How to sauna the Estonian way - 18 May 2019 - Latitude59 special

Sat 18. May 2019 at 14:00 - 17:00

Heldeke! · Tööstuse 13, Tallinn, Estonia

The sauna is the earliest example of Estonian innovation and has been continuously evolving here over thousands of years.

This event is an exploration of Estonian sauna culture offered in partnership with Latitude59, Estonia's flagship technology conference. We'll look at how the sauna has developed here through the ages - from the earliest smoke saunas dug into the ground (which were perhaps the 'minimum viable product') to the latest app-controlled and WiFi-connected saunas that are now made in Estonia. Along the way, we'll also look at old beliefs, new science, different designs, and interesting traditions.

You'll also have the opportunity to try Estonian food and drink and - of course - enjoy a sauna!

The event is hosted by Anni and Adam - two Estonians who have travelled around Estonia and beyond together to find weird and wonderful saunas - while writing a book about Estonian sauna culture. Along the way, they've also been putting e-Estonia to the ultimate test by attempting to complete tasks online while having a sauna. As a result, they are now the first people to both start a company while having a sauna and vote in national elections while having a sauna! Anni and Adam have their own smoke sauna in Tallinn and have been featured in a variety of international news coverage introducing Estonian sauna culture - from Japan's evening news to EasyJet's in-flight magazine. You can read their Estonian sauna blog here:

This event is aimed at visitors to Estonia who may have never tried an Estonian sauna before, but everyone is welcome and we do find that Estonians also learn some surprising facts and make a great contribution to the discussion. Feel free to come on your own too as the sauna is the best place in Estonia to get to know people.

The event takes place on Saturday (the traditional day of sauna in Estonia) at Heldeke! - a new underground theatre and bar that is also home to Tallinn's coolest sauna (although not literally). It's located in the vibrant community of Kalamaja, a short stroll from the Old Town and Kultuurikatel. The venue itself has its own colourful and controversial place in sauna history, which will be discussed. The sauna has 'home rules', which means swimming clothes are optional and women are welcome to go in separately when they wish. The bar is well stocked with interesting Estonian drinks you are welcome to purchase, including a wide selection of alcohol-free options, while food is already included in the ticket.

More information:
What's included: Discussion, sauna, light meal.
What to bring: Swim suit (optional), a towel (or just message us in advance if you need to borrow one)
What else: We'll make sure you drink lots of water, but there's also a cash bar for drinks.

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Anni and Adam

Phone: 56998730



Heldeke! · Tööstuse 13, Tallinn, Estonia

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