See you at the Estonia 100 Summer Celebration Week!

Photo: Kaarel Mikkin, Visit Estonia

See you at the Estonia 100 Summer Celebration Week!

During the 100th anniversary year of the Republic of Estonia, the country's re-independence day is celebrated with a Summer Celebration Week, which will bring Estonian people and their friends together to grand festivities.

The Summer Celebration Week of Estonia 100 will take place between 17–25 August and will start in Rakvere with the first poetry festival in Estonia and wrap up on 25 August with the Night of Ancient Bonfires. “The jewel of the anniversary summer is the Summer Celebration Week of Estonia 100, which will bring together Estonian people and our friends,” said Margus Kasterpalu, Head of Major Events of Estonia 100.

100 poems from four different eras will be read out at the Rakvere castle during the first poetry festival in Estonia. The journey through Estonian poetry and history shall be presented by nearly 30 beloved actors and public persons. The poetry festival will be followed by a concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Punk Song Festival.

The first Estonian Nature Day will be celebrated on 18 August. Over 50 events held throughout Estonia invite you to discover the Estonian nature and its diversity. On that day, dozens of hikes, workshops, and nature watching events with guides will take place all over Estonia. The schedule includes family mornings at the Estonian Nature Museum, and the Tallinn-Harku Aerological Station and the Tartu-Tõravere Meteorological Station will have an open doors day as well. The list of events is constantly growing. Hiking enthusiasts are also welcome to participate in the State Forest Management Centre’s (RMK) group hikes between 6–25 August. Guided hiking groups will start from the endpoints of the hiking route of RMK and continue to the hiking capital Aegviidu.

One of the highlights of the week will be the global sing-along “The Power of Song” on 19 August. On the evening before the restoration of independence, Estonian people and their friends throughout the world will sing beloved Estonian songs together. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, the singing will last for 100 consecutive minutes. Participate in the sing-along by coming to the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds or by tuning in via TV or internet.

Estonia will also be encircled twice during the Summer Celebration Week. The Tour d’ÖÖ (“Tour of the Night”) cycling tour will be cruising across Estonia between 17–26 August.. The collective bicycle ride will begin in Haapsalu and conclude in Tallinn, the tour involves a total of ten cities. The Estonian Police and Border Guard Orchestra will encircle Estonia the other way around from Narva to Tallinn with their concert tour “Along the Border”. The tours will coincide on 22 August in Valga.

In conclusion of the Summer Celebration Week, people are invited to come the longest banquet table along Lake Peipus. Pop-up restaurants, which will offer food and drinks made from pure ingredients from the Peipsi area, will be opened from 25–26 August between Vasknarva and Saabolda. Pop-up restaurants will be opened along a total of 175 km of coastline.

The Celebration Week will be wrapped up on a dim August night with the Night of Ancient Bonfires. The lighting of thousands of bonfires on the beaches of the Baltic Sea commemorates the Estonian people’s connection with the sea. On this night, Nargenfestival will bring ERSO musicians to either side of the Tallinn Bay, thus creating a musical bridge between the mainland and the Naissaar Island. The evening shall begin on Naissaar Island with “Water Music” led by Tõnu Kaljuste and will continue at Kakumäe port with “Music for the Royal Fireworks” conducted by Andres Kaljuste.


During its centenary year, Estonia has opened its doors and hearts and welcomes guests from near and far. Let’s celebrate together and everywhere, the entire programme is available at www.EV100.ee.

Last updated : 05.09.2018

In category: History & Culture

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