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Estonian and national minority umbrella organisations to meet in Tartu


Estonian and national minority umbrella organisations will be meeting at the Estonian National Museum at 11:30 on Friday 18 August to make new cultural contacts and to discuss how to make a greater contribution to Estonia. Gathering will be opened by Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid.

Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Armenians, Azeris, Poles, Tatars, Ingrian Finns, Mordvans, Bashkirs, Kabardians, Estonians and other nationalities will be represented. In total there will be 110 people from 40 organisations.

The Integration Foundation’s Head of Partnership Relations Kristina Pirgop says that such a sizeable gathering of Estonian and national minority umbrella organisations has never taken place in Estonia before.

“There’s been a lot of interest in such an event over the years, which is why we decided to work with the Ministry of Culture and the Estonian Folklore Council to arrange it,” she explained. “There’s no reason these umbrella organisations should keep to themselves when meeting with people from other cultures could be such an amazing platform for growth for new ideas and undertakings.”


11:30     Coffee
11:45     Welcome address by President Kaljulaid
12:15     Opening song by folklorist Janika Oras
12:30     Summer gathering gets underway
14:15     Lunch
15:00     Zither player Kalle Vassila and Estonian Dance Agency director Jane Miller
15:15     Discussions in working groups:

              How can we ensure the next generation for our organisations?

              How can we boost cooperation between umbrella organisations?

              What contribution do umbrella organisations have to make to the development of Estonia?
17:45     Summaries of the day
18:00     Conversation and buffet

              Folk musicians Anu Taul and Tarmo Noormaa

              Association of Slavic Educational and Charitable Societies in Estonia director Igor Jermakov

For further information please contact:

Kristina Pirgop
Head of Partnership Relations, Integration Foundation
Mobile: +372 5194 1147