A Day for Estonians in the World


You are welcome to join with us in celebrating A Day for Estonians in the World, which will be broadcast live from Vabamu.

The focus of this year’s programme will be on Estonian communities abroad in videos. The event is being organised as part of the Global Estonian Programme of the Ministry of Interior in cooperation with Vabamu and the Estonian Worldwide Youth Network.


During the day you will get to see the first clips from the collection of films to which we are currently adding. We are gathering Super-8 recordings of get-togethers, birthdays, weddings and other important occasions being celebrated by Estonians living abroad that show how national traditions and culture were upheld in communities abroad during the years of Soviet occupation. We encourage all Estonians living abroad to rifle through their old films so as to share their memories with us in digitalised form. A selection of the films will be shown on ETV2 in a series called 8 mm ELU (‘8-mm LIFE’) and stored in Vabamu’s archives. More detailed information can be found here.

There will be live crosses to Estonian communities in Sweden, Canada, Germany and other places during the event. 


18:00 | Virtual gathering and live crosses to Estonian communities abroad (MC: Martin Tulit)

Welcoming addresses by Minister for Population Affairs Riina Solman, Vabamu director Keiu Telve and representatives of the Estonian Worldwide Youth Network

18:20 | Live crosses to communities with video recollections


19:15 | Concert: Duo Ruut (with singalong)


19:45 | Closing remarks

The most requested song for the sing-a-long in the end of the event was "Ta lendab mesipuu poole" by the poet Juhan Liiv and composer Peep Sarapik. The lyrics can be found here.

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Meeting ID: 918 9765 8214

Passcode: 281120