The song and dance celebration with its 150 years of tradition is part of UNESCO world cultural heritage. The Song and Dance Celebration takes place four times in a decade and will, from 30 June to 2 July 2017, bring tens of thousands choir singers, musicians and folk dancers to perform at the Estonian capital.
The 12th Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration, held in June this year, is titled "Here I'll stay". 30 thousand choir singers and musicians will perform the works of Estonian top composers at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. Among those will be the creations of the internationally renowned Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, as well as works of the younger generation, including those of jazz musician Kadri Voorand and folk musician Eeva Talsi. The immense audience of nearly 100,000 people, who never fear to sing along, makes for a very special atmosphere.