The Tallinn Chamber Music Festival is a major classical music event in Estonia and has become a highly valued tradition. It was created to enrich and add some classical spice to the busy cultural life in Tallinn, giving audiences the chance to enjoy and take pride in the country’s most outstanding musicians alongside many well-known guests. The founder and artistic director of the festival is the Estonian opera singer Pille Lill.
The Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, established in 1968, has held a firm position for five decades as one of the most important folk music events in Europe. It plays a crucial role in preserving and promoting folk traditions, and offers an irrepressible blend of professional and amateur musicians, Finnish and international folk music and dance, performances, workshops and jam sessions. In 2016 the 7-day festival had over 42,000 visitors, 1,500 performances, 50 workshops and 4,500 performers.
Tender August nights. Close to the sea. Classical music. Nice people. Stone walls of a medieval monastery. Torches burning a dim light. Artists from all over the world. Sounds like a wonderful dream. However, it is reality, and it is called the Birgitta Festival, first held in 2005. For a few August nights, the imposing ruins of the Pirita monastery are turned into a modern opera house where various genres of musical theatre are performed: classical opera, ballet, oratorios, contemporary dance and musical comedy – as guest performances as well as original productions.