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02 Oct 2017

Estonia celebrates Children and Youth Year of Culture 2017


In Estonia, 2017 is the Children and Youth Year of Culture, emphasising the value of children and youngsters as creators and an audience. The motto of the theme year is “Me too!” Children and Youth Year of Culture is organised at the initiative of the Estonian Ministry of Culture, and its implementation is coordinated by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre.

The motto “Me too!” and keywords independence and collaboration invite children and youngsters to participate in culture as well as to create experiences themselves. The theme year addresses also adults, inviting them to contemplate and appreciate children and young people as both creators and an audience. Supporting and encouraging children helps us ensure a continuous and abundant cultural life for the coming generations.

Children and Youth Year of Culture is a spectacular opportunity, as well as a task of great responsibility, to set the focus of our cultural life to the younger generation. It is paramount to talk to our future creators and audience about values, versatility, continuity and responsibility. And not only to talk; it is equally important to act and create together with them. The year brings together various areas of culture, and consists of a wide variety of activities.

Take a look at the programme for Estonia's Children and Youth Year of Culture 2017

The Republic of Estonia has started the celebrations to mark its 100th anniversary on February 24, 2018. The centenary is marked from April 2017 to February 2020.

  • The Estonia 100 festivities will for the most part be shaped by the people of Estonia themselves, as this is everyone’s celebration.

  • We can all receive and make gifts for Estonia’s centenary.

  • Everyone is welcome to add new events to the Estonia 100 events calendar.

  • The focus of Estonia 100 is on children and youth.

Any international promoters of related events are welcome to add their events to the calendar.