Song Festival Notes
Today, June 30, is the last day to buy the discounted general admission tickets for the choral concerts at the song festival arch. A few thousand extra tickets for the dance festival at Kalev Stadium went on sale on Friday, but were gone by the same evening.
For many, a highlight will also be the procession on Saturday, through the city to the Song Festival Grounds, starting around 14:00. It's the culmination of the torch procession that has been going on in the provinces for the last few weeks and, of course, like most parades, it's free.
The first choral performance of the song festival is at 20:00 on Saturday, while the second choral performance is at 14:00 on Sunday.
ERR's journalists have been covering the runup over at kultuur.err.ee. Here are a few highlighted stories:
Fred Jüssi, nature photographer and naturalist, recalls his first memory of the Song Festival, at age four:
Jüssi, was born in Aruba and returned to Estonia as a child in the last years before the occupation, remembered the 1938 festival: "I remember how the sound of the singing flowed in to my child's ear." He had made the trip into town with his mother from his aunt's house, who had a small farm along Narva maantee (where incidentally Jussi bus stop is now located).
"When we got to Lasnamäe, I heard how the sound of many people singing was carried on the breeze. I have later thought about what the wind does to sounds and voices and then I remember from time to time how the wind treated that big festival of singers - that's my first impression and memory from my first song festival."
The third and fourth graders at Rocca al Mare school in Tallinn will come to the festival in hand-crafted clothing from the pre-Christian era - not to be confused with traditional Estonian folk costume. Kristina Rajando, the designer, said that Rocca al Mare as a newer suburb lacked a definite association with a specific historical parish, so they decided to look into the deeper past. As no intact clothing has been found in what is now Estonia from the ancient past - vegetable fibers being notoriously short-lived compared to potsherds - Rajando took her example from finds elsewhere in the regionand did a little extrapolating.
All of the clothing was made of flax and wool using ancient technology. The children had a hand on making the items as well. "These clothing are made by the wearer, the whole outfit also kindled an interest in Estonian nationhood, as the children also learned the history of the clothing as they sewed them," said Rajando.