In December 2021 Estonian Literary Museum and The Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of Estonian Academy of Sciences will celebrate the 100. Birth year of Ilmar Laaban with a hybrid live-streamed conference at the Estonian Literary Museum.

Ilmar Laaban (11.12.1921, Tallinn – 29.11.2000, Stockholm) was Sweden based an Estonian poet, sound performer, translator and literary, art and music critic. His versatility as a creative individual and thinker can be traced back to his studies, where philology studies where combined with music studies and studies in philosophy. Laaban inscribed himself into Estonian literary history with his two poetry collections: “Ankruketi lõpp on laulu algus” (1946) and “Rroosi Selavist” (1957). Both poetry collections had as first surrealistic poetry books immense impact on Estonian cultural sphere within several decades. Ilmar Laaban’s extensive archive and library were handed over to the Estonian Literary Museum in 2001.

Please write to us about your topic, your wish to participate, and any questions at the latest by 15 April.


The conference is organized by the Estonian Cultural History Archives of Estonian Literary Museum and the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of Estonian Academy of Sciences. The conference is supported by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (the Centre for Excellence in Estonian Studies).