We are delighted to celebrate the London Estonian Society’s 100th anniversary on 10th July 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions these celebrations will take place virtually.
You can join the celebrations by using your laptop or computer at home, or by using your smartphone. More information on how to take part will follow here.
We are currently compiling all good wishes, stories, images and videos to share these with you on the day.
Estonia is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of its independence. As a part of these celebrations, we will run a series of events, involving Estonian history, cinema and, of course, food!
We hope to see you at Estonian House on Saturday, 4th November from 2pm to 9pm. A traditional lunch of salted sprat sandwiches and seljanka soup will be served, and a delicatessen will sell food to take home.
Entry is FREE, but as we have limited space, it is important to register if you wish to attend.
We would ask that you make a voluntary donation towards supporting our work, and can only accept cash.
Part 1: 15:00-17:00 - Estonian History
Well know historian Ott Sandrak will deliver a fascinating lecture comparing and contrasting the culture and history of the Estonian people with the Native Americans.
Evelin Siilak, chairman of the Estonian Society in London will talk about the history and culture of the Estonian immigrant community in London.
Part 2: 18:00-20:00 - Estonian Short Films porgramme
Director Madli Lääne-Metsalu will introduce her short film "3 Days in August" (2017). Which will be followed by two shorts by Moonika Siimets " Roosa Kampsun" and "Viimane Romeo"
Cafe is open!
More information about Estonia 100: https://www.ev100.ee/en
Reserve the place: HERE!
Event in FACEBOOK!
Londoni Eesti Selts www.estoniansociety.co.uk
Eesti Gild Londonis www.estonianguild.co.uk
London Estonians will celebrate Mid Summer’s Day on 17th June 2017. CM13 3LL
The Midsummer’s Eve party is meant for the entire London Estonian family and is happening in Essex at the ground of the Half Way House Pub with a spacious green garden, large lawn and a grand party tent. A bonfire will be lit in the middle of the yard and dance music will last until almost midnight.
Midsummer’s Eve Party Plan:
· The day program will be carried out in two languages: Estonian and English
· THE SCIENCE THEATRE does chemistry experiments – performance for children. Additionally the hologram making workshop for everybody. There will be plenty of explosive surprises for the whole day.
· Play Estonian SPORT GAMES! Competitions - boot throwing, rope pull, wife carrying.
· London Estonian Society Traditional Folk Dance Group performance and workshop. Estonian singers, conducted by Reet Kromel.
· Bonfire lightning with bang and sparkle!
· Estonian Shop by ESTOLINK is open!
· Lottery! With a pile of exciting prizes straight from Estonia!
· DJ will play pleasant Estonian music
· CHILDREN’S TENT
· Show! “Explosive Chemistry Laboratory”
· Relay run and throwing games
· Face painting
· Children’s Lottery with especially exciting prizes from Estonia
The SCIENCE THEATRE will run many performances:
SHOW FOR CHILDREN! Exciting and cool experiments will take place in the theatre which will certainly raise the spirits of all children and inspire them through experiments full of smoke, colour and bangs.
WORKSHOPS FOR ALL! All participants will be able to craft their own personal hologram maing device. In addition there an explanatory talk about this hologramme and how it helps us today.
ESTONIAN COOKING AND BBQ! Catering is inlcuded within the ticket price. All food offered at the party will be Estonian in character: meat and grilled sausage straight from Estonia, genuine potato salad, rye bread, barley porridge with smoked bacon and fried onions straight from the pan. Freshly made cruncy salted gherkins. And, as usual, you can sip pleasant estonian kama drink.
Alcohol can be bought from the pub bar. Estonian BEER! Certainly bring change!
Consumption of your own drinks is forbidden, as per the venue’s regulations.
PRESALES: Adults £16.00 / children 13-17yrs £10.00 / under 12yrs FREE
ON SITE: Adults,£20.00/ children 13-17yrs £10.00 / under 12yrs FREE
Buy tickets in advance by card through the Eventbrite payment system (adds £1.58 service charge). HERE! (presales will close on 15.06.17)
Or make a transfer to the London Estonian Society account with the reference: JAAN2017 (last opportunity to pay 13.06.17)
To who: Estonian Society
Natwest account nr 68652704
Additional Info: email@example.com
HOW TO GET THERE
So that all Midsummer’s Eve visitors can reach the party venue and get back from it easily, event organisers at Upminister train station will help you to find local taxis to the party and back to the train station. The car journey to the venue lasts approximately 10-12 minutes. More information> firstname.lastname@example.org
Postcode is CM13 3LL. There are plenty of parking spaces (+50) and parking is free. If you have free room in your car then feel free to call it out (with courage) at the event’s Facbook page.
