XV SETO LEELO DAY

From mother to daughter

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.

Saturday, 29th June

At 12 Main Stage

 

Program

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

 

Leelo choirs

Seto miihi summ

Siidisõsarõ’

Kuldatsäuk

Liinatsura’

Helmekaala

Ilotsõõr

Vel’o

Sorrõseto

Seto Latsi Kuul

Õiõ Seto’

Iloline

Kultuuriklubi Setoluu’

Madara

Väike Hellero

Hõpõhelme ja Meremäe mehe’

Lummo Kati leelokoor

Ilolang

Helmine

Verska naase’

Laanõtsirk

 

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.