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Tartu 2024 Otepää Winter Night Song Festival Invites All to a Nation-Wide Singalong

At the end of January, Estonians have a unique opportunity to get together and sing together. Tartu 2024 Otepää Winter Night Song Festival will take place on January 22 at 19.00 in Otepää Central Square. The event will be broadcast by ETV.

Tartu 2024 Otepää Winter Night Song event poster.
11. Jan Kaidi-Lisa Kivisalu


46 choirs and beloved Estonian artists will sing to the entire country
from the heart of the European Capital of Culture region, Otepää. Greatest hits
from the legendary song competition “Horoskoop” will make up the repertoire.

Tartu 2024 Regional Coordinator Annela Laaneots: “Only two years are
left until the European Capital of Culture title year. Therefore, we invite everyone
to celebrate with us. Otepää Winter Night Song Festival is a significant event
for this, because Tartu will be the European Capital of Culture with the entire
Southern Estonia.”

Tartu 2024 Otepää Winter Night Song Festival artistic director and conductor
Merle Soonberg comments: „Since many “Horoskoop” singers had jubilees in 2021,
we chose these beautiful songs as the topic of this year’s event. I am certain
that many will be happy to recognise these songs from their youth and the
youngsters will be introduced to cool, slightly different sounding songs.”

Soonberg adds: “This year’s Song Festival’s tunes are slightly nostalgic – 18
beloved “Horoskoop” songs from the Estonian Music Gold Fund will be
performed. At the moment, 46 choirs and 738 singers from all over Estonia are
expected in Otepää.”

The event is free. Everyone is welcome to join and sing along. The
Winter Night Song Festival is a traditional event, which takes place for the seventh
time.

Tartu 2024 Otepää Winter Night Song Festival is organised by Otepää
Kultuurikeskused. European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024, Otepää Parish, Cultural
Endowment of Estonia, Valga County Development Agency and ERR support the event.

Carrying the title of European Capital of Culture is the largest
interdisciplinary cooperation project between Tartu and Southern Estonian local
governments and the top event of Estonia in 2024. It is the largest cultural
event in Europe.

The event has been organised in accordance with all the Covid-19 rules. All
artists and choir members have been vaccinated. Please enjoy the Song Festival
from home in case of any symptoms.

European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 programme will be implemented by the
City of Tartu together with 19 Southern Estonian municipalities: Antsla Parish,
Elva Parish, Kambja Parish, Kanepi Parish, Kastre Parish, Luunja Parish, Nõo
Parish, Otepää Parish, Peipsiääre Parish, Põlva Parish, Rõuge Parish, Räpina
Parish, Setomaa Parish, Tartu Parish, Tõrva Parish, Valga Parish, Viljandi
town, Võru town and Võru Parish.

Additional information:
Monika Otrokova, Otepää parish Communications Manager, [email protected], +372 505 8970
Krõõt Filippov, Tartu 2024 Communications Manager, [email protected],
+372 5817 4399