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VIDEO: Get ready for Estonia’s song and dance festival

  • 2014-07-02
  • From wire reports, TALLINN

The iconic Estonian song and dance festival is fast approaching.

Tens of thousands of choir singers will descend on Tallinn on July 4-6 for two fulll days of merry making and singing. You can't miss out.

The festival kick-starts with the performers' march through town, welcomed by cheerful spectators. With the Song and Dance Celebration proving extremely popular among the locals, it would be difficult to find an Estonian who has never taken part in this age-old tradition with 90% of all Estonians believed to have attended the festival at some point in their lives. 

The uniqueness of this mesmerising event has even earned the song and dance celebration a place at UNESCO's prestigious list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Visit Estonia reports.

Taking place every five years and involving thousands of choir singers and dancers dressed in colourful national garments, the roots of this lively outdoor festival stretch back as far as 1869, the dawn of Estonian national movement. While the first song celebration took place in Tartu (1869), the growing interest and popularity meant that the festival soon needed a place to call its own. From 1928 onwards the home of the much-loved festival has been the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds in the midst of the scenic pine grove on the coast of Tallinn. Dance celebration is a more recent tradition dating back to 1934 and today the two traditions are seen as inseparable by the modern audiences. 

Find out more here and watch the video below for more information on the song and dance festival.