Danish Input for the Centenary Celebrations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Denmark celebrates the remarkable 100th anniversary of Estonia’s, Latvia’s and Lithuania’s independence jointly with a number of initiatives – events for 2018 as well as long-term actions.
The program of Danish input was presented by Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on 16th of January in the National Library of Latvia in Riga.
The program which was developed by Danish cultural institute is wide-ranging and includes classical music, children and youth culture, maritime history, sports and creative industries.
Scroll down to check the detailed programs for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
All of the initiatives below forms the background for an extensive Danish input to the 100-year celebrations of the Republic of Estonia. The marking will continue throughout 2018 and 2019 and will be embraced by a highest-level visit, when Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark visits Estonia on June 15, 2019 – on the very day when we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Dannebrog falling from the sky.
Within Danish-Estonian cultural cooperation, notable focus is put on architecture and urban planning, allowing Danish experience and Estonian creative expertise to go hand in hand. This includes the implementation of the philosophy of Danish architect Jan Gehl and the refurbishment of areas of Tallinn’s public space based on Danish experience.
2019 will also see a wide range of events focusing on Danish art and history, including an exhibition of Danish golden age painting, a historical Dannebrog exhibition, a contemporary portrait exhibition and a ballet performance on Dannebrog produced specifically for the occasion. Furthermore, a number of classical and contemporary music events will add to the celebrations.
January 18-19, 2018 Classical opening concerts: Christian IV Vocal Ensemble in Kuressaare and Tallinn
The ensemble, excelling in early and contemporary classical music, will perform the concert “Music to Joy and Freedom” with works from Denmark, Estonia and Latvia.
February 1-2, 2018 Dannebrog – The Movie: a Danish-Estonian workshop on co-production
During the DocPoint Documentary Film Festival in Tallinn, a workshop between Danish and Estonian film and television professionals will be conducted. The purpose is to brainstorm a co-production on the Danish Flag Dannebrog. The film is expected to premier on June 15, 2019.
March 9, 2018 Contemporary Danish music: Liima in Tallinn
Formerly known as Efterklang, the band Liima continues to enjoy great popularity in Estonia. The concert will take place at the fashionable club Erinevate Tubade Klubi.
Autumn 2018 Danish music with Estonian influence: Knudage Riisager
A CD and concert project is being planned to revive the music of Danish composer Knudåge Riisager (1897-1974), born in Estonia. High profile Estonian musicians from the ensemble YXUS will give their version of the Danish cultural heritage in cooperation with the Danish Dacapo Records.
Spring 2019 Contemporary portrait art: Portrait Now! In Estonia
A portrait competition will be conducted with participation of Danish and Estonian artists initiating the two-year exhibition event Portræt Nu!, produced by the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle. The final exhibition is set to open in Denmark and at the Estonian Art Museum Kumu in the fall of 2019.
June 15, 2019 Royal visit to Estonia
On the very day where we mark the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag Dannebrog falling from the sky, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will visit Tallinn and participate in the celebration.
June 15, 2019 Exhibition opening: Dannebrog and Danish golden age
The National Gallery of Denmark produces an exhibition of Danish golden age paintings. The central piece will be C.A Lorentzens “Slaget ved Lyndanisse” (The battle of Lyndanisse), depicting the battle on the 15th of June 1219 when, according to legend, the Danish flag fell from the sky.
June 15, 2019 Cities for people: Danish urban planning intervention
An urban space of Tallinn will be developed based on Danish knowhow and focusing specifically on bicycle conditions. The project will be presented on the anniversary of Dannebrog.
June 15, 2019 Exhibition opening: Historical Dannebrog exhibition
The Museum of National History (Frederiksborg Castle) produces a historical-analytical exhibition about the history of Dannebrog. The exhibition will be on display in the tower Kiek in de Kök (Tallinn City Museum) The exhibition is also planned to be shown at Fredriksborg castle in the autumn of 2019.
June 15, 2019 Premiere: Dannebrog ballet
On the day of the anniversary and the royal visit, a freshly choreographed dance performance with Dannebrog as its main theme is scheduled to be performed in Tallinn.
Marking the first Danish celebration of the centenary of the Republic of Latvia, Christian IV Vocal Ensemble (Denmark) performed a concert on 17th of January at St John´s Church. The program is inspired by the period of the Reformation and thoughts of Luther – symbolizing ideas of freedom and independence central to the Republic of Latvia.
One of the highlights in the celebration program is supporting the development of creative industries in Latvia. This area is currently receiving high priority from both Latvia and Denmark as culture and creativity are an important asset for a successful growth of the future generation as well as new means for the economic development. Danish experience and Latvian innovation go hand in hand, manifested especially by the renovation and refurbishment of the formerly Danish-owned tobacco factory in Riga, which will in the future re-open as a culture house and incubator for creative industries. Danish architects will direct the transformation of the factory, and the laying of the ground stone is expected to happen in December 2018. Danish and Latvian creative initiatives also continue to flourish with projects such as Creative Business Cup Baltic Sea Region.
