KIHNU CULTURAL SPACE
The people of Kihnu are arriving to present their traditional culture all the way from across the sea. They will come in a quite colorful group – wearing their bright Kihnu attire, carrying their instruments with them, putting on comfortable tied shoes for dancing and already on the way here, singing to warm up their voices. All that for celebrating the Baltic Heritage Festival à la Kihnu together with the people of the continent. They will pack handicrafts and delicacies from local craftsmen with them for the participants to enjoy and take home. If you wish, they will also teach you how to braid ribbons the Kihnu way or how to pronounce some overseas words or expressions.
INSTITUTE OF MULGI CULTURE
If you want to get a crash course in being a Mulk, come to the Mulgi Cultural Space! Experienced language enthusiasts can boast their ability to converse in the Mulgi language, put themselves to the test in language exercises and browse books. Beginners could start with Mulgi language workshops.
In the area of Mulgi handicrafts, you will be able to just look around, buy handicrafts to take home with you, and participate in workshops – embroider and decorate tote bags with Mulgi patterns with cloth markers, weave yarn ribbons and braid ribbons for the Estonian national costume. Local instrumental music will be performed by the group Kõlavad Karmoškad, the bravest listeners will even be able to choose their favorite song from the list.
There will of course be a lot of singing and dancing of Mulgi song games that no one will find too complicated to participate in. Those who have diligently participated in everything offered should reward themselves with a delicious bite of kama, for which you will have to grind the kama yourself and prepare a tasty snack.
EMBASSY OF OLD-VÕRUMAA
The people of Võro will come to the traditional village with their very own embassy to introduce the “the Võro way”. They will present the handicrafts of Võru people, Uma Mekk branded food, books in Võro language, guides to Old-Võromaa and its museums. The embassy will also host workshops where you can learn the Võru language, try your skills in handicrafts, and with the help of VR glasses, even experience a real smoke sauna. We will surely sing songs in Võru language, sample food and drink, and occasionally play some musical instruments. Ambassador Rainer Kuuba invites all interested people to pay a visit to the embassy, and of course extend his heartfelt welcome to those people of Võro who happen to be in Tallinn and in the heritage village at the time of the festival. You can easily find the embassy of Old-Võromaa by the Võro flag.
The people of Viru County offer the opportunity to participate in the workshops of the felt puppet animal made by the Maadaam MTÜ, the limestone of Ain Aasa, the shuttle lace of Eve Avel, and the crafts of the Iisaku Museum. Regional music will be brought to the listeners by the runic song ensemble Silmaline, Heino Jääger (kantele), Riho Breivel (accordion), and Aivar Surva (mandolin), the ensemble Ämmatagused. Kersti Loite will introduce the beauty of Viru County folk costumes, and language enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn the Lüganuse dialect under the guidance of Kaja Toikka. You can buy handicrafts from Maadaams.