Singing Revolution

30 years since the most important Singing Revolution concert

On 11 September 1988, an estimated 300,000 people gathered at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds to listen speeches by the Estonian independence movement activists and sing songs. On 11 September 1988, the Song Festival Grounds hosted arguably the largest mass gathering the Estonian capital had ever seen, when an estimated …

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From Genesis to the Singing Revolution – Steve Hackett talks about his long relationship with Estonia

On 28 April, British singer-songwriter and guitarist Steve Hackett brings his Genesis Extended show to Tallinn’s Nokia Concert Hall. Since early 2013, Steve Hackett has been touring with his all-star band, playing the Genesis material that first brought his name to the global attention. Steve Hackett joined Genesis – which …

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25th anniversary of Singing Revolution to be celebrated in Tallinn (video)

The 25th anniversary of Estonia’s non-violent mainstream independence movement will be marked on August 30 with an open-air performance on Freedom Square in Tallinn, the city has announced. One of the organisers, Ain Mäeots, was quoted as saying that it was dedicated to the people who made the Singing Revolution …

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David Drummond on the Singing Revolution at TEDx Houses of Parliament 2013 (UK/Video)

At the recent TED Houses of Parliament event in London, British conductor David Drummond spoke about the Estonian Singing Revolution and also conducted his choir to sing “Mu isamaa on minu arm” (“My Fatherland is My Love”), a much loved patriotic song in Estonia. David Drummond has been director of the London …

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Porridge, cabbage and dirt: understanding Estonian humour through food and film

Lisa and Kristen Dobbin are Estonian-Canadian sisters from Toronto. In 2012, they relocated to Tartu to try and become a little more like their Estonian grandmother. This is the second part in their series of articles, Lessons in Estonian culture for beginners. The first part can be found here and …

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Rock Summer 25 brings a sense of nostalgia to Tallinn

Three years before the Soviet Union collapsed, a rock festival took place in Tallinn, Estonia. It wasn’t an ordinary festival — the Rock Summer or “Glasnost Rock”, as it was known in 1988, was at the time the most international rock festival ever to take place behind the Iron Curtain. Initiated …

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President Ilves: Estonia is like a wild strawberry

By Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, on the 95th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in Tallinn, 24 February 2013. Today, on the 95th anniversary of Estonia, the thought of independence has, once again, become natural. It neither requires interpretation nor explanation because it is a basic truth. Just …

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The story behind “Kati and me” – adventure, friendship and meeting Canadian Estonians

Reelika Virunurm explores the story behind “Kati and me” – how an Estonian girl called “Kati” prompted a Canadian couple to visit Estonia, fall in love with the country, and make a short film about it – the film which has become an internet sensation in last few weeks. It …

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