On this day of the year we proclaim the spectacular island in the middle of beautiful Sydney Harbour to be Estonian territory. We still don't ask non-Estonians for a visa to land on the island.
What is happening this year and why it is different from last year's picnic?
For the first time the picnic is on a Sunday, which means more people have a day off and have the opportunity to come along. Also, since many people work during the week, we have always started the picnic 4.30 pm. This year we will start much earlier, so we can enjoy the sun and daylight.
This year we have organised live music from our long term friends Bruce and Haruna, who have often entertained us at the Estonian Club nights. Bruce has promised to learn some Estonian songs, so we will see what he comes up with.
As well, two Estonian cellists Karin Kapsi and Joosep Korvits are going to perform and they will surprise us with some Estonian tunes. Besides the open air music performances there will be entertainment from the Sydney Folk Dance group organized by Kati Koreneff.
The day will be filled with music and dancing right in the heart of Sydney Harbour.
How to purchase tickets and how is the transport organized this year?
Tickets are for sale at special prices - $30 per person at Estonian Club nights every Thursday till 21-st of February. After that tickets will be more expensive so please buy your tickets as early as possible. Tickets are also available by ordering via email and on the event's official website www.haisaar2013.eventbrite.com.au
Captain Cook Ferries leave from Darling Harbour, Pier 26 (in front of Aquarium) and Circular Quay, wharf #6 every 45 minutes. The first ferry will leave Darling Harbour at 1.15 pm and then 15 minutes later (1.30pm) from Circular Quay. However, as the official program will start at 3 pm, we recommend that everyone catches the 2 pm ferry from Darling Harbour (2.15 pm Circular Quay). As there could be other people as well on this ferry, we might put on an extra ferry leaving Darling Harbour at 2 pm ( 2.15 pm Circular Quay) so all Estonia's 95th birthday celebrants can get to the island on time.
The return ferry from the island will leave at 6.30 and will stop only at Circular Quay. For your information – there are a lot of affordable car parks around Darling Harbour. Updated information for event is available www.haisaar2013.eventbrite.com.au
I would like to thank all our sponsors who are supporting this event. The main sponsor for this year's event is Estralian Trading Company (www.estralian.com.au) which imports Estonian food, juices and chocolates. There will be a stall on the island, so that everyone can purchase a limited selection of Estonian foods. Other sponsors are Nordic Beverages (www.nordicbevs.com), which looks after Estonian beer, vodka, Vana Tallinn and plenty of other Estonian alcoholic beverages, Aero Travel (www.aerotravel.com.au), which always finds best travel solutions and Adis Media (www.adismedia.com.au) for all media solutions.
Also many thanks to the organizing team, all volunteers – Liisa Pobul, Merka Viigisalu, Helina Oja, Adis Kapa and everyone else, who helps the Estonian Club to make it happen!
|Sydney Estonian Club is organising the 95th Estonian Independence Day picnic on Shark Island This great tradition to celebrate Estonian Independence Day started 4 years ago and was launched by Aivo Takis (Chairman of the Sydney Estonian Co-operative Society, SES and Aero Travel CEO). The Estonian Club invites everyone to Shark Island as in previous years.|