From September 18 until September 26, the seventh Ethnic Culture Days take place in Tallinn, starting with a traditional ethno-fair on the Town Hall Square on Saturday. The programme consists of free workshops, exhibitions and cinema screenings, concerts and overviews of the culture and customs of different nationalities living in Tallinn.
According to the Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Vadim Belobrovtsev, the Ethnic Culture Days have become an expected event in the city's autumn cultural program. “Tallinn is home to people of nearly a hundred different nationalities. Therefore, to celebrate the cultural diversity of our hometown, it is good to meet at least once a year and get to know each other's backgrounds through several musical performances, workshops and a food fair. Activities and discoveries can be enjoyed at the festival by both big and small participants," said the Deputy Mayor.
The concert programme of the Ethnic Culture Days offers a delight for ears and eyes for fans of classical, folk and pop music. The concerts take place at the Russian Cultural Centre, Tallinn People's University and Town Hall Square.
In language cafés, the nuances of the nature, origin and development of the Estonian language are revealed. A separate language café is dedicated to the Võro language, during which there is a good opportunity to discuss world affairs with native Võro people. Tallinn Central Library offers classes, reading corners and acquaintance lessons on ethnic cultures to the classes of general education schools.
On September 24, Ethnic Culture Days will mark the Day of National Minorities, commemorating the first gathering of the Estonian National Forum in 1988.
The festival ends on September 26 with a choir concert "We live together - we sing together" at the Russian Cultural Centre.
The National Culture Days are organized by Tallinn Culture and Sports Department, Tallinn Central Library, Tallinn City Museum, Tallinn People's University, Russian Cultural Centre, Estonian Folklore Council, Estonian Association of Nations, Cultural Association Kirill and Meffodi, International Union of National Cultural Associations Lüüra, Association of Russian Educational and Charitable Associations in Estonia and MTÜ Art Studio Buta of Azerbaijani nationalities.
The largest ethnic groups in Tallinn are Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Finns, Jews and Tartars, but hundreds of Latvian, Lithuanian, German, Italian and Swedish citizens as well as citizens of other countries live here as well. Each ethnic group brings along their culture and traditions, the imparting and preservation of which is important primarily to themselves. The multiplicity of cultures makes the city’s cultural landscape more diverse and much richer for all inhabitants of the city. The Ethnic Cultures Day programme can be found at: https://huvi.tallinn.ee/uritus/rahvuskultuuride-paevad-2020