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On Saturday, 20 April, the Riigikogu, the Parliament of Estonia, will celebrate its 105th anniversary with the traditional Open House Day, which this year is dedicated to the Cultural Diversity Year. Guests can participate in the activities organised by the Estonian Open Air Museum, the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union, Tallinn Central Library and National Library of Estonia.

The Riigikogu Open House Day will begin with a musical greeting by the Pipe Band of the Defence League Sakala Unit on the balcony of Toompea Castle. President of the Riigikogu Lauri Hussar will welcome the guests.

Throughout the day, there will be guided tours of Toompea Castle, you can meet members of the Riigikogu and see the rooms of parliamentary groups, and visit the Tall Hermann Tower.

Members of the Riigikogu Vadim BelobrovtsevEduard Odinets, Liisa Pakosta, Henn Põlluaas, Pipi-Liis Siemann and Riina Solman will hold a debate on integration in the café of the Riigikogu. The discussion will be moderated by Urmas Vaino.

A traditional quiz between teams from schools and the Riigikogu will take place in the Conference Hall. The Riigikogu teams will include members of the Riigikogu Yoko Alender, Arvo Aller, Enn Eesmaa, Andre Hanimägi, Andrei Korobeinik and Peeter Tali.

Members of the Riigikogu Yoko AlenderMaria Jufereva-SkuratovskiEduard OdinetsAnti PoolametsPipi-Liis Siemann and Kristo Enn Vaga will be tour guides.

To mark the Cultural Diversity Year, the Estonian Open Air Museum will set up workshops by Kuie School, and offer a typical inter-war selection of goods from Lau village shop. In the workshops of the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union, you can make a good luck cross, a whirligig, a straw mobile and weave a heart braid.

Tallinn Central Library with its activity and language games and Katarina Jee Mobile Library will also be at Toompea. The National Library of Estonia will give the guests the opportunity to test their knowledge. The State Elder August Rei Foundation will offer the possibility to complete a crash course in Estonian history and take a picture against the backdrop of August Rei photo wall.

The day will close with Good Mood Concert by folk music group EHALE.

The first representative body elected by the people in independent Estonia – the Constituent Assembly – convened in Tallinn on 23 April 1919. The Riigikogu commemorates this event with its annual Open House Day, which this year takes place for the 24th time.

Entry and all activities and events are free.

The Riigikogu Open House Day programme.

Riigikogu Press Service
Merilin Kruuse
+372 631 6592; +372 510 6179
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