Finland: Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Estonian Institute in Finland

Cable Factory
Tallberginkatu 1 C 15 Helsinki Finland
19.11.2010 16:30 - 21.11.2010 18:00

This autumn, the Estonian Institute in Finland celebrates its anniversary. On 10 October 15 years ago President Lennart Meri opened the first cultural institute outside Estonia.

Work started in the same rooms at Mariankatu, where part of the Estonian Foreign Office and the future embassy temporarily operated during the crucial days in August 1991. Now the Institute has moved to the Estonian House in Suvilahti.

The anniversary is marked at the Tuglas Society St Martin's Day Fair where the book titled "The Time of Miracles" ("Ihmeiden aika") is presented. All the friends of the Institute are welcome on 20 November at 2.30 p.m. in the culture cafe Koidula, where the newly published book is available.

The anniversary book covers the Institute's years in Finland between 1995 and 2010. It contains several essays published for the first time, related to Estonia and Finland and their relations. The book also lists events organised by the Institute in the course of 15 years.

The book is bilingual. The article section is opened by an introduction of the Estonian President Toomas-Hendrik Ilves, where he briefly introduces the mission and significance of the Estonian Institute in Finland. It is followed by another introduction, by the director of the Estonian Institute, Mart Meri. Jaakko Blomberg, chairman of the Society of the Friends of the Estonian Institute, describes the cooperation between the two institutions. The Estonian press officer at the European Commission, Erkki Bahovski, writes about Estonia's rapid development in recent decades and a possible future scenario. Marju Lauristin and Peeter Vihalemm analyse the transition period and discuss whether Estonia has followed the right path. Economist Erik Terk describes the state of Estonian economy. Writer Jan Kaus reflects on Estonian culture and the era of individualism. Art historian and critic Anu Liivak writes about the current art Estonian landscape as the result of processes that started twenty-five years ago. The author of the last article "Ripples of History" is Kulle Raig, who headed the Estonian Institute in Finland in 1995–1999.

The book, supported by the Society of Friends, will soon be on sale at the Estonian Institute in Tallinn at Suur-Karja 14 and in Helsinkis at Sörnäisten rantatie 22 and at the Tuglas Society St Martin's Day Fair that takes place in 20-21 November. It is also available in the internet shop of the Union of Estonian Societies in Finland.

Contacts

Estonian Institute in Finland
helsinki@estinst.ee
Suvilahti, Sörnäisten rantatie 22, 00540 Helsinki, Soome
(+358) 966 9805, (+358) 50 438 5331, (+358) 45 131 6992
http://www.viro-instituutti.fi/

Estonian Institute wishes to thank our partners and organisers::

Society of Friends of the Estonian Institute in Finland , The Tuglas Society

Supporters:
the Society of friends of the Estonian Institute in Finland

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