Estonia’s centenary

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Tallinn where many of the celebrations wil occur

The centenary of the independence of Finland was celebrated in 2017. Next year Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Like Finland, Estonian independence came about because of the collapse of the Russian empire, a time when many new countries came into being, some to disappear after the fall of Soviet communism and some to be reborn – like Estonia – again.

The anniversary called ESTONIA 100  will have a special website which will list the lengthy programme of events and initiatives to mark the anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Estonia. That programme will cover themes from history and heritage to design, music and nature.

Amongst the events taking place will be some signature ones like the “Tale of the Century” theatre project where 100 years of Estonian history are told across 13 days; an ‘International Dance Day’ anniversary gala from the Estonian National Ballet; and a special opera entitled “Estonian History – a Nation Born of Shock”. The programme also includes special editions of annual festivals taking place in Estonia, such as Tallinn Music Week, Simple Session (a celebrating of skateboarding and BMX riding) and the Pärnu Music Festival.

The actual anniversary will be celebrated in the week from the 19th-24th of February when the national cultural and scientific prizes will be awarded in Haapsalu, honourary decorations will be presented by the president in Narva, the religious service will take place in Paide, the gala in Tartu, and the flag raising and parade in Tallinn. On 23 February, the Independence Manifesto will be read aloud in Pärnu, just as it was a hundred years ago.

Events aren’t confined to Estonia. In the UK there will include a programme of music from The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir at London’s Barbican Centre in January 2018 and an exclusive film exhibition from the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Centre in London from March to October 2018.

Estonia has seen the number of UK tourists increasing by nearly a fifth compared to the same period last year. About 115,000 of us travel to Estonia each year according to the UK Foreign Office. the attraction of the country is that it is within a three hour flight time, there is plenty to see and do in Tallinn – the capital – and in the nearby towns. Flights are, at the moment, concentrated on four airports in the south east of England but surely soon, there will be flights from major regional airports as well.

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