Republic of Estonia 90
Objective of the Jubilee Year:
To make our citizens feel greater respect for their country. To deepen the feeling of Our
Own State. To rebuild the mental bridge that leads through the country’s history back to
the moment our state was born. To show how the Republic of Estonia has developed over
the course of nine decades.
To integrate all citizens and residents so they can feel joy about an independent Estonia
and help our country move into the future.
To be sure that Estonia is a whole. Both in time. And in space.
Estonians are a spirited people – strong, active, clever, innovative and vital.
Method: The history of the Republic of Estonia, throughout its 90 years, must be brought
to life for the whole year, across the country, as well as in its foreign representations. The
story of the birth and growth of the Republic of Estonia must be told through the entire
Attention must be paid to children and young people in all segments, if possible.
REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA 90 – Overview of Celebrations
The highlights of the celebrations of the 90th jubilee of the Republic of Estonia and the
institutions that coordinate them have been mapped below. An overview of the highlights
and a calendar of the events to be held throughout the jubilee year are shown in the
following two parts of the overview in the form of a table showing the relevant weeks
and days. The table is followed by an overview of all activities: media reflection ideas,
cooperation projects with different partners (e.g. Bank of Estonia, Estonian Post, etc.),
publications, performances, concerts, screenings, exhibitions, erection of monuments, and
activities for children.
* Beginning: Wed 28 November 2007 – the day on which 90 years will have passed
from the decision of the Estonian Province Assembly to declare itself the body of highest
power in the territory of Estonia.
* First Culmination: Independence Day, Sat/Sun 23 and 24 February 2008 – the 90th
anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.
* Second Culmination: Victory Day, Mon 23 June 2008 (actually Fri 20 June-Tue 24
* Final Culmination: Fri 28 November 2008 – the monument to the freedom of Estonia
will be opened on Vabaduse Square in Tallinn, on the day on which 90 years will have
passed from the beginning of the Estonian War of Independence.
Advertisement shown on billboards, etc., through the whole year.
The months of the jubilee year are divided into thematic months:
a) constitutional institutions, and
b) remarkable events from the history of the Republic of Estonia.
(the list below is subject to change)
In order to make every month work well, the work team will cooperate with the
Highlights will be coordinated separately (see the lower table)
1. Month of the Estonian People – December: supreme body of power, population
scientists, the Minister, Estonian National Museum, culture, annual awards,
church (Christmas), etc.
I. Facilitator: Office of Minister Urve Palo with the Ministry of Culture –
coordinated with the Estonian National Museum, the church, population
2. Month of the War of Independence – January: the War Museum and the Ministry
of Defence will organise major events.
I. Facilitator: War Museum with the Ministry of Defence
3. Month of the President of the Republic – February: highlights of Independence
Day under the leadership of the President of the Republic
I. Coordinated by the Office of the President of the Republic in cooperation
with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
4. Month of the Chancellor of Justice and the National Audit Office – March
I. Facilitator: Cooperation between the Office of the Chancellor of Justice and
the National Audit Office
5. Riigikogu Month – April: Meeting of the Constituent Assembly on 23 April 1919
I. Facilitator: Chancellery of the Riigikogu
6. Month of the Court – May
I. Facilitator: Office of the Supreme Court
7. Month of the Bank of Estonia – June: monetary reform
I. Facilitator: Bank of Estonia
8. Local Governments’ Month – July: summer month in all rural municipalities of
I. Facilitator: Ministry of Internal Affairs and local government associations
9. Month of Exile, Resistance and Restoration of Independence – August: the month
many Estonians who live abroad visit their homeland
I. Facilitator: Ministry of Culture (e.g. cooperation with the Estonian World
Council, organisations of people who fought for the liberation of Estonia)
10. School Month – September: university, primary school, etc.
I. Facilitator: Ministry of Education and Research (it is important to work with
both Estonian and Russian language schools here)
11. Month of Nationalities in Estonia – October:
I. Facilitator: Office of the Minister of Population – coordinates the work in
cooperation with the Round Table on the Issues of National Minorities, and
the organisations of Estonian Swedes, Russians/Old Believers of Lake
Peipus, Baltic Germans and other national minorities
12. Month of the Government of the Republic – November: 11 November – the day
of creation of government institutions, foundation of all ministries
I. Facilitator: State Chancellery
From the beginning of the year 2008, every week would be dedicated to one Government
of the Republic and the highlights in the activities of every government would be
II CALENDAR OF THE JUBILEE YEAR
Jubilee year celebration ideas according to events and weeks
Week/Date Theme/Event Description of the event, etc.
Wed 28 Opening of the The Month of the Estonian People begins.
November 90th Jubilee
Parties by the Tallinn
Estonian people reception at the Estonia Theatre: all living members of
will be held on the Riigikogu are invited (Chancellery of the
this day in the Riigikogu).
Estonia Theatre in At 19.00 a live broadcast via Estonian Public
Tallinn and in Broadcasting
every county – the
opening event of Elsewhere in Estonia
the jubilee Parties by the Estonian people, content: performances
celebrations. by local bands and a star from the relevant county
(county governments through the Office of the
Parallel goal of Minister of Population).
county parties: Rapla County – Rapla Culture and Hobby Centre
to tell the story of Võru County – Suur Munamägi and Haanja
those who came Community Centre
to the Land Põlva County – Community Centre/Hall and Gym of
Council, highlight Viluste Basic School
the people who Pärnu County – in Endla Theatre in Pärnu
came from one or Saare County – Kuressaare Culture Centre
another region. Tartu County – venue to be determined
Viljandi County – Pilistvere
Lääne County – Haapsalu Culture Centre
Jõgeva County – Mustvee
East-Viru County – Toila and surrounding areas
Järva County – Paide Culture Centre
West-Viru County – Rakvere, market square
Hiiu County – venue to be determined
Valga County – Valga Culture and Hobby Centre
Harju County – Rae Culture Centre
TV broadcasts from Tallinn, Pilistvere, Toila (will be
specified by the Office of the Minister of Population,
in cooperation with, and as coordinated by, county
governments and ETV.
Description of the party at the Estonia Theatre
The party begins at around 19.00:
Starts with a greeting by the President of the Republic
and a speech by the President of the Riigikogu and a
TV play (the same also in homes all over Estonia):
On the stage there is a big screen showing the TV play
Our Land Council – the story of the Land Council by
Indrek Hirv, directed by Hardi Volmer. Via the TV
broadcast, the play on the big screen is also a part of
many county parties.
The broadcast from the “Estonia” Theatre will end
here. People at home are then shown a live ETV
broadcast of county parties and the Land Council.
The live broadcast will end with a fire sculpture of the
Republic of Estonia 90 logo from Pilistvere, near the
centre of Estonia. 150 people with torches will form
the word Estonia + a fire sculpture of the logo.
Aktuaalne Kaamera will also give an overview of
those parties that didn’t fit into the live broadcast.
That very night, ETV will show the first episode of the
12-part series by I. Treufeldt, dedicated to the Jubilee
Year (after the Aktuaalne Kaamera evening news – in
the Foorum timeslot).
Fri 30 Fri, 30 November at 16.00 – the Estonian National
November Museum presents My Christmas Story, a book of
Christmas stories and drawings dedicated to the 90th
Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.
Exhibition House, Kuperjanovi 9
Beginning of the concert series Birthday Party
Invitation - Party Concert in My Parish throughout
December: Christmas and Advent Concerts in parish
churches all over Estonia.
Concert programme at www.eesti90.ee
Sat 1 Anniversary of Organised by: University of Tartu
language Sat, 1 December – Announcement of the competition
university Small Snow Republic (Office of the President of the
Sun 2 The First Advent
Mon 3 3-16 December – Estonian Family Weeks, Estonian
December Family and Its Values, in the Open Air Museum.
Family traditions of different eras can be studied in the
Museum farms - affordable ticket prices, the history of
the Estonian family. Schools on Mon-Wed, families
3-19 December – Guide programme Christmas Weeks:
Estonia’s Own Christmas, in the Estonian National
3 December – Beginning of Võru County Days in the
Riigikogu, lasting throughout December
Thu 6 90th Anniversary
December of the Republic of
Sun 9 The Second
Thu 13 The Estonian National Museum organises the drawing
December competition Our State – My Home for schools.
Sun 16 The Third Advent
December 20 December 2007 – Conference The Road to the
Estonian Museum II: Cultural and Museum Policy in
the Republic of Estonia from 1918-1940.
Organised by: the Estonian National Museum.
Sun 23 The Fourth
Mon 24 Christmas Eve.
December Church services The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, ETV.
all over the
Tue 25 Christmas Day
Wed 26 Boxing Day
31.12-6.1 The 1st Tue, 1 January – the Month of the War of
Provisional Independence starts
Prime Minister Thu, 3 January – ceasefire of the War of Independence
Päts, 1918. entered into force in 1920.
A minute of silence at Harjumägi
Large advertising posters with symbols of the
Republic of Estonia 90 will be displayed in
streets beginning on this day
Estonian Radio: Miniturniir for schoolchildren
Thu, 3 January to Mon, 7 January – ceremonies at
breakthrough battles of the War of Independence:
Valkla (3 Jan), Vikipalu (4 Jan), Soodla (6 Jan), Vetla
(5 to 6 Jan), Voose (4 Jan), Ardu (6 Jan), Aidu (4 Jan),
From there, vehicles of the Ministry of Defence will
drive at the same speed at which the front moved back
then, towards the East and South. Map of the War of
Independence; the ceremonies will be held by War of
Independence monuments and/or in school halls.
Wed, 3 January – ETV will show a programme about
the War of Independence and the fight for freedom.
7.1-13.1 The 2nd Fri, 11 January – staged version of the Utria landing of
Provisional the War of Independence – open to everyone at Utria.
Government of 10.00 – guests will be received in the complex point;
Prime Minister an exhibition of weapons and photos about the War of
Päts, 1918-19. Independence.
10.15 – introduction of the tasks of the complex point
(approximately 5 special tasks).
Noon – lunch.