By public transport from London:
The closest station to the event is UPMINSTER (zone 6, Oystercard)
Trains: District Line and C2C train (quicker).
Train: District Line (see posters for possible weekend changes) NOTE THAT THERE ARE ENG WORKS THAT WEEKEND AT THE WEST END OF THE DISTRICT (Green) LINE, THIS IS THE OTHER END, SO THERE MAY BE DELAYS BUT SERVICES SHOULD BE RUNNING.
Fenchurch Street – Limehouse – West Ham (jubilee – change to railway platform 7) – Barking – Upminster
Or Liverpool Street – Stratford – Barking – Upminster
Andreas will wait for you in front of Upminister Station and kindly help direct you to the local taxis (you will recognise him, because he will be holding an Estonian flag). The taxi will take 10-12 minutes to drive the route from Upminister to the Midsummer’s Eve party. Midsummer’s Eve help and guidance will be available to you between 14:00 – 17:00. If you have more questions> email: email@example.com or text: 07754455110
The local taxi numbers are here: Station Cars tel: 01708 229400 , Upminster Taxi Rank tel: 01708 225832 , Men in Black Cars tel: 01708 501069
Midsummer’s Eve Info:
LES web page: www.estoniansociety.co.uk
FACEBOOK page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1640100722964041/
SCIENCE THEATRE (performer): http://teadusteater.ee/
HALFWAY HOUSE (venue homepage): http://half-way.co.uk/
Local taxis: Link avaneb siin!/Link is opening here!
See you at the Midsummer’s Eve party!
The party is brought to you by the following Estonian organisations in London:
London Estonian Society, Estonian Guild in London and Estonian school in London
The Concert and Reception of Estonian's 99th Annivesary
On Saturday, February 25th at 17:00 (doors open at 16:30)
Location: Westminster Cathedral Hall,
Ambrosden Ave, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW
The concert is headlined by Kelli Uustani and Kusti Lemba from Estonia.
The concert performers are
Mirjam Mesak and Heldur Harry Põlda,
London School of Estonian student Mirjam Ellesawi,
London Estonian Society Folk Group,
London Estonian Society Choir.
Speech by the Estonian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Lauri Bambus.
The concert will be followed by a reception,
where we offer a sparkling wine, Estonian rye bread with sprat and sweets.
Event is in both Estonian and English. All are welcome.
London Estonian Society, the Estonian Guild and the Estonian School in London.
The event is supported by the Estonian Embassy in London, London Estonian House and Estonian Relief Committee.
16:30 doors open.
17:00 the Concert
18:15 Reception with sparkling wine, Estonian sandwiches and biscuits.
NB! Admission is free for everyone, but after the event, we kindly collect the donations for Estonian Anniversary 100 years celebration on 24th February 2018.
Please take some cash with you.
Date: 14.02.2017 at 19.00
Location: Estonian House in London, 18 Chepstow Villas, W11 2RB. Nearest station: Notting Hill Gate (entrance : blue door in the basement)
Duration: 65 minutes (no brakes)
On site: Coffee shop with snacks and hot drinks.
Dear visitor! Please donate £10.00(on the door) to support Estonian Culture. Thank you!
„Phenomen“ this is extraordinary text by H. Boychev and in Estonia was the world premier, it is not played elsewhere yet. He trusted us to perform his text first time, since we performed a year before his „Orchestra Titanik“ , which was the best play of a year 2013 in Estonia.
One extraordinary man who has exceptional internal intuitions and life experiences has been brought in front of experts.
Who is this mysterious man, with his phenomenal vision of life and history? Is he truth teller, sorcerer, mad man, genius, prophet or charlatan?
