27 April 2023 is the 100th anniversary of the first issue of the magazine Looming.
The magazine was founded upon the decision of the Estonian Writers’ Union in 1922. The first editor was Friedebert Tuglas – he shaped the general appearance of the magazine, which has remained to this day. Looming is a so-called parliamentary magazine that is funded by the state. It publishes new Estonian literature, literary studies, and criticism in a very wide and balanced selection. Before World War II, it was published 10 times a year; in 1941‒1944, there was a gap in publishing due to the war; since 1945, it has been published 12 times a year. Looming is unique in Estonia and our neighbouring countries, as it has been published regularly for 100 years. Looming has a very symbolic value in the Estonian culture – it has been compared to our national epic and song festivals.