See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
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.
Registration for the football friendlies that will take place between teams from Estonia and Finland on 10 June 2017 has begun. Professional, amateur, men’s, women’s, boy’s, girl’s and beach and indoor football teams are all invited to register.
Alo Põldmäe is a collector of pianos, composer, teacher of music and musicologist whose dream is to locate 100 different brands of piano that are in some way related to Estonia in honour of Estonia’s centenary.
During the Soviet occupation, on the morning of 24 February 1988, three young men risked their lives and raised the forbidden blue, black and white flag of the independent Republic of Estonia – on independence day – up the flagpole on the chimney of the Mustla dairy. Today, to commemorate this event and as a gift to Estonia for its centenary, there are plans to renovate the chimney, including the addition of an illuminated pavilion and flag pole.
The international festival of street art Mextonia – from Mexicans to Estonia, will take place in Tallinn in June 2017, during which some 4000 square metres of public space will be decorated with giant murals. Some 30 buildings, underpasses and walls will be given a spectacular facelift through the work of artists and graffiti writers volunteering their time. These wonderful murals are Mexicans’ joint gift with Estonians to Estonia for its centenary.
Filming of one of the films chosen for production in honour of Estonia’s centenary, “The Little Comrade”, transformed the centre of Tallinn back to how it was 60 years ago during the Soviet occupation.
As a gift in honour of Estonia’s centenary, the University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens have launched an initiative to set up herbariums and give students in grades 7-9 a chance to contribute to preserving Estonia’s botanical diversity while gaining first hand experience at conducting scientific research.
Through to November 10th, fifteen schools throughout Estonia will be gathering ideas from young people on how to breathe new life into their school grounds for the ‘Children to Play and Learn in School Grounds’ project. The goal of this gift is to make many of Estonia’s school grounds more interesting and attractive for children in time for Estonia’s centenary.
The Great Public Spaces programme organised by the Estonian Association of Architects has reached its final stages. The architectural design competitions have drawn to a close in most of the participating towns and work on the winning designs has begun.
Minister of Public Administration Arto Aas has announced that the Government will soon launch a programme to fund the building and renovation of flagpoles and ceremonial grounds to fly the Estonian flag in time for Estonia’s centenary in 2018.
From October 6-30 this year some 40 of the entries for the Great Public Spaces architectural competition for Elva, Kuremäe, Kuressaare, Põltsamaa, Rakvere, Tallinn and Viljandi will be on display in the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn.