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Merlyn Uusküla: Active Estonians in New York keep the Estonian soul going

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Merlyn Uusküla: Active Estonians in New York keep the Estonian soul going

The Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters

An Estonian singer Merlyn Uusküla shares her thoughts about last year's festival.

"Performing in New York I met lots of really great people, with whom I’ve stayed in touch since then.  It was really cool that the public was very active and engaged in the performance – in singing, in dancing, whatever.  I think it’s wonderful that there are so many active Estonians living in New York who put in so much work every year to organize a multi-day cultural festival that keeps the Estonian soul going on that side of the ocean.  I’m sure that local Estonians eagerly await the Cultural Days every year, counting on seeing something new and fascinating from their homeland. I hope that this tradition will last for a long time and that it will likewise continue through the generations." - Merlyn Uusküla (translated by Kaarel Laev)

"New Yorgis esinedes kohtasin väga paljude toredate inimestega, kellega olen häid suhteid hoidnud siiani. Väga lahe oli ka see, et publik oli väga aktiivne ja esinemisele elati hoogsalt kaasa -kes lauldes, kes tantsides. Minumeelest on ääretult tore, et New Yorgis elab endiselt palju aktiivseid eestlasi, kes igal aastal näevad vaeva, et sealmail eestlusel hinge sees hoida korraldades mitmepäevaseid kultuuriüritusi. Usun, et Eestlased selles piirkonnas ootavad kultuuripäevasid igal aastal suure rõõmuga, et midagi uut ja põnevat taas kodumaalt näha-kuulda saaks. Loodan, et see traditsioon jääb kestma veel pikaks ajaks ja sellest saab olema pikk traditsioon ka läbi tulevaste põlvkondade." - Merlyn Uusküla


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