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The Celebration of the 94th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia

08.02.2012

Attention journalists!

Accreditation is starting for the events celebrating the 94th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in Tallinn and Tartu. Journalists, photographers and cameramen interested in covering any of the events should be accredited no later than Friday, 17 February on the Foreign Ministry’s web page at the following address: http://ankeet.vm.ee/eng/anniversary_of_the_republic_of_estonia


NB! Accreditation will only take place at the above address.

A briefing will take place on 22 February at 14.00 in the Foreign Ministry press centre for accredited journalists. Information about the events will be given by director of the Foreign Ministry press centre Pille Toompere, public relations advisor to the President of the Republic Toomas Sildam, and chief of the public affairs department of the Defence Forces Major Peeter Tali. Press cards will also be distributed at the briefing.

On Thursday, 23 February, wreaths will be laid on the gravesites of Estonian state figures in the Metsakalmistu cemetery in Tallinn and state decorations will be handed out by the President of the Republic in the main auditorium of Tartu University.

On the morning of Friday, 24 February, a formal flag-raising ceremony will take place at 07.24 at the Old Observatory in Tartu and at 07.35 on Toompea in Tallinn, where a speech will be given by Speaker of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma. Wreaths in honour of those who fell in the War of Independence will be placed at the base of the Kalevipoeg memorial statue in Tartu, a church service will take place at Tartu’s St. John’s Church, and the Defence Forces parade will be held on Vabaduse street in Tartu. On the same day, a celebratory concert and the formal reception of the President of the Republic and Mrs Evelin Ilves will take place in the evening in the Vanemuine Theatre and Concert Hall in Tartu.

The formal events will be attended by the President of the Republic, the speaker of the Riigikogu, the prime minister, members of the government and Riigikogu, and representatives of the diplomatic corps.

Attention journalists!

During the President’s formal reception, journalists will have access to a temporary press centre in the Vanemuine Theatre. For indoor events, we request that dark suits be worn.
More information about accreditation by phone at +372 637 7630 or e-mail centre@mfa.ee.

NB! Please specify exactly which event(s) you would like to cover!


Thursday, 23 February

11.00    Placing of wreaths on the graves of Estonian state figures
Metsakalmistu, Tallinn
We ask that press arrive no later than 10.50

13.00 Handing out of state decorations by the President of the Republic
Main auditorium of Tartu University, Ülikooli 18, Tartu
We ask that press arrive no later than 12.30
 
Friday, 24 February
 
07.24 Formal flag-raising ceremony at Tartu Old Observatory
Lossi 40, Tartu
We ask that press arrive no later than 07.15

07.35 Formal flag-raising ceremony at Toompea in Tallinn
Lossi plats 1a, Tallinn
We ask that press arrive no later than 07.20

10.15 Placing of wreaths in memory of those who fell in the War of Independence at the base of the Kalevipoeg memorial monument in Tartu    
Vabaduse Park, Tartu
We ask that press arrive no later than 10.00
 
11.00 Church service at St. John’s Church in Tartu                
Jaani 5, Tartu
We ask that press arrive no later than 10.45
 
12.00 Defence Forces parade
Vabaduse puiestee, Tartu
We ask that press arrive no later than 11.40
 
13.30 Awarding of national science awards, F.J. Wiedemann Language Award, and sports and cultural awards by Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
Main auditorium of Tartu University, Ülikooli 18
We ask that press arrive no later than 13.00

18.00 Independence Day concert and formal reception hosted by the President of the Republic and Mrs. Evelin Ilves at Vanemuine Theatre and Concert Hall
Vanemuise 6, Tartu
Journalist press pools:
- President of the Republic’s speech and concert
- Arrival of guests at the reception of the President of the Republic and Mrs Evelin Ilves after the concert
- Formal reception of the President of the Republic and Mrs Evelin Ilves
We ask that press arrive no later than 17.00

 
VÄLISMINISTEERIUMI PRESSIKESKUS
+372 637 7630
centre@mfa.ee

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