Final day of Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week ends at record-length “party table”Published: 27.08.2018

On Saturday August 25, the final day of the Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week has a schedule tighter than on any of the previous days. To help bring the festive week to a close, everyone is welcome to a 175 km-long “party table” on the coastline of Lake Peipus. In the evening, thousands of bonfires will be lit all across Estonia for the Night of Ancient Bonfires.

Hetke enne ... Foto: Jaanus Rohumaa

“The summer of this anniversary year will culminate with the celebration week’s busiest day,” said Head of the Organising Committee of Estonia 100 Jaanus Rohumaa. “Even just along the coastline of Lake Peipus you have the 175 km-long Peipsi Food Street food festival with fifty pop-up restaurants,” delighted Rohumaa.

According to Estonia 100 Head of Major Events Margus Kasterpalu, the traditional Night of Ancient Bonfires is a very suitable way to end the week of celebrations. “After this eventful week, it is good to take a moment to peacefully reflect, surrounded by family and friends on our beaches and around ancient bonfires elsewhere as well. Estonian Television’s special broadcast will take us to witness the contemplations to be heard around the bonfires of several well-loved Estonians,” added Kasterpalu.

Estonian Television’s program “Estonia 100. Party Along the Border” begins at 6:45 p.m.. The party table will be set up at Klooga beach for a look back at the celebration week and to enjoy a concert by the Police and Border Guard Orchestra in their concert tour “Along the Border”. 

A selection of events on the final day of the Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week

•    175 km-long food festival winds along the shore of Lake Peipus. To top off the Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week, everyone is invited to the shores of Lake Peipus where the table is set along a 175 km stretch from Vasknarva to Saabolda. Various pop-up cafés are open.
•    Bonfires are lit across Estonia for the Night of Ancient Bonfires, which ends the Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week. Let’s get together at sunset on the shores of the Baltic Sea to light bonfires in celebration of 10 years of Ancient Bonfire Nights and 100 years of Estonia.
•    11 a.m. - Culture Night 2018 in Tallinn. Two days of concerts, shows, workshops, exhibitions and exciting tours each day from noon to midnight.
•    12 p.m. - start of relay race around Lake Võrtsjärv. Race begins at Rannu St. Martin’s Church. The course runs along both sides of Lake Võrtsjärv and the finish line is at the Mustla song stage grounds.
•    2 p.m. -  10th special needs song and dance festival. People with special need are holding their tenth song and dance festival which is dedicated to Estonia’s centenary.
•    2:30 p.m. - Theatre piece “Eestirand. On a course of hope”. This summer performance tells the forgotten story of the heroic rescue and fortunate escape of thousands of Estonians from the SS Eestirand in 1941.
•    Estonia 100 in every village: To commemorate Estonia’s centenary and the extraordinarily high number of children entering first grade in Kaeva this year, a lovely row of oak trees will be planted in Kaeva village in Rapla County. 
•    2 p.m. - post-hike celebration at RMK Nikerjärve camping site to celebrate the centenary and the end of all of the trails in the grand joint hike.
•    5 p.m. - Concert tour “Along the Border” reaches Kloogaranna beach. Eight day concert tour by Police and Border Guard Orchestra along border areas from Sillamäe to Tallinn, performing patriotic pieces and joined by well-known solo artists.
•    7 p.m. - Theatre performance “Isamaa pääsukesed” (“Swallows of the Fatherland”) at the Keila Culture Centre. The collaborative piece by the Estonian Drama Theatre and Nargen Opera in the Estonia 100 theatre series “Sajandi lugu” (“Tale of the Century”) takes us back to the years 2000-2010.
•    7 p.m. - Theatre performance “Will/Won’t Be: Estonia in 100 Years”. Events in this joint performance by the Russian Theatre, AUDIOKINETICA and students in the Estonia 100 theatre series “Tale of the Century” are set in the future.
•    7 p.m. - Nargenfestival’s Ancient Night of Bonfires concert. Performance of an extraordinary new piece composed for voice, electronics and an orchestra. The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra performs Händel’s “Water Music”, Ülo Krigul’s and Hasso Krull’s “Tongue of Fire” specially composed for this event. Soloist Kadri Voorand. Conductor Tõnu Kaljuste.
•    7 p.m. - XIV Tallinn Chamber Music Festival opening concert at Tallinn Town Hall. The festival is the PLMF Music Trust’s gift to Estonia to celebrate the centenary and runs until September 2.
•    9 p.m. - Tour d’ÖÖ group bike ride in Elva and Narva. During the Estonia 100 week of festivities, Tour d’ÖÖ is commemorating Estonia’s 100th birthday with a tour of tours, cycling through the streets of 11 cities. The ninth group ride takes place in Narva.
•    9 p.m. - Nargenfestival’s Night of Ancient Bonfires concert at the Haven Kakumäe Maritime Recreation Centre. Performance of an extraordinary new piece composed for voice, electronics and an orchestra. The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra performs Händel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks”, Ülo Krigul’s and Hasso Krull’s “Tongue of Fire” specially composed for this event. Soloist Kadri Voorand. Conductor Andres Kaljuste.
•    9 p.m. - Curly Strings concert in Liimala, Ida-Viru County

During the country’s centenary, the anniversary of the restoration of Estonian independence is celebrated with a festive summer week which brings together Estonians and their friends at major events. The Estonia 100 week of summer celebrations kicked off on August 17 with the first Estonian Poetry Festival in Rakvere and will come to a close August 25 with the Night of Ancient Bonfires all across Estonia. All of the more than 200 Grand Celebration Week events can be found at https://www.ev100.ee/en

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