Department of Ethnology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University cordially invites you to cycle of public lectures and screenings by dr. Iivi Zájedová. The central objective of the course is to give a comprehensive overview of Estonian folklore festivals process and role of festivals since the 19th century until today.
Estonian language and folklore is at the heart of Estonian culture and is extremely rich. Folk costumes, songs and dance festivals grew in significance and political importance during the national awakening from 1850. In 1918 Estonia declares independence. From 1940- 1941 Estonia is annexed and then occupied (1944) by the USSR. Phenomena associated with folklore could be observed in Estonia and was used during the Soviet occupation (1945-1991) at homeland and by compatriots abroad as identity building and as phenomenal symbolic weapon: besides singing also folk dance was used to introduce Estonia to local people. In 1991 the Estonian independence is restored and folklore festivals developed freely.
The lecture is devoted to the 2017 Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and 100th anniversary of Estonian republic. The lecture is supported by the Archimedes project funded by the EU.