir of the Estonian public broadcaster ERR, Freedom Square will be submerged in a shimmering sea of candlelight. The Christmas candles in European Capital of Culture colours that will be handed out to the public will welcome the winter equinox and light up the darkest winter night. We would ask everyone to bring their own candles along with them as well so as to add to the glow of the sea of culture on the square.
The final act of the European Capital of Culture ’Happy End’ on 22 December will start already at noon, when a dozen museums open their doors free of charge. Kiek in de Kök, Photo Museum, City Museum, Peter I House Museum, E. Vilde Museum, A.H. Tammsaare Museum, Children’s Museum, Miia-Milla-Manda and Puppet Museum will be open from 12:00 to 18:00. The three latter ones offer workshops for making Christmas presents and decorations.
The young actors of Von Krahl Theatre will read the best stories submitted to the international online storytelling competition e-stories. Stories of dream beaches, vacations, exciting encounters and seaside living, as well as the unforgiving power of the sea, pirates, farewells, break-ups and death will be read in their original languages on 22 December in the Tallinn Art Hall gallery from 18:00-20:00.
The Design and Architecture Gallery (Pärnu mnt 6) will play host to a unique and playful art and design event – Gingerbread Mania: The Time Machine. Stanislav Moshkov’s photo exhibition ’Zero Boring Days’ will be open in the Experimental Gallery in Freedom Square tunnel and along the Culture Kilometre.
The night will end at 22:00-04:00 in Kultuurikatel and Energia Discovery Centre with the final party of Club 2011 series, where the different events of the year will come together as one.
The year of European Capital of Culture in Tallinn will come to the official end in the evening at one of the key venues of the year, Seaplane port. At the reception in the newly renovated hangars the title will be handed over to European Capitals of Culture 2012 Guimarães in Portugal and Maribor in Slovenia. The ceremony will be immersed in Mart Koldits' underwater and above-water world, entitled ‘Echo Stories’.