The 8th World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples
16-18 June 2021
in Tartu, in the Estonian National Museum
The main theme of the Congress will be “Cultural landscapes – language and mind”.
The opening ceremony is part of the plenary session of the first day of the VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples, which will begin on June 16 at 2 pm.
Opening Tõnu Seilenthal – Representative of Estonians in the Consultative Committee of the Finno-Ugric Peoples, Chairman of the Congress Bagpipes Kadri Allikmäe, Kaisa Kuslapuu Greetings Kersti Kaljulaid – President of the Republic of Estonian Sauli Niinistö – President of the Republic of Finland János Áder – President of Hungary Egils Levits – President of Latvia Musical greetings Heikki-Rein Veromann (Estonians), Tarmo Tabas (Estonians), Natalia Abrosimova (Erzyan), Maria Korepanova (Besserman), Anna Makeev (Maris), Bogáta Timár (Hungarians), Juha Matti Aronen (Finns), Anne-Liina and Katri Mürkhain (Livonians), Erika ja Nora Kuznetsova (Komi), Pavel Kutergin (Udmurts) Greetings Anneli Ott – Minister of Culture of the Republic of Estonia István Kovács – Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary, Deputy State Secretary for International and EU Affairs Antti Kurvinen - Minister of Science and Culture of the Republic of Finland Olga Lyubimova – Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Urmas Klaas – Mayor of Tartu Introduction of the Finno-Ugric coin Madis Müller – Governor of Eesti Pank Introduction of the Congress stamp and the first day envelope Sven Suurraid Eesti Post PAUSE Report of the activities of the Consultative Committee of the Finno-Ugric Peoples 2016-2021 Niina Sinkko – Coordinator of Finns in the Consultative Committee of the Finno-Ugric Peoples Greetings from Finno-Ugric peoples Karelians Izhorians Livonians Votians Finns Ingrians Vepsians Saami Setos Mansis Hungarians Musical greetings Veljo Tormis "Forgotten Peoples" Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale Conductor Endrik Üksvärav Greetings from international organizations Sven-Erik Soosaar – Representative of the UN Indigenous Forum Alar Karis – Eesti Rahva Muuseumi direktor TSIRK arrives to Tartu Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2021 Abja Paluoja – representatives of Mulgimaa: Arvo Maling – Mulgi Elder Ave Grenberg, Alli Laande – Institute of Mulgi Culture Performers: Margus Põldsepp (accordion), Andro Ojakäär (accordion), Ants Taul (Bagpipe), Folk Dance Group Samm Sassis.
The organizer of the Congress, NGO Fenno-Ugria, announces that considering the current situation caused by the COVID-19 virus, the Congress will be organized in hybrid form, in-person attendees in Tartu and virtual attendees online. All online participants will have access to plenary sessions and one of the thematic session chosen. Accession to the congress will be via link sent to the connection e-mail. Event content will also be recorded and made available online to foster further discussions after the event has ended, build out a knowledge portal for event participants.
Event is part of the event series VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples