Tallinn Medieval Festival 9-12.07

The 10th Medieval Festival in the Old Town of Tallinn will take place from 9-12 July 2009.

Here in Tallinn, where so much history has left a rich legacy of medieval street system and the whole central district, we are pleased to present you a real Medieval Market, complete with Medieval Traders, Craftsmen, Musicians and Actors.

This is a big celebration for all the people and visitors in Tallinn, desirably dressed in medieval clothes and surely taking part of living history attractions and the abundant market in the Town Hall Square.

9 – 12 July

Dancing, singing, games and other pleasures of life every day from noon to 6 pm in the Town Hall Square.
Troubadours, jesters, fire-eaters, heralds and contortionists far and wide on stage!
Best handicraft is sold at Craftsmen`s Market in the Town Hall Square, open every day from 10 am to 6 pm.

Thursday, 9th of July
11:40 Opening Procession from Viru Gates

In the Town Hall Square
12:00 Opening ceremony
13:00 Choir of Bagpipes
14:00 Folk from the restaurant Olde Hansa
15:00 Choir “Canorus”
16:00 Magical Mystical Theatre
17:00 Medieval dances by Leigarid

In the Town Hall a medieval carnival commences at 7 pm!
Main performer early music ensemble TORMIS from France!

Friday, 10th of July
In Town Hall Square

12:00 Folk from the restaurant Olde Hansa
12.30 Chamber of the Limping Wolf
13:00 Medieval dances by Ballare
14:00 Musica Ficta
15:00 Magical Mystical Theatre
16:00 Medieval dances by Leigarid
17:00 Vexilla Regis
17:30 Medieval dances by Ballare

On Niguliste Hill
13:00 Archery Tournament commencing in the Town Hall Square

Workshops in the Town Museum of Tallinn (Vene Str 17):
12:00 Excursion to a Medieval Dwelling House guided by Hando Pajus
13:00 Excursion into a cellar of medieval dwelling house guided by Ene Heimvell
Participation with a museum ticket.

12:00 Orientation game: the Middle Ages in Tallinn
Searching the places in the Old Town related to the Middle Ages (for children aged from 10 to 15)

In an Apothecary of the Town Hall, Town Hall Square 11
1 – 4 pm Bustling apothecary apprentices
14:00 Kristiina Hiiesalu speaks about the treatment in the Middle Ages

22:00 A play „Under the Eye of Old Thomas” by Heritage Theatre Loomine. Tales and legends of the old Tallinn. Tickets available in Piltilevi and in the Danish King`s Garden before the beginning.

Saturday, 11th of July
In the Town Hall Square

12:00 Saltatores Revalienses and early music ensemble “Rondellus”
13:00 Licentia Poetica
14:00 Medieval dances by Leigarid
15:00 Musica Ficta
16:00 Zahira

Marzipan Market in front of a coffeehouse Maiasmokk in Pikk Street from 11 am to 5 pm. Marzipan workshops (modelling and colouring).
11:00 – trading and making commences.
At 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 – announcement of the best master of making marzipan figurines. Awards!
16:00 Old music concert

In the Town Hall Apothecary, Town Hall Square 11
1 – 4 pm – Bustling apothecary apprentices

22:00 A play „Under the Eye of Old Toomas” by Heritage Theatre Loomine. Tales and legends of the old Tallinn. Tickets available in Piltilevi and in the Danish King`s Garden before the beginning.

In the Church of Holy Spirit Dolores Hoffmann gives lectures on medieval stained glass (in Estonian and in Russian)

Sunday, 12th of July
A Day of Strolls

In the Town Hall Square
12:00 Musica Ficta
13:00 Licentia Poetica
14:00 Medieval dances by Leigarid
15:00 Street Theatre „A Tale of a Lazy King and Smart Spider”
16:00 Magical Mystical Theatre

Strolls with a guide start at 1 pm in Estonian, at 2 pm in Russian and at 3 pm in English.

