A Day for Estonians in the World

November 28, 2020

You are invited to join with us in celebrating A Day for Estonians in the World, which will be broadcast live from Tallinn's Vabamu Museum.


The focus of this year’s programme will be on Estonian communities abroad in videos. The event is being organised as part of the Global Estonian Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Vabamu and the Estonian Worldwide Youth Network.

During the day you will get to see the first clips from the collection of films to which we are currently adding. We are gathering Super-8 recordings of get-togethers, birthdays, weddings and other important occasions being celebrated by Estonians living abroad that show how national traditions and culture were upheld in communities abroad during the years of Soviet occupation. We encourage all Estonians living abroad to rifle through their old films so as to share their memories with us in digitalised form. A selection of the films will be shown on ETV2 in a series called 8 mm ELU (‘8-mm LIFE’) and stored in Vabamu’s archives. More detailed information can be found here.


There will be live crosses to Estonian communities abroad during the event. If you would like to send live greetings to any of the participants, mark your interest in doing so on the registration form below.


Programme (start time is 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific)
According to United States Eastern Standard Time:

11:00 AM |Virtual gathering and live crosses to Estonian communities abroad (MC: MartinTulit). Welcoming addresses  by Minister for Population Affairs Riina Solman, Vabamu director Keiu Telve and representatives of the Estonian Worldwide Youth Network.

11:20 AM | Live crosses to communities with video recollections.

12:15 PM | Concert: Duo Ruut (with singalong)

12:45 PM | Closing remarks


We will choose a song for everyone around the world to sing together at the end of the event. The song most requested by the participants will be revealed (along with its lyrics) during A Day for Estonians in the World week.


You can take part in and contribute to the event via Zoom. We will post the link on our website and on the A Day for Estonians in the World event page (in Estonian) on Facebook on the day.

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