The successful three-day Baltic Centennial in Boston November 23-25 weekend was a feast for eyes and ears! Hundreds of enthusiastic guests enjoyed a weekend packed with music and dance performances, film screenings, honorary speakers, panel discussions, art exhibits, marketplace, a grand gala banquet, and an ecumenical church service. A small group of dedicated volunteers from the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian communities worked for three years to provide a weekend of outstanding activities highlighting our proud heritage.
A celebratory large audience welcomed Estonian pianist Hando Nahkur, the North American Latvian Quartet and the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra from Vilnius, Lithuania to the opening concert at Boston's famous Symphony Hall. The Marriott Copley ballroom was filled to capacity with a festive crowd, singing and clapping to the performances of hundreds of choir singers and folk dancers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Estonia was proudly represented by seven young singers from the Boston Estonian School who sang and played the traditional zither. The Lexington High School choruses, numbering around 80, performed Estonian songs, including Ilus Maa, accompanied on the piano with Epp Sonin. With all the hundreds of performers on stage for a grand finale, the concert ended with a rousing rendition of songs from all three countries and a spontaneous Baltic Chain — the audience joining hands together around the periphery of the huge ballroom.
Vancouveris toimus EV100 pidustuste raames pühapäeval, 25. veebruaril oikumeeniline jumalateenistus Meie Kodus.
Eesti juubelisünnipäeva märkivale jumalateenistusele järgnes pidulik koosviibimine, kus viibis ka vabariigi kaasaegne Laine Viitre, kel täitub sajand maikuus.
On Estonia’s 100th birthday on February 24th, 2018, our beloved national symbol, the BLUE-BLACK-WHITE tricolour dominated the scene at Nathan Phillips Square. As “our” flag inched its way to the top of the City Hall flagpole, hundreds of smaller flags and banners were held high in joyous celebration by the crowd of Estonians and Estonian enthusiasts, who had gathered to share the momentous occasion with their friends and family.
The scene at City Hall Square on February 24th looked similar to the many previous occasions when the Square turned into a rippling sea of BLUE-BLACK and WHITE. But this time a feeling of triumph, jubilation, and exhilaration hung in the air. Clearly the celebration was not only about Estonia's 100th anniversary but also about the crucially important fact that Estonia had reached its 100th milestone as
a free, independent and democratic nation.
Millised on olnud Eesti ajaloo tähtsündmused? Kindlasti on igaühel meist selle kohta ka oma arvamus, kuid meil kui rahvusel on mitu ajaloolist verstaposti, mille tähtsusest me kõik aru saame.
KUMU-s avati 16. märtsil EV100 raames uus suurepärane näitus, mis vaatleb kunsti mõju eestlaste ajaloomälule ning pakub huvi nii kunsti- kui ajaloosõpradele. Paljude piltide seast on näitusele valitud just need, mis on aidanud luua „mälupaiku“. Mälupaiga mõiste võttis kasutusele ajaloolane Pierre Nora: sellises paigas on lisaks konkreetsele kohale talletunud ka ajaloosündmused, isikud, rituaalid, kirjandus ja rahvapärimused – seeläbi on paigast kujunenud rahvusliku mälu tugipunkt ja omaette sümbol.
On February 24th, 2018, the Estonian community of Vancouver celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Estonia. The event took place in Richmond’s Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, located just outside of Vancouver proper. In cooperation with the Honorary Consul of Estonia in Vancouver, Harry Jaako, the Vancouver Estonian Society laboured for over a year to plan this event. To the great joy of the organisers, the block of hotel rooms set aside for guests, as well all tickets to the celebration, were sold out, indicating that the community was aware of this occasion’s special significance; it is estimated that approximately two hundred and fifty people attended the festivities. Indeed, such awareness was already noticed a few days prior, when many community members visited BC Place Stadium in downtown Vancouver as it was lit up in the sinimustvalge of the Estonian flag.
On February 24th, over 250 members of Vancouver’s Estonian community came together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s declaration of Independence with a ceremony and formal ball at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.
The Ceremony included many memorable moments, including the wonderful flag procession conducted by the Vancouver Police Ceremonial Unit, esteemed guest speaker Sirje Kiin who spoke on ‘Development of the Estonian Identity and Mind Through Language and Literature’, and a beautiful choral presentation by Vancouver Estonian Mixed Choir ‘Läänetuul’. Also during the ceremony program, two well known Vancouver Estonians were recognized by the Estonian Central Council in Canada for their dedication over many years to the Canadian-Estonian community; Leo Allas presented with the Silver Medal of Merit and Alar Suurkask with the Gold Medal of Merit. With a standing ovation and heartwarming applause, this recognition could be felt among all attendees in the room as well.