See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
In the second half of 2017, Estonia will take the helm of the presidency of the European Council for six months and in 2018, it will celebrate its 100th anniversary. For that period of time, the country will arrange a series of events throughout Europe to show what Estonia is about and to give local talents a venue to introduce themselves to the rest of the continent.
2017 is being celebrated in Estonia as the Year of Children’s and Youth Culture to appreciate children and young people both as artists/creators and consumers of culture. Children and youth now have the opportunity to submit proposals for ways to celebrate Estonia’s upcoming centenary.
On Saturday, 8 April, celebrations will be held in Saint Petersburg to mark the passing of 100 years from the demonstration of Estonians in support of autonomy. Urmas Viilma, the Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, will lead the religious ceremony to give thanks and the Estonian National Male Choir will give a concert.
First events of the international culture programme are now up to celebrate Estonia's first term as the presidency of the Council of the European Union and centenary. Each week will bring more new exciting events to attend all around Europe.
From April onward, the Estonian Open Air Museum invites everyone to come lend a hand and help weave a giant rag carpet for Estonia’s centenary. The carpet is being made as an expression of our common desire to preserve and appreciate our country and to work together to make sure that it will endure.
On March 14, celebrated as Mother Tongue Day in Estonia, a bold initiative was launched calling all Estonians to contribute to developing the Estonian language and culture by expanding the Estonian content in Wikipedia.
Eesti Pank is holding a competition to design silver and gold collector coins for the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Estonia. Entries in the design competition should be presented for the set of both coins. The coins will be issued in early 2018.
The non-profit organisation Estlander is calling on students to mark the Year of Children’s and Youth Culture and the Estonia100 celebrations that will begin this April by giving Estonia a special gift – fixing up and preserving local heritage sites which may be forgotten or have fallen into disrepair.
Director Anu Aun and crew are busy making preparations for the filming of ‘Eia’s Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm’, a family film that will be made as one of the winning entries in the Estonia 100 feature film competition.
A total of 87 applications were submitted to the two project competitions organised by Estonia 100 and the Estonian government’s Compatriots’ Programme, of which 28 are to receive support. Nine of the projects are dedicated specifically to Estonia’s upcoming centenary celebrations, while the remaining 19 will help Estonian communities abroad organise cultural and educational projects or participate in cultural events in Estonia.
As part of the celebrations for Estonia’s centenary, an ambitious project is orchestrating a comprehensive upgrade to the country’s instrument collections and its music education overall.
The New Year marked the beginning of Finland’s centenary jubilee year with tens of thousands of events in Finland and abroad. In Estonia, the highlight of the jubilee year will be a joint Finnish-Estonian concert on June 10th.
Eesti Pank is announcing a competition to design a two-euro commemorative coin “Estonia’s road to independence” dedicated to the events that preceded Estonia’s independence. The coin will mark the approaching 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia and will enter into circulation at the start of the second half of 2017.
The “Teomeeter” web application that has been created as a gift to Estonia for its upcoming centenary has joined forces with the Police and Border Guard Board to launch a campaign to collect 100 000 promises toward improving traffic culture in Estonia. If this goal is reached, the Police have promised to thank the Estonian people with a special surprise.
Some 16 000 spectators were on hand to watch 912 robots from 20 countries compete in Europe’s largest robotics competition Robotex that was held at the Tallinn University of Technology from 2-4 December. This annual competition has continued to grow over the years and aims to set a world record in 2017, just in time for Estonia’s centenary.
2017, the opening year of the Estonia 100 celebrations, will also be the Estonian Year of Child and Youth Culture during which youngsters will be encouraged to participate in cultural life both as spectators and as active participants. Children and youth are also the focus of the Estonia 100 celebrations.
Estonia 100 and the Estonian government’s Compatriots’ Programme both launched project competitions today aimed at providing support to Estonian communities abroad in organising cultural events, and strengthening ties between cultural groups, artists and other creative people in anticipation of Estonia’s upcoming centenary. The deadline for both competitions is 5 January 2017.
The winning entry in the Estonia 100 television drama competition, “The Bank”, focuses on real-life events that took place in the turbulent 1990s in Estonia. A very human drama unfolds against the backdrop of the historical events of this period which force the characters to continually re-evaluate both currency exchange rates as well as their beliefs and values. The ten-part series will be broadcast on Estonian Television beginning in the autumn of 2018 as part of the Estonia 100 centenary celebrations.
More than 150 cultural, educational, scientific and technological events to be held in 2017 and 2018 will receive funding from the Estonia 100 and EU Presidency international programme. The events were selected from nearly 400 project applications.
The ‘Estonian Inventor’ competition organised by the Estonian Research Council attracted a total of 902 ideas submitted by 932 young inventors from more than 100 schools in Estonia and 2 schools abroad. In cooperation with Estonian National Broadcasting, short documentaries will be made of the 40 best 6 to 12-year-old inventors who will take part in the competition, in honour of Estonia’s upcoming centenary.
Finland will commemorate 100 years from becoming an independent state on 6 December 2017, and the diverse centenary celebrations will begin already in January in Finland and abroad. A number of Finland 100 events and projects will also take place in Estonia.