Playwright Hristo Boytchev (Bulgaria)
Director Madis Kalmet (Estonian best director of the year 2014)
Actor Mait Malmsten (Estonia, Estonian best mail character of the year 2001, 2003 and 2013, leading actor of Estonian Drama Theatre)
Date: Doors open at 17.00.(Program 18.00-23.00) Saturday, 03. December 2016
Location: Wandsworth Council. The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU
Estonian Christmas party event for all family. The ticket includes:
* Children area! Santa helpers’ Post office! Workshops: drawings, makings. Children can meet Santa Claus.
* Evening program!
Estonian famous singer MARKO MATVERE with band “Väikeste Lõõtspillide Ühing”!
*Reet Kromel and Estonian Choir REE-koor perform Estonian Christmas songs
*Estonian Folk Dance performance and work shop.
*Estonian Ambassador to the United Kingdom will attend
*Estonian Christmas Buffee! Various hot and cold Estonian Christmas specialities.
*Estonian School of London is offering Estonian Christmas delicatessen.
*Estonian Bar with Estonian mulled wine and A Le Coq beers.
Please buy tickets in Eventbrite page or ONLINE!
Early Bird tickets £25.00. From 21.Nov Early Bird Tickets £30.00. On Door £35.00.
Students £20.00. Children under 5 FREE, 6-15 years £10.00.
Eventbrite TICKETS buy HERE!
Online> To> Estonian Society in London , Reference> JOUL2016, NATWEST Acc Number 68652704 Sort Code 60-15-33
Please send confirmation email to register firstname.lastname@example.org Online transfers will be taken till 30.Nov.2016
Estonian Society in London with the Association of Estonians in Great Britain and others is gathering together ideas and gifts for the Republic of Estonia to celebrate its birthday.
All ideas and thoughts are welcome. Please email email@example.com Subject: EV100
Please read MORE INFORMATION here (article taken site: www.ev100.ee)
Estonians worldwide are invited to come celebrate Estonia's centenary
In 2018, the Republic of Estonia will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The centenary programme will begin in April 2017 and continue through to February 2020 to mark all of the most important milestones in the emergence of Estonia’s statehood.
All friends of Estonia at home and abroad are invited to join in Estonia’s centenary celebrations! These events will above all be organised by the people themselves, just like they would like to see them. Events and initiatives to celebrate Estonia’s centenary abroad are also very welcome.
What should we give Estonia for its birthday?
An important part of the Estonia 100 programme will consist of events and initiatives – we call them gifts – that will be organised in honour of Estonia’s centenary. Many gifts are already being made –everything from purchasing musical instruments for children to planting oak groves and building a swing park with traditional Estonian swings. Anyone and everyone can give a gift! It does not matter whether the gift is big or small – what is important is a heartfelt wish to give something to your community or to Estonians in general. You can see what is already being planned to celebrate the centenary on the Estonia 100 website at ev100.ee, where you can also post information on your own gift.
Funding for Estonian cultural associations abroad
Estonia 100, the Ministry of Culture and the Compatriots Programme invite all Estonian cultural associations abroad to take part in the upcoming project competition which will provide support for initiatives with a broader impact on the local Estonian community. Estonia 100 has earmarked additional funding in 2017 and 2018 to give a greater boost to events planned in honour of Estonia’s centenary and to promote even greater cultural exchanges between Estonians living in and outside of Estonia. The call for applications for funding in 2017 will be organised in cooperation with the Integration and Migration Foundation 'Our People' in November 2016. Information on a similar earlier competition is available on the foundation’s website (in Estonian).
Estonia 100 to focus on children and youth
The focus of the centenary celebrations is on children and youth. We particularly value initiatives that help Estonian children who live abroad develop their ties and connection with Estonia and the Estonian language. In 2018, more children will be able to attend language and cultural camps in Estonia with funding from Estonia 100.
A lovely new tradition has been initiated in Estonia to give every new-born child the book ‘Pisike puu’ (‘Little Tree’). Estonia 100 in cooperation with the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and Estonia’s embassies plans to give a similar gift to all Estonians who are born abroad in 2018.
Estonia awaits its guests!
All Estonians living abroad are invited to visit Estonia during the celebrations! This would be one of the greatest gifts that Estonians abroad could give Estonia for its centenary. There will be plenty of smaller and larger events to give everyone good reason to do so – from the Song and Dance Festivals to hundreds of other events of all kinds. Everyone is very welcome!