NPO Tartu Üliõpilasmaja
23 June 2018
The Gaudeamus international student festival continues today in Tartu, but tickets for tonight’s ‘The Mystery of Midsummer Eve’ dance performance have already sold out. The organisers want to stress that it is advisable to buy tickets for tomorrow’s ‘The Songs of Midsummer’ song celebration in advance to avoid long queues.
“Although tickets for the dance performance have been sold out, today’s festival programme still offers significant buzz. We have set up a music stage near the Leaning House in Tartu’s Town Hall Square, and a number of fine groups will bring joy to the audience on the dance stage in front of the Kissing Students fountain,” said Kulno Kungla, project manager of Gaudeamus.
Von Dorpat, a group that fuses Estonian lyrics with white soul music; the Popsid original concert and dance orchestra; and Janua Nianse from Latvia will perform on the music stage. Dancers from JJ-Street, the largest street dance school in Estonia, and Duende studio will perform on the dance stage. The free programme runs from 12.15 to 15.30. At 17.30, a 250-member Lithuanian folk music ensemble will give a free concert at the Estonian National Museum.
Tomorrow, on 24 June, the ‘The Songs of Midsummer’ song celebration will be held at the Tartu Song Festival Grounds. The concert, one of the key events of Gaudeamus, will begin at 16.00 and link choral music to the film and performing arts. The strongest student choirs of the Baltic States will present a lively programme dedicated to Midsummer Day, and the audience will also be surprised by new music.
“Indrek Hargla has created four stories that should make us all think about the true meaning of Midsummer Day. The stories are quite serious and sad at times, but not without brighter moments. Our desire is, above all, to reflect on this magical time and to show the real spirit of this celebration, which is greater than the sausage-grilling festival it has turned into,” commented director Ain Mäeots.
The Estonian Food Street will be open on the Song Festival Grounds, where the best South Estonian flavours will be offered.
Kuno Kerge is the artistic director of the ‘The Songs of Midsummer’ song celebration and Maarja Meeru is the artist. Actors performing in the short films include Birgit Sarrap, Margus Jaanovits, Maarja Jakobson, Liisa Saaremäel, Karl Laumets, Veiko Porkanen and others. Tickets for the ‘The Songs of Midsummer’ performance are available at Piletilevi.
The project is being supported by Estonia 100, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Culture, the City of Tartu, the Rectors Conference, the University of Tartu, the Estonian University of Life Sciences and the Estonian National Museum.
Photo: Heikki Leis