Youth Song Festival

This year we had the chance to visit the 12th Youth Song Festival. The theme this year was ‘I’ll stay’. It mainly focused on the youth and their enthusiasm to stay Estonian forever and carry on their traditions.

Silver Tambur has kindly written on his Estonian World website:

‘The tradition of the Estonian song celebrations dates back to 1869 and has for long been among the most important ways to carry on the national identity and an independent spirit. Indeed, in 2003, UNESCO proclaimed the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration tradition as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The Youth Song and Dance Celebration is a relatively newer phenomenon – the first one took place in 1962. Happening only once in every five years, it is held at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and the Kalev stadium – just like its “older brother”, the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration. But unlike the “grown-up” of the Estonian song festivals, the participants of the youth celebration are usually in the age range of 7-27 years.’

In 2019, we will have the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration which is as the ‘older brother’ to this year’s festival. Here are some photos from the 12th Youth Song Celebration.

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