Children’s Republic is an event series held within the Children and Youth Year of Culture that will be touring in Estonia over the summer to celebrate Estonia’s upcoming 100th birthday. The first stop will take the Republic to Põltsamaa, on May 25, whereas the tour finishes in Saverna, on September 8. Within those five months, Children’s Republic shall visit more than fifty places in Estonia.
Event tour Children’s Republic moves on wheels and combines theatre, play and workshops. At each stop-over visitors can enjoy a play written exclusively for the tour, discover Estonia through a unique labyrinth play ground, and have a go at the various workshops. The custom-made car stage shall also be used for performances by local children and youngsters. The passport of the Children’s Republic grants free or discount entry to many museums and adventure centres all over Estonia. Please click here to see the destinations.
“Children’s Republic is a party for Estonian children and families. It will take place over the whole summer. Celebrating Estonia’s centenary, we find it important to talk to children about the country, bringing together literature, theatre, music and art, but also science and nature,” said Triin Soone, the author of the idea for the Children’s Republic and the director of Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. “To guarantee the best quality and the uniqueness of the programme, but also that children would really enjoy the event, the preparation brings together top specialists in Estonia,” she said.
Children’s Republic was created in cooperation with Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and the Governmental Committee of Estonia 100 with the aim of enabling children and their families to experience value-based culture. “Children’s Republic is one of the biggest events within the Estonia 100 celebrations. It takes a fraction of Estonian culture to various places all over the country in order to create a common cultural bond between hundreds of children. We find it very important that children would be able to participate in the centenary in such a playful and fun way,” said Programme Manager of Estonia 100, Maarja-Liisa Soe.
Minister of Culture Indrek Saar says it’s symbolic that the celebration of Estonian statehood starts on the children and youth year of culture. “These stories and songs, traditions and symbols that we hand over to that generation is a valuable contribution to securing Estonian culture and independence. Children’s Republic is great in supporting this. Today’s children and youngsters shall be carrying Estonian culture and identity in the future,” said Saar.
Year 2017 is the Children and Youth Year of Culture, which values children and youngsters both as creators and as an audience. The theme year has been organised on the initiative of the Estonian Ministry of Culture and coordinated by the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre.