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Estonia’s Song Festival

The Lauluväljak at Narva mnt. 95 (whttp://www.lauluvaljak.ee), just to the northeast of Kadriorg Park, is a vast amphitheatre which is the venue for Estonia’s Song Festivals. These gatherings, featuring a choir 25-thousand-strong, are held every five years, and have been an important form of national expression since the first all-Estonia Song Festival held in Tartu in 1869. The grounds were filled to their 45,000-person capacity for the 1988 festival when people joined their voices in song as a significant public expression of longing for independence from Soviet rule, in what became known as the “Singing Revolution”. The next Song Festival is in July 2014.