On 24 February of this year, the Republic of Estonia will celebrate its 100th anniversary. However, no country has been built in a single day, so it is perfectly fitting that Estonians have decided to celebrate this jubilee in a thorough fashion over three years.
The celebrations started in April 2017 and will be concluded in February 2020. Naturally, one of the brightest and most celebratory times of the long jubilee period is the week of the anniversary. A mighty wave of celebrations will take hold of Estonia during the week of 18–25 February and reach many of our foreign friends as well.
These events will take us through all the biggest cities in Estonia: Tallinn, Haapsalu, Narva, Viljandi, Paide, Pärnu and Tartu. Several activities take participants a 100 years back in time. On 19 February, a performance will be organised at the Eesti Pank (Bank of Estonia) for the unveiling of four spectacular commemorative coins. On the eve of 24 February, attention will be directed to the Estonian National Museum in Tartu, were the President will throw the biggest reception yet.
If black tie is not exactly your thing, you can greet the country's birthday by dancing the night away at an Estonian electronic dance music festival called "Made in Estonia", which will be held at the Culture Hub on 23 February. The Seaplane Harbour will unveil a new exhibition titled "100 years on water. The ships of Estonia 1918–2018" on 24 February.
Festival Baltikum will take over the Berlin Konzerthaus during 16–25 February. Estonia will be represented by Kristjan Järvi with his audiovisual concert experience "Nordic Pulse!", Raivo Tafenau quintet and Estonian National Opera Boys' Choir conducted by Hirvo Surva. An Estonian-Finnish exhibition titled "Bridge" will be on at the Virka Gallery in Helsinki until 25 February.