Estonia 100 Centenary Week

Estonia 100 centenary week brings Estonia's 100th anniversary celebrations across the country and beyond! Visit the programme of events which is being updated regularly.

This year's national cultural and research awards ceremony will take place in Haapsalu on 20 February, on 21 February state decorations will be presented in Narva, a celebratory church service will be held in Paide on February 24, the President's official reception will take place in Tartu at the Estonian National Museum and the the traditional raising of the flag at sunrise and Defence Forces parade will take place in the capital city of Tallinn. In addition, the Estonian Declaration of Independence, also known as the "Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia," will be read aloud in Pärnu on February 23 – exactly like 100 years ago.

The centenary of the Republic of Estonia will also be grandly celebrated abroad – during the anniversary week more than 30 events will take place around the globe, with local communities taking part in the celebrations.

The Estonia 100 centenary week programme is being updated regularly, please visit the daily programme subpages.

NB! You can find here information about traffic restrictions in Tallinn on 24 February (interactive map). 

Monday, 19 February:

IN TALLINN:

On 19 February at noon, the ceremony marking the opening of Estonia 100 centenary week will begin: people are invited to gather at Tartu maantee 1 in Tallinn, where 100 years the Estonian Salvation Committee (Päästekomitee) met for the first time and in the following days drafted the Estonian Declaration of Independence. Currently there is a Europark parking lot at Tartu mnt 1. The Estonian Academy of Arts building was still standing here a few years ago.

During the ceremony, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Chairman of the Estonian Nature Society Vootele Hansen will speak. Jaak Juske will give a brief history lesson and the Police and Border Guard Orchestra will play the anthem. From there, a march accompanied by the orchestra will take place to the Eesti Pank building at Estonia puiestee 13.

At 1 p.m., a special edition jubilee 2 € coin will be unveiled at the Eesti Pank. President Kersti Kaljuaid will speak and there will be a theatrical performance by Loone Ots. Tea will be served to guests. As many centenary coins have be minted as there are residents in Estonia — i.e. just over 1.3 million. It is possible to purchase the centenary coins at Eesti Pank until 5 p.m.

At 2 p.m., the first book from the Estonia 100 book series ''Eesti riigi 100 aastat'' or ''100 Years of the Republic of Estonia'' will be presented at the Apollo book store in the Solaris Centre in Tallinn.  The book's authors are Mart Laar and Toomas Hiio. President Kersti Kaljurand will speak.

Tuesday, 20 February:

IN HAAPSALU:

On February 20 at noon, an outdoor ceremony will be held at Haapsalu Castle Square, where a flag square will be opened. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will make a speech, among others. Historian Heiki Magnus, Council chairman Jaanus Karilaid and provost Leevi Reinaru will also speak. Spectators will be offered kringel and hot tea.

At 2 p.m., Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will present recipients with this year's National Cultural and Research Awards in a ceremony at Haapsalu's Läänemaa Gymnasium.

At 3 p.m., a presentation of the collection "Sinimustvalged lood" (Blue, Black and White Stories) will take place at the Läänemaa Central Library. An exhibition of the Defence League's Lääne malev's keepsakes will also me opened.

At 4:30 p.m., a reception hosted by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas for representatives of the state and city and all laureates of the cultural and scientific prize will take at the Haapsalu Cultural Centre.


ABROAD:

From 16-25 February, the Baltic States Festival "Festival Baltikum" will take place at the Konzerthaus Berlin.​ On February 20: ERSO, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi along with Annely Peebo, Ain Anger and others in “Jonah's Mission” (Des Jona Sendung) by Rudolf Tobias in Berlin.

Wednesday, 21 February:

IN NARVA:

On 21 February at noon, President Kaljulaid will bestow state decorations to this year's recipients at the University of Tartu Narva College.

At 1:30 p.m., Estonia 100 gold and silver coins minted by Eesti Pank will be unveiled in the basement of Narva's historic Stock Market Building. Coins will be available for sale starting at 3:30 p.m. .

At 3 p.m., an outdoor ceremony will be held at Narva's Town Hall Square. President Kersti Kaljulaid will speak.

At 4:30 p.m., a youth concert at the Astri Centre in Narva will take place.

At 6:00 p.m., there will be concert at the Geneva Concert Hall followed by the major of Narva's reception. The Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski will speak at the event.


ABROAD:

Beirut, Lebanon: Lebanon's Estonia 100 celebrations, concert by Collegium Musicale

Tblisi, Georgia: Concert by Vox Clamantis

Helsinki, Finland: 21.02.2018 to 25.02.2018 the Estonian Contemporary (Performance) Art Festival, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will take place at the Kiasma Theatre in Helsinki.

