The Estonian Song and Dance Festival is the festive reunion of an ancient folk, gathering from the cities as well as from the countryside; small as a nation, but impressively large as a family.
Song and Dance Celebration is a true Estonian holiday, the Holy Day of the Heart.
The Estonian Song and Dance Festival is one of the largest amateur choral events in the world
Thejoint choir has usually comprised 25,000 singer, while in 2009, there were more than 30,000 participants performing to an audience of 80,000
The tradition of the song festival was born along with Estonian national awakening. The first national song festival was held in Tartu in the summer of 1869
One of the organisers of the first song festival was Johann Voldemar Jannsen
Inthe first three festivals only mens choirs and brass orchestras participated. Starting with the fourth festival, mixed choirs were also participating. Starting with the sixth festival in 1896, the festival tradition moved to Tallinn
„The Song Festival“ started as a choir contest, but in 1934 a folk dance festival took place at the same time. Later, it became customary for the two festivals to be held simultaneously, supplementing and illuminating each other.
InNovember 2003, UNESCO declared Estonias’s Song and Dance Festival tradition a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity