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EstoCast – A Fresh Take on Estonian Culture

VEMU (Estonian Museum Canada), Estonian Music Week (a project of VEMU), and Eesti Elu (Estonian Life) newspaper have come together and taken a dive into the vast sea of podcasts, finding our own island – we call it EstoCast! Delve into the layered dimensions of Estonian culture with us as we explore what it’s like being an Estonian here in North America. The importance of Estonian art, music, books in our lives – and what this forward-thinking nation has to offer to us and the entire world. If you’ve ever wanted the latest in Estonian books, music, art, history, science, and other key news and cultural topics, but in a convenient on-the-go format, EstoCast is perfect. EstoCast is also ideal for those simply curious about any of the above topics and searching for something fresh, exciting, inspiring, and educational to listen to. EstoCast started as a simple idea in early 2022 to create a podcast where we could talk at length about this country that we call our home away from home—Estonia. According to the 2016 Canadian census, over 24 thousand people of Estonian origin live in Canada. Perhaps you’re one of them! Perhaps, you’ve visited Estonia once. Maybe you have a friend from there. Or maybe you’ve just heard about Estonia’s tech industry from the news and are wondering what the country is all about. No matter what your connection is, we’re glad to have you check us out and give us a listen. EstoCast alternates between English and Estonian every other episode so that there’s something for everyone; those wanting to learn or practice either language also have the perfect chance for that! EstoCast has eight episodes in both languages, spanning topics from literature to music and the latest cultural news and hottest happenings. Listeners from all over the world tune in to brush up on their Estonian and English, stay in touch with current goings on and culture in Estonia, delve deeper into their Estonian roots, or just learn more about the country itself! We’ve got the world catching our episodes from Australia and New Zealand to Canada and Greece. Various guests have already stopped by, including electro-folk band Etnosfäär, author and professor Dr. Tiina Kirss, and Ukrainian-Estonian band Svjata Vatra. In the future, we plan on extending our reach to topics like politics and stories of people in our diaspora Estonian communities in Canada and worldwide. Hosts Vincent Teetsov and Kati Kiilaspea, along with occasional guest hosts, will continue to take you through the exciting world of Estonian culture at large. We also have some tantalizing new guests coming up soon, so stay tuned; you won’t want to miss what’s in store in the future! You can find EstoCast here on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, as well as at our website: Happy listening!

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