Missing comma forces song festival organizers to replace dozens of posters

Updated song and dance festival posters along Rävala Avenue in Tallinn. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

Organizers of the Youth Song and Dance Festival were forced to replace dozens of posters advertising the festival in Tallinn after it was noted that the Estonian-language text was missing a comma.

Last week, participants in the Youth Song and Dance Festival were greeted in various parts of Tallinn by posters that read, "Tere laulja!" ("Hello singer!") and "Tere tantsija!" ("Hello dancer!"). Sticklers for languge, however, were bothered by the comma missing after the word tere, wrote daily Postimees (link in Estonian).

The mistake has since been rectified.

"It is true that some posters were replaced," confirmed song and dance festival spokesperson Carl-Ruuben Soolep. "This was a human error which was caught early as the work was in progress, before all the posters had made it out onto the street."

By the time the error was caught, 75 posters had already been hung up in Tallinn.

The total cost to reprint and replace the corrected posters, including new advertising spaces supplied with the correct poster, was €775.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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