Independence Day celebrations in Tammsaare Park

In the afternoon of February 24th, Tallinn’s celebrations of Independence Day will take place in Tammsaare Park. A light installation made of a variety of signs with EV100 (centenary of Estonia) logos will be opened and the declaration of independence read in close to 50 different languages.

 “The installation built on the New Market square (next to the Estonian National Opera) will be opened on the Independence Day at 4.30 PM. The work of art is made from blue EV100 signs by the Estonian Academy of Arts lecturer Kirke Kangro,” said the City Centre Governor Vladimir Svet.

 The City Centre Government reached the Estonian Academy of Arts for upcycling the signs used in the streets of Tallinn. The installation made of 166 elements depicts a symbol of infinity from the bird’s eye view, expressing the dream of the eternal state of Estonia, but also the importance of reuse.

 „After the opening of the mentioned installation labyrinth, the ceremonial reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place at 5 PM by the statue of Tammsaare in the middle of the park,” noted Svet. “Since the document which is the foundation of our state was meant for all the nations in Estonia, the declaimers proclaiming the text in their native languages, are representatives of tens of different nationalities living in Tallinn. With this, we honour the soon 102 year old republic and more than a hundred nations who consider Estonia to be their home. Precisely 6 PM, there will be a short pause in declamations for the singing of the anthem. After this, we will tune into the President’s Independence Day speech which we can watch together from the outdoor screen,” added the Governor.

 Together with Estonian, the manifesto can be heard in tens of different languages, including Mari, Udmurt, Georgian, Portuguese, French, English, Italian, Tatar, Komi, Chuvash, Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Seto dialect, Hebrew, Jidish, etc. More languages are added to the list each day.

 The Estonian Declaration of Independence, also known as the Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia, is the founding act of the Republic of Estonia from 1918. The manifesto first was proclaimed publicly in Pärnu in the evening of 23 February the same year. Since it was originally meant to be proclaimed in the National Opera, the Tammsaare Park situated next to the building has now been chosen as a suitable place for the declamations on Monday.

Photo: Kaupo Kalda