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Unified Estonia was a fictitious political movement created by NO99 Theatre that a large portion of the public treated as a real political force. Its convention, held for more than 7200 people, was one of the largest theatre events in modern European theatre history.

NO99 Theatre announced at a press conference on 24 March 2010 that after meetings that took place over the course of two and a half years with various people who are informed of what is going on behind the scenes in Estonian politics, the decision has been made to hold the Unified Estonia movement convention on 7 May 2010. At the same time, it was announced that Unified Estonia reflects the negative and populist traits of all the larger parties in their behaviour, rhetoric, programme, campaigns, and so on. The NO99 Theatre actors and the directors and authors of the idea Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper formed the core of the movement. Thus Unified Estonia was introduced as a theatre project, yet its reception in society indicated that very many people believed in Unified Estonia as a real political force.

During the 44 days between the press conference and the convention, the public paid a great deal of attention to Unified Estonia. Editorials, opinion columns, analyses and news write-ups appeared every week in the major newspapers and news portals, the leaders of the movement Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper were invited to appear on television and radio shows, members of parliament, politicians, opinion-makers, intellectuals, columnists, and so on publicly expressed their opinion. The convention was completely sold out in only two days and over 7000 people were ultimately packed into the hall due to enormous popular demand. The closer we came to 7 May, the more the public asked if a new party will or will not be born then.

In addition to preparing the Unified Estonia convention, NO99 Theatre taped a six-part series of video lectures entitled Election School. A new episode of Election School was uploaded on the internet every week. These lectures employed popular language usage to acquaint viewers with political mechanisms. They're still on YouTube.

The Unified Estonia convention took place on 7 May at the Saku Suurhall and lasted about four hours. Various political technologies were introduced during the convention, speeches were given, and so on. The election of a new leader and the new leader’s speech concluded the convention.
News portals carried live broadcasts of the convention online and the message of the Unified Estonia convention was discussed very actively over the next few days on television, radio, the internet as well as in the press. The first academic studies and longer analyses of Unified Estonia are nearing completion.

Idea, concept and production Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper
On stage Rasmus Kaljujärv, Eva Klemets, Risto Kübar, Kristel Leesmend (guest appearance), Andres Mähar, Jaak Prints, Gert Raudsep, Inga Salurand, Tambet Tuisk, Marika Vaarik, Liina Vahtrik (guest appearance), Sergo Vares and many, many others.
Consultant Daniel Vaarik

Read also an article in Berliner Zeitung



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