Sunday, February 15, 2009
Our apartment transformed
A small non-profit social space opened in our old apartment on Süda on Feb. 14. It was a bit of a strange place to live full-time, but it has been transformed into a hub of activity and it doesn't seem overcrowded even with 10 people in there.
We attended the grand opening yesterday. A violinist played reels. (I tried to accompany her on rhythm guitar.) There was a rowing machine race, various arts and crafts.
As of now, it's far from established, but I am pleased -- this was the best solution as far as finding a tenant.
The idea is that if you are in Tallinn with your kids, you can drop by and give them something to do, perhaps have a cup of coffee while getting some work done on your laptop or even run an errand in the neighbourhood.
It all works on the "suggested donation" principle. They have licensed staff and are legit, but the organizers, MTÜ Pererahvas, are taking pains to keep it distinct from a paid commercial service (such as Ema Lapse Keskus) for the time being, because it is in the centre -- they don't want total strangers loitering, and mainly they don't want people to expect that if they pay x kroons they will get x amount of service. It's not a daycare centre, but a social space.
Posted by Kristopher at 5:16 AM