19.02.-22.02 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will visit Lebanon. On 20 February, Mikser will visit the UN peacekeeping mission UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) in Southern Lebanon where he will meet the leadership of UNIFIL and will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia with the Estonians serving in the UNIFIL force. On 21 February, Mikser will be in Beirut to meet the leaders of Lebanon and discuss the situation in the Middle East and relations with neighbouring countries. The minister is also planning to meet the UN aid organisations to discuss the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. A concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will also take place at the St Joseph Jesuit church in Beirut: www.emic.ee/?sisu=syndmus&mid=209&id=8438&lang=est.
20.02 Director General of the External Economic and Development Cooperation Department Jüri Seilenthal will be in Brussels for the informal meeting of the EU development affairs ministers to discuss EU’s relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific states after 2020, the mid-term review report of the external action financial instruments, and the European Investment Bank’s proposal to establish a subsidiary dedicated to development cooperation activities. The development ministers are also going to discuss sustainable development goals and the repositioning of the UN development system.
22.02 Undersecretary for European Affairs Matti Maasikas and Director General of the Policy Planning Department Rein Tammsaar will attend the sitting of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee where they will give an overview of Estonia’s position on the future of the EU and on the French-German cooperation.
22.02 A ceremony to commemorate the heads of state of Estonia will take place at Metsakalmistu cemetery. The ceremony will be attended by representatives of the Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia, Chancellery of the Riigikogu, the Guard Batallion and the Estonian Flag Association among others.
23.02 An annual reception for the diplomatic corps to mark the anniversary of Estonia will take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Guests invited to the reception are the heads of embassies accredited in Estonia.
24.02 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will attend the celebrations dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.
20.02 Estonian Embassy in Astana will celebrate Estonia’s centenary at the Radisson Hotel Astana with a concert by Maia Sepp, a pianist with Estonian roots living in Kazakhstan. Estonian cuisine will be introduced by cooks from the Radisson BLU hotel Tallinn, Irena Dmitrijeva and Aleksander Fedin.
21.02 Vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis will give a concert at the St. Peter and St. Paul's Church in Tbilisi. They will perform music by Arvo Pärt, Cyrillus Kreek, Helena Tulve, Tõnis Kaumann, Pérotin and Francis Poulenc. The Embassy of Estonia in Tbilisi celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia with the concert.
21.02 A concert to mark the 100th anniversary of Estonia will take place at the concert hall “Jaani Kirik” in St Petersburg. Artists performing at the concert are Jakob Peäske (bassoon), Mikk Langeproon (accordion) and Henry Zibo (accordion).
22.02 The Estonian Embassy in Helsinki will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia by laying wreaths at the memorial of Finnish boys (Estonians who fought in Finnish armed forces during World War II) in the Malmi graveyard and at the memorial of the Boys from the North (Finnish volunteers in the Estonian War of Independence) at the Old Church Park. The concert at the Alexander Theatre to mark Estonia’s centenary will tell a story of Estonians living in Finland. The concert will feature new music by young Estonian composer Rasmus Puur. Additional information: Anu Kippasto, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 50 355 2960, email@example.com.
22.02 A concert titled “Estonian sounds” dedicated to Estonia’s centenary will take place at the National Philharmonic in Kyiv. The National Chamber Ensemble “Kyiv Soloists” featuring soloists Monika Mattiesen (flute) and Indrek Leivategija (cello) will perform music only by Estonian composers. The conductor will be Estonian Erki Pehk who has collaborated with the orchestra since 2016. The programme will include music by Heino Eller, Lepo Sumera, Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Tõnu Kõrvits among others. The concert is followed by a reception.
23.02 Estonian musician Tiit Kikas will peform on the occasion of Estonia’s centenary celebrations at centre DZiK (Dom Zabawy i Kultury) in Warsaw. Tiit Kikas is an Estonian composer and instrumentalist who uses different instruments (e.g. violin and flute) to express himself. Additional information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1976778879254100/?active_tab=about.
23.-24.02 The Estonian Embassy in Berlin will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonia with a reception where musician Raivo Tafenau, the Estonian National Opera Boys’ Choir and the ensemble of Tuulikki Bartosik will perform.
24.02 The Foreign Ministry of Finland, Sanomatalo, the screens of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Musiikkitalo, and Finlandiatalo in Helsinki; the Turku City Theatre and the concert venue Tampere-talo will be lit up in the colours of Estonia.
24.02 An evening of Estonian music and poetry will take place at the Estonian Embassy in Paris. Estonian poetry will be read by Lembit Peterson and Antoine Chalvin. Music by Villu Veski (saxophone) and Marge Loik (piano). Additional information: http://www.est-emb.fr/est/syndmused/aid-2248.