Thursday, February 09, 2006

*Dziesmai šodien liela diena

*A big day it is for the song today

Yesterday I was writing an article about the Latvian Song Festival for the blog, called Nouvelleurope (The New Europe). You can surely check it out here! Probably a bit too poetical, but I couldn't help my mood while writing it ;)
What I found out while looking for the informative material and what shocked me a little bit was the fact that the first ones to organize this huge event of singing-together, were Estonians! I had always thought those were Latvians!
Anyway, just wanted to ask - when is the next Estonian Song Festival taking place, huh?

15 Comments:

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Luarvik said...

Of course it were the Estonians to start it all. Aren't they always?:) The next Song Festival will be held in 2009. I never considered the statistics but now I read and am impressed by: "An estimated 24,000, the capacity of the theater and arguably the largest single choir in the world, participated in the July 4 2004 grand finale of the Song Festival in Tallinn."

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Dace said...

neh, neh, neh :) yesterday I read info on Latvian 2003 Song Festival, it said there were approximately 31 000 people taking part (not only singing but dancing also).
By the way, how is it exactly in Estonia? - do you have also the Dance Festival as a part of song festival?
In Latvia the whole event is called LAtvian Song and Dance Festival becauise several thousand dancers take part as well ;)

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger philippe said...

i must admit that your article is a very good one !
But it seems there is a contest LV/EE about who's the first... Like French/US about Revolution !!!

 
At 7:31 AM, Blogger Luarvik said...

Yes we do have the Dance Festival together with the Song Festival. The numbers tell me that around 7500-9000 dancers have participated throughout the most recent Festivals. I wonder what the numbers are for Lithuania. Considering the size of their population it's probably higher than in Estonia/Latvia...

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger Dace said...

Actually I didn't know that Lithuanians also do have this song festival... lots of new information ;) Maybe somebody knows if any other country in the world apart from the Baltics have something similar to this festival?

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger Jens-Olaf said...

Dace and Phillipe, good to see that your project is making progress.
I just want to add an episode from the mid 90s in Riga. There were two young French guys working at the Embassy of France. One left the city head over heals cause of culture shock. The other one, Remi, felt desperatly in love with the city and the Baltics in general and the girls. Every second sentence of him during those days: Boy, I wanna stay here! (it was summer and Singing Festival time!)

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger philippe said...

ich habe gesehen, dass du ein Blog über Estland und Latland habst aber mein Deustch ist nicht zo gut...

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger Dace said...

:) indeed, there are these 2 groups of people - ones who desperately fall in love with the Baltics, and the others that can't find anything acceptable within these countries.
Though seems that over the last years the amount of the latter has decreased. I believe that's because of global warming - girls are wearing shorter and shorter skirts more often than before ;)))

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger philippe said...

I think i'm falling in love with Baltics. I've borrowed 3 books at the library today...

 
At 10:53 PM, Blogger Dace said...

he-he-he :)~

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger Scott said...

If there were less than 40,000 people at the last song festival at any one time, I'd eat my hat.

And Philippe, 1776 baby ...

A man goes into a library, and asks the librarian for a copy of the French constitution. The librarian said, "I'm sorry, we don't carry periodicals ..." ;-)

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger philippe said...

quite funny, i must admit...

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger Triin said...

Well... 24 000 were only singers... dancers not included, since they don't sing, so they can't be a part of choir, can they? ;) And in 2004 the song festival consisted of many days, including classical music performances on the first day.

The event is called Song-and Dance Festival, held every 5 years. But there are youngster festivals in between (for school choirs).

And everybody should see this event once. I don't know about Latvia, but in Estonia if you're there to listen or to sing you feel and see that people are very proud to be Estonians. And after all they built "Lauluväljak" especially for Songfestivals ;)

 
At 8:22 PM, Blogger riin said...

It was year ... hmm, ok, i dont remember anymore, and it is not important aniway animore, but the point is, that i have sang on Lauluväljak during Song festival. It is most definently an experience so powerful i still get tears in my eyes when i think of it. Thousends of people singing, one man leading them with a simple hand movement and thousands standind and singing along... I saw people cring in the crowd and i got tears in my eyes.

Oh, just go and see it, feel it, and to do that, try and avoid the slacks who are there just to drink and enjoy a little sun under trees. Feel, how all the voices become one. And thats how Estonians sang themself free:D

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger Anne Marit said...

Hello! Where can I find more information about the song-festival in Estland 2009? Are there a web-side?

Anne Marit

 

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