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!

Completed in 1960, Tallinn'sSongFestivalGrounds were the first modern post-war construction to be built in the city. Unique in Europe, they were designed by Alar Kotli, Henno Sepm

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  • Huge atmospheric performance space.

    This place seems to attract every tour bus, but is important to the people as it is the place where they come to sing. The domed "stage" holds thousands of performers and the grounds take tens of...

  • An important space for Estonia

    We were very pleased our guide took us to these important grounds. Every five years a massive song festival is held on the grounds. In 1988, the festival made history and led to an independent...

  • Give a Bit of Insight into Local Traditions

    The annual song festival is big among the young folk in Tallinn and the grounds have hosted several big name stars as well. Still, the festival grounds are a bit far from the more interesting old...


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