The TMW Fenno-Ugria Night reveals the genuine charm of the musical heritage of Estonians and other Finno-Ugric peoples. Rooted in tradition, these musicians sing and play authentic instruments, creating connections between the past and the present through vivid rhythms, captivating improvisations and diverse, bright soundscapes.
Whilst RÜÜT interpret Estonian chants, then the project "Sounds and Stories from Ruhnu Island" revives the vibrant traditional music of the Swedes who lived on the island and Ilkka Heinonen introduces the wide sound spectrum of the ancient Finnish instrument jouhikko. The sound of endangered indigenous languages is brought to the stage by Sámi musician Katarina Barruk and Latvian singer Elīna Ose with songs based on Livonian poetry. Góbé experiments boldly and merrily with authentic Hungarian folk, and Suistamon Sähkö catapults old Karelian dance songs to a whole modern club era.
The Fenno-Ugria Night will also kick off the United Nations International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032) in Estonia, which values small and endangered languages.