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14. - 15. Jun 2024

Finno-Ugric Days


Tartu city | Eesti Rahva Muuseum, Tartu


Partly without a ticket.


Finno-Ugric Days will bring to Estonia the concert "Forgotten Peoples" by Chœur de l’Orchestre de Paris. The thematic days focus on our kindred peoples who have undeservedly fallen into oblivion during political conflicts.

The two-day event dedicated to the creativity and heritage of Finno-Ugric indigenous peoples will bring a diverse cultural programme to the Estonian National Museum on 14-15 June. The schedule includes an academic conference organized by the Fenno-Ugria Society and the well-regarded tradition of FUFF (Finno-Ugric Film Festival), which also features exciting thematic workshops. The culmination takes place on 15 June starting at 8 PM, when Chœur de l’Orchestre de Paris takes the stage in ERM to perform the concert “Forgotten Peoples” conducted by Ingrid Mänd, featuring music by Veljo Tormis.

The artistic concept of European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024, Arts of Survival, was created with the aim of sharing knowledge, values, and skills that would help us lead more meaningful lives in the future. It is essential to maintain and revitalize the ties with our kindred peoples, who, due to historical circumstances, have not had the opportunity to enjoy lasting statehood. The event will appeal to all culture enthusiasts who value cultural heritage and choral music. The Finno-Ugric Days show that the future does not have to be hopeless. Together, we gather strength from our ancient roots, share cinematic and intellectual experiences, and let Tormis’s music take the spirit on a journey.

▶ Schedule

•14 June•
Forgotten peoples – Finno-Ugric Film Festival

10.00-12.00 Workshop: Estonian Sauna Culture by Helen Moppel
11.00-14.00 Sewing Workshop by Kairi Orav. Bring an item of clothing that needs to be patched.
12.00-14.00 Workshop: Estonian Sauna Culture by Helen Moppel. 

14.15-15.50 “TUNDRA WITHIN ME”
Artist talk + Q&A 15.50-16.00
16.00-17.20 “LYNX MAN”
Artist talk + Q&A 17.20-17.40
18.00 -19.40 “HUNGARIAN SHORTS”
Artist talk + Q&A 19.40-20.00

•15 June•
Forgotten peoples – Finno-Ugric Film Festival

10.00-12.00 Workshop: SHAMAN JOURNEY by Kristel Vilbaste
11.00-14.00 Sewing Workshop by Kairi Orav. Bring an item of clothing that needs to be patched.
12.00-14.00 FOREST IMMERSION, or how to talk to trees by Kristel Vilbaste.  Location: Majoraadi Park. The route may be difficult for people with mobility difficulties.

Artist talk + Q&A 13.40-14.00
14.00 -15.30 “ESTONIAN SHORTS”
Artist talk + Q&A 15.30-15.50
Artist talk + Q&A 17.20-17.30
Artist talk + Q&A 18.40-19.00

Fenno-Ugria’s seminar ’Fate of the Finno-Ugric peoples: its substantiation in culture and the political reality’

15.00 Opening words
15.05-15.40 Linguist Tõnu Seilenthal (Fenno-Ugria board member, University of Tartu)
15.40-16.15 ’Hingelkõnd – artists at the roots of Finno-Ugric inspiration’. Artist Kärt Summatavet (Estonian Academy of Arts, University of Tartu)
Short break
16.35-17.45 Panel discussion ’Finno-Ugric minorities in Russia: situation today and future prospects’. Fenno-Ugria adviser Jaak Prozes, Fenno-Ugria board members Madis Arukask and Elena Kirt, ethnologist Aimar Ventsel.
17.45-18 Questions and final words

20.00 Concert “Forgotten Peoples” V. Tormis / Chœur de l’Orchestre de Paris (conductor Ingrid Mänd)

▶ Accessibility

• ERM parking lots have marked accessible parking spaces. It is possible to move in ERM and between different floors with a wheelchair. ERM has two wheelchairs and two rollators for free use. If possible, please let us know in advance if you wish to use them by calling 736 3050. Accessible toilet is located in the lobby (on the 0th floor, accessible by elevator) Priority is given to individuals with Toilet Access Card. Descriptions of ERM building and routes in text and audio files can be found here:

• There are designated seats in the hall (chairs with backs), wheelchair seats are located along the middle aisle. The sound of the concert is amplified and a hearing loop can be used. In the background of the choir, visuals are shown on the screens (no audio description). If you require assistance to buy the concert tickets, please contact Piletilevi via e-mail [email protected] or on working days from 9 am till 17 pm by phone +372 6 248 032.

If you require assistance to attend the concert, don’t hesitate to contact us. We kindly request that you notify us of your needs at least 5 business days in advance: +372 5667 2037 or [email protected].

• We recommend coming on foot, by bike or by public transport. Tartu 2024 bus partner Lux Express transports guests comfortably from major centres in Estonia and across the border, as well as directly from the bus terminals of Tallinn and Riga airports. Buy a ticket: Bus tickets within Estonia at and train tickets at

The bicycle rental point of the city of Tartu is located by the Museum road. Bicycle racks are located in the A-parking lot on the museum side.

Nearest bus stops to ERM:
• ERM (line 7)
• Jänese (lines 8, 9, 21, 25, 735)
• Orava (lines 8, 9, 25)
• Tartu city line schedules:

In ERM, disabled parking spaces are located in the A-parking lot for those who possess a blue badge.

If you want to grab a bite or need a place to stay, see what the Tartu 2024 hospitality network offers in the area:


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  • Partially accessible for people with reduced mobility
  • Partially accessible for the visually impaired
  • Partially accessible for the hearing impaired
  • Partially accessible for people with intellectual disabilities
  • Family friendly with a toddler


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