In 1991, the culmination of events came to a head. The widespread push for restoring Estonia's continued and following the August Coup in Moscow, independence was declared for Estonia on 20 August 1991 when the Supreme Council of Estonia established de facto independence. Today, this has become a national holiday in Estonia national holiday, known as Restoration of Independence Day.
Events and Exhibits Celebrating Independence
Of course, you can find plenty of exhibitions and events to get into the spirit and learn more about Estonia's history.
Celebration and Commemoration Events
20 August. The Night Song Festival "Laula Vabalt" (meaning "sing free") celebrates the 30th anniversary of Estonia's regained freedom. More than 450 Estonian musicians are taking part in this 5-hour concert. The event starts at 19.00 and goes until 00:30. You can buy tickets here.
20 August. General Laidoner's Estonian War Museum in Viimsi. As part of the Dignified Land Rover Grand Prix 2021 event, a demonstration of various military equipment and off-road vehicles will take place.
15 Agust. The Estonian National Museum. A concert marking the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence will take place where Mari Jürjens, Mari Kalkun, and the VHK string orchestra will perform on the ENM summer stage
Exhibitions and Viewings
If you're curious about Estonia's history and want to learn more about what happened in the early 90s, then come visit some of the different exhibitions, where you can learn more about how Estonia made its history
The Estonian National Museum is hosting the permanent exhibition 'Encounters.' This will bring parts of Estonia's past for visitors to understand and learn from. Entrance to the exhibition is free until the end of 2021.
The museum will present an interactive game "Time Travel 1991". The All-Estonian Time Travel will take place from 6th to 16th September 2021.
20-21 August. Palamuse O. Lutsu Parish School Museum. A sound, light, and pyrotechnic performance called Tuledes Paunvere (Paunvere in lights) describing the events of 23 February 1918. Based on the writings of historian Johannes Paju, the story includes both historical and fictional characters.
September 2021. Palamuse O. Lutsu Parish School Museum. Students will be performing the historical events of 1991.
Until October 2021. Museum of Occupation and Freedom Vabamu. The traveling pop-up exhibition "Thirty Years Free" looks back at the restoration of Estonia's independence and the last 30 years and teaches people how important each person's contribution is in building and maintaining an independent democracy.
Until December 31, 2021. The Kumu Art Museum. Some see the exhibition of Estonian Art in the 1990s named "The Future Comes in an Hour. Estonian Art in the 1990s". The exposition explores new phenomena and art forms that emerged during the historic period for Estonia. The new permanent exhibition features works by influential artists who set the tone for the art of the 1990s. The name of the exhibition is taken from the song of the cult brand JMKE and indicates social and cultural changes at a time when everyone was looking forward to the future.