Guest Performers

Kihnu Poisid
The folk band Kihnu Poisid was established in 1996 in Kihnu, a small island southwest of the mainland. The music group’s main aim is to restore old Kihnu sailor songs and bring these to their audience. “… the songs of the sea, the sailors and our brides who were left behind at the shore are particularly close to our hearts.”
In the past 15 years they have performed at all major Estonian folk festivals and have released two CD-s, which tell stories about the work and adventures of Kihnu sailors.


Pärnu folk dance ensemble “Kajakas” was founded in 1951 and its current director is Rita Mändla. The ensemble is composed of 6 dance groups with dancers aged 12- 58. Of these six troupes, the advanced youth folk dance troupe will be coming to Portland.
“Kajakas” has performed in Europe, in Africa and also in America.  The dance group performs traditional Estonian folk dances, as well as theatrical and choreographed dance performances. 
◊ Ahto Nurk  and Virve Lääne