By noon on Wednesday, 3 July, the flame of the 27th Song and 20th Dance Festival will reach the Seaplane Harbour in Tallinn and will be carried from there to the Town Hall Square.
At 1 p.m., the flame will arrive at the Town Hall Square where it will be presented to Mihhail Kõlvart, Mayor of Tallinn. The Mayor’s address will be followed by a performance by the girls’ choir of the Estonian Radio Singing Studio, conducted by Kaie Tanner, after which the Mayor will present the flame to Hirvo Surva, President of the Estonian Choral Association. Next in the program are performances by the Vox Populi mixed choir and the Concert Choir of the Estonian National Opera.
As the song festival “My Fatherland is My Love” opens with a concert dedicated to teachers, the City of Tallinn would like to take the festival flame to the schools of the current festival conductors as a token of gratitude to their teachers who taught them in the infancy of their musical career. Thus, accompanied by song and music, the festival flame will visit the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre at 2 p.m., the Tallinn University at 3 p.m., the Tallinn Music High School at 4:30 p.m., and the Georg Ots Tallinn Music College at 5:30 p.m.
At 6 p.m., the garden of the Georg Ots Tallinn Music College will become a venue of a concert for the festival flame, featuring performances by the Ellerhein Children’s Choir, the brass band and marching drummers of the Tabasalu Music School, the women’s choir of the Estonian National Library, the Keila Town Orchestra, the chamber choir Virmalised, the chamber choir Encore, the children’s and girls’ choirs of the Musamari Choral School, and the mixed choir of the Estonia Society. From 9.20 to 9.45 p.m., Valter Soosalu will lead a sing-along, followed by a procession from the Georg Ots College to the Tall Hermann Tower.
All city residents and guests are welcome to observe the procession of the flame and enjoy the concerts!
The “Relay of the Flame” of the 27th Song and 20th Dance Festival is the prelude to the jubilee festival that carries the values and power of the Song and Dance Festival to every corner of Estonia. The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the flame relay tradition – the first nationwide relay of the flame was organised in 1969 on the 100th anniversary of the Song Festival.
The journey of the flame started on 1 June in Tartu where the artistic committees of the 27th Song and 20th Dance Festival “My Fatherland is My Love” lit the torch in the park of the Estonian National Museum at sunrise, and the journey will end in the evening of 4 July at the Kalev Central Stadium where the first performance of the 20th Dance Festival will start at 7 p.m.