12.45 – walk to the stage play: Public Battle at Utria
Fri, 11 January – submission deadline for projects
participating in the competition Small Snow Republic
14.1-20.1 Government of Wed, 16 January – 14th concert in the concert series
Prime Minister Voice of Future Music, in the Exhibition House of the
Strandman, 1919. Estonian National Museum.
21.1-27.1 Government of Thu, 24 January – opening of Jaan Poska’s house in
Prime Minister Tallinn.
Tõnisson, 1919- Sat, 26 January – The Story of Väinamöine is played in
20. the Exhibition House of the Estonian National
28.1-3.2 Government of Fri, 1 February – the Month of the President of the
Prime Minister Republic begins.
Sat, 2 February – at 19.00, the celebration of the Tartu
Peace Anniversary in Tartu, Vanemuine Concert Hall.
4.2-10.2 2nd Government Tue, 5 February – the Estonian National Opera in
of Prime Minister cooperation with the State Archives opens the
Tõnisson, 1920. completed exhibition “Estonia – people and country”
The exhibition prepared by the State Archives in
cooperation with the Estonian National Opera is
dedicated to the 90th Anniversary of the Republic of
Estonia and portrays the welfare of the people and
country of Estonia in the last century – in association
with the “Estonia” Theatre and Concert Hall which
was built as a joint enterprise of Estonian associations
to be the centre of Estonian cultural and political life
and, as such, is serving the people and the country to
this day. The exhibition displays the critical and
important moments of Estonian life as of the laying of
the corner stone to the building in the days of the Song
Festival of 1910 through the years of war and spiritual
repression till the present day. The exposition reflects
the significant events in Estonian history that have
happened in the National Opera and are not connected
with the creative activities of the theatre. The
exhibition will be open throughout February,
beginning with opening day on 5 February.
The exhibition is prepared by the archivists of the
State Archives and the Film Archives. It will be
designed by theatre artists Kustav-Agu Püüman and
Fri, 8 February – anniversary conference of the
Confederation of Employers, Flight of the Kite 2008,
dedicated to the 90th Anniversary of the Republic of
Sat, 9 February – The Story of Väinamöine is
performed in the Exhibition House of the Estonian
11.2-17.2 Government of Wed, 13 February – beginning of the festival of the
Prime Minister, National Opera ESTONIAN THEATRE IN
Head of State “ESTONIA” that lasts from 13 to 23 February 2008
With the festival Estonian theatre in “Estonia”, the
National Opera worthily celebrates the 90th
Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. People can
see and hear seven originals of Estonia.
Wed, 13 February – the festival ESTONIAN
THEATRE IN “ESTONIA”: concert of the symphony
orchestra of the National Opera where, among other
valuable works the Prelude solennel by Eduard Tubin
will be performed in the “Estonia” Concert Hall.
Thu, Sat, 14 and 16 February – the festival ESTONIAN
THEATRE IN “ESTONIA”: dance performance
Hamlet. Werewolf by Oksana Titova and Marina
Kesler. Exciting choreography interpreted by young
talented ballet soloists opens the door to the world of
15 February - lyrical opera Cyrano de Bergerac by
Eino Tamberg. The opera with exquisite music has
enjoyed a special destiny: Cyrano de Bergerac was the
first Estonian opera that was also staged outside
Estonia (in 1982 in Czechoslovakia in Olomouc).
Fri, 15 February – the history conference of Jõgeva
County, Miracle of Birth, dedicated to two great men,
Jaan Poska and Sulev Vahtre.
Sat, Thu, Fri and Sat, 16, 21, 22 and 23 February – the
festival ESTONIAN THEATRE IN “ESTONIA”:
documentary drama President 1939 by Katri Aaslav-
Tepandi and Tõnu Tepandi that will open on 16
February in the Chamber Hall of the Estonian National
Opera. At the centre of the play are events, choices
and decisions of Estonia in the years 1939-1940, the
end of independence and the destinies of President
Konstatin Päts, Prime Minister Kaarel Eenpalu and
Commander-in-Chief of the Armies Johan Laidoner in
the prisons of the Soviet Union.
17 February – festival of the Estonian National Opera
ESTONIAN THEATRE IN “ESTONIA”: the funny hit
party for children, PIPI!NUKI!PUHH!, directed by
Neeme Kuningas, where the adventures of Pippi
Longstocking, Nukitsamees and Winnie the Pooh can
be enjoyed by everyone who has not yet forgotten the
super hits of the three earlier performances of the
National Opera or by those who wish to make their
first acquaintance with these characters.
18.2-24.2 3rd Government of Tue, 19 February – Festive meeting of the Estonian
Head of State Academy of Science The Academy and the State about
Päts, 1921-22. the role and the place of the Academy in the state of
Wed, 20 February – the Estonian National Museum
opens an exhibition Estonian Pride. Made in Estonia.
The exhibition will run through September 2008.
Curators: Eevi Astel, Riina Reinvelt, Maris Rosenthal
Designers: Jane Liiv, Merja Kergand
Organised by: Estonian National Museum.
