The tradition of Estonian world festival originated in Toronto in 1972 when some 20 000 Estonians gathered from all over the free world to celebrate their national heritage in song, dance, word and music. Since then, ESTO festivals have been held every four years in different major cities of the western world. In 1984 Toronto, in its 150th year, played host to the Festival for the second time. Once again people of Estonian origin gathered from different countries and continents to demonstrate their arts, skills and talents, to share their cultural wealth with each other and with their host city and nation, and to remind the world of Estonian’s moral and legal right to freedom and self-determination. They came to meet old friends and make new ones, and to partake of the quickened pulse of Estonian cultural life and heightened national consciousness which have always been an important concomitant of the ESTO celebrations. But the purposes of ESTO´84 extended beyond that, for 1984 was the year to commemorate the 100th birth of Estonia’s flag and the Festival provided and ideal opportunity for this celebration. It was also the year to remember and celebrate with Canadians of all origins the 150th anniversary of Toronto and 200th anniversary of Ontario – the city and the province that welcomed the Festival and gave it their support and appreciation.