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  • 4 May 2018

    Celebrations in Tallinn.

    On May 3, 2018, the Polish Embassy in Tallinn organized the celebration of the 3rd May Constitution in Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn. The meeting was attended by representatives of the authorities of Estonia, business, culture, science, media, diplomatic corps and the Polish community.


    The ceremony began with the performance of Polish and Estonian anthems by Janusz Prusinowski and Triin Preusfreud on traditional instruments: dulcimer and kannel. The traditional Polish and Estonian music communities have been cooperating for many years, but the kannel and dulcimer sounded together for the first time during the celebrations of the 3rd May.


    In his speech, Ambassador Grzegorz Kozłowski recalled the history of the May Constitution in 1791 and the political background of the time, stressing that the May 3rd Constitution was a document based on the political and social achievements of the Enlightenment period, and also drew on the Constitution of the United States adopted in 1787. The Constitution of May 3 is treated by Poles as one of the most landmark historical events in the history of the country, and Constitution Day is a national holiday. The Ambasaador stressed the role that Poland currently plays on the international arena and the very good relations between Poland and Estonia, as well as the constant and mutually beneficial development of cooperation in the political, economic, cultural, scientific and defence areas. 


    The concert entitled "Polka, Poland, Polonaise - paths of tradition" was accompanied by 25 violinists from the children's Tuuleviiul ensemble and performed by the aforementioned soloists. The programme was dedicated to the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Thus, it was a herald of the implementation by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the Ministry of Culture of the RE of the long-term project "The musical gift of Poland to Estonia and Estonia to Poland", planned in connection with the celebrations of EV 100 and Niepodległa.


    After the main ceremony, meetings with the Polish community were held. Janusz Prusinowski led the workshop of traditional singing. He also sang the oldest surviving Polish Marian songs during the Holy Mass in St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The celebration of the 3rd of May National Holidays ended with a meeting with Polish traditions and games for families with Polish-speaking children, which was organized in the Jan Karski Room. St. John Paul II.


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