The opinion festival called Arvamusfestival about fundamental rights and freedoms awaits for ideas to debate

The eight Arvamusfestival is going to take place in the summer and they are gathering ideas from today until the end of February. On the 100th birthday year of the Estonian constitution, the festival focuses on fundamental rights and freedoms but other topics are also welcome. 

The program welcomes discussions that focus on freedoms, rights and responsibilities, pay attention to different age groups and unravel the pains of ensuring equal rights for all members of society. The idea collection begins today, January 31, and runs until midnight on February 29. The ideas can be submitted on the website of Arvamusfestival.

“The more important ideas that are submitted, the more diverse the program of Arvamusfestival is,” said the festival leader Kaspar Tammist. “We want everyone to find a reason from the festival schedule to come to Paide in August, listen, think along and have their say,” he added. 

The discussions of Arvamusfestival are an opportunity to introduce an unknown topic, identify a problem, seek consensus between known positions, come up with new ideas and solutions, analyze what has been done and share experiences. The festival is also a good place to come up with concrete proposals for further action as a result of the debate. Discussions will be held in Estonian, English and Russian.

Ideas for discussion can be submitted by individuals as well as organizations. The festival expects the submitter to be ready to organize the debate, cooperate with other discussion organizers and to jointly cover the costs of organizing the debate.

Arvamusfestival brings together people from different communities who care about Estonia and the world to develop a better understanding of themselves, each other and the world through a balanced discussion. The eighth festival will take place on August 14 and 15 in Paide and eelarvamusfestival in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice on June 15 in Tallinn. The festival is free for visitors.

The festival is supported by the City of Paide, the Ministry of Justice, the Active Citizens Foundation, the Järva County Municipalities Association, the Civil Society Endowment, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Association of Estonian Cities and Municipalities and by Telia.


Additional information

Kaspar Tammist
the Leader of the festival