The Estonia 100 international programme organised over 500 events in two yearsPublished: 19.12.2018

The Estonia 100 international programme has just ended with a final seminar at the Film Museum, where four different discussions were held to conclude the two years of activities. The international programme of the Estonian Anniversary started with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of EU, travelled in 35 countries and consisted of more than 500 events.

The aim of the seminar ‘Visible and Invisible Estonia’ was to look back at what was achieved together with the organisers and partners of the international programme, and to think about how to proceed. The complete list of events and the team's recommendations and courses organised as part of the international programme can be found here. In two years, more than 500 events took place in 35 different countries.

Participants of the discussions jointly pointed out that Estonia would need a unified coordination model that would bring together the parties across different sectors involved in internationalisation. Participants found that the central organisation would give today's activities a strategic dimension, which worked very well within the framework of the Estonia 100 international programme. In addition, the Estonia 100 symbol was seen as a good opportunity to take part in different big festivals as a focus country. At the same time, it was noted that everything starts with content and the best calling card for Estonia are the professional creators of culture through whom to tell the story of Estonia.

‘On behalf of the Government Office and the Estonia 100 organisation team, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the implementation of the international programme. We hope that this experience will be useful in the future, in different fields as well as in organising public sector support,’ said Jorma Sarv, head of the Estonia 100 international programme. According to him, it was important that the initiatives implemented had an impact even after the anniversary season, which is why news about the next ambitious international ideas are expected in the near future.

Estonia 100 international programme

  • preparatory activities begun at the Government Office in November 2013;
  • the inter-ministerial workgroup that played an important role in the preparation of the programme started its activity a few months later;
  • the official events period of the international programme started on 1 July 2017 with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of EU;
  • the period will end at the end of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia on 31 December, incl.;
  • the official programme included activities in 35 countries and a total of over 500 events.
  • The last event of the Estonia 100 international programme is the concert of the early music ensemble Hortus Musicus in Rome, which will take place on 29 December.

The 100th anniversary festivities of the Republic of Estonia will continue until 2 February 2020, when 100 years will have passed since the Tartu Peace Treaty. In 2019, the events will be focusing on the 100th anniversary of the Estonian War of Independence. 

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