HeadRead’s programme includes a unique group of female stand-up comedians from Latvia 

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For the first time, a group of Latvian performers under the name Women’s Stand-up (Sieviešu stendaps) will perform in Tallinn. In ten years, it has become an important platform combining feminism and humour. The stand-up format allows women to discuss their concerns and painful issues through laughter and sharp humour. The platform has showcased a number of creatives from various fields, not least the Minister of Culture of Latvia Agnese Logina. 

On 2 June at 14.00 at Ait (Vene 14), the festival audiences can enjoy the cheerful feminism of Mairita Rosicka (1992), who works in Berlin and Riga; the unique sense of humour and witty attitude of Leadyah/Lidija/Lidia/Lidiya/Lydia (1991); prose writer, poet, playwright Inga Gaile (1976); chemist and comic Marta Vilka (1991), and Santa (1986), who has the appearance of Santa Clause and two children. Estonia is represented by writer and translator Kätlin Kaldmaa (1970), who has dreamt of performing with the troupe since she first met Inga Gaile. 

The performance is introduced by Latvian Ambassador to Estonia Kristīne Našeniece. 

The stand-up programme takes place in the framework of Estonia’s support for Latvia’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for the 2026-2027 period. 

You can find the schedule and profiles of guests and events on the festival website (subject to updates), and keep an eye on our pages on Facebook and Instagram

See you at the festival! 

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