ACROSS ESTONIA:

Statues of notable figures in cities across Estonia will don blue, black, and white scarves and hats for the country's centenary.

Thursday 22 February

IN TALLINN:

At 10:00 a.m., a state commemoration will take place on the graves on state elders at the Metsakalmistu (Forest Cemetery).

At 5:30 p.m., Jaak Juske's public lecture "The Birth of the Republic of Estonia" will begin in the Gustav Adolf Gymnasium's physical education building.

At 6:00 p.m., the concert-musical "Märka inimeses imet" (Notice the Miracle in People) will begin at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn.

 

IN VILJANDI COUNTY:

At 10 a.m., Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will raise the first flag atop the former dairy smokestack a.k.a. "Mulgi Lighthouse" in Mustla, which has been renovated as an official flagpole. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Chairman of Viljandi's Municipality Council and the Governor of the Municipality will speak.

At 11 a.m., the Government of the Republic's visiting session will be hosted by the Viljandi Gymnasium.

At 12 noon, a government press conference will begin.

At 1 p.m., the Estonia 100 centenary stamp, printed on the thin silver foil, will be presented at the Viljandi Gymnasium. The stamp's nominal value is 10 euros.

At 5 p.m. in Mustla, the opening ceremony of the "Mulgi Lighthouse" and a procession to the Mustla War of Independence memorial will take place.

At 6 p.m., Viljandi municipality's official public ceremony will begin in the Mustla Cultural Centre.

 

IN TARTU:

At 4 p.m., an official flag raising ceremony will take place at the top of the Tartu Water Tower. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will greet the public and the mayor will speak.

At 6 p.m., Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will make the traditional pre-Independence Day speech at the Tartu Vanemuine Theatre.

You can find additional events in the calendar on the ev100.ee homepage.


ABROAD:

Helsinki, Finland: From 21-25 February the Estonian Contemporary (Performing Arts) Festival dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence will take place at the Kiasma Theatre in Helsinki.

Helsinki, Finland: Concert dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence at Alexander Theater, various choirs will be performing, led by Rasmus Puur.

Brussels, Belgium: Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence in the Embassy of Estonia in Brussels.

Berlin, Germany: the Festival Baltikum, featuring the Konzerthaus Orchestra along with Estonian musicians, under the direction of Kristjan Järvi.

Friday 23 February

IN PÄRNU

At 10 a.m., a wreath will be placed at the birthplace of President Konstantin Päts in Tahkuranna, Pärnu County.

At 11:30 a.m., a moment of rememberance will be held at the former home of the Päts family.

At 12 noon, Ago Pajur and Toomas Karjahärm's monograph on the subject of Konstantin Päts will be presented at the old Raeküla schoolhouse in Pärnu.

At 1:30 p.m., the cornerstone of the Baltic Sea Art Port will be placed at the Pärnu River.

At 3:30 p.m., a ceremony and placement of wreaths will take place at the War of Independence Memorial at Alevi Cemetery. A procession to Kuninga Street will follow.

At 5 p.m., the Salvation Committee monument by sculptors Margus and Mart Kadarik will be unveiled in front of the Pärnu Kuninga Street Elementary School. It depicts members of the Estonian Salvation Committee Konstantin Päts, Jüri Vilms and Konstantin Konik, as well as Hugo Kuusner. Kuusner was the first person to read aloud the Estonian Declaration of Independence, in Pärnu on 23 February 1918.

At 6 p.m., the Estonian Declaration of Independence will be read at Rüütli Square in Pärnu and a public party will be begin.

At 7 p.m., the Pärnu municipal reception will take place at the Pärnu Concert Hall, where a new work by Rasmus Puur and Doris Kareva will be premiered. The event is by invitation only.

At 9 p.m., there will be a fireworks display.

You can find additional events in the calendar on the ev100.ee homepage.

 


ABROAD:

Helsinki, Finland: From 21-25 February an Estonian Contemporary (Performing Arts) Festival dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence will take place at the Kiasma Theatre in Helsinki.

Helsinki, Finland: Estonia 100 film night of the Society of Friends of the Estonia Institute

Barranquilla, Columbia: Celebration of the Estonian centenary in Columbia.

Hamilton, Canada: Hamilton Estonian Society centenary ball

New York, USA: New York chamber music festival in honour of Estonia 100; performers Sten Heinoja and Theodor Sink

Berlin, Germany: the Festival Baltikum, featuring the Konzerthaus Orchestra along with Estonian musicians, under the direction of Kristjan Järvi.

