See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
To celebrate the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, there is a whole calendar of cultural events, taking place all over the EU and beyond. These events also celebrate the forthcoming centenary of the founding of the Republic of Estonia in 1918. Here are some occasions you will definitely want to save the date for.
On Saturday June 10, the main event of Finland Day will be held in Tallinn’s Freedom Square. 100+ Estonia-Finland football friendlies will be played to celebrate the centenaries of both countries, an exhibition ''100 Objects from Finland'' is opened in Estonian History Museum and a concert of beloved songs from Finland and Estonia.
Last Saturday, the results of the public vote were announced. The beloved choral song Ta lendab mesipuu poole (He Flies Towards the Beehive), with music by Peep Sarapik and lyrics from a poem written over a century ago by one of Estonia’s greatest poets, Juhan Liiv, will be launched into space. The song was selected over 7 other choral songs that will be performed this summer at the XII Youth Song and Dance Celebration “Here I’ll Stay”. A recording of the song will be launched into space by an EstCube and Tallinn University of Technology Mektory satelliite.
On June 3, the local community came together to help build an outdoor classroom in the school yard of the Pühajärve Basic School, under the direction of landscape architects and arborists. This is part of an Estonia 100 project to renovate school yards throughout the country.
A commemorative postage stamp “One Hundred Years of the Republic of Estonia” has been issued with a nominal value of 1 euro and 50 cents which can be used to send postcards anywhere in the world.
On May 25, the Children’s Republic adventure tour, a series of Estonia 100 events created especially for children, will set off for Põltsamaa on the first leg of its summer tour to celebrate Estonia’s upcoming centenary with the children of Estonia. The celebration features theatre, games, workshops and an opportunity for children to perform on stage. The tour will visit 53 different locations, covering all of Estonia’s counties.
The events that will be featured in the Estonia 100 and Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union international programme in 2017 and 2018 were announced on second of May at the NO99 Theatre in Tallinn. The common thread running through these very diverse events is that they will all raise the profile of Estonia through some very talented people.
May 6th marked the beginning of a new Estonia 100 initiative, “Do wolves have puppies or cubs?”, in which youth from nearly 100 youth centres across Estonia will hike along two State Forest Management Centre hiking trails covering more than 1000 km over six months, from May to October of this year. The aim is for the hikers or “wolf cubs” to celebrate Estonia’s centenary with a grand event that will bring young people together and take them out into nature for fresh air and exercise.
The Estonia 100 organising committee has announced the list of 30 art projects that will receive a total of 200,000 euros in funding in the framework of the art competition organised by the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center.
Filming has begun on “Võta või jäta” (“Take It or Leave It”), one of the feature films to be produced as part of the Estonia 100 celebrations. The film tells the story of a young Estonian construction worker in Finland who, much to his surprise, is handed a newborn baby and given a choice: take it or leave it!
The National Foundation of Civil Society (KÜSK) and Government Office’s Estonia 100 organising committee have announced a new call for applications for funding for gifts to be made in honour of Estonia’s centenary. The deadline for applications is June 6, 2017.
Estonia 100 centenary programme begins today with a great day of hiking along the former border between the Governorate of Estonia and the Governorate of Livonia. With this hike, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the uniting of the lands inhabited by Estonians.
The Children’s Republic is an event series held within the framework of the Children and Youth Year of Culture that will tour Estonia over the summer to celebrate Estonia’s upcoming centenary. The Republic will make its first stop in Põltsamaa on May 25th, and the tour will finish in Saverna on September 8th. Over those five months the Children’s Republic will visit more than fifty towns and villages throughout Estonia.
From March 21-31, Estonian adventure racer Joosep Tammemäe made his way along the length of the former border between the Governorate of Estonia and Governorate of Livonia from Lake Peipus in the east to Tõstamaa on the shores of the Baltic Sea in preparation for the opening event of the Estonia 100 centenary celebrations.
This year, 220 music schools and kindergartens throughout Estonia have received support to help purchase a total of 700 instruments through the Estonia 100 initiative “An Instrument for Every Child”.
Today is the 100th anniversary of a historic demonstration in St. Petersburg where 40,000 Estonians peacefully demanded autonomy for Estonia from the Russian Provisional Government. This significant milestone on Estonia’s path towards independence will be celebrated today with a ceremonial church service to give thanks in St. John's Church in St. Petersburg followed by a concert by the Estonian National Male Choir.
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.