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.

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 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 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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Viru Folk 2018

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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Viru Folk 2018

Lääne-Viru maakond, Käsmu küla

10.08.2018 - 12.08.2018

Family friendly festival Viru Folk, which will take place for the 11th time and is part of the Estonia 100 programme, focuses on Estonia – in all of its fields and, above all, in music. For the first time ever, almost all performers are Estonian. Welcome concerts are held by our four close neighbours, who will bring another kind of temperament to the programme. Viru Folk will show the many sides of Estonia. On the one hand, we have the wild Metsatöll. On the other hand, we have the humble Naised Köögis. Other performers include Marko Matvere & VLÜ, Tom Valsberg & Väelaulud, Svjata Vatra, Kukerpillid, Justament, Kiriko, Mandotrio, Trio Romansid, Sibul & Tuksam, Lauri Saatpalu, and Andres Roots. There will also be Estonian films, beautiful Estonian crafts, and delicious local food.  

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Hiiu Folk

Hiiu maakond, Kassari küla

19.07.2018 - 22.07.2018

Festival Hiiu Folk on peresõbralik pärimusmuusikafestival, mis hõlmab kontserte ja töötube ning festivali tegevusse on kaasatud kõik Hiiumaa piirkonnad- Käina, Kõrgessaare, Pühalepa, Emmaste ja Kärdla. Festival põhirõhk on Eesti rahvamuusikal, lisaks astub Hiiu Folgil üles esinejaid väljaspool Eestit. Festival toimub alates 2005. aastast ja on tänaseks laienenud juba üle terve Hiiumaa. Festivalil saab kuulda rahvapärimust, õppida vanu eesti tantse, mängida pilli, laulda ja osaleda Hiiumaad tutvustavatel loodusmatkadel.

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Kihnu Pärimuspäevad

Pärnu maakond, Lemsi küla

22.06.2018 - 24.06.2018

Pärimuspäevadel väärustatakse ja tutvustatakse Kihnu saare omapärast kultuuri ning ajalugu. Külalisi ootab kirev kultuuriprogramm kolmel päeval. Üles astuvad Kihnu pillilapsed, rahvatantsijad, lauljad. Toimuvad kontserdid, töötoad, näitused, spordivõistlused ja jaaniõhtu simman. Mängude, laulude ja käelise tegevuse kaudu luuakse ettekujutus kihnlaste esivanemate elu-olust ja selgitatakse uskumuste tagamaid. Pühapäeval avatakse sadamas pidulikult Kihnu saart läbiv ja olulisemaid vaatamisväärsusi tutvustav ringmarsruut Kihnu Reesuratas (reisuratas).

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Last updated : 16.05.2018

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