Tenth Tallinn Day dictation to take place in Town Hall Square

The traditional Tallinn Day dictation will take place this Friday, 13 May, starting at 12 noon on Town Hall Square. Everyone interested in the Estonian language, students and adults alike, is welcome to test their language skills.

Tallinn Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart, who is the initiator of the Tallinn Day dictation tradition, invites all language enthusiasts to Town Hall Square on Friday 13 May to take part in this exceptional event. "In the last two years, we could not gather because of the corona pandemic and participants from all over the world were able to write e-dictations. This time, however, we have a chance to assemble again and put ourselves to the test together, shoulder to shoulder. I hope that many citizens of Tallinn will take advantage of this opportunity, and why not visitors to the city as well," said Kõlvart.

According to the Mayor, this year's dictation is special for several reasons. "First of all, it is dedicated to the 700th anniversary of Tallinn Town Hall, the city's most honourable building. We want to celebrate this landmark anniversary in a dignified way, which is why we chose Town Hall Square as a venue for the dictation. I believe that the atmosphere of the historic main square will further underline the significance of the anniversary," said Kõlvart, adding that there is reason to celebrate the anniversary of the dictation itself. "This is the tenth time that we have held a Tallinn-themed dictation, and I am pleased to see that it has found a firm place in the Tallinn Day programme and in the hearts of the citizens of Tallinn."

The dictation can be participated by pupils, students or adults, regardless of their mother tongue. To join, one just needs to register in advance.

The tradition of writing a Tallinn-themed dictation for Tallinn Day started in 2013. The subject matter of the text has always been related to Estonian literature, culture and the history of Tallinn. In previous years, dictations have been held at Tallinn University, Kosmos cinema and Freedom Square. The text has been recited by many well-known people, including writers Andrus Kivirähk and Jan Kaus, musicians Reket and Ivo Linna, actor Märt Avandi and world champion and Olympic bronze medallist in cross-country skiing Kelly Sildaru. This time, the text is dictated by singer and actor Ivo Uukkivi.

The Tallinn Day dictation is organised by the Tallinn Education Department in cooperation with Estonian language and literature teachers from Tallinn municipal schools, who have prepared the dictation text. Last week, a preparatory lecture was held in Solaris Apollo, where teachers Kaia Rosin and Igor Kaasik helped to refresh the language skills. You can also test your knowledge of interpunctuation, in particular the use of commas, independently before the dictation by taking a test in Kahoot, created by teachers Kaia Rosin and Kristi Koidu. In addition, you can find inspiration for revision and texts from previous dictations on the study materials page. A Kahoot on literature and history will also help train your memory.  

Tallinn Day celebrates the granting of Lübeck city rights to Tallinn on 15 May 1248, which also allowed the Estonian capital to join the Union of European Cities. This year, citizens and guests can enjoy Tallinn Day events over three days, from 13 to 15 May. The full programme is available at tallinn.ee/tallinnapaev. For updates, follow #tallinnapäev on Instagram and Facebook.