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Centennial week: Estonia 100's international program

Arvo Pärt (left) at the Baltikum festival in Berlin.
Arvo Pärt (left) at the Baltikum festival in Berlin. Source: (EV100/Markus Werner)

Dozens of events are taking place abroad this week to celebrate the Estonian centennial, ranging from concerts of Estonian choirs and ensembles to art, history, movie screenings, and much more.

The Festival Baltikum dedicated to the centennials of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania kicked off in Germany last week at the prestigious Konzerthaus Berlin. The opening night featured the music of composers Arvo Pärt and Maarja Nuut. The festival will continue throughout the week, and its highlight will be the presentation of Rudolf Tobias' oratorio "Jonah's Mission" with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, led by Neeme Järvi. This weekend, the Konzerthausorkester Berlin directed by Kristjan Järvi will perform two concerts. The Estonian National Opera Boys' Choir and the Raivo Tafenau Quintet will also perform at the same venue this weekend.

The Vox Clamantis vocal ensemble is performing in Tbilisi, while in Tel Aviv this week the 2018 Mustonenfest is dedicated to Estonia's centennial, featuring the Ellerhein girls' choir and the Voces Musicales chamber choir.

The E STuudio Youth Choir is performing in Sydney, the chamber choir Collegium Musicale in Beirut, and top instrumentalists Virgo Veldi (saxophone), Andreas Lend (cello), and Irina Zahharenkova (piano) are playing in Helsinki.

In addition to music, the Estonian Contemporary (Performance) Art Festival "UUE" will be on at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. In Budapest, an exhibition of Estonian photographers entitled "Tell me. The Contemporary Portrait in Photography" is about to open.

"Even though the program dedicated to Estonia's centennial abroad lasts for one and a half years, and events are held every week, it is still wonderful that the centennial week will be celebrated in such grand style," said Jorma Sarv, head of the International Programme of Estonia 100.

Estonian communities abroad will celebrate the centennial this week with dozens of events all over the world — in addition to European countries, events will also take place in Canada, the United States, Singapore, and Columbia.

You can have a closer look at Estonia 100's international program here (link in English).

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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