Place: Exhibition House of the Estonian National
Wed-Thu, 20-21 February – festival of the Estonian
National Opera ESTONIAN THEATRE IN
“ESTONIA”: the original Wallenberg by Erkki-Sven
Tüür, portraying the balance of powers in the rest of
the world, provides a worthy response to the drama
President that reflects the events of World War II
occurring in our home country.
Fri, 22 February – Estonian National Opera festival
ESTONIAN THEATRE IN “ESTONIA”: the ballet
Lady of the Camellias by Tiit Härm is inspired by
Alexandre Dumas’ (the younger) novel by the same
name and in addition to beautiful music also offers
Fri, 22 February – Estonian history memory game in
Sat, 23 February – Declaration of Independence in
23 February 2008 – an Anniversary of the Republic of
Estonia parade in Pärnu
Opening the monument to the declaration of the
Republic at the historical Endla site.
At 17.00, the Estonia is Grateful 2008 decorations will
be awarded in Endla theatre, which will be followed
by Erkki-Sven Tüür’s multimedia performance in the
concert hall – also broadcast by ETV.
Sun, 24 February – Independence Day!
7.35 – celebratory flag-hoisting at Toompea
10.00 – Jubilee Service at the Dome Church of Tallinn
12.00 – The exhibition of the History Museum The
Will to Be on One’s Own. 90 Years of the Republic of
Estonia will be opened.
13.00 - Small Snow Republic in Kadriorg
A national competition for Estonian high school
pupils: a few dozen teams build snow sculptures
characterising their home and depicting their Estonian
origin in Kadriorg Park, in the vicinity of the
13.00 – The Prime Minister will award the national
science, sports and culture awards in the hall of the
Academy of Sciences
13.00 – folklore festival Viru regi in Viru County,
where the Estonian folk song, born from the
experience of centuries, will be performed with the
help of willing participants.
18.00 – concert-reception of the Anniversary of the
Republic in the “Estonia” Theatre, artistic leader Tõnu
On 24 February the Bank of Estonia will issue
commemorative coins dedicated to the 90th
Anniversary of the Republic: a silver coin with a
nominal value of EEK 10, a gold coin with a nominal
value of EEK 50, and a platinum coin with a nominal
value of EEK 100. On 24 February, the Bank of
Estonia will also open the bust sculptures of the
members of the Provisional Government in the
Independence Hall of the Bank of Estonia.
Estonian Post will issue a jubilee stamp to
commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Republic of
Estonia (presentations in Pärnu on 23 February and in
Tallinn on 24 February)
25.2-2.3 Government of Sat, 1 March – the Month of the Chancellor of
Head of State Justice and the National Audit Office starts.
3.3-9.3 4th Government of 7 March - International conference on the
Head of State celebration of the 70th anniversary of the
Päts, 1923-24. establishment of the institution of the Chancellor of
Justice and of the 15th anniversary of its re-
Conference Centre of Hotel Olümpia from 10.00 to
The conference provides an overview of the
development and activities of the institution of the
Chancellor of Justice, discussing socio-political and
The aim of the conference is to expand the discussion
on the better protection of peoples’ fundamental rights
and freedoms, also to critically analyse the model of
the institution of the Chancellor of Justice.
Participants include Nordic and European colleagues
of the Estonian Chancellor of Justice. Danish
ombudsman Hans Gammeltoft-Hansen and Swedish
head ombudsman Mats Melin have agreed to speak at
the conference. Also European ombudsman P.
Nikiforos Diamandouros has been invited to speak at
the conference. Intended Estonian presenters are Uno
Lõhmus, Mart Nutt and Vello Pettai.
The conference will open an exhibition prepared by
the Office of the Chancellor of Justice on interesting
exhibits throughout the 70 years of the institution of
the Chancellor of Justice – documents, photos,
publications regarding the institution’s history and the
work of the former Chancellors of Justice).
To be specified: an open day with workshops –
consultations, introduction of fundamental rights; the
exhibition 70 Years of the Chancellor of Justice will
also be opened in the house at the same time.
Sat, 8 March – Women’s Day.
10.3-16.3 Government of Fri, 14 March – Native Language Day.
Head of State National Audit Office: An example of how we should
Akel, 1924. preserve the story of our state’s development for
future generations also in electronic format.
Opening archive environment: Information about the
development of the state of Estonia will be made
available to people – archive systems about the pre-
war period and the period from the 1990s until today,
which allows one to see how hard creating our state
has been during both periods of independence.
NB! Here, it is important to explain to people the
principles by which the National Audit Office operates
(why it has been created).
A conference that looks into the future and where the
problems of audits and the state are discussed: how to
17.3-23.3 Government of Fri, 21 March – Good Friday
Head of State
Jaakson, 1924-25. Sun, 23 March – Easter Holiday
Second half of March – issuing of the collection
prepared by the Office of the Chancellor of Justice: 15
more interesting cases encountered during the 15-year
working period of the two Chancellors of Justice of
newly independent Estonia
24.3-30.3 Government of Tue, 25 March – Day of Mourning.
Head of State
Teemant, 1925- Fri, 28 March – open house for citizens in the Office
26. of the Chancellor of Justice at Kohtu 8, Tallinn. There
is also an exhibition about interesting records
throughout the 70 years of the institution of the
Chancellor of Justice
31.3-6.4 2nd Government Tue, Wed, 1 to 2 April – 20 years from the plenum of
of Head of State creative associations.
