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President of the Republic at the Opening of the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture in Obinitsa on 7 January 2015

President of the Republic at the Opening of the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture in Obinitsa on 7 January 2015

Dear friends,


Let me start by wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

I'm glad that Obinitsa, an old Seto village at the edge of Estonia, is the new Finno-Ugric capital of culture. Setomaa is a place with great spirit at the edge of two worlds.

The dedication and tenacity of our Setos are like a guide that teaches us all how to preserve our unique culture, even in times of difficulty and inevitable change.

Maintaining one's uniqueness, such as leelo, the old Seto polyphonic singing tradition that has been entered in the UNESCO Cultural heritage List, keeps the entire world richer.

Here, at the edge of two worlds, we can see how people can use modern possibilities for the benefit of their heritage, so that their cultural and linguistic uniqueness is heard loudly and clearly, which also supports the economic development of the region and speaks to people from many different places.

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