TALLINN, Patarei merekindlus / 11-12 Juuli

Interdistsiplinaarne KUNSTI- ja MUUSIKAfestival




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Paterei's Cultural Dust is an interdisciplinary art and music festival, which undertakes to map the surrounding cultural landscape, bring together people, exchange ideas and experience, synthesize various forms of selfexpression, widen the limits of consciousness and the experience of reality. During the festival the territory of the sea fortress-prison is turned into a magical happening park. It becomes an environment where different sectors and activities form an integrated system. The area is transformed into a fictive urban space with two days of numerous concerts, performances, shindigs, interactive workshops, a wide range of different art activities, installations, a market and a cinema.'


Paterei’s Cultural Dust strives to take art closer to the people. Art is often seen as something elitist and understood only by those of a limited group of people. As opposed to considering art as something inconceivable and remote, here it is experienced as a phenomenon that is comlpetely ordinary and human. Art is nothing more than a game. It simply needs to be brought out of the closed spaces of galleries, the minds and the studios of artists to the people. According to John Cage, art needs to combine intention and chance as well as achieve the spontaneous participation of the audience. The main purpose of art is to offer an extraordinary experience, to take perception and consciousness out of focus. The audience needs to be emotionally engaged, people need to be urged to ask questions, to intervene and think. This is how the audience becomes an active party in the creation of a work of art and its meaning. An active inclusion of the audience as well as integration of different disciplines widens the concept and social network of art. Art wins through synergy and as a result of enrichment through the art the artist realizes that more people is better than less.



Patarei's Cultural Dust values standpoints that could be characterised by keywords like indie, awareness, d.i.y, new age, anarchy in the widest sense, contemporary art etc. The time and space of the festival represent a physical meeting place for ideas and people who dare to think for themselves and spread the idea that redemption doesn't come from somewhere beyond. No institution nor any other external force can be an escape from the existing bourgeois recession. An individual can only help himself. The message is: do not act upon the convictions of your parents, media, religion, politicians, banks, real estate agents, economic prognosis – none of those motivated know-it-alls. Use your head. Believe only yourself and people close to you. The good people. Great things can be done together. Dream and believe and your dreams come true. You are the third pillar and That's the whole secret.




As it is a city festival, one of the aims is to draw attention to the local characteristics. It is an extremely fascinating and inspiring area right by the sea and close to the Old Town. Yet the area is desolate and underused. The organisers of the festival hope to bring here more life and introduce this unique area on a broader scale, in the hope of it developing into a truly attractive place constantly filled with excellent ideas.




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"Entertainment separates, boredom brings together!"


There is so much entertainment around us. Why is it so?  Are we really that bored?  Why? What is that we call boredom? How can we overcome boredom? Is boredom perhaps the natural state of human? Boredom is also a state of mind that prevails to all creative action. That is known as creative aspect of boredom, which is not as much characterized by its content as its result: that one is forced to do something new. On the contrary, entertainment makes us lazy and apathetic. Apathy separates us from each other and leaves us cold. Hence, enjoy your boredom and be creative!  






Neighbours and schmusic: "My neighbours listen to really good music and I do not care whether they like it or not!"








"Quo vadis,  Eastern European?"


In 2011 the central theme was based around Eastern Europe’s myths and identities. Through a range of approaches we wanted to explore which are the most commonly known myths examining Eastern Europe and how much of their content is actually true. How does Estonia’s communist heritage inform our identity and in what ways is it currently being expressedwithin our society. Who is an East European? What does he eat? Howdoes he think? Could Tallinn ever be the capital of Eastern Europe?



Document: "Quo vadis,  Eastern European?"