Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

It was here in 1988 that the Singing Revolution, a massive, musical demonstration against Soviet rule, set Estonia on its road towards independence.

The grounds feature an outdoor concert arena, built in 1959, a number of indoor halls, and host a multitude of large concerts and festivals through the year.
Most famously the site is home to the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration, an unforgettable event that takes place every five years, drawing together up to 34 000 performers and 200 000 spectators.

Next to the concert arena is the 42-metre Song Grounds Light Tower. Every Song Celebration starts with the traditional lighting of the flame atop the tower. Its staircase displays a photo exhibition on the history of the song festivals, and from its observation platform at the top, with the help of newly-installed binoculars, you'll get great views of the Old Town, ships out a sea and – if the weather conditions are right – even the Finnish coast (advance bookings required).

On top of the natural lime stone slope sits the bronze monument of Gustav Ernesaks, Estonian composer and “father” of singing. His creations are regarded as part of Estonian identity and can be heard on nearby standing “singing bench”. Here one can rest for a moment, take in the beautiful views, and listen to the most popular Song Festivals’ sounds.

The Song Festival Grounds is also home to the concrete building Cromatico, a visual representation of the chromatic – scale, (i.e. all the white and black notes on a piano). This sensual and didactic sculpture takes you into a journey through the 12 half tones of the octave, allowing you to touch the art and to experience how space relates to musical frequencies.

Location Pirita
Address Narva mnt 95 Map
Phone +3726112102
Fax +3726112109
E-mail info@lauluvaljak.ee
Homepage www.lauluvaljak.ee
SEB Maijooks (May Run)
Once again the women of Tallinn are called upon to get out and get healthy. The Maijooks (May Run), which starts in the Song Festival Grounds, can be a gentle stroll or a gut-wrenching run, depending on how you want to take it.  In any case it is a chance for people of all ages to get out and get fit. The route for children under the age of 12 is a bit shorter. 
Participation in the Maijooks continues to grow each year. In 2013 there were close to 14 000 participants, many of them from abroad. 

For the past years the event has been organised by the Sports Event Team. The event's principle sponsor is SEB bank.

Full information about the May Run and how to register is available at www.jooks.ee.
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