The virtual forum for Estonians across the globe will be held on 7 December
The virtual forum for Estonians across the globe is held on 7 December at 16.00 Estonian time
The Foreign Ministry’s virtual forum for Estonians across the globe is held for the sixth time already. This time, we are covering a very practical aspect – the possibilities of Estonia’s e-state from the perspective of an Estonian living abroad. To provide some inspiration for your summer holiday plans, we are taking you to South Estonia, where Tartu holds the title of a European Capital of Culture in 2024. The entire region of South Estonia is involved. This time we will spin the wheel again and offer one viewer a chance to win plane tickets for two to Estonia and two nights in a hotel in Tallinn. Music is provided by Duo Ruut. We meet Anna Hints in the closing interview of the year. The virtual forum is moderated by Silver Tambur.
You can watch and think along with the virtual forum of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from any location with an internet connection. The forum will have simultaneous interpretation into English and Russian.
Participation link and the full programme at:
- Introduction. Silver Tambur
- Welcoming words. Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna
- e-Services abroad from the perspective of an Estonian abroad: everything you need to know. Erika Piirmets
- Video call to the United States. Heilika and Ülo Pikkov
- How can you research your family history virtually? Fred Puss
- Music by Duo Ruut
- The programme of Tartu – European Capital of Culture 2024. Erni Kask and Annela Laaneots
- How the European Capital of Culture and the Southern Estonian vibe match. Jalmar Vabarna
- Video call to the United States. Karel Polt on dividing his life between Otepää and Los Angeles
- Video call to Võrumaa. Mari Kalkun and the Aigu om Festival
- End-of-the-year interview with Anna Hints
- Musical finale by Duo Ruut
The estimated end of the event is at 18.00
Margus Tsahkna – Foreign Minister
Heilika ja Ülo Pikkov – documentary filmmaker and director
Erika Piirmets – Digital Transformation Adviser at e-Estonia
Fred Puss – genealogist, Director of the Estonian Biographical Center
Karel Polt – author of Literally Estonian from Los Angeles
Jalmar Vabarna – singer and musician (Trad.Attack!, Zetod), Ambassador of Tartu 2024
Mari Kalkun – singer, songwriter, composer and musician, Ambassador of Tartu 2024
Erni Kask – Head of International Relations, Tartu 2024
Annela Laaneots – Head of the Southern Estonia programme, Tartu 2024
Anna Hints – author, writer and director of the film Smoke Sauna Sisterhood
Duo Ruut – a folk music duo comprising Katariina Kivi and Ann-Lisett Rebane
Silver Tambur – moderator
Previous virtual forums can be watched here:
- At the virtual forum on 7 December 2023 at 16.00 Estonian time, one viewer has a chance to win a prize – a return plane ticket to Estonia for two people.
- We are spinning the wheel on 15 December at 12.00 Estonian time. If you have registered https://worksup.com/app?id=GLOBALESTONIA, you can watch the virtual forum later and take part in the lottery until 14 December at 23.00 Estonian time.
- The flight must take place during the 2024 calendar year.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will contact the winner and will put them in touch with the travel agency in Tallinn where the tickets must be bought (they can be replaced with bus, ferry or train tickets).
- The prize includes a two-night stay at the Olümpia Hotel in Tallinn.
- We are also offering the winner a tour at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while they are in Estonia.
- However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot guarantee a visa (if required) and entry to the country.
- Since it is a big world and plane ticket fees vary enormously, there is a cap on the ticket price. If the ticket price exceeds the cap, the buyer must cover the difference.
- Plane ticket price cap: economy class within Europe up to €600, rest of the world up to €1200.