In his brief address under the festival’s arched stage at the end of the celebration, Minister of culture Indrek Saar said that as a small nation we need constant affirmation that our language and culture are vital. “The Youth Song and Dance Celebration affirmed it in the strongest and most powerful way,” emphasised Saar. “All that, first and foremost, thanks to these awesome young people – the thousands of young dancers and singers, the hundreds of musicians, who put on this party for us. Thank you, young friends!” said Saar.
As the celebration ended, the Minister thanked everyone, who contributed to the success of this major event.
“Families, communities, local governments, teachers, artistic teams, curators, all those who contributed with their ideas and help all over Estonia – without you, this event would not have been possible. You have the sincere gratitude of us all!” affirmed Saar. The Minister added that the message “Here I’ll Stay”, conveyed to the youth, developed into a clear expression from this growing generation – they want the celebrations to continue. “Knowing that is an immense source of joy, however, nothing comes from nothing. The message that the youth gave us obligates us to seriously think about what we have to do today, here and now, to keep the song, dance and instrument traditions alive,” stated Saar.
The Minister of Culture gave directors of the song, dance and traditional instrument sections Heli Jürgenson, Margus Toomla and Juhan Uppin a symbolic gift meant for all participants – a rowan tree sapling, as a sign of strength and continuity of the Estonian culture and national traditions.
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia submitted a proposal to the European Commission to designate Anu Kivilo and Mikko Fritze as members of the expert commission that will choose Europe’s cultural capital for 2024. The international commission will begin its work in the autumn, when a preliminary selection will be made from among all the cities bidding for the title.
Today, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar will start a visit to the Kingdom of Denmark. In the course of the four-day visit, Minister Saar will meet with Mette Bock, the Danish Minister of Culture, visit several cultural institutions and participate in a debate at the Danish opinion festival.