Valga receives new city square during Estonia 100 Grand Celebration WeekPublished: 22.08.2018

Wednesday August 22 sees the Estonia 100 celebrations reach Valga. The opening of Valga’s new central square at 6 p.m. is followed by the Police and Border Guard Orchestra concert “Along the Border” as well as the Tour d’ÖÖ public bike ride through the streets of Valga.

“Although the Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week events take place all across Estonia, today all eyes are on Valga,” said the Head of the Organising Committee of Estonia 100 Jaanus Rohumaa from the State Chancellery. “The city has gone big with this year’s celebrations. Valga’s city square will be opened to the public and will be put into use immediately for the following concerts and public events,” delighted Rohumaa.

The new heart of Valga, built within the framework of the Estonia 100 architecture programme “Good Public Spaces” will be opened at 6 p.m. The festivities continue at 7 p.m. at the newly opened square with the Police and Border Guard Orchestra concert “Along the Border” and at 9 p.m. with the start of the sixth Tour d’ÖÖ during the anniversary week. The evening will be rounded off with fireworks at 10:30 p.m. as well as a night prayer meeting at St. John’s Church in Valga.

A selection of events on Day 6 of the Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week: 

•    4 p.m. - opening of Rait Rosin’s art exhibition as part of Tanel Rander’s collective project exploring boundaries and the lack of boundaries
•    7 p.m. - Curly Strings concert in Kamari, Jõgeva County as part of their cross-Estonia anniversary tour
•    7 p.m. - beginning of workshop for the "Tuleraamat" art initiative and collaborative project at Vardja near Viljandi. “Tuleraamat” will travel all across Estonia during the Estonia 100 summer celebratory week.
•    7 p.m. - Theatre piece “Miljoni vaade” (“Million Dollar View”) at Toom-Kooli 9, Tallinn. The collaborative piece by Tallinn City Theatre and Old Baskin’s Theatre in the Estonia 100 theatre series “Sajandi lugu” (“Tale of the Century”) takes us back to the years 2000-2010.
•    10 p.m. - open bonfire night with RMK group hike participants at Võlingi campsite. A reading of excerpts from Eduard Vilde’s novel “Prophvet Maltsvet” by actor Uku Uusberg, guitar music by Indrek Kruusimaa
•    12 Estonian mountain climbers plan to conquer Estonia peak on August 22. They set out on this most extreme hike of all the Estonia 100 hikes on August 7.
•    Baltic Film Days in Tallinn. During the Estonia 100 anniversary year, we are given the opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the most recent and best Lithuanian and Latvian films. Concurrently, Estonian films will be screened in Vilnius and Riga. Screenings take place until August 23. 

During the country’s centenary, the anniversary of the restoration of Estonian independence is celebrated with a festive summer week which brings together Estonians and their friends at major events. The Estonia 100 week of summer celebrations kicked off on August 17 with the first Estonian Poetry Festival in Rakvere and will come to a close August 25 with the Night of Ancient Bonfires all across Estonia. All of the more than 200 Grand Celebration Week events can be found at


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