See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
On Saturday 24 February, the Republic of Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary of independence. The traditional grand events of the state's most festive holiday will take place all over Estonia. Conductor Hirvo Surva has called on all people of Estonia to hug those close to them tonight at 20:18.
On Friday 23 February, Estonia's centenary week events are dedicated to the birthplace of the Republic of Estonia. A memorial to the members of the Estonian Salvation Committee will be unveiled in front of Pärnu's Kuninga Street Elementary School and in the evening, the reading aloud of the Declaration of Independence (the Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia) will be re-enacted in Pärnu's Rüütli Square. One hundred years ago, on 23 February, the Estonian Declaration of Independence was read aloud publicly for the first time in Pärnu.
On Thursday 22 February, the Estonia 100 celebrations will reach places all over Estonia. More than 20 famous sculptures and 14 "photo sculptures" of former Heads of State will receive blue, black and white scarves or hats for the 100th anniversary of the indepencende of the Republic of Estonia. Today, one hundred years ago, the Salvation Committee decided to send copies of "The Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia" (the Declaration of Independence), to various Estonian cities in the hope that it would be declared publicly.
On Wednesday 21 February, celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will reach Narva. At noon, the President of the Republic will present state decorations at the Narva College of the University of Tartu. A silver and gold coin dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will also be presented at Narva College.
All of the people of Estonia could offer their loved ones a hug on 24 February at 20.18, said Hirvo Surva, Chairman of the Management Board of the Eesti Meestelaulu Selts, today, at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, after placing a blue-black-white hat on the head of the statue of Gustav Ernesaks.
On Tuesday 20 February, the grand events of the Republic of Estonia's 100th anniversary week will arrive in Haapsalu. At noon, the Haapsalu Flag Square will be opened and at 2 p.m., the National Cultural and Scientific Awards will be handed out at Läänemaa Upper Secondary School. One hundred years ago, on 20 February, Haapsalu was the first city where there was an attempt made to declare the Republic of Estonia.
To celebrate the centenary of the restored Lithuania on Friday, 16 February, the LED lights on the Tallinn Freedom Square lit up in the colours of the Lithuanian flag as early as today. On the morning of 16 February, members of the Estonian Government and Lithuanians living in Estonia will sing the national anthem in front of the embassy of the Republic of Lithuania.
On Thursday, 22 February, more than 20 well-known sculptures will be given blue, black, and white scarves and hats for the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. Similar scarves will be given to the photo sculptures of 14 former State Elders.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, its Independence Day will be celebrated for the first time with an entire centennial week, which will include events in many regions across Estonia. Major centennial week events will be taking place from 19-25 February in the cities of Tallinn, Haapsalu, Narva, Viljandi, Pärnu, Paide and Tartu.
On Saturday, 3 February, the photography exhibition “Estonia Through 100 Pairs of Eyes” will be opened at the Estonian National Museum. The exhibition will be dedicated to the centenary of the Republic of Estonia and is made up of portraits as well as photographs capturing Estonian moments by Toomas Volkmann, Tõnu Tunnel, and Tõnu Runnel. The photographs tell the story of Estonia during the past century.
The commemoration of Estonia's centenary year got off to a momentous start abroad. In January, Estonian artists performed in 16 different cities in Europe and the United States.
Today, on 1 February, the last application round of the initiative “An Instrument for Every Child” for the centenary of the Republic of Estonia was opened. Applications can be submitted until 20 March. Within three years, more than 1,700 instruments have been gifted to 325 educational institutions across Estonia as part of this project.
During the centenary year, nearly 400 young people across Estonia will be gifted a ticket to Simple Session, the largest sports event in Estonia, which will take place on 3–4 February in the Saku Suurhall arena in Tallinn. This year, the event will be dedicated to the centenary of the Republic of Estonia.
We’re happy to announce that with the support of the ‘Estonia 100’ project, more youngsters living abroad who have Estonian roots will get to take part in the language and culture camps being held in the country in 2018. The camps give people aged 13-18 who have an Estonian background but live outside of the country the chance to study Estonian, get to know local kids their age and learn more about Estonian culture.
One of the flagships of the Estonia 100 international programme, the Estonian Festival Orchestra (EFO) together with Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi will set out on a European tour to prominent concert halls in January. In Tallinn and Brussels, the EFO will also be performing the world premiere of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Ninth Symphony, in honour of Estonia’s centenary.
During the Estonia 100 summer celebratory week 17-25 August, Estonian mountain climbers will begin the most extreme journey of the centenary hikes, which will take them to the 6211 metre Estonia peak.
Until the end of January all Estonian ID-card holders and e-residents can upload their cheerful portrait to participate in the creation of the craziest birthday invitation of all times. The aim of the campaign is to invite people to visit Estonia and participate in country’s centenary celebrations.
On Wednesday 6 December, the Republic of Finland celebrates its centenary and the festive celebration in Tallinn begins at 8.45 am at the Finnish Embassy. At the joint singing ceremony, the Finnish anthem will be sung, led by conductor Aarne Saluveer, and the live broadcast of the singing will reach television audiences in Finland and Estonia.
The Estonia 100 program, ongoing until the end of the anniversary period, offers thousands of opportunities to celebrate around the world. Check out what the key events are in 2018 that you should mark in your calendar!
The Government of the Republic has decided that Estonia will mark the 100th anniversary of the independence of Finland, Lithuania, Poland, and Latvia respectively with official flag days, when the Estonian flag will be raised to highlight the anniversaries of our neighbours.
On the evening of Thursday, 16 November, over 500 folk dancers will be turning an hourglass on Freedom Square in Tallinn. The hourglass will be formed of dancers and signify the country’s one hundred years. The event is a present from the Estonian Folk Dance and Folk Music Association for Estonia’s centenary.
In connection with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Estonian centenary, the November and December cultural programme will include exhibitions in Paris, Helsinki and Brussels, a tour of Finland by the Estonian National Opera, and a birthday party for Estonia in Düsseldorf and Nanterre.
On 26 October, the Republic of Estonia 100 and Countrymen Programme project competitions were announced, which support the activities of expat Estonian cultural associations with 100,000 euros to mark the anniversary year.
Using photos and video materials, and suggesting intriguing new angles, the Estonian-Finnish joint exhibition The Bridge tells a story of both republics since they gained independence a century ago. What kind of similarities and differences are there between Estonia and Finland? What about Finnish and Estonian national feelings, patriotism and independence in the light of history as well as through the eyes of contemporary artists?
From 14 to 24 September, in the frame of the London Design Festival, the exhibition ‘Size Doesn’t Matter’ is being displayed at the Oxo Tower Wharf Gallery. Estonian design has been previously exhibited in London, but this time the show is more comprehensive and contains a number of new products. The event is part of an international programme dedicated to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.