The other important event which is supposed to happen in December 2018 is the visit of HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
January 15-16, 2018 Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen visits Riga
During his visit, the Danish prime minister will meet the Latvian prime minister Māris Kučinskis and will give a book to the Latvian National Library.
January 17, 2018 Classical opening concert: Christian IV Vocal Ensemble in Riga
The ensemble, excelling in early and contemporary classical music, will perform the concert “Music to Joy and Freedom” with works from Denmark, Latvia and Estonia.
March 8, 2018 Contemporary Danish music: Liima in Riga
Formerly known as Efterklang, the band Liima continues to enjoy great popularity in Latvia. The concert will take place at the Von Stricka Villa – a mansion in Riga’s creative neighbourhood built into a unique event residence.
May 16-18, 2018 Interactive children’s theatre: The Endless Labyrinth in Daugavpils and Riga
The Endless Labyrinth from Danish Broadcast and film composer Mathias Madsen Munch is a captivating musical show, inviting the children to get actively involved in choosing the story’s development.
August 17-19, 2018 A history of trade and friendship: the museum coaster Samka from Ærø at Riga City Festival
As a continuation of the long and proud relations between Latvia and the Danish island of Ærø, the coaster Samka will set ashore in Riga, loaded with a historical exhibition about the friendship.
August 17-19, 2018 Sports and leisure: floorball exhibition match in Riga
A floorball match during the Riga City Festival will be organized by the Latvian and Danish sports confederations and Olympic Committees.
August 31 – September 2, 2018 Creative Business Cup Baltic Sea Region
The Danish Creative Business Cup gets a Baltic Sea addition as creative startup businesses from the whole region meet to network, compete and develop new projects.
September 29-30, 2018 E-sport and youth culture: Counterstrike Tournament in Riga
As the field of e-sports gains more popularity, both as a leisure activity and professional discipline, a Counterstrike tournament of Danish, Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian teams is being organized.
December 6, 2018 Classical highlight: Concerto Copenhagen
The world-renowned baroque ensemble Concerto Copenhagen will give a concert in the Great Guild concert hall of Riga.
December 6-7, 2018 Creative industries and Danish initiated incubator: Rīgas Tabakas Fabrika
The laying of the ground stone of the new tobacco factory will provide the setting for a meeting between Danish and Latvian representatives of creative industries.
December 2018 Royal Visit
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark are expected to visit Latvia, which will be the culmination of the Danish celebrations of the Latvian centenary.
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visits Lithuania to join in the celebrations on Independence Day, February 16.
Within the Danish-Lithuanian cultural cooperation, notable focus is put on film, allowing Danish experience and Lithuanian creative expertise to go hand in hand. It is planned to create a permanent film studio for children, where films can be developed and produced based on Danish methods. This aims to stimulate creativity in education and develop media literacy among younger citizens. Furthermore, the Vilnius International Film Festival will see a strong Danish presence through film screenings and a Danish pavilion, providing a forum for discussions and exchange between Danish and Lithuanian producers, distributors and creatives.
An additional programme of diverse celebration events will be carried out. A museum exchange programme between Danish and Lithuanian regional museums will be facilitated in order to share experience and create a joint exhibition. 2018 will also see an exhibition on the life and work of Danish architect Jan Gehl, globally and in Lithuania. This will expectedly be accompanied by a book translation. Finally, a number of classical and contemporary music events will add to the celebrations.
February 16, 2018 Royal visit to Lithuania
On Lithuania’s Independence Day, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will participate in the official celebration.
March 7, 2018 Contemporary Danish music: Liima in Vilnius
Formerly known as Efterklang, the band Liima continues to enjoy great popularity in Lithuania. The concert will take place at the fashionable venue Kultūros baras Kablys.
March 15-29, 2018 Danish presence at Vilnius International Film Festival
The festival will have a strong Danish presence of film screenings and lectures as well as exchange activities between Danish and Lithuanian producers, distributors and creative professionals.
Spring 2018 Danish architecture and urban planning philosophy: Jan Gehl
An exhibition about Danish architect Jan Gehl’s life and work, globally and in Lithuania, will open in Vilnius. It is projected that the exhibition will be accompanied by a Lithuanian translation of Gehl’s internationally acclaimed publication “Cities for People”.
March and June 2018 Danish-Lithuanian museum exchange on mediation and communication
An exchange programme between the Lithuanian Neringa Museums and Taurage Regional Museum plus the Danish Museum of Cultural History (Holstebro) is being initiated. There will be visits to both countries, and a special emphasis will be put on modern museum mediation. A joint exhibition will expectedly conclude the project.
Autumn 2018 Permanent film studio for children
Based on the Film X studio of the Danish Film Institute, where children can independently develop and produce films, a permanent film studio will be constructed in cooperation with the Lithuanian Film Center. Here, it will be possible to develop creativity in education and establish a critical understanding of the instruments of film media.
December 4-5, 2018 Classical highlight: Concerto Copenhagen
The world-renowned baroque ensemble Concerto Copenhagen will give concerts at the Kaunas State Philharmonic Hall and the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society in Vilnius.