HOME TO THE ESTONIAN SONG FESTIVAL
Tallinn Song Festival Grounds is one of the largest venues for outdoor and indoor events in Estonia, located at the edge of the picturesque Kadriorg district. Its halls have a beautiful view towards the evening sunset on Tallinn bay, and frequently play host to banquets, conferences, and exhibitions, whereas the outdoor area has hosted many international pop and rock concerts. Every five years, the venue is home to the Estonian Song Festival, listed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The venue’s 42-metre Song Festival Light Tower provides a magnificent view of the bay and city as a whole.
On top of the natural limestone slope sits a bronze monument to Gustav Ernesaks, Estonian composer and ‘father of song’. His creations are regarded as part of the Estonian identity and can be heard on nearby standing ‘singing bench’. Here one can rest for a moment, take in the beautiful views and listen to the most popular of the Song Festivals’ sounds.
The Song Festival Grounds is also home to a concrete building called the Cromatico, which is a visual representation of the chromatic – scale, i.e. all the white and black notes on a piano. This sensual and didactic sculpture takes you on a journey through the 12 half tones of the octave, allowing you to touch the art and experience how space relates to musical frequencies.