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!
We visited the festival grounds during one of the first snow falls of this winter, I can only imagine how brilliant it would be to be part of the festival. The grounds even during the snow were being...
Historically important to Estonians, it is really just a large concert area. You probably need to have an emotional attachment to the Estonian Independence Movement to appreciate this place.
The song festival has a long, strong tradition in the Baltics, but especially in Estonia. In 1988, a human chain from Tallinn, Estonia, through Latvia, to Vilnius, Lithuania told the economically...