Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds

Completed in 1960, Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds were the first modern post-war construction to be built in the city. Unique in Europe, they were designed by Alar Kotli, Henno Sepmann and Uno Tölpus. Their design took into account the nature of the land they were to be built on: audiences would be seated on the slope of the hill, so the song arch would need to echo sound to them. A copy of the song stage was later erected in Vilnius.

The Song Festival Grounds are a popular venue for events. It is best known as the place where every 5 years the Song Festival is held, in which nearly 25,000 singers take part, attracting an audience of nearly 100,000. Anyone interested can climb to the top of the tower, which is 42 metres high and from which you can see all the way out over the city and bay. And if you have binoculars with you that are powerful enough, you should be able to see far out into the Gulf of Finland!


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  • bobca1947 bobca1947

    Very inspiring!

    I was really moved and inspired. This is where the Estonians defied the Soviet Union in 1988 and where every five years an enormous song festival is held.

  • O W O W

    Jump from the roof if you dare!!!

    Lauluväljak by itself is a bit away from the center and a bit boring in itself. Yes, you can look at the funky architecture, but if you are not attending an event (Song festival, X-mas market or a...

  • California_momofsix California_momofsix

    Place of Historical Importance

    Having read and studied a lot about the singing revolution, we really wanted to see the festival grounds and imagine what it must have been like to be part of these momentous events. The grounds were...

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