Estonian Poetry Pampered at First Poetry FestivalPublished: 14.08.2018

The Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week kicks off in Rakvere on 17 August with Estonia’s first ever poetry festival. Poems dating back to four different periods will be performed by 36 well-known poets, cultural figures and actors including Leelo Tungal, Doris Kareva and Indrek Hirv.

“The Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week will be formally launched with our first ever poetry festival,” said Estonia 100 Major Events Head Margus Kasterpalu of the State Chancellery. “On a mellow August evening you can listen and contemplate as you lend your ear to the presentation of almost a hundred key pieces from Estonia’s annals of poetry. Personally, I’m a bit nervous because the director decided to invite myself and the rest of the Estonia 100 steering group to perform as well, but we’ll do our best,” added Kasterpalu.


The idea of an Estonian poetry festival was conceived by director Üllar Saaremäe who believes that the core texts of Estonian poetry are in good hands. The festival will see an intensely varied group of individuals present an array of poetry. Nostalgic undertones are guaranteed by Leelo Tungal, Doris Kareva will tug at your soul and raw notes will be supplied by Hannes Kaljujärv and Aapo Ilves,” Saaremäe added.


Estonia’s first poetry festival begins at 9 p.m. on 17 August in Rakvere Castle. For more information visit . The festival will be followed by a concert “Punk Song Festival – 10 years” marking the 10th anniversary of the punk festival.


The Poetry Festival program touches on four periods of Estonia’s history. Pille-Riin Purje has selected poems from Estonia’s first period of independence; Toomas Suuman chose works by Soviet as well as Estonian diaspora authors; Tiina Mälberg selected poems written during the regaining of independence up to the present; and Üllar Saaremäe chose pieces from Estonia’s period of awakening.


In honour of the country’s centenary, the re-independence of the Republic of Estonia will be celebrated with a Grand Celebration Week which will bring Estonians and their friends together at large joint events. The Estonia 100 week of summer celebrations kicks off on 17 August with the first Estonian Poetry Festival in Rakvere and comes to a close 25 August with the Night of Ancient Bonfires all across Estonia. All of the more than 200 Grand Celebration Week events can be found at


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