Treats age-old traditions of the Ukrainian people with care, preserves them and passes them on to future generations. Ukrainians abroad do not lose their roots, love Ukraine and are happy to communicate in their native language.
International festivals of creativity and Ukrainian culture in Estonia are an ideal platform for popularising Ukrainian creativity, getting acquainted with world cultural achievements, building cultural contacts and strengthening friendships, cooperating and mutual understanding between Ukrainians from different countries, and developing Ukrainian national culture abroad.
The Association of Ukrainian Organisations in Estonia has been organising the International Festival of Children's and Youth Creativity Flowers of Ukraine since 2001 and the Festival of Creativity Northern Star since 2002.
has been held by the Association of Ukrainian Organisations in Estonia and the Union of Ukrainian Youth of Estonia since 2001.
According to the festival rules, a child or a creative team can participate to demonstrate their skill, love and devotion to Ukraine and its culture.
Creative teams and soloists representing Estonian culture or the culture of other nationalities living in Estonia are also involved in the festival to express respect for Ukrainian culture in this way.
For 20 years, the festival has been held at various venues and cultural centres in Tallinn. Concerts also took place in other Estonian cities and towns. In addition to concerts, art exhibitions and skill competitions are held as part of the festival.
In 2023, the international festival Flowers of Ukraine - 2023 took place on June 3 in the Kaja concert hall.
Its creative journey starts in the fall of 2002 with the active support of societies that are part of the Association of Ukrainian Organisations in Estonia.
According to the festival's rules, adults from Ukrainian societies of Estonia and other countries who have indicated their will to participate can do so solo and as a creative team.
The festival is held every two years, the previous one took place on November 6, 2022.
For the participants of the festival, especially the arriving guests, the festival organiser arranges a tour of the famous places of Estonia or Tallinn, preliminary meetings, joint rehearsals, etc.
Over the past 20 years, art groups from Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine and other countries have participated in the Northern Star festival. Famous creative personalities from Ukraine, such as Anna Kurylenko (actress and singer of the Cherkasy Regional Drama Theater), Svyatoslav Boyko (frontman of the band Shirokyi Lan) and others, participated in the final concert.
The ethnic festival Vyshyvanka Unites was held in cooperation with the Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) for World Embroidery Day. It achieved a great goal - to unite Ukrainians and Estonians to preserve ancient folk traditions and culture and introduce each other to their ethnic group and national cultural heritage.
The festival had several locations: a fair of handmade products, workshops, food courts, a concert, and a display of Estonian ethnic clothing. A national record was also set for the largest number of people in embroidered clothes at one location in the Baltic countries.
The next festival will take place in May 2024.