22.00 A play „Under the Eye of Old Toomas” by Heritage Theatre Loomine. Tales and legends of old Tallinn. Tickets available in Piltilevi and in the Danish King`s Garden before the beginning.

The Town Hall is opened from cellar to attic Mon -Sat 10-16.

At the Towers Square a Festival of Flowers take place from dusk till dawn: medieval herb gardens.

Workshops in the Town Hall and on Niguliste Hill:

Weaving a cloth with handlooms of upright position
Spinning with spindle
Glass painting
Making of paper
Games with pearls
Making of toys
Making of leather purses
Block printing
Making of clay pots
Making of copper items
Medieval hairdresser, etc

Competition and skill games – first steps of how to handle sword, kübi – a medieval sharpthrow game from Svea, medieval football, trials of strength etc.

Access to the town wall towers from Kuldjala Tower (from the yard of Kodulinna Maja – Gümnaasiumi 3).

Source: http://www.folkart.ee/eng/e_keskajaturg.php

Estonia in TOP 5 for undeclared work

Estonia among the first five for undeclared workforce, it appears from data released by Eurofound, E24.ee reports. 11 pct of Estonian residents said that they’ve done undeclared work in the past year. Estonia is fourth with that result – Denmark (18 pct), Latvia (15 pct) and Netherlands (13 pct) are first three and fifth is Sweden (10 pct).

Some five percent of workers in the 27 EU Member States and Norway carry out undeclared work, seriously affecting public finances by tax and social contributions, according to a new report from Eurofound, the Dublin-based EU Agency.

Across the EU, a majority (55%) of all undeclared work is conducted for friends, family and neighbours, the report found. A further 20% is conducted on a self-employed basis for other private persons or households, while just 20% related to undeclared waged employment. The remaining 5% is unrecorded or not known.

There are, however, big differences between countries. On the one hand, in some countries, the participation rate is much higher, including Denmark (18%), Latvia (15%), the Netherlands (13%), Estonia (11%) and Sweden (10%). In the other countries, levels are low, for example in Germany (3%), Ireland (4%) and in Romania (4%). While undeclared workers participated in this form of work for an average of almost 200 hours during the past 12 months across the EU as whole, undeclared workers in southern Europe appear to have worked an average of 350 hours in this sphere compared with 330 hours among central eastern Europeans, 110 hours among those in Continental Europe and 60 hours in the Nordic countries.

Read more: BBN and Eurofound

Administrative prices not flexible enough

According to Statistics Estonia, the cost of the Estonian CPI basket remained unchanged in June. The price level was 0.9 per cent lower compared to June 2008. Euro area inflation was at a historical low, being 0.1 per cent down from a year ago.

The export outlook of Estonian enterprises is still bleak and the decline in household incomes also inhibits growth in the domestic market. Consequently, the prices of several goods decreased further in June. In addition, a seasonal drop in food and clothing prices could be noted. However, the rise in motor fuel prices increased the general price level by around 0.4 per cent.

The prices of various services went up in June, partly owing to the price hike of notary fees. Offsetting the decrease in incomes (which has resulted from the current market low) by a rise in prices is exceptional and possible only in these segments of the economy where market forces are weak. This applies to most of the public utility services, public transport and the energy market, where prices have not yet come down from the peak. Administrative price-setting must be flexible and take into account the general economic situation, the level of expenditure and the principle of efficiency. Therefore, the rise in VAT should not be fully passed through to the consumer.

The fees of banking services have gone up approximately 10 per cent over the past three months. Although this does not make a substantial contribution to the general price rise, it indicates that banks are offsetting the decrease in incomes from other sources.

In June, the Government decided to implement a number of tax changes, which may affect inflation both this year and the next. However, these changes will not jeopardise the coming period of low price pressures.

Based on preliminary estimates, the average annual inflation rate will be 0.5 per cent; that is 1 percentage point higher than expected in the spring forecast of Eesti Pank. The next inflation forecast of Eesti Pank will be published in October.

Source: Martin Lindpere, economist of Eesti Pank