August 20 marks the 30th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Estonia. The anniversary events in Tallinn will start today at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Lauluväljak), where a new visitor centre is opened. On August 19-21, there will be several concerts and events taking place all over the city.
On Wednesday, August 18
At 5 pm, a concert of Priit Võigemast and Vaiko Eplik takes place on the open-air stage of Löwenruh Park in Kristiine. Live broadcast of the concert can also be viewed on the Kristiine district Facebook page.
At 6 pm, the Song Festival Grounds Visitor Centre is opened with a concert that tells a story of an Estonian finding his own song and place through music and the singing revolution. The visitor centre will be open to the public from Tuesday, August 31, as a number of events dedicated to the Restoration of Independence will take place at Lauluväljak in the near future.
At 6 pm, a concert of Ivo Linna and the ÜENSO orchestra (former All-Estonian Youth Symphony Orchestra) starts in Mustamäe Parditiigi Park (Sõpruse pst 177). An exhibition of photo memories is open in the park, reminiscent of the events of 1991 that led to the rebirth of our country. The exhibition is compiled by the residents of Mustamäe, the Rahvarinde Muuseum, the Estonian Literary Museum and the Occupations Museum Vabamu.
On Thursday, August 19
At 7 pm, a concert of the band PS Troika starts in the courtyard of Haabersti Day Centre (Õismäe tee 24). The program includes well-known songs so that guests can enjoy singing along.
On Friday, August 20
From 12 noon to 6 pm, a military-themed family day takes place at the Tallinn TV Tower. In the courtyard of the TV tower you can see an exhibition of military equipment, a shooting range is open, and a demonstration battle is being fought by the Defence League. The Rescue Board introduces fire and water safety rules, and in the smoke tent you can learn how find a way out in the event of a fire. An origami craft workshop is open to children. Music is performed by Kolga students' band Uurikad, song studio Un Canto and Laikre family ensemble. The Pirita District Administration will also announce the winners of this year's competition for the most beautiful home garden in Pirita. The concert of the band Swingers starts at 5 pm and at 9.45, the display of fireworks can be enjoyed.
At 2 pm, a concert by Ivo Linna and Antti Kammiste dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the restoration of Estonian independence takes place in the newly renovated hall of the Salme Cultural Centre in Põhja-Tallinn.
At 2 pm, the pop-rock band Traffic performs Vabaduse Park (on the corner of Tähe and Nõmme-Kase streets) In Nõmme. It is recommended to bring your own blanket or camping chair.
At 7 pm, a night song festival "Free Estonia" takes place at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, at the end of which the City Centre Administration will organize fireworks in Inglirand (approximately at 00.45).
On Saturday, August 21
At 2 pm, a concert and family event "Reunion" starts at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, which provides sports and entertainment activities for both young and old. There is a children's area, sports area, street food alley and a concert in the evening with Traffic, 2 Quick Start and the Lithuanian band The Roop, which represented Lithuania at Eurovision this year. The gates will open at 1 pm, the approximate end of the event is at 11 pm. The event is free. More information: bit.ly/taaskohtumine and Facebook.
All events in restricted areas are accessible upon presentation of the COVID-19 certificate, so please arrive in time. Proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result (within the last 72 hours) can be provided both digitally and on paper. Some events also offer free rapid testing on site. However, the organizers still urge people to ensure that everyone who wants to participate in the event monitors their healthiness and arrives only in good health.