The international programme of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the centenary of the Republic of Estonia

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  • 20/12/2017 15:04

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The art of Edward von Lõngus
The works of street artist Edward von Lõngus appear on the streets of Brussels, Rome, Helsinki, Berlin, Copenhagen and Paris (photo: Edward von Lõngus Facebook page)

The international programme celebrates the first Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the centenary of the Republic of Estonia.

Some facts about the international programme of the Estonian Presidency:

  • More than 100 events were held;
  • The programme went to more than 40 cities;
  •  There were more than 30 partners from Estonia included, as well as a number of international partners;
  • Around 1 500 tickets were bought for flights and ferries.

The international programme continues in the new year in order to highlight, among other things, Estonian culture, education and research, as well as the digital society through events dedicated to the country's birthday. 

Some examples of the international programme

The digital street art project by street artist Edward von Lõngus and art platform NOAR, bring 100-year-old Estonians to the capitals of Europe and help them speak through mobile apps. The characters, painted on walls, become alive thanks to smart technology and offer exciting experiences both in urban as well as virtual space. By now, the 100-year-old Estonians are telling our stories on the streets of Brussels, Rome, Helsinki, Berlin, Copenhagen and Paris. Four more capitals will follow. 

Estonian folk music group Trad.Attack! is on a two-year tour 'All Around Europe' that hopes to reach every country in Europe.The band reaches prestigious festivals and stages across Europe with their fresh approach and brilliant live performances. In 2017, they performed at the world's largest world music festival WOMAD in the United Kingdom, and also in the Netherlands, Poland, Latvia, Sweden and many more places in Europe and beyond.

In August 2017, Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra began their first international tour. In August, the orchestra toured the Baltic Sea, visiting festivals in Latvia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The concert tour was very well received by international critics. 

The Art Museum of Estonia is represented with several unique exhibitions in the international programme. This autumn, exhibitions on Estonian contemporary art curated by the Art Museum of Estonia were opened at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. An exhibition on the works of Konrad Mägi opened at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, and is showing until the end of January 2018. Also, in 2018, an exhibition of works by Michel Sittow opens at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Exhibitions of Kumu will also show at Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Le Lieu unique centre in Nantes, and in Japan.

The Archimedes foundation and the Estonian Research Council are organising presentation programmes on Estonian universities as well as research and higher education opportunities in Finland, Ukraine, France and Belgium.

What is in store in 2018?

The second tour of the Estonian Festival Orchestra  and Paavo Järvi will launch in Tallinn on 16 January, when they will perform a new piece by composer Erkki-Sven Tüür. The tour will then head to Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. The orchestra brings together the best musicians working in Estonian orchestras, Estonians making a career in orchestras abroad and musicians from the best orchestras of Europe.

In late January, the Flagey concert venue in Brussels is dedicating a weekend to Arvo Pärt, shining a spotlight on Estonia and one of our best known composers. Arvo Pärt's works will be performed and discussed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Flemish Radio Choir and several local composers.

In March, the Estonian National Male Choir, the Estonian National Symphonic Orchestra and Vox Clamantis will bring Estonian centenary celebrations to important festivals in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore. 

The AHHAA Science Theatre with the Psycho Bus, Science Bus and Qark will bring the most exciting parts of Estonian research to the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam for both young and grown-up visitors on 31 March and 1 April.

Estonian jazz artists will celebrate Estonia's birthday on the stages of important European jazz festivals, such as Pori Jazz in Finland, XJAZZ in Berlin, Elbjazz in Hamburg, and Sage Gateshead in the United Kingdom.

Spanning more than 150 countries, World Cleanup Day is held on 15 September 2018. Let us celebrate Estonia's birthday with the present of a cleaner world!


Anna Lindpere

Anna Lindpere

Government Office of Estonia / Marketing Adviser for the International Programme of the Estonian Presidency and EV100