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On 24 February at 8.19 p.m. (20.19 on the 24-hour clock), the Estonian Independence Day will be celebrated with a national joint hug named 'HUG at 20.19', encouraging Estonians to congratulate each other in honour of the Independence Day. The tradition of the joint hug began on the 100th birthday of Estonia, when people hugged each other at 8.18 p.m. (or 20.18).
The feature film dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, ‘Truth and Justice’, will be premiered today, on 20 February. The screening by director Tanel Toom also marks the end of the Estonia 100 film programme. The film is released in cinemas across Estonia on 22 February.
The beautiful tradition to give the book Tiny Tree to each newborn Estonian reached foreign countries in honour of the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. Tiny Tree was given to over 500 Estonian children born abroad, whose parent had the birth added to the Estonian population register or turned to an Estonian foreign agency to apply for documentation. The largest number of books were handed out in Estonian embassies in Helsinki and London.
24 February marks the birthday of the Republic of Estonia. As we entered the birthday month, you can make the celebrations more festive around the globe with gifts and merchandise from Estonia 100 webshop 100kingitust.ee. Take a look!
On 19 January, one hundred years passed from the liberation of Narva in the Estonian War of Independence, which was commemorated with a battle reenactment . Additionally, Eskola run was organised in Narva, dedicated to the Finns who came to Estonia’s aid in the War of Independence.
More than 10,000 people have visited the armoured train No. 7 ‘Wabadus’ built for the 100th anniversary of the War of Independence, which is moving in January on the former frontline from Kehra to Valga. In 2019, the Estonia 100 programme is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the War of Independence.
Since December, the family film of the Estonia 100 film programme, ‘Eia jõulud Tondikakul’ (‘Eia’s Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm’) has been seen by more than 143,195 people and has continued to be the most popular film in Estonian cinemas for four weeks.
The ‘Arts into the Library’ initiative of Tallinn Central Library brought the works of young artists from all over Estonia to seventy libraries across the country to celebrate Estonia’s 100th anniversary. During the year, altogether 225 exhibitions were held in the central libraries of the counties and in smaller town and rural libraries, where about a thousand children and young people exhibited their works.
On 14 January, 100 years passed from the liberation of Tartu in the Estonian War of Independence, in honour of which the armoured train No. 7 ‘Wabadus’ arrived at Tartu railway station and several memorial events took place.
On 9 January, 100 years passed from the liberation of Tapa in the War of Independence. The victorious liberation battle was remembered with a demonstration battle at Männikumäe with the participation of armoured train No. 7 Wabadus. In 2019, the Estonia 100 programme is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the War of Independence.
Documentary photographer Annika Haas is opening the exhibition ‘Anatomy of the Estonian Muslim Community’ on 10 January at 6 p.m. in the lobby gallery of the National Library of Estonia within the framework of the Estonia 100 art programme.
Recently, Edward von Lõngus, the most mysterious artist representing Estonia abroad in the framework of the Estonia 100 international programme won the Culture Award of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.
Today, 4 January marks the beginning of the journey of the armoured train No. 7 Wabadus. On 4 January 2019, an exhibition tour of the train – the Journey of the Armoured Train Wabadus – will start on the historic route from Kehra to Valga, which was a frontline in the Estonian War of Independence (1918-1920).
More than 500 events in more than 35 countries around the world took place under the Estonia 100 international programme. The international programme started with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in July 2017 and lasted until 31 December 2018. The last concert was given by the renowned Estonian early music ensemble Hortus Musicus in the Church of Santa Maria in Campitelli in Rome.
According to estimations, the final celebration of the jubilee year of the Republic of Estonia brought more than 67,000 people to town squares across the country. On the evening of 31 December, 'Full Speed Ahead, Estonia!', the final celebration of the jubilee year, took place in 16 cities simultaneously.
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 Estonia 100 international programme began a year and a half ago with the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union and is now approaching its end. Approximately half a thousand events were held in total all over the world. Looking back, Jorma Sarv reflects on the events and estimates their effect on Estonian future in an interview for the cultural newspaper Sirp.
The Estonia 100 initiative 'Dancing Estonia' will end with a joint dance on the last day of the anniversary year. All participants of the initiative can become lead dancers for the national joint dance and teach the routine to other participants in public rehearsals on 31 December at 2 p.m.
On 12 December at 3 p.m., a frigate of the British Royal Navy HMS St Albans, will arrive in the Old City Harbour of Tallinn. The arrival of the ship celebrates a hundred years’ passing from when the British fleet arrived in Tallinn to support Estonia in the War of Independence. The battleship of the British Royal Navy will stay in Tallinn until 15 December and is open to visitors on the last day.
On 31 December, the 100th anniversary year of the Republic of Estonia will end with the New Year's Eve celebration 'Full Speed Ahead, Estonia!' in Estonian county centres. The joint anniversary celebration will be held concurrently in 15 cities across Estonia.
On November 27, a special issue coin card commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Estonian War of Independence as well as the Defence Forces and the Defence League was unveiled at a festive ceremony in the Tallinn Teachers’ House.
On 27 November, a replica of an armoured train No. 7 Wabadus was unveiled in the Tapa train depot. In January 2019, an exhibition tour of the train – the Journey of the Armoured Train Wabadus – will start on the historic route which was a frontline in the Estonian War of Independence (1918-1920).
PÖFF Shorts film festival is opened by an Estonia 100 music event “The Traces” this year, to celebrate the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. The audio-visual concert, only performed two times, reflects the history of Estonian movies in music and in images.
The full-length trailer of the only animated movie in the Estonia 100 program 'Lotte and the Lost Dragons', is ready to be enjoyed. 'Lotte and the Lost Dragons' will premiere in Estonia and Latvia on 4 January, 2019. The film will reach wider international audiences during 2019.