Baltic Way 30

The Baltic way was a unique peaceful demonstration which, on 23 August 1989, recalled the 50th anniversary of the non-aggression agreement concluded between the Soviet Union and Germany (also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact) and its secret protocol. More than a million people stood hand-in-hand in the more than 600-kilometre-long human chain that permeated the three Baltic states and symbolised Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania's aspirations for freedom and ending the Soviet occupation. 

Activities of 23 August





  • 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".

  • Concert dedicated to the regaining of Estonian independence, commemoration of the Baltic Way 30. Discussion by Tõnis Kipper, music by Andre Maaker. Kuressaare Cultural Center August 20, 4p.m. 
  • Exhibition “Lapland Baltic Way” – patchwork exhibition of the Põlva handicraft club at the Riga Culture Centre ILGUCIEMS, 13 August – 7 September (27 Lidoņu Street)
  •  A concert dedicated to the Baltic Way with musicians from Rapla on stage in the courtyard of the Rapla Cultural Centre, 16 August.
  • Joint drive of old tech enthusiasts along the historic Baltic Way route (Vilnius-Riga-Tallinn) (Estonian Association of Old Tech Clubs), 18–20 August
  • The BalticWay30 Youth Initiative, a joint Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian sailing regatta that visits different Latvian and Lithuanian ports and lessons are taught about democracy, independence, and teamwork through international sailing teams, 21–29 August
  • Artis Cinema: Baltic Film Days dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, presenting the best of Latvian and Lithuanian filmmaking in recent years and offering the opportunity to meet filmmakers. Films with Estonian and English subtitles and screenings are free for everyone, 21–22 August:

August 21, 5.15 p.m. The highly acclaimed Latvian-Lithuanian-Estonian documentary on the new Baltic wave, Bridges of Time, dir. Audrius Stonys, Kristīne Briede / 2018 /; 7 p.m. The Tallinn premiere of My Father the Spy, dir. Jaak Kilmi, Gints Grūbe / 2019 /; 9 p.m. Homo Novus, dir. Anna Viduleja / 2018 /;

August 22, 5.15 p.m. Wonderful Losers: A Different World, dir. Arūnas Matelis / 2017; 7 p.m. Survivors of Summer, dir. Marija Kavtaradze / 2018 /

  • Film Night Series at the Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom (Toompea 8, Tallinn), 10 October at 7 p.m. + every Thursday until the end of November

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