“To commemorate the centenary, Pärnu, the birthplace of Estonia, has gone back to its roots by drawing inspiration from local folklore,” said Estonia 100 Head of Programme Maarja-Liisa Soe. “With this show which brings 700 performers to the stage, Pärnu opens its heart to all fellow Estonians,” added Soe.
This contemporary performance of traditional folk music and folk dance showcases new arrangements of traditional music, inspired by songs, games and instrumental music from Pärnu County. One can enjoy brand new dances choreographed specially for the music.
According to the director of “Hundred Years Night” Kaili Viidas, there has never been an event of such magnitude in Pärnu Vallikäär moat before. “The open-air piece combines dance, music, theatre and visual art. Mythological creatures and extraordinary stories come to life in the twilight at Pärnu Vallikäär moat and the surrounding green space,” added Viidas.
Performers include Laine Mägi, Jüri Vlassov, Liis-Katrin Avandi, Ago Anderson, Arabella Anderson, Herman Avandi, folk dancers, traditional folk musicians, acrobats, fire eaters and members of the Estonian Defence League.
The director of “Hundred Years Night” is Kaili Viidas (Endla Theatre), with the script by Helle Kirsi, set design by Pusa, musical direction by Merike Teppan-Kolk, choreography by Ulla Helin-Mengel, lighting by Margus Vaigur (Endla Theatre), video installations by Argo Valdmaa (Endla Theatre), sound design by Judith Parts, project management by Jekaterina Põldots and technical direction by Kaido Lüll (Endla Theatre).
“Hundred Years Night” is organised by the Pärnu County Cultural Society. The event is free of charge. Please see the event here.
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