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EUROPEAN ESTONIAN SONG AND DANCE FESTIVAL V

The event brought together Estonian choirs and folk dance groups from 14 European countries to the city of Leicester in the Midlands. The programme of performances took the audience on a musical journey through the last 100 years of Estonian history.

DAY 1 - FRIDAY 7TH OF SEPTEMBER

7.30 PM CONCERT AT THE Y THEATRE – “CURLY STRINGS” AND “ÖÖ”

The warm-up band is ‘ÖÖ‘  (Night). Band members Madis Mälgand, Kristiina Killo, Meelis Mälgand, Annaliisa Asveit and Cathy Sommer are all Estonians who live in London.

The main attraction of the evening is internationally acclaimed “Curly Strings” all the way from Estonia. They are a four-piece band who draw their inspiration from American bluegrass and Estonian heritage, creating hauntingly beautiful contemporary melodies.

DAY 2 - SATURDAY 8TH OF SEPTEMBER

2PM TO 5PM AT THE VENUE@DMU, DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY

The main European Estonian Song and Dance Festival concert takes place at the Venue@DMU, De Montfort University, where the audience can enjoy performances by Estonian choirs and traditional dance groups from 14 European countries. Curly Strings, with their unique blend of folk and bluegrass music, will also be joining in with this celebration of Estonian culture.

Come and enjoy the hauntingly beautiful music, the mesmerising dances and colourful national costumes of Estonia. This is a cultural extravaganza showcasing the best of this small nation which you will not want to miss!

Meet our Performers

Check out what our performers from 14 different countries across the Europe had to say

“Iirised” (The Irises)- Ireland

The Estonian embassy in Dublin and personal contacts between Estonia and Ireland played an integral part in the formation of the Estonian ladies’ folk dance group ‘Iirised’

Haaslava Male Voice Choir

Haaslava Male Voice Choir (established in 1923) is one of the oldest parish-based men’s choirs in Estonia.

“Estonian Folks”

“Estonian Folks” (EF) was founded by the London Estonian Society (LES) folk dance group and has brought together several Estonian folk dance groups.

IES TULEVIK – England

IES TULEVIK was formed in 1974 by a group of second-generation Estonians living in Britain with one purpose – to promote and preserve the Estonian language and culture.

“Laiali” Estonian Ladies Folk Dance Group – Luxembourg

“Laiali” has already performed in Belgium, Holland, Estonia and Germany, and next is Leicester!

The Estonian Ladies Chamber Choir in London

The Estonian Ladies Chamber Choir in London was established in March 2017 by their conductor Reet Kromel-Williams.

“Tuuletütred” (Daughters of the Wind) – Holland

“Tuuletütred” (Daughters of the Wind) is an Estonian dance group based in Holland, which was established in 2012.

The European Estonians Choir (EEC)

The European Estonians Choir (EEC) was established in the summer of 2007 at Sangaste Castle in the south of Estonia.

“ÖÖ” (Night) – London

The band, ÖÖ (“Night”), have come together from far and wide to produce a repertoire inspired by folk and cultural experiences spanning several generations.

Curly Strings – Estonia

The main attraction of the 7th of September is the internationally known bluegrass band ‘Curly Strings’ all the way from Estonia.

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