The Baltic Way's 30. Anniversary

On the 24th of August 2019 around 70 Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians gathered in the University of Fribourg to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way.

Original article with photos and stories: (Annika Fibbioli)

More than half of the people present had participated in the Baltic Way back in 1989. There was excitement in the air and joy over the fact that Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians had finally come together in Switzerland. Perhaps this event will serve as a bridge to future collaborations.

Lithuanians had brought along a new documentary film "The Inimitable Baltic Way" ("Nepakartojamas Baltijos kelias"), which brought the audience back to the events that took place 30 years ago. This also allowed all non-Lithuanians to see the Baltic Way from a different perspective. After the film, the vice president of the Swiss Estonian Association Annika Fibbioli and musician Anu Tähemaa from Estonia shared their own personal Baltic Way memories. You may read the full stories below.

Anu Tähemaa's fantastic performance brought a sparkle in everyone's eyes. She made the Baltic people sing and move together just like we did 30 years ago.

Encouraged by Lithuanian Association's leader Jurate Caspersen, everyone re-established themselves in the Baltic Way and sang the good old "Ärgake Baltimaad", first in Latvian, then in Lithuanian and Estonian, just like it was written down 30 years ago by Latvians Valdis Pavlovskis (lyrics) and Boriss Rezņiks (music).

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