Teemant, 1926- In 2008 a new plenum of creative associations that
27. focuses on today’s problems will take place at the hall
Tue, 1 April – the Riigikogu Month starts.
The Tall Hermann tower is open to visitors every
Friday in April. Tours start from 10.00 to 15.00 every
full hour on Fridays
Harju County Day in the Riigikogu – dates are still
Youth Forum in the Riigikogu Our State is 90 Years
Old. What is the Contribution by Me, a 20-Year Old,
Riigikogu sittings are public and can be observed from
the visitors’ balcony of the Sitting Chamber of the
Riigikogu; it is possible to find out about the course of
Riigikogu sittings, draft Acts and shorthand notes on
the Riigikogu home page at www.riigikogu.ee
Thu, Fri, 3 to 4 April – the Volunteer Activity Forum
at Tartu University Library (W.Struwe 1) in Tartu
The Development Centre of Volunteer Activity
dedicates the third Volunteer Activity Forum in Tartu
on the 90th Anniversary of the Republic. This time, the
central theme is the role of the volunteer in society;
also the good practice of volunteer activity will be
7.4-13.4 3rd Government of Sat, 12 April – 91 years from uniting the area of
Head of State Estonia into the Province of Estonia.
14.4-20.4 2nd Government 20 years from Tartu Heritage Protection Days.
of Head of State
21.4-27.4 Government of Wed, 23 April – St. George’s Day, anniversary of the
Head of State Riigikogu.
Rein, 1928-29. Fri, 25 April - Open doors in the Riigikogu and at the
end of the day an Ultima Thule concert will be held in
the courtyard of Toompea Castle
28.4-4.5 2nd Government Thu, 1 May – Walpurgis Day
of Head of State Thu, 1 May – the Month of the Courts starts
31. Fri, 2 May – opening of the picture gallery of the
justices of the Supreme Court (1920-2007) on the
premises of the Supreme Court
Throughout May, open days with tours and lectures
will be organised in courthouses all over Estonia.
Together with judges and court officials it is possible
to take a peak into the backstage of the administration
of justice and to find out how the legal system works.
Printed materials issued within the Month of the
1. A book of selected rulings in constitutional
review of the Riigikogu from 1993-2008.
2. A selected collection of speeches and
presentations before of the Riigikogu, at the
Forum of Judges, plenary meetings and other
conferences in 2006-2008.
3. A brochure introducing the court system and
the Supreme Court. The purpose of the
brochure is to introduce the administration of
justice and the court system both to Estonia’s
residents and to foreign visitors, and through
openness to raise the awareness of citizens
about courts and the administration of justice.
4. A collection of entries received for essay and
case competitions for young people 2006-
2008, and a summary of the results of a
judicial survey carried out among grade 10-12
In Pärsti Rural Municipality, near Viljandi. a plaque
will be dedicated on the wall of the Kärksi school
house to indicate the birth place of the first Secretary
of State, Theodor Andreas Käärik
Completion and presentation of the winning entry of
the Simple Law idea competition (winners of the idea
competition about (simplified) introduction of the
structure and/or functioning principles of the court
system will be declared in January 2008.
The winning entry will be completed and taken into
use in May 2008).
Sun, 4 May at 19.00 – the Berlin Philharmonic will
give a concert in the Estonia Concert Hall within the
framework of the German-Estonian Cultural Week
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle
Tragic Overture by Brahms
Six Pieces for Orchestra, by Webern
Symphony by Stravinsky
Symphony No 7 by Beethoven
5.5-11.5 5th Government of Thu, 8 May – an exhibition about the history of the
Head of State administration of justice in Estonia Judicial Power
Päts, 1931-32. and Administration of Justice in the Republic of
Estonia. The exhibition will remain open until
Fri, 9 May – Day of Europe.
Estonian Post will issue the stamp of Otto Strandmann
– the day the first constitutional head of state of
Estonia took office (19 May 1919)
Sun, 11 May – Mother’s Day.
12.5-18.5 4 Government of
Head of State
19.5-25.5 Government of
Head of State
26.5-1.6 6th Government of Thu, Fri, 29-30 May – a conference on the 90th
Head of State Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, Development
Päts, 1932-33. of Estonian Rule of Law: Yesterday’s Choices Today,
in the Vanemuine Concert Hall in Tartu. Discusses the
further and nearer history of Estonia as a State Based
on the Rule of Law, the shaping of a common
understanding of which creates a presupposition for
the creation of a consensus in the development of the
rule of law. The conference introduces Estonia’s legal-
cultural, legal-philosophical and legal-historical
background and the choices that lay ahead.
Sun, 1 June – the Month of the Bank of Estonia
The Bank of Estonia will open a special exhibition
about the monetary reform in its museum, covering all
the monetary reforms that have occurred since the
establishment of the first Estonian currency.
In the museum of the Bank of Estonia, thematic
evenings will take place once a week
Regular tours of the Bank of Estonia both in Estonian
and in English
2.6-8.6 3rd Government of
Head of State Wed, 4 June – National Flag Day.
