June 12, 2019
For the first time, the capital of Estonia, Tallinn, will open its doors for guests of the All-European Sabantui, which will be held on June 16 at Tower Square.
The festival will be held with the support of the city of Tallinn and personally under the direction of the mayor, Mr. Mikhail Kylvart.
The event will bring together about 3,000 people, among the expected guests take part high-ranking government officials, President of the Republic of Estonia, Russian Ambassador, Mayor of Tallinn, officials of the Republic of Tatarstan, as well as representatives of the European Tatar diaspora from Germany, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania , Latvia and, of course, from Tatarstan.
The goal of Sabantui is to enrich the cultural landscape, acquaint with the ethnos and its culture, and help local Tatars to preserve the identity of their people.
The Tatars of Estonia have more than 600 years of history, as evidenced by presence in the city center of the same-name quarter and Tatari street (Tatars from Estonian). Already not one wave of newly arrived Tatars has changed, which made it possible to strengthen and diversify the diaspora.
Current descendants value and respect their rich cultural heritage and strive to preserve national traditions. One of these is Sabantui, which means a holiday of a plow, a wedding in the Tatar language. The history of the celebration of Sabantui dates back to ancient times and today’s IV European Sabantui is primarily an event uniting the Tatars and members of the Tatar community of Europe. Traditionally, folk festivals, Kuresh wrestling competitions, melodies of Tatar music and emotional dances reveal the full coloring and beauty of Tatar national costumes. Children can test their skills through various competitions: breaking pots, running in bags or with buckets of water and much more.
The event was initiated by the World Tatar Congress and the Alliance of Tatars of Europe, held with the full support of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Tallinn City Hall and the Ministry of Culture of Estonia.
- The curators of the event are Almetyevsk municipal district.
- The official organizer of Sabantuy 2019 is the Tatar Cultural Society Ida-Virumaa (Kokhtla-Järve, Estonia)
- Chairman – Rinat Garifullin
- Event Coordinator Gulzalina Zhekhutnova