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Viljandi Folk Music Festival

Viljandi Folk Music Festival concentrates on cooperation, the tradition of making music together, accords, harmony, humane consideration of others and mutual respect.

Traditional music is played to accompany dancing at celebrations, to make the working day more enjoyable or journey go faster, etc. All of these are acts that are naturally taken together.

Viljandi Traditional Music Festival

Viljandi Traditional Music Festival

Viljandi Folk Music Festival showcases interesting and captivating ensemble examples worldwide, from both near and far. Be it delicious examples of pub jams from the British Isles*, vigorous violin bowing from Scandinavia, sizzling brass instrument sounds from the gipsies, enchanting rhythms from all continents, Estonian magnificent runo-songs, and much more.



Viljandi is a town and municipality in southern Estonia. It is the capital of Viljandi County and is geographically located between two major Estonian cities, Pärnu and Tartu.

The town was first mentioned in 1283, upon being granted its town charter by Wilhelm von Endorpe. The town became a member of the Hanseatic League at the beginning of the 14th century, and is one of five Estonian towns and cities in the league.

Viljandi is the white rose city – in midsummer there are 720 white roses flowering in front of the city hall, planted for the town's anniversary in 2003. In summer, the White Rose Day is celebrated in Viljandi.

The town is situated on the north-western shore of Lake Viljandi, which lies in the glacial valley. Green zones cover 27% of the town area. Public green areas cover about 418 ha, including 92 ha of parks. The largest is the nature-protected Castle Park, but also Valuoja Park, Kiigepark, Uueveski Park are worth mentioning.

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