National Minorities Day 2021

National Minorities Day, which is dedicated to all of the national minorities residing in Estonia, is marked on 24 September, the anniversary of the first Estonian National Minorities Forum in 1988. That original forum unanimously declared its willingness to openly support the attempts of the Estonian population to restore their statehood and democracy. The first National Minorities Day was held in 2005, when then Minister for Population Affairs Paul-Eerik Rummo decreed that it would be observed on 24 September.

A series of concerts, exhibitions, talks and workshops will be held around the country throughout autumn, showcasing the cultural heritage of various national minorities. Everyone is invited to take part!

Only people who present the certificate to prove that they (1) are vaccinated, (2) have been recovered from COVID-19, or (3) have got negative result of PCR test (valid for 72 h) or rapid antigen test (valid for 48 h) can take part in events. The COVID certificates of all attendants will be checked at the entrance, please bring your identity document with you as well. The certificate can be submitted in both paper and digital form (eg from smartphone). Those younger than 18 are not required to present a COVID certificate. There is no on-site testing available.

TALLINN

18 September-13 October
‘Emotional Visits to the Edge of the World’ Finno-Ugric photographic exhibition by Karoliina Kreintaal

Tallinn Folk High School, Vanalinna campus (Vene 6, 2nd floor). Please arrange your visit in advance by calling +372 5887 7165 (Monday-Friday).
Organised by: Estonian Folklore Council & Tallinn Folk High School
This event is free of charge.

18 & 19 September, 10:00-18:00 
Ethnofair

Town Hall Square
Ethnofair is a joint undertaking by a large number of national minority cultural associations. It offers a diverse programme featuring everything from handicrafts and national cuisine to live concerts.
Organised by: Alliance of Nationalities of Estonia
This event is free of charge.

18 September from 18:00
Opening of the ‘Spinning a Yarn’ exhibition of applied art of the International Union of Associations of National Minorities
(open until 3 October)
Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, 2nd floor foyer)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia, Lüüra (International Union of Associations of National Minorities) and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

18 September from 14:00
Opening of the ‘Roofs of the Old Town’ exhibition of summer works by the Artec & 5 + 5 children’s studios
(open until 18 October)
Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, 1st floor, left-hand gallery)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

18 September from 19:00
Concert of Azerbaijani, Estonian and Turkish music

Azerbaijan House (Estonia pst 15)
Organised by: ‘Ajdan’ Azerbaijani Cultural Centre of Estonia & Estonian-Turkish Friendship Centre
This event is free of charge.

19 September from 14:00
‘Crystal Key 2021’ festival of choral collectives in Estonia

Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, main hall)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

20 September from 16:00
Opening of the ‘Our Roots’ exhibition of the Association of Russian Artists in Estonia
(open until 20 October)
Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, 2nd floor)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

20 September from 17:00
‘The 20th Century in Interwoven Fates: Boris Vilde and Vladimir Tšumikov’ talk by cultural history Master’s student Tatjana Tšervova

Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, conference room)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

20 September from 17:30. The exhibition will be open until 20 October.
Opening of an exhibition dedicated to the diversity of national cultures
Tallinn Central Library (Liivalaia 40, Foreign Literature section)
Organised by: Lüüra (International Union of Associations of National Minorities) & Tallinn Central Library
This event is free of charge.

20-22 September
‘Baltica Forum’ online conference

In cooperation with Latvia and Lithuania, the ‘Baltica Forum’ online conference with its diverse programme will be held this year from 20-22 September in place of the ‘Baltica’ International Folklore Festival. The presentations will be given by the speakers in their own languages with simultaneous interpreting into Estonian. 
The topics covered will offer something for everyone, ranging from ethnogenesis and best practice to song, dance and musical traditions.
There will also be a folk music concert and a film night focussing on weddings. On 22 September there will be a public dance in Tallinn, which everyone is invited to take part in. Via video we will also get the chance to learn some Latvian and Lithuanian dances and teach some Estonian ones. Taking the reins of the event on the Estonian side will be MC Kristiina Siig and programme coordinator Janika Oras.
The full programme for the event can be found online at https://folkloorinoukogu.ee/virtuaalkonverents-baltica/“.
Organised by: Estonian Folklore Council
This event is free of charge.

21 September from 12:00
‘Christian Motifs in Painting’ talk by artist Sergei Minin

Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, conference room)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

21 September from 16:00
Opening of an exhibition of paintings by French artist Patrice Daniel

Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, 1st floor, right-hand gallery)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

21 September from 18:00
‘We Live Here’ concert of classical music

Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, small hall)
Performances by soloists from the Russian Philharmonic Society
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

22 September from 13:00
‘Medieval Cooking’ talk by Oleg Sidelnikov

Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, conference room)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

22 September, 17:30-19:00
Screening of Kadoi Alexandrova 120 documentary and workshop on Izhorian songs led by Janika Oras

Tallinn Folk High School, Pelgulinna campus (Telliskivi 56)
The screening will be followed by a virtual discussion with the documentary-makers. The evening will end with a workshop on Izhorian songs led by Janika Oras.
Organised by: Estonian Folklore Council & Tallinn Folk High School
This event is free of charge.

