This year's Tallinn Day on May 15 will be different in many ways - unlike previous years, the program will start on May 13, and for the first time you can participate in the various events via e-channels.
"Over 55 events will take place in the course of three days, the program is really diverse - it includes Environment and Culture Day, e-dictation and much more," said Deputy Mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev. “The events are not only for the people of Tallinn, but all who are interested in the story the city, near or far. Not to mention that e-solutions offer an ideal opportunity to participate in Tallinn Day events from wherever you are, why not even from the US or Australia. Everyone can find joy in discovering something new about the past or the present of Tallinn, especially if the city is or has been a hometown of yours.”
The events of Tallinn Day will start on Wednesday, May 13 with Environmental Day. Virtual tours of Tallinn Zoo and the Botanic Garden take place, as well as virtual walks in some of the oldest and most interesting parks of Tallinn are also a part of the day’s programme. The Secrets of Aegna Island can also be explored without stepping a foot out the front door.
Thursday, May 14, focuses on the culture. The treasures of the City Archives, visits to all of the branches of the Tallinn City Museum and colourful stories about the history of the city are a part of the day’s events. In cooperation with the actors of the Tallinn City Theatre and writer Jan Kaus, the first version of the audio book of the popular “Tallinn Map” will be presented, and in the evening the actors of the theatre will perform in a concert. The day ends in Tallinn Creative Hub, from where an interactive live broadcast of more than two hours will arrive at home, featuring magicians Charlekas and Kubo, stand-up comedian Kait Kall. Rita Ray and the band will also take the stage.
On Tallinn e-day on Friday, May 15, events suitable for all ages are planned. The day is, as usual, opened by the Mayor of Tallinn, this time via e-channels. The renowned clown duo Piip and Tuut will delight the children on the stage of their theatre house with new fun stories. A virtual world café will be opened for youngsters, where they will be involved in thinking about, discussing and coming up with solutions for issues that are important to them. The proposals put together in the World Café will be presented to the leaders of the City. One of the forgotten traditions of the Tallinn Day will be revived - for 24 hours, professional photographers will be capturing the life in the city for the generations to come, the pictures taken will be stored in the photo book “A Day in Tallinn” and presented to the public via a virtual exhibition in Delfi.
At noon on 15 May, the traditional Tallinn Day dictation, which began on the initiative of the then Deputy Mayor and current Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart in 2013, will take place. People interested from all over Estonia and abroad are welcome to test their Estonian via participating in the e-dictation. This year, the text of the dictation is read by the beloved actor Märt Avandi. Tallinna TV will broadcast the event live on Tallinn Facebook page, Youtube and the designated website here.
Tallinn gained Lübeck city rights in 1248, gaining admission to the Hanseatic League of European cities. Tallinn Day commemorates this historical event with a day full of cultural and fun activities since 2002.
The rich program of this year's Tallinn e-days can be found by days on the website tallinn.ee/tallinnapaev.