National Minorities Day

National Minorities Day, which is dedicated to all of the national minorities residing in Estonia, is marked on 24 September, the anniversary of the first Estonian National Minorities Forum in 1988.

That original forum unanimously declared its willingness to openly support the attempts of the Estonian population to restore their statehood and democracy. The first National Minorities Day was held in 2005, when then Minister for Population Affairs Paul-Eerik Rummo decreed that it would be observed on 24 September.

A series of concerts, exhibitions, talks and workshops will be held around the country throughout September and October, showcasing the cultural heritage of various national minorities. See the programme here.

Pictured are ‘National Cultures Creative Pot’ performers at Jõhvi Concert Hall on 24 September 2017.