22 September from 18:00
‘Songs and Dances of Different Nationalities’  concert by children’s collectives

Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, main hall)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

23 September from 11:00
‘The Integration Process in 20th-century Estonian Visual Arts in the Examples of Andrei Jegorov and Konstantin Štšerbakov-Süvalo’ talk by artist Valeri Laur

Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, conference room)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

23 September
Children’s events:
Dance and folklore performance by the Lezginka ensemble for school groups
(information and registration: vo@tln.lib.ee | +372 683 0960)
Introduction to Burta culture and traditions and yurt-making workshop for school groups led by Larissa Ivaništševa from the ‘Baikal’ Buryat Cultural Association (information and registration: vo@tln.lib.ee | +372 683 0960)
Tallinn Central Library (Liivalaia 40, Foreign Literature section)
Organised by: Lüüra (International Union of Associations of National Minorities) & Tallinn Central Library
This event is free of charge.

24 September, 17:30-19:30
Palestinian street food workshop

Tallinn Folk High School, Südalinna campus (Estonia pst 5a, 4th floor)
Participation by advance registration only (e-mail ylle.vorno@kultuur.ee)
Organised by: Estonian Folklore Council & Tallinn Folk High School
This event is free of charge.

24 September from 18:00
‘Songs through the Ages’ concert of hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s

Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, main hall)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

25 September from 14:00
‘Under the Same Sky’ concert of the Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and the International Union of Associations of National Minorities

Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, main hall)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia, Lüüra (International Union of Associations of National Minorities) and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

25 September-25 October, 10:00-18:00
‘The Wondrous World of Ukraine’ exhibition of embroidered towels by Tetjana Ivuškina

Tallinn Folk High School, Südalinna campus (Estonia pst 5a, 4th floor)
Organised by: Estonian Folklore Council & Tallinn Folk High School
This event is free of charge.

25 September, 12:00-17:00
Ukraine Day

Tallinn Folk High School, Pelgulinna campus (Telliskivi 56)

Programme:

  • Ukrainian music and fairytales with Polina Tšerkassova @ 12:0013:00
  • Ukrainian handicrafts workshops @ 13:0015:00
  • Acoustic concert by Svjata Vatra and Žurba @ 16:0017:30

Organised by: Estonian Folklore Council & Tallinn Folk High School
This event is free of charge.

26 September from 14:00
‘Living Together & Singing Together’ choral concert

Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5, small hall)
Organised by: Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia and Kirill & Meffodi Cultural Association
This event is free of charge.

HAAPSALU

25 September from 14:00
Concert dedicated to National Minorities Day and Armenian Culture Day

Haapsalu Cultural Centre (Posti 3)
After the concert, the participants will be gathering by the khachkar monument to missionary Anna Hedwig Büll on the waterfront promenade.
The bus for participants from Tallinn to Haapsalu will depart from in front of the Russian Cultural Centre (Mere pst 5) at 11:30. Anyone who needs a seat on this bus is asked to contact event organiser Razmik Ivanjan by calling +372 51 88 966.
Organised by: National Association of Armenians in Estonia
This event (including transport) is free of charge.

SINDI

25 September, 12:00-15:00
‘Slavic Autumn Motifs’

Tori Municipal Cultural Centre (Pärnu mnt 44, indoors and outdoors)

Programme:

  • Parade of national costumes
  • Exhibition of samovars and introduction to their history by Ljubov Petrova from Vene Farm
  • Performances of Estonian, Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian songs and dances by collectives from Tallinn, Haapsalu, Pärnu and Sindi
  • Afternoon tea from a samovar and delicious porridge from a Russianstyle oven

Organised by: ‘Slavjanotska’ Slavic Cultural Association of Sindi, ‘Raduga’ Union of National Minorities & Tori Society
This event is free of charge.

JÕHVI

26 September, 12:00-18:00
‘National Cultures Creative Pot’ festival of national minority culture

Jõhvi Concert Hall & song square (Pargi 40)

Square:

  • Opening of festival @ 12:00
  • ‘National Flavours’ showcase of national cuisine and traditional games for children and families @ 12:0014:30

Concert Hall:

  • Handicrafts exhibitions and masterclasses @ 12:0016:00
  • Literary encounters @ 13:0014:30
  • Concert by Torupilli Jussi Trio @ 14:3015:30
  • Gala concert by national minority cultural association collectives @ 16:0018:00

Organised by: Jõhvi Culture & Hobby Centre and Ida-Viru County Integration Centre
This event (including transport) is free of charge.