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15. - 21. Jul

Aigu Om!


Rõuge parish | Võrumaa

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Music and Word Event Aigu Om! invites everyone to Võrumaa from July 15th to 21st, 2024, where, together with guests from Japan, traditional ways of slowing down from different cultures will be explored. You can enjoy pleasant contemplation, concerts, forest hikes, outdoor cinema, smoke sauna, handicrafts, traditional fishing competition, and other heartfelt activities.

Aigu Om! means “there is time” or “take your time!” This saying, which has become the motto of the Võro people, does not mean just passive idling, but even more meaningful action and truly being present, the art of being in the moment. The workshops, reflections, concerts, nature walks and exhibitions of the music and word event Aigu Om! taking place in Võrumaa offer the opportunity to learn and focus deeply, to listen and experience, and to take TIME for yourself.

🎌 In 2024, Aigu Om! will have a special focus on Japan. The festival will focus on two distant but cultural spaces with similar sensibility where an ancient connection to nature has been preserved – Estonia and Japan. Hardworking and nature-loving Japanese performers and guests will come to visit, with whom we will seek out mysterious connections between Estonia and Japan and ways to ground ourselves in different cultures and experience life closer to nature. Thus, in 2024, forest experts, musicians and producers from Japan will come to Aigu Om! You can enjoy the true cultural gems of both countries, from forest contemplation practices to smoke saunas and discover new joint creations by representatives of the two cultural spaces. The main characters of Aigu Om! are the local nature and people – there are no large stages and separate areas typical of large festivals, but all events take place in the forests and by the lakes of Võrumaa, in backyards, villages and village centres, amidst the authentic local life.

The walks and discussions on the Aigu Om! forest day revolve around traditional and modern forest perception. The conversations of popular Japanese nature guide Yutaka Miura and artist Daizaburo Sakamoto, who has immersed himself in the ancient practices of ancient ascetic hermit monks, will be mediated by Estonian writer Valdur Mikita and Japanologist Alari Allik. Estonian artist Uku Sepsivart will give an overview of the salt sculpture “Self-portrait with forest animals” installed in Pähni forest, that has been documented by trail cameras since the summer of 2023. There will be enough time to make together a proper sauna whisk, taste some fresh forest honey and listen to taiko drums in the famous Pähni Forest Megaphones. The forest day finishes at night with an outdoor cinema, where Japanese family film “My Neighbor Totoro” will be screened.

On special concert evenings in the cosy Aigu Om barn in Viitina, the piece of music “Mõts/Mori/Forest” created in Japanese-Estonian collaboration will be performed for the first time. The concert program was created in collaboration between Estonian musician Mari Kalkun, Japanese musicians – cellist Kotaro Saito and electric guitarist Arata Inoue – and music producer Ryota Nozaki. The meditative soundscapes of “Mõts/Mori/Forest” transport the listener to another reality, where Estonian poetry and Japanese world perception meet. This music contacontains something th


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Aigu Om


Rõuge, Võru maakond, Eesti

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