Thu, 5 June – a memorial plaque will be opened in the
birth place of Helmut Maandi in the village of Sikeldi
in Rapla Rural Municipality (5 June is also the
anniversary of the birth of Helmut Maandi)
Fri, 6 June – An event of modern art and music
BankNight in the courtyard of the Bank of Estonia.
Sat, 7 June – Punk song festival in Rakvere, which
starts with a punk parade on the route bus station-
police station-Vallimägi. Director Üllar Saaremäe,
musical producer Hirvo Surva.
9.6-15.6 7th Government of Sat, 14 June – Day of Mourning.
Head of State,
President-Regent Presentation of a study about Estonian money and
Päts, 1933-38. monetary policy (the Bank of Estonia will order the
relevant study in August 2007).
16.6-22.6 2nd Government Fri, 20 June – public presentation of a consumer coin
of Prime Minister issued for the anniversary of the monetary reform; a
Eenpalu, 1938-39. celebratory reception dedicated to the anniversary of
the monetary reform in the Independence Hall of the
Bank of Estonia
Throughout June, opening of exhibitions about money
prepared by the Bank of Estonia in different towns all
over Estonia; a thematic lecture will be held by the
representative of the Bank at each opening.
Sun, 22 June – a relevant marker will be opened at
Viinistu at the birth place of Aleksander Warma, the
Prime Minister in the office of the President of the
Republic. That day is also the anniversary of the birth
of Warma (22 June 1890)
23.6-29.6 Government of Mon, 23 June – Victory Day
Prime Minister A big Victory Day parade in Tallinn; the President of
Uluots, 1939-40. the Republic sends the victory fire to Midsummer’s
Day bonfires all over the country;
The parade will be followed by the reception of the
Commander of the Defence Forces.
In the evening, performance of the play Truth and
Justice III and a big bonfire at Tammsaare. Director:
At Albu, the Tallinn City Theatre, in cooperation with
other Estonian theatres, will also perform the entire
Truth and Justice, parts I, II, IV and V. After the
marathon play, parts II, III and IV will continue to be
played at Vargamäe until mid-July.
The play has a sequel in the form of a play about the
history of the Republic of Estonia 3 Moments in the
Birth of Independence, which will be played as a
travelling show during the Local Governments Month
in July in various community centres, manor houses,
etc. It will be written by Indrek Hirv.
In community centres, manor houses, village centres,
etc., the play 3 Moments in the Birth of Independence
will be performed, see www.eesti90.ee
Tue, 24 June – Midsummer’s Day
Fri-Sat, 27-28 June – Opening event of the Local
Governments’ Month: Celebration of the Republic
of Vaali (this is where the idea to create the Republic
of Estonia was born). A competition between local
governments that is partially military and partially
focused on crisis management skills will be organised
in cooperation with the Defence League and the
Brownie Guides, which commemorates the events that
occurred in Päinurme-Vaali in 1905 (Koeru and Koigi
30.6-6.7 Government of Tue, 1 July – Start of the Local Governments
Acting Prime month: summer month in all rural municipalities
Minister Tief, of the country
Concert series Young Estonia in churches, young
bands, prog rock, heritage bands (Ando Kiviberg, Ants
Maritime thinking, small ports, song concerts of Tätte,
and branches of Hiiu County boat trip to coastal areas.
In July, a thematic exhibition of the kinetic art
competition/project under the working title Estonia –
Mighty Maritime Country will be organised at
Raiekivi spits (Kuressaare).
Festival or Estonian and Latvian vocal bands will
be held in the twin towns of Valga and Valka at the
beginning of July. (Valga)
Open air performance at Intsikurmu Song Festival
Ground in Põlva, working title – GREAT IN
Humoristic rock musical Square about the recent
history of the town in Rakvere. The show opens on
12 June 2008 and it will be performed for the second
time in the framework of the Local Governments
Fri-Sat, 4-5 July – Soela Strait Games in Leisi. A
sports and cultural event to celebrate 90 years of the
Republic of Estonia. Exhibitions in Muhu Museum,
Koguva Art Stable, etc. (Leisi and Muhu Rural
Fri-Sat, 4-5 July – XI Põltsa County Wine Festival
dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Republic of
Estonia: For the first time in its history, the festival
will last for two days in 2008 (Põltsa County and
Pajusi Rural Municipalities).
Sat, 5 July – Midsummer’s Day, according to the old
calendar, in Mustvee.
Sat, 5 July – Historical play dedicated to Karl Parts,
opening of the exhibition hall of the Tabivere Rural
Municipality Museum; exhibition Republic of Estonia
90 in the Tabivere Rural Municipality Museum in
Fri-Sun, 5-6 July – Folklore festival Viru Säru, Money
– Wealth and Poverty Exhibition Coins and Jewellery
in Estonian Folk Tradition in Vihula Rural
7.7-13.7 2nd Government Wed, 9 July – a relevant marker will be opened in the
of Prime Minister village of Vandu, the then Undva Rural Municipality,
Uluots, 1944-45. in the birth place of Otto Strandman. This is the day of
the assumption of office of the Second Government of
Strandman (9 July 1929).
