Third Secretary (Public Diplomacy and Media Relations) Maria Belovas of the Embassy of Estonia, National Press Club Chair Myron Belkind, Ambassador Marina Kaljurand of Estonia, and International Correspondents Committee Chair Molly McCluskey.
AN “EMBASSY NIGHT” with a special briefing and reception was held at the Embassy of Estonia in Washington on Wednesday, March 19. Ambassador Marina Kaljurand discussed Estonia’s role as a world leader in the use of technology, where Internet access is considered a human right. The country enjoys one of the world’s fastest broadband speeds, and comprehensive government databases mean everything from accessing medical records to filing taxes to registering new businesses can be completed easily.
ADDITIONALLY, Estonia’s rich cultural history with hundreds of village choirs was also discussed. In celebration of its choral history, the Estonia Song and Dance Festival has taken place every five years for the past 130 years. In 2009, there were more than 34,000 participants performing to an audience of 200,000 people. This year the festival will be held in July.
AFTER THE presentation, with Q&A, a delicious buffet was served.
IN CONJUNCTION with the European Month of Culture there will be a concert – Estonia in Concert: The Music of Arvo P?t – in the presence of the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Maestro Arvo P?t on May 27 at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by T?nu Kaljuste. The concert will be the highlight of Estonian Culture in Washington. This is a free and public event with seating on a first-come-first-serve basis and subject to capacity. For more information, visit http://www.estoniainconcert.com/about.html.