Extra Programme

Runo Song Nest

Thu  16:00; 18:00
Fri    14:00; 16:00; 18:00
Sat   14:00; 16:00; 18:00
Sun  14:00; 16:00

“From tribe to tribe”

Estonia  has been a home for a dozen different tribes, each with its own language, traditions and songs. But a “tribe” may also refer to a smaller circle of relatives, for example a wedding has been a pact between two tribes, those of the groom and the bride. Different tribes with their contradictions, interactions and influences are the reality that has existed on our land for centuries, so we don’t have to look far to find multicultural diversity. We’ve regretted the pluralism of languages and tribes that have seemingly prevented us from achieving unity and strength. But isn’t focusing on unity something that the great nations have actually taught us? History shows examples of tribal lands where foreign invaders have found many small, disguised, appearing and disappearing opponents who’ve stood more successfully against the foreign rulers, than one apparently strong central authority that can be struck down in one single blow. The resistance means learning and adapting, the local tribes here have always known that, long before the arrival of foreign powers. So let’s take a tour of our homeland to find the traces of viable tribes in old songs!

Night University – Good story

Indrek Koff
THU 25.07 21.00 / Chamber Hall of Traditional Music Center

What is the essence that makes a story come alive? Writer and translator Indrek Koff talks about storytelling from the perspective of a man of letters.

Sunset walk 

Peep Tobreluts
FRI 26.07 20.00 / start in front of the Kondas Center (Pikk tn. 8)

Viljandi and water. Lake and river. Has there ever been water in the castle moats? Can you drink spring water? The town of Viljandi and Folk Music Festival exist thanks to the water. During the walk we can discuss about a well-known folk song were a bast shoe, a bladder and a straw tried to come from Tartu to Viljandi but couldn’t get over the river Emajõgi. This well-known good story is the center and the root of the walk. All the strollers get to make their own drinking straw and the cleverest ones can even make a reed pipe. The walk will end at sunset. The walk is guided by the nature man Peep Tobreluts.

The walk is guided in Estonian.

Night walk 

Peep Tobreluts
FRI 26.07 01.00 
on the second night of the festival, at the end of Friday’s programme start in front of the Kondas Center (Pikk tn. 8)

The walk starts at one o’clock when the concerts have ended and the sleepless romantics want to wander into the sunrise. We walk through the sleeping town while the guide tells good stories to bear in mind. The walk is guided by the nature man Peep Tobreluts. NB! We can only take a maximum of 15 people on the walk and under -18s are only allowed to join with adult supervision. First come, first served so arrive early!

The walk is guided in Estonian.

Walks with Ott Sandrakuga

FRI 26.07 13.00 / 16.00, SAT 27.07 13.00 / 16.00
Price : 5 € / Free for children under 12 (included)
NB! The tickets for the walk have to be purchased in advance from the ticket office. The ticket will include information about where and when the walk will start. No tickets are sold on site.

The historian and storyteller Ott Sandrak takes you for a walk to show you places with mysterious histories accompanied by juicy stories of people who have been involved with these places and the historical events which have taken place in the town throughout several centuries. The walk will last for approximately an hour and a half. The walks take different routes.

The walks are guided in Estonian.