The 15th annual leelo day, called “Imält tütrele” (“from mother to daughter”) will be held within the framework of Seto Folk. Leelo Day is dedicated to the leelo song tradition that has been added to the UNESCO list of intangible heritage. Seto choirs from all over Estonia, as well as dance groups, musicians, and guest performers. Leelo Day offers one the greatest opportunity to get a dose of Seto culture. Listen to hours of hypnotic Seto leelo songs and hear Seto language, see people in traditional costumes, and be among this special people.
XV SETO LEELO DAY
From mother to daughter
Saturday, 29th June
At 12 Main Stage
10.00 Soul pray for the Song Mothers at the Värska Church
12.00 Parade of leelo choirs and concert
15.00 Ansambel Kiiora and traditional seto village party
Seto miihi summ
Seto Latsi Kuul
Hõpõhelme ja Meremäe mehe’
Lummo Kati leelokoor
Photo: SILVER TÕNISSON
The Seto are mainly known thanks to their polyphonic style of folk singing. As a cornerstone of contemporary Seto identity leelo transmits lifestyle, language and traditions for centuries. Nowadays the leelo choirs have adapted the function of carrying on the leelo tradition. Many songs have been passed on from mothers, grandmothers and other elders. Nevertheless, new songs are still created and spontaneous contextual improvisation is held in high regard in Seto leelo. In 2009 UNESCO added the Seto multi-tone singing tradition to the list of mankind’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.