Old Estonians were clever, clever people. They knew that dancing had a powerful and magical influence on the surrounding world. The fact has been kept in mind throughout the centuries and folk dancers in Tartu County are especially unstoppable. They gather – in fact a good few hundreds of them – in the middle of sometimes freezing Estonian winter right on the slippery cobbles of Tartu Town Hall Square where the audience`s world cannot escape the magic either.
This will again be the case on 16 December 2017 when at 1 p.m. dancers from Tartu and Tartu County perform Estonian folk dances and simple group dances on Town Hall Square of Tartu.
Come and see and perhaps even participate (if you so wish!) in some of the most loved Estonian folk dances!
Indrek Kalda, a violinist, will add to the magic and a folk dance specialist, a teacher and lecturer Vaike Rajaste will tie the event together.
The whole celebration is directed by Kati Grauberg-Longhurst.
(A great backdrop to the event is conveniently provided by Christmas City Tartu – a very special meeting place right on Town Hall Square that is always worth the visit!)
Dancers will have probably lifted your spirits up to a point where you don`t wish to depart them, so do follow them to Gunpowder Cellar where the folk dance party will continue from 2 til 4 p.m. Ants Järv and Raul Roosiväli, much loved concertina players, will take it from there.
If you wish to prepare yourself by the help of Youtube for all the awesomeness:
“Kägara“ – Wintry Tarty Folk Dance Day 2016
“1-2-3-4-5-6-7“ – Wintry Tarty Folk Dance Day 2016