THE 12TH ESTONIAN YOUTH SONG AND DANCE CELEBRATION | 07 Oct 16, janne.jakobson

The concert of the 12th Youth Song Celebration will take place on 2nd July 2017. The artistic director of the song celebration is Mrs Heli Jürgenson. 
The joint procession of the song and dance celebration participants will begin on 2nd July 2017 in the centre of Tallinn and will proceed to Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. The journey from the centre of town to the Song Festival Grounds is about 5 kilometres long and can be followed by everyone without a ticket throughout the whole length of the journey. The procession will be followed by the concert of the song celebration at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.

Song and dance celebrations are an old and very important tradition for Estonia and Estonians. The first song celebration took place in 1869 and the first dance celebration in 1934. In Estonia we have four nation-wide song and dance celebrations in the course of every ten years: every 2nd and 7th year of the decade a youth song and dance celebration and every 4th and 9th year of the decade a general song and dance celebration. In 2003 the tradition of song and dance celebrations was entered to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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