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#time4estonia HEAD AEGA

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

It’s time to go and say
HEAD AEGA = goodbye, good time

The summer is here, lockdown measures are being eased, physical travel becoming possible again and therefore, it’s time for #time4estonia series to come to an end. We’d love to do it with one of the greatest Estonians in the world – composer Arvo Pärt.

Did you know that you can find a monument dedicated to Arvo Pärt in his childhood town Rakvere? The sculpture shows a boy on his bicycle, reminding the times when the soon 85-year-old composer circled Rakvere town square’s loudspeaker post for hours in order to hear the radio-transmitted symphonic concerts.

Another monument for the composer was erected in Estonia in 2018. It is the wonderful Arvo Pärt Centre created by the Spanish architecture firm Nieto Sobejano Arquiectos. The centre welcomes guests in a tranquil location in Laulasmaa – in the midst of the pine forest, close to the sea, just 35 km outside of Tallinn. It is an open meeting place for musicians, researchers and music lovers – for anyone interested in Arvo Pärt’s music and world of ideas. This is where we would like to take you today.

Precisely 2 months ago, #time4estonia kicked off with a dance, so let us finish also with a dance – Ukuaru Waltz by Arvo Pärt, performed by Tarvanpää dancers, filmed in and around Arvo Pärt Centre.

Tarvanpää dancers is a folk dance group from Rakvere, founded in 1946. They have won recognition under the leadership of the legendary dance teacher and mentor Maie Orav. She created a special dance on the tune of Ukuaru Waltz on the occasion of the 18th Song and Dance Festival in 2009.
Ukuaru Waltz’ original score was written by Arvo Pärt in 1973 for a feature film Ukuaru. Since then, the sweet melody of the waltz has stayed with the Estonians.

Watch the video

Epilogue: we hope that you enjoyed #time4estonia as much as we did and perhaps even learnt something new. #time4estonia was a special lockdown series consisting of 56 posts about Estonia and its culture. Its content was specifically designed for the slow times of the lockdown and even though this is our final post, you are always welcome to waltz back to the Facebook page of the Estonian Embassy in London or to our website, to review #time4estonia series.

Thankfully yours, #time4estonia creative team.
Head aega!

Embassy’s website: london.mfa.ee
Arvo Pärt: arvopart.ee/en