Song Festival Week in Kumu

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Tõnu Virve. Estonian Woman. 1975. Art Museum of Estonia

In honour of the 12th Youth Song and Dance Celebration, the Kumu Art Museum will be celebrating Song Festival Week. From Tuesday to Thursday, visitors will have achance to participate in tours of the exhibition Conductors of Colour. Music and Modernity in Estonian Art. From the first song festival through the Singing Revolution and beyond, music has played a fundamental role in Estonian history, culture and identity. If every bird has its own song, as the Estonian saying goes, what of the artist? What is the role of the painter in a society of “singing people”? The exhibition Conductors of Colour explores such questions, revealing how music and sound – from the ancient strumming of Vanemuine’s golden kannel and chants of regilaulud to the modern clatter of cafés and abstraction of the Jazz Age – have transformed modern visual culture in Estonia. During Song Festival Week, we will also be exploring the relationship of music and visual arts in an open workshop.

Tour schedule:

In Estonian
27 June, Tuesday, at 4 pm
28 June, Wednesday, at 4 pm
29 June, Thursday, at 6 pm

In Russian
27 June, Tuesday, at 2 pm
28 June, Wednesday, at 2 pm

In English
29 June, Thursday, at 4 pm

Open workshop
29 June, Thursday, 1 to 4 pm

Participation with a museum pass. Present a ticket to the 12th Youth Song and Dance Celebration and get a discount ticket. For Song and Dance Celebration participants, tickets are only €3.00 if you’re wearing a wristband.