Speeches

President of the Republic at the opening of the Arvo Pärt Centre

President of the Republic at the opening of the Arvo Pärt Centre

Dear Arvo, Thinking about today while I was far from here, on the other side of the world, I listened to your work Spiegel im Spiegel or Mirror in the Mirror again. This piece, which you wrote 40 years ago on the eve of your involuntary departure, says more in today’s confusingly multipolar world than perhaps ever before. Especially when you happen to be far from home.

I listened to it and thought about the sun illuminating red maple leaves in the Estonian autumn at the very same moment. In my mind’s eye, I saw the ruddy trunks of the pine trees back at home momentarily glowing in the autumn sun before it sinks too low, transforming silence into a song.

Spiegel im Spiegel. Ten minutes of dialogue, questions and answers, repetition, reflection, elucidation and acceptance. Through your music we can experience the multitude of sounds hidden within one carefully considered note. We come to realise that silence says more than verbosity, that determined, constant movement takes us further than restless fidgeting. Your music sharpens our ears until grief turns into comfort and sorrow thaws and gives way to joy. Distance becomes warm closeness.

The world turns and home remains with us, even if reality dictates otherwise. A lonely hotel room becomes a familiar forest. An Estonian bog. A view from the bench next to a shed door, stretching over fields and cairns towards the setting sun.

You and your work play a part in this reflection of the soul, but in reality, it is born anew with each listening, depending on the time, place and mood. This singular piece has tugged on the heartstrings of millions of people on this planet and reminded us that the external hides the internal and that goodness and peace of mind do exist. It has likely encouraged quite a few people to look up Estonia on a map.

13.10.2018

 

News

President Kaljulaid became an honorary doctor of a South Korean university

President Kaljulaid became an honorary doctor of a South Korean university

The President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, who is currently on a work visit to South Korea, was today awarded the title of an honorary doctor of EWHA Womans University. In her address at the awarding ceremony, the Head of State said education is the road that takes us towards freedom and wealth.

10.10.2018

 

President Kersti Kaljulaid will be on a work visit to South Korea until Wednesday, participating in Asia's biggest opinion leaders conference

On Thursday and Friday, the Head of State will take part in a global summit of French-speaking countries in Yerevan, Armenia, to discuss Estonia's candidacy for the position of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council with the heads of state gathering at the event.

08.10.2018

 

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid becomes a co-chair of EWEC movement

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid becomes a co-chair of EWEC movement

President Kersti Kaljulaid accepts UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres´ invitation to co-chair the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) for the next two years.
The role of the co-chair is to advocate for women's, children's and adolescent's health. During her tenure, president Kaljulaid intends to raise awareness of the heroic efforts people globally are making, often working without any institutional support.

28.09.2018