Festival "Sajaga seltsis"

The Estonian cultural societies operating in Estonia and abroad have combined their activities to celebrate Estonia100 during 3 days, in which the societies will introduce their role to the public.

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The Estonian cultural societies operating in Estonia and abroad have combined their activities to celebrate Estonia100 during 3 days, in which the societies will introduce their role to the public.


The first two days will see the societies coming together at the Estonian National Museum in Tartu:


3rd August: a conference at the Estonian National Museum entitled "Societies as bearers of Estonian culture yesterday, today and tomorrow", in which we will discuss the role of societies and the society movement in defining cultural heritages, past, present and future.


4th August (same location): a joint celebration called "Always Together". This will be a combination of two stages, many simultaneous workshops and exhibitions. There will be the activities of foreign and exiled Estonians. The exhibitions are as following: one is of foreign-made folk costumes "Estonian Folk Costumes in London", and the other will feature the work of the Forest University camp in Canada "Metsaulikool - 50 years".


5th August: a number of foreign Estonian societies will visit various places in Estonia to celebrate the anniversary of the Republic.

The Estonian Society movement has played a very important role in the Republic of Estonia's formation and birth. Although 2018 is Estonia's 100th birthday, the Estonian Society as a concept will be 153 years old this year. Tartu holds particular significance as the birthplace of the very first such organisation - the Vanemuine Society - as well as hosting the first Song Festival and National Theatre.


The aim of the Estonian Cultural Society is to raise awareness of the Estonian social movement today. The Society will also coordinate the Estonia100 celebrations for the various Estonian cultural organisations, and promote such events to the public. The Estonian Cultural Society will be a bearer of Estonian culture at home and abroad.


August 3, Friday

11.00 Discussions.

Open microphone Venue: J. Hurda Hall, Estonian National Museum (ERM)

Opening words Iivi Zajedova Moderator, member of the Board of Estonian Cultural Society (EKSÜ), Czech-Estonian Club Representative of Tartu City Government

Tiit Rosenberg The Learned Estonian Society Tiina Kirss Senior Researcher of the Estonian Literary Museum

Rein Taagepera Emeritus Professor

Annely Reimaa Head of International Relations at the Ministry of Cultural Integration

Vera Oinets Leader of the Estonian community in Krasnoyarsk

Panel discussion with questions

14.30 Short presentations Recording of the history of societies

Presentation of books published by ÜEKN and EKSÜ

ESTO 2019

15.00 Workshop, optional: The recording of the history of cultural societies By Kärt Summatavet, Estonian Cultural Chamber Inter-society co-operation By Ants Johanson, Member of the Management Board of the EKSÜ Estonian societies around the world By Liina Miks, EKSÜ Exile as our own cultural heritage — how do we maintain it By Monika Tomingas, Media and Social Affairs Officer, Estonian Folklore Council Media and public activities of Estonian Societies By Katrin Uuspõld, journalist, Virumaa Teataja Society finance and business activities By Kadri Pau, Tartu Business Advisory Board Workshop The day ends at 17.00

Tartu August 4,

Saturday anniversary festival at the Estonian National Museum

11.00 Venue: Estonian National Museum, Lobby A

11.30 planting of an oak tree Introducing exhibitions: Exhibition „Kotkajärve Metasülikool — 50 Years Young”. Exhibition „Estonian Folk Clothes in London”.

Summaries of Discussions and presentations — from Iivi Zajedova.

12.00 Venue: Stage and garden of the Estonian National Museum Performances by foreign Estonian cultural societies’ singers, musicians and dancers The music by Ülle Kool (Estonian TEPPO accordion).

Tiina Konsen moderates: Estonian Folk costumes. Presentation of national costumes by Reet Piiri. Introducing the folk craft in an open master class.

Priit Moppel demonstrates how to make folk instruments. Malle Käos teaches the weaving of dress straps for folk costumes.

Anneli Vilbaste invites people to sing folk songs and play traditional games.

Handicraft sales and book presentation

Participants: Karelian Estonian Society, Estonian Language Protection Society, Society of Friends of the Estonian National Museum, Jakob Hurda’s Põlva National Education Society, Muuga Country Society EHA, Tallinn Võru Society and the Vanemuise Society). The day ends at 17.00.

August 5,

Sunday the festivals continue around Estonia In Muuga The Muuga Country Society Eha organizes in cooperation with St. Petersburg’s Estonian Cultural Society Narva-Jõesuu, the Narva-Jõesuu Estonian Society Kalju is organizing in cooperation with the Estonian Society Pääsuke From Belarus.


Eesti Kultuuriseltside Ühendus

Eesti Kultuuriseltside Ühendus (EKSÜ) koondab enda alla eesti kultuuriseltse üle kogu maailma. EKSÜ eesmärgiks on elujõulised ja oma tegevusega laiemale avalikkusele nähtavad kultuuriseltsid, kes aitavad kaasa eesti keele ja kultuuri kestmisele ning seisab selle eest, et eestlased kõikjal maailmas väärtustavad oma keelt ja kultuuri. EKSÜ-l on oma koduleht - http://www.kultuuriseltsid.ee ja FB - https://www.facebook.com/kultuuriseltsid/