On March 20, 2019, in Tallinn (Estonia), a very interesting event dedicated to the presentation of “Living heritage of Estonia” has taken place. It has been aimed at public presenting the spiritual heritage of Estonia uniting cultural heritage of various local and national communities.
Estonia joined the UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2006, and the National Register of ICH was created in 2010: all Estonian communities regardless of their size, location, sphere of activities, and origin have presented their living heritage.
This register is a voice of communities since is based on the bottom-up approach in contrast to other data bases. The focus is made at community and local culture. Each community can present what is the most valuable for it actually. The register consists of 106 inscriptions.
The intangible cultural heritage of Ukraine is there as well represented by the element “Pysanka: painting of Easter eggs in Ukrainian community” (Põsanka (pysanka) lihavõttemunade kaunistamine ukraina kogukonnas) – under such name it is included on the ICH Register of Estonia.
Bogdan Lutiuk, Head of the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Estonia, has presented at the mentioned event the Ukrainian intangible cultural heritage as an integral part of Ukrainian and Estonian “Living culture”. He has told what this tradition means for the Ukrainian community in Estonia uniting all Ukrainians who live in Estonia with Ukraine by inseparable and invisible threads. Pysanka has become not only the sign of the Easter but a symbol of consolidation of Ukrainians from all over the world around the treasure of living culture, and respect for it. Today, pysanka is turning into a symbol of peace, coherence and well-being.
It is due to the consistent activities undertaken by the Ukrainian Cultural Center that interest to the tradition of Ukrainian pysanka and to the Ukrainian culture as a whole is growing in Estonia. The education and information of children help to safeguard tradition and protect it from simplification and commercialization.
The Ukrainian Cultural Center in Estonia has a collection of 3000 pysankas consisting of pieces of work of masters of pysanka painting, as well as of creations of amateurs and children. Some of them are exposed in the premises of the Center open for visitors. You can learn there about Easter eggs painting technique, take part in master classes. The Ukrainian Cultural Center organizes exhibitions of pysankas all over Estonia.