State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»

23 August 2017

International Ethno-Cultural Festival of Seto People entitled «Setomaa. Family meetings» will take place for the tenth time in Seto People Homestead Museum in Sigovo Village. Seto People Homestead Museum is a brunch of Izborsk State Museum Reserve.

The organizers of the event are Pskov Regional Administration and Izborsk State Museum-Reserve of History, Architecture and Land.  Traditionally the festival’s goal is to facilitate the intercultural and interethnic communication between people, the popularization of the culture and traditions of the small in size Seto People. 

With support from the Governor of the Pskov Region Andrey Anatolyevich Turchak the Long Term Regional Program «The Support of the Seto People, living in the Pechory district of the Pskov Region» enables us to preserve Seto language, culture and traditions. Governmental support also makes it possible to annually organize Summer linguistic camp for children in Sigovo. 

  Over 300 representatives of Seto People from the Pskov Region and Estonia will take part in the festival: families, on-stage performance groups, craftsmen. According to tradition, the festivities will begin on August 28 in Pechory Assumption Monastery. In the morning the participants of the Festival will attend a festive church service and a religious procession in the Assumption monastery in Pechory. It will be followed by performances of Seto folk music ensembles, «Kirmash» festivities, a trade fair, excursions. This festival is an opportunity for relatives and friends, living in two different countries- Russia and Estonia - to meet. The guests of the festival will learn about the traditions of Seto people, rites, folklore, crafts, national cuisine and Seto People themselves – hard working, musical and very friendly.

The opening ceremony of the Festival will take place on August 28 at 17.00 in Seto People Homestead Museum in Sigovo Village of Pechory District.

The Programme of the X International Ethno-Cultural Festival of Seto People «Setomaa. Family meetings».

August 28

9:00 – 14:00 The church service and the religious procession, dedicated to the holiday of the Assumption in Pechory Assumption Monastery (Pechory).   

14:00 – 14:30 The participants of the festival will leave for Sigovo village (from Victory square in Pechory).

16:00-17:00  Planting fruit trees in the Garden of Friendship of Seto People Homestead Museum (Sigovo Village)

17:00  The opening ceremony of the X International Ethno-Cultural Festival of Seto People (Sigovo Village)

17:30 – 20:00 “Kirmash” festivities. Music group performances, a trade fair. Friendship bonfire.  (SigovoVillage)

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