Baltic Way 30


Activities of 23 August


  • 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Baltic Way 30 History Day at the Museum of the Popular Front: discussions, Latvian and Lithuanian folk music concerts, announcement of the winners of the poetry contest “The Spell of Freedom” on Freedom Square, Tallinn (Museum of the Popular Front and the City of Tallinn)
  • 4 p.m. Commemoration ceremony at the Maarjamäe Memorial for the Victims of Communism, 80 years from entry into the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (Ministry of Justice and Estonian Institute of Historical Memory)
  • 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Concert at the Lilli-Unguriņi border crossing point, Estonian-Latvian border (Mulgi rural municipality government and Karksi-Nuia Cultural Centre)
  • 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Opening party of the exhibition “Baltic Way 30: One History, Two Million Stories” (Vabamu) dedicated to the Baltic Way 30 / MRP 80 at Telliskivi Creative City (Vabamu), building 60a/5 and the entrance is next to the Lift99 
  • 9 p.m. movie night: Truth and Justice at the Rapla Tammemäe Song Festival Ground, in cooperation with the Rapla rural municipality government and Kinobuss MTÜ


  • Meetings of the Baltic Assembly and the Baltic Council of Ministers in Riga on 23 August
  • Baltic Way 30 events in Latvia: 


  • Baltic Way 30 events in Lithuania:


  • Seminar (dedicated to the events of the Baltic Way in 1989/ and Molotov Ribbentrop Pact) in Tokyo, organized by the Embassies of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. (From 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM Europa House, Auditorium 4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0047)

NB! The programme of events may be continuously specified and updated.

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enlightenedDid you know?

- The first two Baltic Way memorials were erected in Estonia already on the day of the Baltic Way.
- Shortly before and after the Baltic Way, the full-length documentary Hitler & Stalin 1939 was screened in Estonian cinemas and other institutions, comparing the two bloodiest dictators in Europe. The film is based on archival material and carries a    strong political message. It gives a historical overview of the division of Europe between two totalitarian regimes, the Soviet Union and Germany, the annexation of countries, and the Second World War.
- The length of the Baltic Way in Estonia was 211.5 km.
- The next major demonstration in Estonia took place on 11 September 1989, when The Song of Estonia was held at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, with more than 100,000 people attending.
- The oldest participant in the Baltic Way in Estonia was August Trupp, aged 102.
- The events of the Singing Revolution in Estonia began with the phosphorite campaign that began in the winter of 1987.
- The first spontaneous political demonstration in Estonia took place in Hirvepark, on 23 August 1987, the purpose of which was to demand the public disclosure of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols and to eliminate the consequences of the Pact.
- In Estonia, a 3-hour live broadcast on the radio station Vikerraadio played a big role in keeping up the mood of the people in the Baltic Way.

The facts are based on K. Arjakas’ book "Kui väikesed olid suured".

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