Friday, 18 January 2019

Estonian Song and Dance Festival 2019

This spectacular event only happens once every five years and haven't those past five years flown by!  From 4 - 7 July 2019 Estonians from all across Estonia, and the world, will gather in Tallinn to continue the rich singing tradition that began in Tartu in 1869. This year we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Estonian Song Festival. It is an emotional and uplifting event that is cherished by all Estonians.

My Fatherland is My Love.

Tickets went on sale for the Estonian Song and Dance Festival last week and prime spots are selling fast. If you don't manage to secure a ticket, don't worry, with thousands of singers performing, you would be able to hear the choirs from outside the festival grounds!

The atmosphere at the festival is truly amzing. It is a beautiful sight to see all the national costumes and Estonian flags are waved with such pride. The procession at the start of the festival should not be missed!

If you are new to the festival and want to take part, here are three of the main songs you should learn. At the end of the Estonian Song Festival everyone sings these songs together.

The National Anthem: Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm (My Fatherland, My Pride and Joy)
Juhan Liiv Poem Ta lendab mesipuu poole (Like a Homing Bee)
Lydia Koidula  Poem: Mu isamaa on minu (The Land of My Fathers, the Land that I Love)

For more information, please refer to the official Laulupidu website.