The last discussion of the festival has already started, on the stage are speaking up the heads of the parliamentary parties. During the two days of the festival there were over 4000 visitors, the discussions were passionate and the topics of the discussions were wall-to-wall. The next Festival of Opinion Culture will take place in August 2015. Many organisations have already booked a thematic stage for themselves.
“The Festival of Opinion Culture showed this year that the discussions, taking place in a free aura, are necessary for our society,” said Kristi Liiva, the point person of The Festival of Opinion Culture.
“Estonian people care about the idea of the festival. In the festival there were visitors from all over Estonia who seemed to feel themselves very comfortably on the area of the discussions. People came along with their friends or family and nobody wasn’t disturbed by the rain.”
The Festival of Opinion Culture was organised by 160 volunteers and over 80 organisations that brought their stages and discussions to the event. Many of the organisations have already said that next year they will take part as well.
Besides volunteers and the organizers of the thematic stages the festival was also supported by the town of Paide and Järvamaa self-government with its people and enterprises. The second biggest supporter was Open Estonia Foundation. We also got finances from National Foundation of Civil Society, The Foundation Estonian Cooperation Assembly, good people in Hooandja and other several enterprises such as Eesti Energia, Baltika, Baltic News Service, Cramo, Viking Windows and lots of others.
The Festival of Opinion Culture is finished by Kinoteater with a skit called Manifest 4 at 9 pm on a Lowland Stage.
Thank you for everyone and see you next year!