President Kersti Kaljulaid was on hand to greet the Children’s Republic at the launch party today in Kadriorg Park in Tallinn. The master of ceremonies for today’s event, 8 year-old Otto Samuel Kahar, gave the President a Children’s Republic passport which invites children to museums and adventure centres throughout Estonia.
Triin Soone, Director of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and initiator of the Children’s Republic said that they wanted to provide children with a fun and memorable cultural experience in anticipation of Estonia’s centenary. “In the Children’s Republic, children can discover Estonia in a completely new way through play and participation, as we’ve intertwined theatre, literature, music, art, games, nature and science in the programme. Wherever the Children’s Republic stops, it will reflect the children of the local community.”, Soone added.
The Children’s Republic will put on a show “The Best Gift!” in which 100 year-old twin sisters Hulda and Gulda get ready for Estonia 100th birthday. In the play area, children will learn about Estonia from a number of different angles, and they can do handicrafts and solve puzzles. Local children and youth will also take the stage.
The Children’s Republic has been brought to life by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre in cooperation with the Estonia 100 organising committee in Government Office to bring Estonia’s birthday party to as many children in Estonia as possible. “Children and youth are the priority of the Estonia 100 programme, as we think of them when we build our country on a daily basis. Children will be able to celebrate Estonia’s centenary in their own way and close to home. The greatest value of the Children’s Republic is that it will also stop in smaller communities along the way,” said Jaanus Rohumaa, Head of the Estonia 100 organising committee.
The Children’s Republic will make its way through Estonia packed in a specially equipped trailer designed by Silwi Autoehitus, a subsidiary of Silberauto. “The biggest challenge was to fit the stage into the trailer so that the construction would be strong enough and moving on the stage would be safe. We’re satisfied with the result and can send this unique mobile stage off to entertain the children of Estonia with our warmest greetings,” said Tõnis Raamets, one of the directors of Silwi Autoehitus.
The Children’s Republic will tour Estonia from 25 May to 8 September, making 3-5 stops in each county in Estonia. The tour schedule is available here: ev100.ee/lastevabariik
2017 is the Children and Youth Year of Culture which values children and youth both as creators and as an audience. The theme year has been organised on the initiative of the Estonian Ministry of Culture and is coordinated by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre.
For more information:
Children and Youth Year of Culture Communications Manager
Tel: +372 53449978