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.

Monday, 19 February:


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:


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.


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:


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.


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

Tblisi, Georgua: 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.


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


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.


Friday, 23 February

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

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

At 5 p.m., a monument by Margus and Mart Kadarik will be unveiled on Pärnu's Kuninga Street dedicated to the three 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 the Estonian Declaration of Independence in Pärnu on Feb. 23, 1918.

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

At 7 p.m., a reception will take place and a new piece will be premiered by Rasmus Puur and Doris Kareva at Pärnu Concert Hall.

At 8 p.m., a dinner-concert-party ''Disco Tallinn'' will take place at Vaba Lava in Tallinn. 

At 10 p.m., an indoor music festival ''Made in Estonia'' will take place at Kultuurikatel in Tallinn.

Estonia's centenary celebrations abroad:

From 16-25 February, Baltic States Festival will take place in the Konzerthaus Berlin.​ On 23 February: performances by Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Kristjan Järvi “Nordic Pulse!” in Berlin, Germany. 

Saturday, 24 February

At sunrise, Estonian flags will be raised. People are invited to take part in the flag raisings in Toompea, Tallinn; Hermanni fort, Narva and at the Tartu Observatory. 

At 11 a.m., a military parade takes place at Freedom square, Tallinn. 

At 1 p.m., a country-wide campaign called ''Estonian minute'' takes place. Everyone is invited to send their photos during a one minute and upload them.

At 1:30 p.m., an open-air festival takes place at the central square in Paide. Speeches and performances are held with hot tea and pastries for the spectators. At 2:10 p.m., the Delcaration of Independence will be read. 

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

At 6:30 p.m., President Kersti Kaljulaid's official Independence Day reception will take place at the Estonian National Museum (ERM) in Tartu. 

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 24 February: performances by Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Kristjan Järvi “Nordic Pulse!” and Raivo Tafenau Quintet in Berlin, Germany


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