Since January 2015, Obinitsa will be the Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture 2015.

Welcome to visit us and take part of it! The official website is, in FB

Events: Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture 2015, Obinitsa Setomaa

7 January,

Talsipühad–Seto Christmas

The Setos celebrate the Christmas holidays according to the Julian calendar.

On 7 January, the Seto Christmas will be celebrated at Petseri (Russian: Pechory) and Obinitsa. At Petseri, the events start at 11:00 Estonian time, in Obinitsa, at 17:00. OPENING EVENT OF CAPITAL OF CULTURE!We kindly ask visitors to attend in small groups and to respect local customs.

More information available from Obinitsa Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture website:

22 February,

Maaselitsa celebrations, Obinitsa and Värska village green,

It is the Seto custom to have a party – the verb is kul’atada – before Lent begins. The womenleelo singers are sure to be in attendance to be able to sing, dance and play instruments for the last time before the fast. The songs show the importance of Maaselitsa in Seto culture, the spirit is girded for the 40 days of austerity. Visitors will be offered blini, hot tea and some stronger libations. Another old custom is to see how long one can slide over ice. Starts at 14:00.

More information: Värska Cultural and

20-22 March,

Seto White Lace Days, Obinitsa

The Seto Culture Foundation has published a book on Seto lace making and put together a unique exhibition.In workshops, visitors can learn the art of Seto and other lace making under the tutelage of Finno-Ugric masters.

More information from the Obinitsa Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture website:

12 April,

Seto Easter, Obinitsa, Värska and other places around the region

Visitors will be able to engage in traditional Seto Easter activitiessuch as egg rolls, other games, and listening to Setoleelo.We kindly ask visitors to attend in small groups and to respect local customs.The festivities get under way at 12 noon. A play will be staged at the Seto Art Studio Gallery, the play starts at 11:00.

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5-26 May,

 23rd Seto Lace Days, Seto Farm Museum, Värska

On 5 May, Seto Lace Days will be opened with an exhibition on “one farm’s crafts” and exhibition of works made for the lace competition.The topic of the 2015 lace competition is “Seto lace in interior design”.Entries are welcome until 3 May.

Visitors have a good opportunity to have a go at Seto crafts, admiring masterpieces of Seto crafts and exhibitions on current events. The workshops and exhibitions introduce Seto lace making techniques and participants learn to use them in modern crafts.The event is organized by the Seto KäsitüüKogo.

More information available at the Seto Farm Museum:www.setomuuseum.eeand Seto Käsitüü

10-13 June,

FUFF Film Festival:Finno-Ugric film festival, Tsiistre

Films by Finno-Ugric directors are screened.Everyone is welcome to watch the films and hear concerts. Performers and visitors come from around Estonia and elsewhere in Finno-Ugric areas.

More information from festival

13 June,

Sõir orcheese making day, Saatse Seto Museum

Traditional sõiror homemade cheese making day introduces the Saatse area as a parish known for curds products. Sõir, a curd cheese with egg, is made at the museum, and members of the community will compete at a sõir making competition.Visitors can taste Saatsenulk’ssõir, learn to make it themselves, and vote for the best sõir maker of the year.Starts at 12 noon.

More information available from the Saatse Seto Museum: and

26-28 June,

Seto Folk, Värska Song Festival stage and the Seto Farm Museum

Seto Folk is a music and travel festival that brings together genuine Seto traditional culture and modern folk and original music.Besides music, the program has a number of hikes to exacting places in the region, lodi (traditional river boat) trips on Lake Pskov, handicraft workshops and much more.Starts on the afternoon of 26 June.