Thu, 10 July – Organ concert The Sound of Saare
County Organs 2008 in Anna Church in Mustjala
(Mustjala Rural Municipality).
Thu-Thu, 10-17 July – Open air play American
Christ in Rose-Tinted Glasses and the Last Lazy
European in Mikumärdi by H. Raudsepp/R. Adlas at
the swing ground of Elistvere Animal Park, dedicated
to the 90th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia
and the 125th anniversary of the birthday of Hugo
Raudsepp. Performed by: Tabivere Hobby Theatre
and Tartu Vilde Theatre.
Sat-Sun, 12-13 July – Series of events Family Päts
and Räpina: a seminar about the history of the Päts
family and their ties to Räpina; a commemorative
church service in the Räpina Orthodox Church; an
exhibition in the congregation house of Räpina
Orthodox Church. In autumn it will move to the
Sillapää Castle, where it will remain open until the end
of 2008. Preparation, publication and distribution of
the biographic brochure about Priest Nikolai Päts (20
pages, 800 copies). Literary evening dedicated to the
works of Nikolai Päts (Räpina Rural Municipality).
Sat, 12 July – Porkuni Day. Family Day of the
Rural Municipality. Meeting of villages: the 30
villages of the rural municipality will meet for the first
time in Porkuni in order to compete with each other,
share experiences, encourage smaller villages to
participate in village movement and make one’s
village more beautiful and active. Villages will set up
information billboards and there will be a spirited
parade. The makers of the best homemade drink and
the tastiest cake will be declared… (Tamsalu Rural
Sat, 12 July – Friends Fair at Mahu beach. Friends
will come to visit from faraway places such as Karvia
Rural Municipality in Finland and also from nearby
places, such as Kunda Town and neighbouring rural
Sat, 12 July – DAY OF ESTONIA with a
handicrafts fair in the Laiuse Castle ruins
(application: 150-200,000 EEK). The history of the
Republic of Estonia over 90 years will be described
with different shows and performers during the day
(Jõgeva Rural Municipality).
14.7-20.7 Exile Government Tue-Sat, 15-19 July – Play Mahtra Sky (within the
of Prime Minister framework of events about Mahtra War 150) (Juuru
Rei, 1945-63 Rural Municipality).
Fri-Sun, 18-20 July – Väike-Maarja Accordion, Folk
Dance and Drama Days. The heads of local villages
come with their fires and a big bonfire will be lit at the
foot of Ebavere. There will be a fire incantation led by
Urmas Sisask (Väike-Maarja Rural Municipality).
Sat, 19 July – Day of Songs in the Mustjala School
Park, 150 years from creation of a mixed choir in
Mustjala (Mustjala Rural Municipality).
Sat, 19 July – Festival: Two Cultures in the 90-Year
Old Republic of Estonia. Amateur collectives from
Narva to Varnja will take part in the festival.
Sat, 19 July – Pajusi Manor Day (handicrafts fair,
concerts in the park and community house, open air
performance, handicrafts and photo exhibition,
activities for children) (Pajusi Rural Municipality).
21.7-27.7 Exile Government Fri, 25 July – Romantic Summer Evening in
of Prime Minister Puurmani Manor. An exhibition of the War of
Warma, 1963-71 Independence and thematic history and music hours
will be organised in the manor hall. Cinema Bus in the
manor park (Puurmani Rural Municipality).
Sat, 26 July – Aviation Day Come and Fly of Ridali
Flight Club and Laheda Rural Municipality: an
event for the whole family. There will be lectures,
exhibitions, demonstrations and flights. A cultural
programme and games and sports can also be enjoyed
at the event (Laheda Rural Municipality).
Sun, 27 July – Celebration of the 167th anniversary
of the birthday of Carl Robert Jakobson.
At 11.00 – a commemorative moment by the Kõnnu
At 12.00 – Torma Community House Homeland is
Sacred for Us! (Torma)
Sun-Sun, 27 July-3 August – Children’s Camp
Friendship of Vaivara and Palamuse Rural
Municipalities (Palamuse and Vaivara Rural
Municipalities). Concert Our Estonia at the end of
July. Performers of the cultural associations of
different nationalities will be invited to participate.
28.7-3.8 Exile Government Mon, 28 July – a relevant marker will be opened in the
of Prime Minister village of Mõnnaste in Tarvastu Rural Municipality at
Kint, 1971-90 the birth place of Ado Birk. This day is also the
anniversary of the assumption of office of the
Government of Birk, which was in office from 28 to
30 July 1920.
Fri, 1 August – the month celebrating exile,
resistance and restoration of independence will
4.8-10.8 Transition The documentary series Estonians Abroad (a
Government of programme or series about Estonians who live abroad,
Prime Minister their hometowns and countries) will start (Office of
Savisaar, 1990-92 the Minister in cooperation with ETV).
18.8-24.8 Exile Government Tue, 19 August – A Night Song Festival for the
of Prime Minister celebration of the 20th anniversary of night song
Marga, 1990-92 festivals at the Tallinn Song Festival Ground
Wed, 20 August – Day of Restoration of Independence
– President’s reception for creative people.
