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Valga County Festival of Traditional Culture "Säde Garden Party"

At Säde Garden Party, everyone can take part in opening the legacy of Hella Wuolijoki with a musical programme and a theatre production. An authentic party at Valga Säde Park restores the park's former glory and atmosphere.

Säde Garden Party is a follow-up to the Valga County Festival of Traditional Culture "Estonian Wedding" organized by the Valga Museum in 2017. Säde Park in the heart of Valga has historically been the venue for various cultural events in Valga. Säde garden was established by Säde Society, which was founded in 1902. In 1911, the Säde Society House in late Art Nouveau style was built, which was designed by Georg Hellat. In addition to the Säde Society House, the Säde Theatre Hall with more than 600 seats was built. Today Valga Museum is located in the former Säde Society House. Valga Museum carries on the identity of Säde and is the keeper of local history.

In 1923 the society cleaned up the Säde garden at the courtyard of the house for organizing events, and in 1925 the first Valga County Song Festival took place there. Similarly to Vanemuine theatre garden, a beautiful bandstand was built in the park. The garden concerts were held three times a week in the park. In the 1930s, the swans were brought to the park's pond and a swan house was built. After World War II, Säde Park was neglected. The Säde theatre was closed in 1948 in connection with the theatre house fire. The Säde bandstand was demolished in the early 1950s.

At Säde Garden Party, everyone can take part in opening the legacy of Hella Wuolijoki with a musical programme and theatre production. There will be a style party at Valga Säde Park in its former glory to introduce the cultural traditions of the first half of the 20th century and to revive the urban cultural heritage which in the beginning of the 20th century included both contemporary modernity and German culture as well as the rise of Estonian self-awareness and nationality.

Säde Garden Party is dedicated to the legacy of Hella Wuolijoki (1886–1954), who was an Estonian-Finnish writer. Valga Museum also wants to invite Hella Wuolijoki's family to the party.

Before the party, lectures and workshops will be held at the Valga Museum: the ballroom dances of the early 20th century, the customs of the 20th century, the legacy of Hella Wuolijoki, etc. For the party, a stage inspired by the former Säde bandstand will be built.

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