The largest ever worldwide gathering of Estonians, Esto 2019 aims to bring together Estonians and estophiles from around the world, establishing new international connections and reinforcing the bonds of our shared heritage and culture by celebrating our global Estonian identity together. ESTO programme: http://estofestival.com/en/programme/
The tradition of ESTO dates back to 1972, when Estonians living in exile around the world, gathered in Toronto, Canada, to celebrate their culture and heritage, together. The primary focus of ESTO was to maintain Estonian language and culture abroad during the occupation of Estonia, when social and cultural interaction were outlawed by Soviet authorities. The fundamental importance of ESTO has not changed. Today, ESTO brings together Estonians and their friends from around the world to foster greater global engagement between our communities and develop global Estonian identity and heritage. ESTO encourages all Estonians to celebrate our nation’s achievements abroad and at home over the past century.