See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
See the Estonia 100 news and media coverage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The aim of the initiative ‘Tänutäht’ or ‘Token of Gratitude’ is to express thanks to the people who ensure our well-being and safety on a daily basis. This summer, the University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens will welcome policemen and their families free of charge.
Since October 2015, a container has been travelling through Estonia within the framework of the “Great Public Spaces’’ architectural programme, dedicated to Estonia’s centenary. The aim of the container is to present the programme’s winning projects in their future locations, attract attention and provoke discussion.
The gravesite of the first president of the Republic of Estonia, Konstantin Päts, will be renovated in time for Estonia’s centenary. The renovation will be undertaken by the Office of the President in cooperation with Päts’ descendants.
On September 8 2018, World Cleanup Day, people in 150 countries will stand up against the global trash problem, making it the biggest positive civic action the world has seen. This is going to be one of the biggest and most important international events marking the jubilee of the Republic of Estonia.
A pop-up sailing school ''Friend of the Sea'' or ''Meresõber'' is starting this summer and will make its way to Estonia’s largest seaside towns. Professional instructors will teach children and youth about water safety and various recreational activities that can be enjoyed in and beside the sea. Registration for the sailing school is now open!
The results of the round of applications for children and youth projects related to exercise habits or nature, organised by Estonia 100 and National Foundation of Civil Society are now public. Eight interesting projects received support.
Read an interview with Ott Lepland, a popular Estonian musician and former Eurovision competitor to find out why he has decided to support the Estonia 100 initiative ''An Instrument for Every Child’’ and how he thinks playing a musical instrument can benefit a child.
On May 31st at 7 pm, Estonian rock legends Tõnis Mägi and Ivo Linna will perform at the Museum of Estonian Theatre and Music. Tickets for the event “Rock’n’roll and blue, black and white’’ can be purchased through the Piletilevi ticket sales agency and at the museum.