TOP Estonian folk festivals

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TOP Estonian folk festivals

Estonia comes to life with music throughout the summertime, and visitors can get a taste of local song, dance, food and traditions at folk music festivals. Listen to rock bands in a forested village or be serenaded by violins at the seaside. Even witness the remarkable Seto Leelo singing style – a UNESCO intangible heritage tradition. These intimate events bring you close to Estonian nature and people.

Seto Folk – "Wilder, Deeper"

Võru maakond, Värska alevik

29.06.2018 - 30.06.2018

Seto Folk is a festival where experience is born and inspiration buds from the fusion of music and nature. The festival brings together travel and music lovers from all over Estonia and broadens the boundaries of performing arts culture. At this festival, vendors sell local crafts, genuine Seto food is served, home brewed beer is quaffed and Seto hospitality is enjoyed. A real Seto kirmas ground is open, full of the spirit of the village fetes, allowing festival goers to rest from the madding crowds and enjoy cheerful company, good music and a beautiful natural environment. The theme of this year’s festival is "Wilder, Deeper".   More information:

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Kihnu Sea Party

Pärnu maakond, Lemsi küla

06.07.2018 - 08.07.2018

The Kihnu Sea Party is a festival dedicated to the fishermen's day and the culture of Kihnu and it has a diverse programme. There are concerts, workshops, the traditional Kihnu run, fair ground waiting for sellers and buyers and the museum welcomes everyone. Come and see the island and visit the festival!

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XXV Viljandi Folk Music Festival

Viljandi maakond, Viljandi

26.07.2018 - 29.07.2018

The festival takes place in the castle hills of Viljandi and various venues all across the town. Exciting foreign artists and the best folk music performers from Estonia, the Green Stage, the Handicraft Yard, the Runo Song Nest, and a workshop programme to suit every preference are just a few highlights of the festival. This year's festival theme "New and old" refers to huge contrasts but also to the changes that will lead us forward. "New and old" means a moment of rivalry and additionally, having a trump hand, which attracts participants and is exciting for the performers. You can enjoy and listen to music which consists of something old and familiar and, at the same time, something new and interesting, mysterious, and moving as well.

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Seto Kingdom Day

Võru maakond, Lüübnitsa küla

04.08.2018 - 04.08.2018

On this important day, the people of Setomaa decide who is the earthly representative of the mythical King Peko for the next 12 months – the ülembsootska. The festival day features pageantry and sticks to a traditional format: the Seto anthem is sung, the people choose the best artists and artisans and the new leader is elected. Improvisational singers and dancers compete against each other, Seto food and crafts are prepared. The Seto military can be seen at the end of the day. Visitors are then invited to a kirmas, a Seto party with instrumental music, leelo singing and dancing. More information:

Night of Bonfires 2017 at the Seaplane Harbour

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

25.08.2018 - 25.08.2018

Every year, on the last Saturday in August people gather along the shores of the Baltic Sea to celebrate the Night of Bonfires. This annual celebration has become a tradition at the Seaplane Harbour as well. There will be several performers and, at sundown, a bonfire will be lit on the shore that will guide our sailors in the far away seas back home.

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Kihnu Violin Festival

Pärnu maakond, Linaküla

28.09.2018 - 30.09.2018

Many great and skillful violinists and luthiers have lived on Kihnu island. Luckily we have a great selection of recorded materials that give an idea of the level, style and originality of the former violinists. The violin festival gives the locals an opportunity to get to know the traditions of their island. Festival guests will hear the best violinists of Estonia honouring the violin traditions of Kihnu. The festival days are filled with discussions about how instruments are traditionally taught, playing instruments and concerts. Every guest has a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the island culture and the wonderful nature of Kihnu.

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Last updated : 16.03.2018

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