Over 2,000 groups registered for 2019 Song and Dance Festival

First performance of the youth dance festival in 2017.
First performance of the youth dance festival in 2017. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

A total of 2,515 performing groups registered for the 2019 Song and Dance Festival "My Fatherland is My Love," including 1,182 choirs and orchestras, 1,221 folk dance and gymnastics troupes and 112 folk ensembles.

368 mixed choirs have begun preparing for the 27th Song Festival, as have over 200 children's choirs and 129 women's choirs. 63 wind ensembles and 30 symphony orchestras are likewise registered for the event.

Estonia's 20th Dance Festival will see the inclusion of an entirely new category of dance troupe: the family troupe, each of which includes eight adults and 16 children. 132 such family troupes have registered for next year's festival. Adult coed troupes, 312 of which registered for the event, were able to choose between four different programs. An additional 112 youth coed troupes registered as well.

Another 112 collectives registered for the folk music celebration to take place alongside the traditional song and dance festivals.

The number of groups that will ultimately perform at the festival cannot be finalized at this stage yet, however registration data is an important basis for coming decisions and the smooth organization of the performing groups' preparations for the event.

"A year and a half of exciting learning and rehearsing lies ahead, which will give the theme 'My Fatherland is My Love' its own personal meaning," said Estonian Song and Dance Celebration Foundation director Aet Maatee.

The 27th Song and and 20th Dance Festival will take place from July 4-7 at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and Kalev Central Stadium, respectively.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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