Sat, 23 August – Anniversary of the MRP, opening of
a monument to resistance in Tallinn at Iceland Square
25.8-31.8 Government of Thu, 28 August – a memorial plaque will be dedicated
Prime Minister at the birth place of former Secretary of State Arved
Laar, 1992-94. Ruusa on the Ebro farm in the village of Aakaru in
Vana-Kuuste (28 August is the anniversary of the birth
of Arved Ruusa)
Fri, 29 August – a memorial plaque will be dedicated
at the birth place of former Secretary of State Artur
Mägi in the Ramma school house in the former
Väinjärve Rural Municipality in Järva County. (29
August is the anniversary of the birth of Artur Mägi)
Sat, 30 August – Night of Ancient Fires. An aerial
photo of the outline of Estonia created by fires on the
coastline. A joint project with Finland and Sweden.
Sun, 31 August – the 14th anniversary of the withdrawl
of Russian troops
Sun, 31 August – reburial of Jüri Uluots in the soil of
1.9-7.9 Government of Mon, 1 September – Day of Knowledge, festive start
Prime Minister of the school year.
Tarand, 1994-95. Mon, 1 September – the School Month starts
The Ministry of Education and Research declares a
student work competition I Notice and Discover, to
celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Republic of
Estonia, in all Estonian schools. The Ministry of
Education and Research announces the winners of the
pupils’ Jubilee Year vision competition Estonia 100
ETV will begin showing a 12-episode TV play about
the history of Estonia (Raivo Suviste).
8.9-14.9 2nd Government Student conference My Education and training
of Prime Minister conference Key Questions on Estonian History in the
Vähi, 1995. 20th Century for the history and social studies teachers
in Estonian and Russian language schools
Tue, 9 September – a memorial plaque will be
dedicated at the birth place of former Secretary of
State Karl Terras in the village of Perjatsi in Vaivara
Rural Municipality in Viru County (9 September is the
anniversary of the birth of Karl Terras)
Reburial of the Minister of Education and the Minister
of Foreign Affairs in Estonian soil
15.9-21.9 3rd Government of
22.9-28.9 Government of
29.9-5.10 2nd Government Mon, 29 September – Michaelmas.
of Prime Minister Wed, 1 October – the Month of Nationalities in
Laar, 1999-2002. Estonia starts
Wed, 1 October – a memorial stone will be dedicated
in Kõlleste Rural Municipality at the birth place of the
former Prime Minister in the office of the President,
Heinrich Marga. 1 October is also the anniversary of
the birth of Marga (1 October 1911).
Sat, 4 October – the fair introducing the cultures of
national minorities starts in Saku Suurhall.
In October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold a
Foreign Affairs Conference on Estonian Foreign
Policy and the thought of diplomacy
6.10-12.10 Government of
13.10- Government of Tue, 14 October – the winners of the photo
19.10 Prime Minister competition One State-121 Nationalities! will be
Parts, 2003-05. announced and an exhibition of the participating
entries will be opened (the solution of the exhibition is
still being specified, when will it be announced?).
20.10- Government of Wed, 22 October – general meeting of the Estonian
26.10 Prime Minister Academy of Science Estonian Academy of Science 70.
Thu, 23 October – The results of the competition of
multicultural collective held under the leadership of
the Office of Minister Palo. The competition looks for
the best-functioning multiethnic collective or team that
includes both Estonian and Russian speaking
employees (or collectives where different languages
are spoken). The competition, held in cooperation with
Äripäev newspaper, will become regular: also in the
future, the winner will be announced in October each
24 October - reception of Minister Urve Palo for
leaders of the cultural associations of national
25 October, reception of the Head of Office of Urve
Palo at East-Viru County.
27.10-2.11 Government of 1 November – the month dedicated to the
Prime Minister Government of the Republic starts
3.11-9.11 Thu, Fri, 6-7 November – Government Officials
Forum in Tartu
Sun, 9 November – Father’s Day.
10.11- Mon, 10 November – St. Martin’s Day.
Tue, 11 November – day of the creation of
government agencies, when all ministries celebrate the
anniversary of their establishment
Tue, 11 November – celebration of the first sitting of
the Provisional Government in their first assembly
place in Tallinn, at 14 Town Hall Square; placing a
memorial plaque on the wall of the Provisional
Tue, 11 November, morning – the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs commemorates colleagues at their graves; as of
noon there is an open house in the Ministry of Foreign
13 November – a permanent exposition about the
history of the Ministry (1918-2008) and its virtual
solution at the new home page of the Ministry will be
opened, the presentation of the book The Second
Coming, Part II
Sun, 16 November – Day of Rebirth.
17.11- Tue, 18 November – 90th Anniversary of the Republic
23.11 of Latvia.
Fri, 21 November – Neeme Järvi conducts Jonah’s
24.11 – Tue, 25 November – St. Catherine’s Day.
Wed, 26 November – Citizen’s Day.
Fri, 28 November – Establishment of the Monument to
Freedom for the War of Independence in Tallinn at
Harjumägi, ending of the Jubilee Year