A number of exciting events and activities will take place throughout the whole day, with plenty to do for every age. The day will be hosted by a renowned TV personality Urmas Vaino and actress Kertu Moppel.
Europe Day main programme at Freedom Square*
11:00 Opening of Europe Day at Freedom Square. Start of the Passport Game
11:05 Slackline tricks will be performed by Jaan Roose and BMX riders from Greentrials (Latvia)
11:30 My Erasmus story: the importance of the international experience
12:00 About the Presidency of the Council of the EU: stage performace by Tigran Gevorkjan, members of the debate club
12:30 BMX riders from Greentrials (Latvia)
12:50 My Erasmus story: as a student in Europe
13:00 About the Presidency of the Council of the EU: stage performace by Egon Nuter alias Lennart Meri, members of the debate club
13:30 My Erasmus story: vocational education in Euroopas
14:00 About the Presidency of the Council of the EU: stage performace by Rohke Debelakk, members of the debate club
14:40 My Erasmus story: as a volunteer in Europe
15:00 Concert. Beloved musicians Tanja Mihhailova, Jüri Pootsmann and Karl-Erik Taukar will take to the stage. The passport game ends.
16:00 Prize draw for the passport game and finishing the event
*The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the programme.
Programme in the embassies
At the Freedom Square, you will be welcomed by:
The hosts from the Austrian embassy in Tallinn will treat guests to Austrian sweets. Feel free to ask any questions or get a feel for the country through various books and brochures.
Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you have! The embassy will share information about Bulgaria’s history, culture and tourism opportunities.
Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Meet the Spanish Embassy once again at Freedom Square! Enjoy some local appetizers and immerse yourself in the country and its culture. ¡Hasta la vista, amigos!
Find out more about Croatia and familiarize yourself with the country’s promotional materials. In the kids’ tent, you can participate in a short quiz and win small prizes.
How much do you know about the regions, culture, art and nature of Italy? Come and find out!
If you’ve ever had any burning questions about Greece, this is your opportunity to ask them! Those with an interest in geography can put their knowledge about Greece’s sights, architecture and famous places to the test – find them on a map of Greece and win prizes.
Take advantage of the opportunity and find out everything you’ve ever wanted to ask about Cyprus!
Have you ever been to Luxembourg? Come and test your knowledge of Luxembourg and put together a travel plan for your next visit. Representatives from the Embassy will offer you plenty of inspiration and travel advice!
It’s Malta’s first time on our European Day! Come, ask questions and participate in the game the Embassy of Malta is organizing.
POLAND, THE CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA AND HUNGARY
The members of the Visegrád group, that is, the embassies of Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic together with the Hungarian Institute, welcome visitors of Europe Day in their tent at Freedom Square where they have set up an activity zone for children, complete with fun cartoons and colouring books. There is also an exhibition „From Visegrád to Visegrád“ opened for visiting.
THE UNITED KINGDOM
Ask questions and gain new knowledge. Representatives from the British embassy will introduce their country and culture. Education and youth organizations will be the main focus.
ESTONIAN PRESIDENCY TO THE EU
Did you know that Estonia will become the centre of Europe as of July? If not geographically then certainly politically. Come and enquire what are Estonia’s plans in the European Union in the second half of this year; what is the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and what opportunities it will bring for Estonia?
On Europe Day, the following embassies will open their doors for visitors:
EUROPEAN UNION HOUSE – Laikmaa 15, Tallinn
The European Parliament Information Office, the Representation of the European Commission and eu-LISA (the EU IT-agency) will welcome you in the European Union House. The European Court of Auditors will be our special guest this year!
Visitors are invited to take part in an EU-themed quiz and win prizes. Children can play and draw in the children’s corner.
EMBASSY OF DENMARK – Wismari 5, Tallinn
This year the Embassy of Denmark will put the second largest Danish city Aarhus – the European Capital of Culture 2017 – in the spotlight. There will be different games and a quiz for visitors. The embassy’s staff will be happy to answer questions about travelling to and studying in Denmark. You are welcome to rest in our hygge-area and try some Danish-style ice cream.
REPRESENTATION OF ESTONIA – Tõnismägi 2, Tallinn
Estonian representation will welcome guests in the European Union Info Centre in the National Library together with the Ministry of Finance and the Government Office. In addition to the passport game both younger and older visitors can solve crosswords and win bookshop gift cards.
