Singing in a choir is the most popular hobby art in Estonia

Women from Kihnu playing guitar and singing

Statistics Estonia informs that in 2008 there were 73,000 persons in Estonia who in their free time were involved in a folk culture activity. The most popular cultural hobby was singing in a choir, says Statistics Estonia.

Last year there were 41,000 persons who practiced singing and of them 39,000 were involved in choir music. According to the number of participants, they were followed by folk dancers, with 18,000 persons practicing. In addition to that, there were over 4,000 people involved in instrumental music, among who 2,700 are playing in a brass band.

Estonia had nearly 1,400 amateur choirs and 300 other ensembles, nearly 1,200 folk dance groups, 200 folk music ensembles and more than 130 brass bands. In addition to that, nearly 350 amateur theatres or theatre troupes, 230 handicrafts groups, 125 folk groups and other hobby groups and circles. Nearly half of the participants are children. In total 71% of the people practicing folk culture activities are women. The percentage of men is higher only among the players of brass instruments. According to the Folk Culture Development and Training Centre there are 372 culture houses, town cultural centres and hobby centres in Estonia.

During the last decade the number of amateur collectives has decreased by nearly half and the number of people involved in the activities by 40%. The number of singers is down by a fifth and people playing an instrument by nearly 40%. At the same time, the number of choir singers has remained on the same level and the number of players of brass instruments has even increased by a fifth.


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