Programme

Year of Maritime Culture 2016

Throughout the ages the sea has ensured the survival and quality of life for people who live on the coast. Thanks to its versatile practical value of use, today the sea also plays an important economic and cultural role. Despite the half-century cultural and economic interruption that the Soviet era created in maritime affairs and maritime culture, the heritage has not perished completely. In order to maintain and carry on the preserved cultural heritage, it is primarily important to realise what we have and then jointly consider how to continue.

In modern times the sea is, above all, associated with summer, holidays, the sun and options for spending leisure time. However, the beach holiday itself is actually a tradition that is only a couple of hundreds of years old. The aim of this newly begun Year of Maritime Culture is to additionally show that the sea is our history, work, food, culture, education, traditions, beliefs, etc., as well.

2016’s theme is maritime culture

The newly begun Year of Maritime Culture will again give us a reason for turning towards the sea and asking whether we are just people, who live by the sea or a maritime nation. The aim of the Year of Maritime Culture is to value the maritime history of Estonia and focus on traditions related to the sea. By joining different areas of culture, this thematic year consolidates all the activities and events that carry on maritime culture and includes concerts, conferences, discussions, festivals, competitions and workshops.

The abundance and variety of maritime culture is conveyed by the four thematic waves of the Year of Maritime Culture. In January and February we will concentrate on heritage and cultural topics. In spring, i.e. in March, April and May, the focus will be on maritime safety and education. The summer wave in June, July and August will invite everybody to spend an active holiday and leisure time on the seaside and on the sea. From September to November more serious discussions will be held about the future of Estonia as a maritime country.

In the Year of Maritime Culture people will play the key role and, in order to mould and carry on cultural history, both creators and participants are equally important. We hope that the new year will bring everybody both to the seaside and to the sea not only in summer, but also in spring, autumn and winter more often.

Facing the sea!

The entire programme of the Year of Maritime Culture 2016 is provided in Estonian HERE.

For visitors outside Estonia, we have made a selection of events, which might interest you the most, you will find the programme calendar in english HERE.

 

BETA-PROMENADE OF TALLINN

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During the Maritime Culture Year of 2016 Linnalabor together with landowners will create a beta-promenade from Kalasadam to Noblessner quarter.

Maritime museums in Estonia

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The entities engaged in the storage, examination and presentation of the Estonian maritime culture and heritage are institutions of memory, i.e. museums, related to the field of maritime affairs.  

Coastal trip

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The coastal trip is a programme that covers the entire coast and islands of Estonia and includes each county of the coastal region and selective smaller islands.

“The Sea Is Our Heritage and History” photo competition

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Take part in a photo competition organised by the Maritime Culture Year in cooperation with Nikon! Capture heritage or history related to the Estonian sea in pictures and send them to us. The photographer of the best picture as selected by the panel will be awarded with a valuable Nikon camera!  

“The Sea Gives Me Work” photo competition

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Take part in “The Sea Gives Me Work” photo competition organised by the Maritime Culture Year in cooperation with Nikon.

Maritime Culture Year on tour

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In summer, the Maritime Culture Year will go on tour and visit larger events and festivals related to the sea.

Sea camp for youth

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The sea camp for youth provides young people with an opportunity to try various manners of spending leisure time related to the sea. The programme in the form of a camp takes participants to visit in total five different places in the coastal region of Estonia.

“Come to the Seaside!” photo competition

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Take part in the “Come to the Seaside!” photo competition organised by the Maritime Culture Year in cooperation with Nikon. The winner of the competition will receive a valuable camera from Nikon as a prize!

“Maritime Country Estonia” photo competition

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Take part in the “Maritime Country Estonia” photo competition organised by the Maritime Culture Year in cooperation with Nikon. The best work will receive a valuable photo camera from Nikon as a prize.