Estonia celebrates its 100th year of independence this year, and the celebrations culminate in the Independence Day on Saturday 24 February. The City of Turku will join the celebrations by illuminating the Library Bridge with the colours of the Estonian flag. Estonian national flags will also be flying on the Läntinen Rantakatu street and at Turku Castle.
Turku City Theatre will take part in the Estonia100 celebrations with birthday greetings displayed on their outdoor screen. An Estonia100 video and a greetings card will be playing on the screen among theatre performance pictures.
As a countdown to the celebration day, the Museum Centre of Turku has been posting tweets about a different item every week: The “Weekly Estonians” have been tweeted since the beginning of January 2018, and the final Estonian item is presented on the eve of the Independence Day on Friday 23 February.
Turku Main Library will be celebrating Estonia’s independence by showing Lennart Meri documentaries in the Studio on 8 March, and three films on 10 March.
“100-year-old Estonia is in the hearts of the Turku citizens”
Mayor of Turku, Minna Arve, sent warm congratulations to Tartu, a twin city of Turku.
Dear Tartu citizens
The independent Republic of Estonia turns a hundred years. On behalf of the City of Turku and its citizens, I warmly congratulate all of you for the celebration day of your motherland. Be proud of your people’s freedom, let your land and city flourish.
The twin cities of Tartu and Turku have important roles in our peoples’ history, present, and future. The co-operational relations between our countries are warm and close. You can stay assured of Turku citizens’ continuing will to co-operate, equally for the second century of Estonia’s independence.
The 100-year-old Estonia is in the hearts of the Turku citizens.
Iseseisev Eesti Vabariik saab saja-aastaseks. Turu linna ja selle elanike nimel soovin südamest õnnitleda teid kõiki isamaa pidupäeva puhul. Olge uhked oma rahva vabaduse üle, laske oma maal ja linnal õitseda.
Sõpruslinnadel Tartul ja Turul on tähtis roll meie rahvaste ajaloos, tänapäevas ja tulevikus. Meie koostöö on soe ja lähedane. Võite alati loota Turu elanike jätkuvale koostöösoovile ka iseseisva Eesti teisel aastasajal.
Saja-aastane Eesti on turulaste südames