The flame of the Song and Dance Celebration 2009 arrived in Tallinn!


Followin information is from Song and Dance Celebration Foundation Press Office:

The flame of the Song and Dance Celebration 2009 arrived in Tallinn. It marks also the official beginning of the three-day-long festivities of song and dance.

Yesterday at the sunset the flame of the Song and Dance Celebration arrived on the board of yacht Ruhnu Karu at the Admiraliteedi Inlet in Tallinn. The Opening of 25th Song and 18th Dance Celebration was led by Estonian Choral Association and Estonian Folk Dance and Folk Music Society.

Three weeks long journey of TuleTulemine („Arrival of the Flame“) began from river Emajõgi, Tartu. Before arriving in Tallinn the flame has travelled through Viljandi, Pärnu and the islands of Western Estonia. Every night, the flame of the Song and Dance Celebration had a different landing point and the arrival of the torch was celebrated with song and dance by choirs, folk music and dance societies that unite the membership of the Song and Dance Celebration.

The repetitions of the dance celebration started already on June 30th. Choirs and brass bands started to arrive Tallinn yesterday, on July 2nd. Altogether there will be 864 choirs and brass orchestras, including 26430 singers and musicians who will perform at the celebration along with 534 dance and gymnastic groups with 7460 dancers and gymnasts. In addition to Estonian singers and dancers, 41 foreign collectives with 1340 singers are expected to participate.

The 25th Song and 18th Dance Celebration Breathe As One will be held in Tallinn from July 2nd to July 5th. The celebration will be introduced by Folk Music Celebration on Town Hall Square, on July 2nd, that will be followed by three concerts of Dance Celebration „The Sea“ and the two days long Song Celebration. The author of the idea of the upcoming Dance Celebration is Henn Tiivel and the artistic director is Ülo Luht. The artistic director of the Song Celebration is Ants Soots.

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