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Sangaste Polka, brand-new Winter Garden and joint cleaning actions marked the European Cooperation Day in Sangaste castle, Estonia

On Saturday, 13 September 2014 the European Cooperation Day (EC Day) was celebrated by ENPI Estonia-Latvia-Russia Programme 2007-2013 in Estonia, Sangaste castle in co-operation with trilateral project “Preserve not to lose”. The EC Day was marked with many undertakings significant for Sangaste Castle and whole region. The Winter Garden what has been reconstructed in frame of the project was opened again after 70 years and gives now romantic atmosphere to the popular tourism object and historical heritage.



It was symbolically opened by the Mayor of Sangaste Rural Municipality Mr Kaido Tamberg, head of the Joint Technical Secretariat of Estonia-Latvia-Russia Programme Ms Unda Ozolina and Manager of Construction Company “Tõrva Elekter” Mr Olev Napritson.

Interactive and unique new expositions were prepared in co-operation with AHHAA Science Centre (Estonia) and were officially opened during the event. Count Berg- the founder of Sangaste Castle attracts now the visitors on the painting on the wall of the big hall by winking his eyes, magically changing poses and ties as well with different backgrounds. 3D rye field allows you to touch and wave the grain, the technology of making  whisky, prepared from Sangaste rye – all are exposed in the castle expositions halls newly renovated by the CBC project. The historical manor phone in the hallway offers possibility to contact with other manors.

The European Cooperation Day has also brought to the castle yard the swing, historical and important component of the manor complex, after many decades. It was ceremonially consecrated with the swing song by local music group “Koidutähed”. Mayor of Sangast introduced the historical legend about the swing which now cheering the smaller and older guests of Sangaste castle. 



In speeches of guests and partners the importance of good partnership and cooperation has been brought up.

Joint cleaning works of the round barn in the yard of the castle have contributed to the future developments of the castle while the surrounding of the building which has stayed unused for long period have been tidied up by dashing volunteers.



Common meal – the local bread and the soup was shared with participants of the cleaning action and guests.

Participants were greeted by Ms Anu Taul and Mr Taivo Noormaa who presented Estonian music, traditional music instruments and offered memorable moments to audience.

The market in the castle yard was opportunity for trading with local handicraft and domestic products and enlivened the day.

Event has attracted many interested people from Sangaste region and from whole Estonia, like local inhabitants, representatives of different authorities, Parliament of Estonia, project partners from Balvi (Latvia) and Dedovichi (Russia), visitors from abroad.

Full Gallery of the European Cooperation Day in Sangaste. Photos are taken by Liane Rosenblatt, Aivars Vilumsons and Vineta Šnore

European Cooperation Day will be celebrated by the Estonia-Latvia-Russia Programme in joint work and preservation actions also in Dedovichi (Pskov Oblast, Russia) on 25 September and Balvi (Latvia) on 30 September.

Additional information about the project “Preserve not to lose”.

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