Special attention will be paid to the upcoming centenary of the Republic of Estonia and the Estonian Presidency of the EU. There will be an exhibition of the photos received via the Instagram campaign #minueuroopa and the winners of the campaign will be announced. You will able to take a photo in front of the largest natural object of Northern Europe and much much more!
FRENCH INSTITUTE – Kuninga 4, Tallinn
Come and learn more about France! Discover the opportunities to learn French in Estonia or to study and travel in France. Test your knowledge of French history and culture and grab a delicious croissant. All our small guest will leave with a balloon.
GOETHE-INSTITUT / EMBASSY OF GERMANY – Toom-Kuninga 11, Tallinn
The Embassy of Germany will open its doors and welcome visitors together with the Goethe-Institut Tallinn. If you want to learn more about the German language, culture, science, economy or business or are interested in studying in Germany – don’t hesitate to come along! Kids and grown-ups alike are invited to take part in games. Children will be entertained by Playmobil and a thrilling wheel of fortune. Another highlight: the famous German Bratwurst and Brezel can be tasted and bought on the venue.
EMBASSY OF FINLAND – Kohtu 4, Tallinn
This year the Finnish Embassy will welcome guests in its historical residence in Tallinn Old Town. One can admire exhibitions, taste Finnish food and drinks, and enjoy a music programme in the embassy’s courtyard. The Moomins will of course be present and a special guest from Korvatunturi.
EMBASSY OF LATVIA – Tõnismägi 10, Tallinn
The embassy’s staff will welcome you in the courtyard of the embassy. Get information about Latvia and feel free to ask questions. Taste traditional lollies and bacon buns.
EMBASSY OF LITHUANIA – Uus tn 15, Tallinn
During the Europe Day, the participants are welcome to get a glimpse of Lithuania! The visitors can get brochures about Lithuania and taste some traditional snacks. As Lithuania is a basketball nation we will organise a special competition with prizes for our guests! There will also be Lithuanian games and short language exercises.
EMBASSY OF THE NETHERLANDS – Rahukohtu 4-I, Tallinn
Welkom! Seize the occasion and visit the Netherland’s embassy in the old town. Don’t hesitate to ask questions! Feel royal wearing a crown designed especially for the Europe Day and try the famous Dutch cheese!
EMBASSY OF ROMANIA – Rävala 5, 5th floor, Tallinn
The newly opened Embassy of Romania will open its doors to visitors during the Europe Day 2017! Learn more about Romania, get a small flag and other materials about Romania, its culture, art, nature etc. Answers guaranteed to all the questions you might have! Take part in a Romania-EU-themed quiz and win prizes.
EMBASSY OF SWEDEN – Pikk 28, Tallinn
Join the party at the embassy’s courtyard. This year we will focus on sustainability and road safety. In co-operation with Telia you can take a photo manifesting the Global Sustainable Development Goal that you consider most important. The importance of road safety will be exhibited and explained by Volvo Trucks. This year, the children’s corner will offer something special. To highlight the anniversary of Erasmus+, Estonian students will talk about their experience of studying in Sweden. As always, there will be Swedish snacks and music and also a quiz with great prizes.
To celebrate Europe Day, children can play around in a spacious playground which offers entertainment for all ages. This year, children’s attention will be captured by Pippi Longstocking. OMAtsirkus will be performing mind-blowing tricks and throwing a fun circus party with a fun workshop.
The circus performance will offer something for everyone— from acrobatic stunts with clubs, diabolos, balls and rings, to synchronizing the movement of different body parts into one spectacular performance.
In the workshops, we will teach children how to ride a unicycle, juggle with diabolo, balls and clubs, skip with a jump rope, twirl a hula hoop, and so on. We will put children’s balance to the test. ☺ Anyone who still has some energy left by the end of it can jump on an outdoor trampoline.
Face painters and balloon twisters will be present to make the children’s programme even more memorable. The face painters can cover the whole face or do smaller paintings, using face paint that is safe for children and easy to wash off. Balloon twisters will make fun balloon animals for children as a lovely keepsake from the event.
Bikes and pushchairs can be left in a secure parking lot.
Visit our photography area and get a memorable snapshot from Europe Day with family and friends. Come along and give it a try! We’ll print it out for you if you wish.