“Singing together is in our blood. It’s something that we draw spiritual strength and a grounding of the soul from. It is expressly for this reason that the sing-along in honour of the centenary is going to be global and anyone from anywhere in the world can take part”, said Estonia 100 Major Events Head Margus Kasterpalu of the State Chancellery. “Thanks to a live broadcast of the event at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, the sing-along can be viewed anywhere in the world. This will allow friends, family, parishes and even whole cities to come together at a location of their choice and celebrate by singing along,” added Kasterpalu.
“Estonia 100 in Every Village” coordinator Merle Jantson is glad that Estonian villages are such active participants in Estonia’s centenary celebrations and are showing great interest in the Estonia 100 sing-along. All sorts of venues are being actively created in village squares, community centres, even in larger cities like Tartu and Rakvere where those interested can come together to sing,” explained Jantson
33 locations in 33 parishes across Estonia as well as the cities of Tartu, Sillamäe, Valga, Haapsalu, Viljandi, Paide and Rakvere have given notice of an organised community sing-along. A steadily updated list of sing-along venues can be found on the Estonia 100 website subpage “Sing-along venues across Estonia” at www.ev100.ee/et/yheslaulmine.
The Estonia 100 sing-along “The Power of Song” and the concert to follow “The Buzz of the Century” are being organised by Nargenfestival and begin on August 19 at 7 p.m. Anyone anywhere in Estonia and abroad can take part via live broadcast.
In honour of the country’s centenary, the re-independence of the Republic of Estonia will be celebrated with a Grand Celebration Week which will bring Estonians and their friends together at large joint events. The Estonia 100 week of summer celebrations kicks off on August 17 with the first Estonian Poetry Festival in Rakvere and comes to a close August 25 with the Night of Ancient Bonfires all across Estonia. All of the more than 200 Grand Celebration Week events can be found at ev100.ee/en