More information available at the Seto Farm Museum:

2 July,

Vanemuine Theatresummer performance “Obinitsa”, Obinitsa Seto studio gallery

In summer 2015, the Vanemuine will again take a summer production to the Seto region, this time in Obinitsa with 10 performances.
Obinitsa village is home to a lovely wooden house from the 1930s that was called Kalju House after the last name of the merchant’s family that lived there. It was also called the Obinitsa Window, as in the Seto fashion it hosted statesmen, pilgrims and scholars.Photo artist Carl Sarapcaptured the beauty of Obinitsa and five lovelies from the same family on glass negatives.Then came the Soviet invasion, and the house caught the regime’s eye, but the regime didn’t like the family… The infirmary, dairy, cultural centre, library, kolkhoz office – those 50 years and under don’t know anything about the Kalju family.Their family members took their photo albums with them when fleeing to the West or onto the long road to Siberia… To open the Obinitsa window and visit a masquerade ball or the double wedding of the family’s sisters, to see so close up the sickle that cuts and hammer that strikes? To experience the fate of the family at the gates of east and west where the wind is always blowing and scattering us like the dandelion fluff?
An epic story of one Seto family over 100 years.

More information from the Vanemuine

17-18 July,

Ostrova festival, Ostrovavillage, Meremäe municipality

Setomaa is one of many places in Estonia that have been able to preserve its identity, language, customs and culture. Ostrova Festival is special as over two days, Setoleelo choirs sing and folk ensembles perform alongside Estonian rock bands. Besides music, participants can also check out the local handicrafts.

More information from the festival organizers:

30 July,

Finno-Ugric Day, Obinitsa

Delegates from different Finno-Ugric areas in different countries will be in attendance today. The day’s events include activities, singing and dancing.

More information from the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture

31 July,

Seto Summer University, Obinitsa

The Seto Institute is organizing another session of the Summer University, where topics are discussed in depth. This time, of course, the topic is the joint activities of Finno-Ugric peoples and their common roots.


1 August,

22nd Seto Kingdom Day, Obinitsa

On this important day, the people of Setomaa decide who will be the earthly representative of the mythical King Peko for the next 12 months – the ülemsootska.The festival day features pageantry and sticks to a traditional format:the Seto anthem is sung, the people choose the best artisans and the new ülemsootska, participants compete in oral verse and folk dance, Seto food and crafts are enjoyed, and the Seto “military” is out in full array. What’s special this year: Finno-Ugric peoples will participate in the activities in the Seto Kingdom. In the evening, visitors are invited to a village festival with music,leelo song and dance. Starts at 12 noon.


15 august,

Seto Külävüükostipäiv (Seto Café Day), various places around Setomaa

On Café Day,we invite visitors to farmyards to taste local dishes from locally sourcedingredients. This being the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture year, Finno-Ugric flavours will abound at each café.Traditional Seto foods like sõircheese, suulliim cold soup and tatipiirak mushroom pies will also be served, of course. These and other interesting local dishes will be available on this day at Setomaa’s family cafes. Starts at 12 noon.

More information from Setomaa Tourism:

20 august,

Lepa village kirmas, Lepa village, Meremäe municipality

The next day after the feast,Lepa village holds its party on the evening of the 20th. Usually the party is one of the best-attended ones in the region – women and men alike singleelo folk songs.

22-23 august,

Lüübnitsa fish and onion fair, Lüübnitsa

The summer bounty of Setomaa is now ripe for trading!Braids of onions and garlic and fish are the star attraction. Visitors can also buy handicrafts and enjoy the hubbub of the fair. Children have a lot to see as well, and they can participate in workshops. Fair begins on both days at 10:00.The fair’s stage features a cultural programme featuring many different performing ensembles.

More information from Mikitamäe municipality government:

28 August,

Assumption of Mary at Pechory monasteryand the Radaja Festival, Sigovo village

The feast of the Assumption of Mary at Pechory monastery has always been important, and draws people from everywhere.After the ceremonies at the monastery, the Setos and friends meet outside the museum in Radajavillage to hold a village party type event – Setomaa PerridõKokkotulõk. Many differentleelo choirs from both sides from the border sing and dance.


3-9 October

Seto Week events, in different places in the Seto region

The Seto Farm Museum celebrates Seto food week,with various workshops and the possibility of ordering museum programmes devoted to Seto culinary culture.

A conference on epics and song will be held, along with all sorts of Seto culture-related activities.



Kindred Peoples Week in Seto region, events in different places around Setomaa

Different events including a conference.