THE 12TH ESTONIAN YOUTH SONG AND DANCE CELEBRATION
Tallinn 30 June – 2 July 2017
The following nation-wide song and dance celebration will be the 12th youth song and dance celebration held at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and Kalevi Keskstaadion from 30 June to 2 July 2017. The participants of the youth celebration are in the age range of 7-27 years. The tradition of youth song and dance celebrations is a part of the Estonian tradition of song and dance celebrations.
In Estonia we have four nation-wide song and dance celebrations in the course of every ten years:
- every 2nd and 7th year of the decade a youth song and dance celebration
- every 4th and 9th year of the decade a general song and dance celebration
The performances of the 12th dance celebration will take place on June 30th and July 1st, 2017
The concert of the 12th song celebration will take place on July 2nd, 2017
The artistic director of the dance celebration is Mr Margus Toomla
The artistic director of the song celebration is Mrs Heli Jürgenson
Information about the registration of the participants will be published on our homepage and it will also be published on our Facebook account.
The ticket sales will begin in the beginning of 2017. Information about the ticket sales will also be published here on our homepage as well as on our Facebook account.
The performances and concerts of the song and dance celebration are held in the open air. In the course of three days the participants of the dance celebration (altogether about 8,000 performers) will give three identical performances). All of the performances take place in Tallinn, at Kalev Central Stadium, and the number of seats is limited. The audience will watch the performances on the grandstands of the stadium.
The joint procession of the song and dance celebration participants will begin in the centre of Tallinn and will then proceed to Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. The journey from the centre of town to the Song Festival Grounds is about 5 kilometres long and it can be followed by everyone without a ticket throughout the whole length of the journey.
The procession will be followed by the concert of the song celebration at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. The concert begins with joint choirs (altogether about 20 000 performers). The audience needs to purchase tickets to listen to the concert.
Different tickets can be purchased for the song celebration concerts. The first rows are usually equipped with individual seats. The rows behind these seats are equipped with benches and the area behind the benches – the biggest area of the song festival ground – is for those who buy a general admission ticket. The prices of the song and dance celebration tickets will most probably be in the range of 10 to 25 Euros.
It is important to note that no matter what the weather conditions the performances will all take place in the open air. Therefore, considering the changing nature of the weather in Estonia in summer, the audience must be prepared both for very hot sunny weather as well as for wind and rain. It is highly probable that umbrellas and other such items are not be allowed to the song and dance celebration performances, hence the audience needs to wear suitable clothes and take along a raincoat, just in case.
Song and dance celebrations are an old and very important tradition for Estonia and Estonians (the first song celebration took place in 1869 and the first dance celebration in 1934) and these celebrations are nowadays held every five years. In 2003 our tradition of song and dance celebrations was entered to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Read the history of Estonian Song and Dance Celebration.
- Watch the XXVI Estonian Song Celebrations 1. concert (5 July 2014) “Touched by Time”
- Watch the XXVI Estonian Song Celebrations 2. concert (6 July 2014) “The Time to Touch”
- Watch the XIX Estonian Dance Celebration “The Touch” (4 July 2014)
ESTONIAN SONG AND DANCE CELEBRATION FOUNDATION
Phone: (+372) 523 6239