The VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples to take place next year

NGO Fenno-Ugria announces that new dates have been set for the VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples, which was postponed due to the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus. According to the decision of the Consultative Committee of Finno-Ugric Peoples, the World Congress will take place a year from now – from the 16th to the 18th of June 2021.

The location of the congress, which was initially planned for summer 2020 in Tartu, will remain the same – the Estonian National Museum. Additionally, the main theme of the congress “Cultural landscapes – language and mind” will remain the same.

According to World Congress Project Manager Helle Helena Puusepp the organising team of the congress will continue with preparation works. “Among other things we will proceed with the registration process for congress observers and journalists. All of the registrations already made, and participation fees paid will remain valid,” Puusepp specified.

In connection with the postponement of the VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples, the logotype and the visuals of the congress have gone through the biggest change. The central patterns of the new visual theme – chosen by the author of the logotype, Estonian artist Peeter Laurits – are bark beetle galleries and petroglyphs from a cliff near the White Sea area.

“For me these are like a metaphor of the handwriting of nature. I believe these details speak a familiar story to all of us and they are also connected by the maroon, red colour,” Laurits explained.

Estonia expects representatives of 23 different Finno-Ugric nations to the VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples. Altogether, about 500 people will participate in the congress, including 215 delegates, as well as observers, guests and journalists. The presidents of Finland, Hungary, Russia and Estonia have been invited to the opening ceremony of the congress.
World Congress Project Manager
Helle Helena Puusepp

World Congress Communications Manager
Piret Kooli

The main theme of the Congress will be “Cultural landscapes – language and mind”. See more on the Congress website.

The participants of the Congress will be delegations from different parliaments and ministries of culture, education and of foreign affairs from a variety of Finno-Ugric countries, and others.

“The Estonian National Museum is a first-rate venue for organising such a high-profile gathering of Finno-Ugric peoples with its permanent exhibition on Finno-Ugric cultures, which also offers an opportunity for the participants to experience our common heritage,” acknowledged Tõnu Seilenthal, the Estonian representative of the Consultative Committee of Finno-Ugric peoples, an organising body of the Finno-Ugric World Congress, inviting everyone to Estonia in 2020.

The main theme of the Congress, which will take place in Tartu, will be “Cultural landscapes – language and mind”. Language preservation, language imparting and bilingual issues, as well as climate change and cultural innovation will be discussed at thematic sessions during the event. The opportunities of traditional and new media channels as well as the application of contemporary linguistic technologies within networks of Finno-Ugric peoples will also be discussed.

Furthermore, there will be an abundant side-programme concurrent to the official congress, engaging the wide public where all who are interested are welcome.

Also the Finnish and the Hungarian president are being expected. On a work visit to Russia Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid invited also the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, to the congress in Tartu during their first meeting on the 8th of April 2019. He has yet to respond.

Members of parliaments, also cultural, educational and foreign affairs officials and others who are interested from different countries across the globe are also warmly welcome to the Congress.

According to its Statute, the World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples is the representative forum of Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic peoples, which is independent of governments and political parties and whose activities are based on the Declaration of Fundamental Principles, Aims and Objectives of Cooperation of Finno-Ugric Peoples of the World.

Through its executive arm – the Consultative Committee of Finno-Ugric Peoples – the Congress has been represented in the working groups on indigenous peoples at the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

The objectives of the Congress are to develop and protect the national identity, cultures and languages of Finno-Ugric peoples, to promote cooperation between Finno-Ugric peoples, to discuss topical issues and identify solutions, and to realise the right of Finno-Ugric peoples to self-determination in accordance with international norms and principles.

VII World Congress of the Finno-Ugric Peoples took place from the 15th to 17th of June 2016 in the Sibelius Hall in Lahti, Finland. The main theme of the Congress was “The Finno-Ugric peoples – towards sustainable development”.

The first World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples was organised in 1992 in Syktyvkar, a part of the Komi Republic in Russia. II World Congress took place in 1996 in Budapest, Hungary, III World Congress occurred in 2000 in Helsinki, IV World Congress in 2004 in Tallinn and V World Congress in 2008 in Khanty-Mansyisk in Russia. The Congress occurs every four years in a different Finno-Ugric country.

The organiser of VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples is Estonian NGO Fenno-Ugria. Fenno-Ugria is an umbrella organisation dedicated to cooperating with Estonians’ kindred peoples – the Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic peoples. Fenno-Ugria was established in 1927 and re-established in 1991.

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