Saturday 24 February

ACROSS ESTONIA:

At 1 p.m., a nation-wide campaign ''Estonian Minute'' will take place, where everyone is awaited to send their pictures.

At 8:18 p.m., a nation-wide campaign ''20:18 KALLI (Hug)'' will take place. Everyone is invited to hug a person next to them and wish a happy centenary celebration. 

 

IN TALLINN: NB! You can find here information about traffic restrictions in Tallinn on 24 February (interactive map). 

On 24 February at sunrise (7:33 a.m.), Estonian flags will be raised. The most festive official ceremony will take place at Toompea Castle in Tallinn.

On the morning of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, everyone is invited to the Governor's Garden (Kuberneri aed) alongside Toompea Castle to attend the ceremonial flag raising ceremony of the national flag. The flag will be raised at 7:33 a.m. accompanied by the singing of the anthem. Chairman of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor and student Mathias Kübar, in his final year at Tallinna Reaalkool (Tallinn Secondary School of Science), will speak. Archbishop Urmas Viilma, Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELC), will offer his blessings. The Declaration of Independence, the "Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia", will be read aloud by 4th year student at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Priit Põldma, winner of the Voldemar Panso Prize. There will be performances by the Estonian Men's Singing Society and the Police and Border Guard Orchestra. After the ceremony, with the help of folk musicians and dancers, everyone will be able to recall or learn familiar folk dances.

At sunrise, there will also be official flag raising ceremonies at the Narva Hermann Castle, in Pärnu at Rüütli Square, and at the University of Tartu's Old Observatory (Tähetorn) on Toomemägi Hill.

At 9 a.m., flowers will be placed by the War of Independence Memorial on Freedom Square. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will speak.

At 11 a.m., the Defence Forces parade will begin on Freedom Square in Tallinn. Beginning at 12 noon, a selection of military vehicles will be on display on Freedom Square.

IN PAIDE:

At 1:30 p.m., tea and kringel will be on offer to everyone at the central square in Paide.

At 1:45 p.m., an open-air ceremony will begin. Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, Mayor Priit Värk and historian Ründo Mülts will speak. At 2:10 p.m., the Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia will be read aloud, followed by the national anthem.

At 2:30 p.m., the official Independence Day church service will be held at Paide church.

On 24 February, the exhibition "The Arrival of the Republic of Estonia to Paide" will be open in the Paide Town Hall.  On display will be the original copy of the Declaration of Independence ("Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia"), printed in Paide 100 years ago.

IN TARTU:

At 9:15 a.m., the lining up of members of the Defence League will begin at the statue of Kalevipoeg.

At 10 a.m., the traditional ceremony honouring the flag will commence by the University of Tartu's Old Observatory. Tiit Pruuli, Ants Tooming, Mika Keränen and Kaur Teder, vice-president of the Estonian Students' Society will speak.

At 11:15 a.m., a church service will begin at Jaani (St. John's) Church.

At 6:30 p.m., the official Independence Day reception and concert hosted by President Kersti Kaljulaid and her husband will take place at the Estonian National Museum (ERM). The event is by invitation only.

IN TÕRVA:

At 3 p.m., the opening of the central square in Tõrva, which was renovated for Estonia's centenary, will take place. Minister of Culture Indrek Saar and representatives of the Tõrva Municipal Government, the Estonian Architects' Union and Estonia 100 will speak.


ABROAD:

Helsinki, Finland: From 21-25 February an Estonian Contemporary (Performing Arts) Festival dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence will take place at the Kiasma Theatre in Helsinki.

Berlin, Germany: From 16-25 February, Baltic States Festival will take place at the Konzerthaus Berlin.​ On 24 February, there will be performances by the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, led by Kristjan Järvi (“Nordic Pulse!”) and the Raivo Tafenau Quintet.

Sydney, Australia: concert by the E STuudio Youth Choir

 

Sunday, 25 February 

At 10 a.m., a ceremony takes place at Tallinn Secondary School of Science to commemorate the first meeting of a Temporary Government of the Republic of Estonia on February 25 1918. 

At 11:30 a.m., the Delcaration of Independence is being read in front of the school building.


Estonia's centenary celebrations abroad: 

E STuudio Youth Choir concert in Sydney, Australia

From 16-25 February, Baltic States Festival will take place in the Konzerthaus Berlin.​ On 25 February: performance by Estonian National Opera Boys' Choir in Berlin, Germany

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