The Festival Baltikum, dedicated to the centenaries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania respectively, kicked off last week in Germany at the prestigious Konzerthaus Berlin. Opening night featured the music of Arvo Pärt and Maarja Nuut. The festival will continue throughout this week and its highlight will be the presentation of Rudolf Tobias’ oratorio "Jonah’s Mission" with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, led by Neeme Järv. On the weekend, the Konzerthausorkester Berlin directed by Kristjan Järvi will perform two concerts. The Estonian National Opera Boys Choir and Raivo Tafenau Quintet will also perform concerts at the same venue on the weekend.
In Tbilisi, the Vox Clamantis vocal ensemble will perform, while in Tel Aviv this week, this year’s Mustonenfest is dedicated to Estonia’s centenary and features the girls' choir Ellerhein and chamber choir Voces Musicale. The E STuudio Youth Choir are performing in Sydney, the chamber choir Collegium Musicale in Beirut, and top instrumentalists Virgo Veldi (saxophone), Andreas Lend (cello) and Irina Zahharenkova (piano) in Helsinki.
In addition to music, the Estonian Contemporary (Performance) Art Festival "UUE", dedicated to the centenary, will be on at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. In Budapest, an exhibition of Estonian photographers will open entitled "Tell me. The Contemporary Portrait in Photography ".
"Even though the programme dedicated to Estonia's centenary abroad lasts for one and a half years, and events are held every week, it is still wonderful that the centenary week will be celebrated in such grand style. Those Estonians and friends of Estonia who cannot attend this festive weekend in Estonia, can nonetheless experience celebrating together, good music, art and company – whether it be in a large concert hall, cozy venue or with any other hospitable host," Jorma Sarv, Head of the International Programme of Estonia 100 said.
Estonian communities abroad will celebrate the centenary this week with dozens of events all over the world – in addition to European countries, events will take place in Canada, the United States, Singapore and Columbia.
The Estonia 100 international programme began last year, together with Estonia’s first ever half-year Presidency of the Council of the European Union, during which nearly 130 events took place. During the centenary year, more than 140 events are being held abroad and the programme is constantly growing. The Estonia 100 international programme will run until the end of 2018.