See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
Registration for Europe's biggest robotics competition Robotex is now open, which takes place from 2-4 December 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia. This year, 500 schoolchildren will participate in the competition with 100 Edison robots, which they received this summer as part of the Estonia 100 programme.
The Estonian History Museum will open a major exhibition “Minu vaba riik” or “My Free Country” in the Maarjamäe Palace in Tallinn in honour of Estonia’s centenary. In preparation for the exhibition the museum together with the media company Delfi held a campaign this past summer to gather new items for the museum’s collection.
UEFA’s Executive Committee has decided that one of greatest matches in club football, the UEFA Super Cup, will be held in Tallinn during the Republic of Estonia’s centenary year. The game will be played on 15 August 2018 at the A. Le Coq Arena.
“Eia’s Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm” by Anu Aun, one of the winning films in the Estonia 100 feature film competition, has been invited to participate in the co-production market at the annual Cinekid festival to be held this upcoming October in Amsterdam.
Construction has begun on the set of “Truth and Justice”, one of the winning entries in the Estonia 100 feature film competition. This film will bring to life one of the great classics of Estonian literature, a five-part novel written by Anton Hansen Tammsaare in the 1920s, recreating Vargamäe farm where the story takes place in the late 19th century. The farmhouse, granary, barn and sauna have already been built and the producers are now scouting the area for suitable locations to shoot the film.
Let’s Do It! World in co-operation with Haus Gallery opened an exhibition and an international auction today, where 35 well-known Estonian painters contributed their works to raise money for a world-wide clean-up day in 2018. This event, engaging millions of people will be a beautiful gift for Estonia's centenary.
Preparations are underway for the Estonia 100 and Estonian EU Presidency joint international programme. We asked Jorma Sarv how the international programme will be affected now that Estonia’s presidency will take place six months earlier than planned due to the Brexit vote.
Estonia’s world renown Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Estonian National Male Choir will be among the 35 choirs from across Estonia that will participate in a special television series “One Choral Song” to be aired over 35 weeks on Saturday mornings on Estonian Public Broadcasting.
A lifelong IT-specialist Tõnis Leissoo decided to create a wristwatch as a gift for the 100th anniversary of Estonian Republic. Leissoo wished to make something with his own hands that would last longer than him and give it as a gift to his people. Thus, the brand Estonia1918 and a wristwatch named Wõitleja was created.
On 22 August, the winning designs in the Estonia 100 and Estonian EU Presidency international programme competition for creative solutions in the public spaces of foreign countries were announced. The competition was organised in cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Arts to find the best creative solutions for promoting Estonia in public spaces abroad.
Eight information events will take place across Estonia during September to promote the robotic competition Robotex and introduce the newest educational robots. As part of the Estonia 100 programme, schools across Estonia will receive 100 Edison robots during these events.
Estonian Public Broadcasting and Estonia 100 are looking for 6-12 year old children to participate in the ‘Estonian Inventor’ competition organised by the Estonian Research Council, and invite children with bright ideas to invent something completely new. The call for ideas for inventions is open until October 17, 2016.
A postage stamp commemorating the 120th anniversary of the birth of Tõnis Kint was introduced as part of the series ‘Estonian heads of state 1918-2018’ created by the Estonian postal service Omniva and the Government Office of Estonia. By Estonia’s centenary, postage stamps will be published to honour all of the Heads of State of Estonia from the first century of Estonia’s independence.
On 24 August the first rye field in the ‘100 rye fields and one million loaves of jubilee bread for Estonia!’ campaign will be sown, which will mark the beginning of the Estonia-wide rye campaign dedicated to Estonia's centenary.
In 2018 Estonia will celebrate one of the most special milestones in its history, its 100th anniversary. Plans for the festivities are already underway. Estonia’s upcoming centenary has given us the perfect opportunity to come together at the Opinion Festival on 12 and 13 August to consider and discuss what kinds of gifts we would like to give Estonia and what Estonia’s centenary means to us.
In September, Robotex is distributing 100 Edison robots to Estonian school children. The robots allow children to take part of the largest robotics competition in Europe that takes place on December 2nd-4th, 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia. The goal of this initiative is to spark interest in science and technology. Additionally, Robotex aims to win the title of the world’s largest robotics competition for the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia.
The Estonian Festival Orchestra founded by Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi will set out on a European tour at the beginning of 2018. Concerts have already been confirmed in Brussels, Luxembourg, Zurich, Berlin and Vienna. Performances of Estonian music by Estonian musicians in famous concert halls across Europe is a special part of the international programme in honour of Estonia’s centenary.
The deadline for ideas for international events to be held during the celebration of Estonia’s centenary and the EU presidency fell at the end of June. The aim of the international events is to promote Estonia in other countries during that period. The two calls for ideas resulted in nearly 400 proposals for events in a wide variety of areas such as culture, education, science, entrepreneurship and technology. The selection committee will select the events that will form the main programme that will run from the second half of 2017 until the end of 2018.
Estonia 100 and the Estonian World magazine invite you to participate in the fourth Opinion Festival (Arvamusfestival), where we co-host a public discussion in English to find out whether non-native residents of Estonia feel as hosts or guests during the celebration of Estonia's centenary. The discussion takes place in Paide on August 13.
The winning design for reconstructing the unique village of Kuremäe is ‘Journey’ by architects Helen Rebane, Kaie Kuldkepp and Pelle-Sten Viiburg from the architectural firms Doomino Architects and Nüüd Architects. The public space of Kuremäe village will be reconstructed within the framework of Estonia 100 architectural programme ‘Great Public Spaces’ by 2020.
A pop-up sailing school ‘Friend of the Sea’ will operate in honour of the Year of Maritime Culture 2016 in seven different locations throughout Estonia this summer to give children and youth a chance to try four different water sports: sailing, kitesurfing, kayaking and SUP-boarding.
The winning designs for the main square and the creation of a pedestrian street in Valga have been announced. The design competition is part of Estonia 100 architectural programme ‘Great Public Space’. The new main square should be completed by Christmas 2017.
The celebrations of Estonia’s centenary are certain to reach St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia. The Estonian community in St. Petersburg has a centuries-long tradition which continues to this day - the St. Petersburg Society of Estonian Culture currently has some 600 members.
In the beginning of June, the Tallinn Bicycle Week festival was held for the sixth time in Tallinn. The aim of the festival is to promote cycling in Tallinn and other cities and towns in Estonia. In 2018, the popular Tour d’ÖÖ or ‘Tour of the Night’ event will be held throughout Estonia as a gift for Estonia’s centenary.
Finland will celebrate its centenary in 2017 and Estonia will mark 100 years of independence in 2018. The Estonia-Finland 100+ Challenge has been launched to commemorate these important milestones and strengthen the close cultural relations between the two countries through a common love for football. On 10 June 2017, over 100 football matches will be held in Estonia and Finland.
The Estonian Ecovillage Network will organise the Global Ecovillage Network’s (GEN) XXIII European Conference ‘Wisdom of Conscious Communities’ from 7-15 July 2018 at the Art of Conscious Change School in Lilleoru, Estonia as its gift for Estonia’s centenary.