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24 February is Blue-Black-White day in Tallinn
100 years – is that a lot or a little for one country? Who can say. But it's certainly reason enough for memorable celebrations of Estonia's centenary and to dedicate a day to the country. Take a look at the 100th anniversary celebrations taking place in Tallinn.
- National flags will be raised all over the country at sunrise (7:30), with the most festive ceremony taking place at Tall Hermann tower on Toompea Hill in Tallinn
- At 8:00 the Seaplane Harbour will open the doors on a brand new exhibition entitled ‘A Hundred Years on Water: The Ships of Estonia 1918-2018', telling 100 special stories of Estonian vessels and the people who sailed (on) them.
- At 10:00 everyone's welcome to attend a light-hearted Estonian-Finnish language lesson in Valuutabaar at Original Sokos Hotel Viru (30 min, free admission).
- The annual armed forces parade will begin on Freedom Square in Tallinn at 11:00, with a display of military vehicles and equipment starting at 12:00.
- At 16:00 and again at 17:30 we'll be marking the anniversary with free tours of the KGB Museum in Viru Hotel (in Estonian). Book your place on one of the tours in advance by e-mail email@example.com or over the phone (+372 6809300). Places are limited.
- At 19:00 we'll be celebrating with the Forever Young cabaret show & dinner at the Merineitsi restaurant.
There's good reason to start the celebrations even earlier, in fact: on 15 February the Estonian History Museum will be opening its anniversary exhibition ‘My Republic', while Tallinn Town Hall will be opening an exhibition dedicated to the ‘golden age' of Estonian art entitled ‘Joy in the Heart of the City: Paintings from the Collection of Enn Kunila'.
On 23 February ‘Disco Tallinn' will be partying hard at Vaba Lava in Telliskivi and artists from Estonia's electronic dance music scene will be coming together at the Creative Hub to perform at the ‘Made in Estonia' festival. Cabaret performances dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will continue until 28 April. Join in the celebrations! There's never been a better time to visit.
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