Estonian Dance Festival

The Estonian Dance Festival is a national dance and gymnastics celebration currently held every five years at the Kalevi Keskstaadion in Tallinn, Estonia.[1] The festival is maintained and developed by the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration Foundation. The Dance Festival is usually held on the same weekend as the Estonian Song Festival.

Circular Dance

HistoryEdit

The first Estonian Games, Dance and Gymnastics festival was held in 1934 and was the precursor of the present dance celebration.[2]

In November 2003, UNESCO declared Estonia's Song and Dance Celebration tradition a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.[3]

Estonian Dance Festival[4]
Celebration Time Performances Participants
I Celebration June 15–17, 1934 2[5] 1500
II Celebration June 16–18, 1939 1 1800
III Celebration June 27, 1947 1 840
IV Celebration July 21, 1950 1 1500
V Celebration June 20–21, 1955 2 3040
VI Celebration June 19–20, 1960 2 3830
VII Celebration July 20–21, 1963 3 3824
VIII Celebration July 18–20, 1965 3 5049
IX Celebration July 18–19, 1970 3 9997
X Celebration June 30 - July 1, 1973 3 5893
XI Celebration July 18–20, 1975 5 6033
XII Celebration July 3–5, 1981 5 7006
XIII Celebration July 19–21, 1985 4 8273
XIV Celebration June 28 - July 1, 1990 4 8874
XV Celebration July 1–3, 1994 3 7599
XVI Celebration July 2–4, 1999 3 7973
XVII Celebration July 2–4, 2004 2 7781
XVIII Celebration July 3–5, 2009 3 7460
XIX Celebration July 4–6, 2014 3 10 082[6]
XX Celebration July 4–5, 2019 3 11 500 [7]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eesti Laulu- ja Tantsupeo SA - XII noorte laulu- ja tantsupidu 2017". Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Eesti Laulu- ja Tantsupeo SA - XII noorte laulu- ja tantsupidu 2017". Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ "UNESCO - Baltic song and dance celebrations". ich.unesco.org. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Üldtantsupeod 1934-2014 - Eesti Laulu- ja Tantsupeo SA". Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  5. ^ 75 aastat Eesti tantsupidusid. Tallinn: Varrak, 2009, lk 19–21.
  6. ^ Uudiskirjad Archived 2015-11-22 at the Wayback Machine. Eesti Laulu- ja Tantsupeo SA.
  7. ^ "The 27th Song and 20th Dance Celebrations drew the largest number of participants and spectators to concerts ever". Retrieved 25 July 2020.