Estonia

Kaie Tanner, Estonian Choir Conductor, on Song & Identity

Meet Kaie Tanner, an Estonian choir leader, choral conductor and manager, who talks about the role of music in Estonian culture, and how expressing their national identity through song has been an Estonian tradition for as long as memory serves.

Kaie Tanner, Estonian Choir Conductor, on Song & Identity

Muhu Island: An Oasis of Estonian Tradition

Explore Muhu, Estonia, one of the country’s islands with local Katrin Turr. Take a ferry ride across the Suur Strait & be transported to thatched roofs, Neo-Gothic manors and experience of the legacy of Russian influence.

Muhu Island: An Oasis of Estonian Tradition

Saaremaa, Estonia: An Island Window into the Singing Revolution

Welcome to Saaremaa, Estonia! This is Estonia’s biggest island, a place where you can explore the ruins of a Maasi fortress; Karja Church, the spa town of Kuressaare as well as get a unique view into Estonia’s fascinating history

Saaremaa, Estonia: An Island Window into the Singing Revolution

The Estonia Song Festival: Cultural Immersion in Tartu

Tartu is Estonia's 'Culture Capital', and I had come here to learn more about the Estonia Song Festival. Meet Uku and Kadi and let them guide you through the University of Tartu's 19th century Lock-Up, the Estonian National Awakening and insight into roots of Estonia's choral culture.

The Estonia Song Festival: Cultural Immersion in Tartu

Estonia's Singing Revolution & The Traditions of Seto People

Part of the singing revolution, Estonia Seto people are an ethnic minority whose land spans the southeastern Estonia and Russian borders. The Seto have incredibly rich customs that include brightly-patterned costumes, elaborate wedding traditions, their very own 'Kingdom' and spectacular festivals.

Estonia's Singing Revolution & The Traditions of  Seto People

Songs of the Seto, Estonia & the Cycle of Life

Meet the women of the Seto, Estonia and share culture through voice! Leelo singing is a tradition of the Seto people, an ethnic minority of southeastern Estonia. The members of the Leiko choir share their time-honored traditions

Songs of the Seto, Estonia & the Cycle of Life

Seto Leelo Choir of Varska Estonia

Enjoy folk and ethnic music? Click video link to listen to the traditional sounds of the Seto people of southeastern Estonia! Their leelo singing is an ancient polyphonic style of music that is part of Estonian heritage and has been recognized by UNESCO as an item of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Seto Leelo Choir of Varska Estonia

Faces of Estonia

Meet ‘Faces of Estonia’! Let BCD introduce you to Estonians who welcomed us across the country, from the capital of Tallinn, to the islands of Muhu, Saaremaa and Kihnu, to the port of Parnu, the culture capital of Tartu, the shores of Lake Peipsi, and Seto Kingdom in the southeastern corner.

Faces of Estonia

Maria Michelson on the Cultural Traditions of Kihnu Island, Estonia

Find out about the heritage and ancient practices of remote Kihnu Island, Estonia as we talk with Maria Michelson about Kihnu Island’s cultural traditions, which are inscribed on UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Maria Michelson on the Cultural Traditions of Kihnu Island, Estonia

Estonia’s Onion Route & The Old Believers

In southeastern Estonia, the Russian Old Believers live on the Onion Route; the history behind their chief crop on the Russian/Estonia border has roots in religious reforms. The Old Believer faith is in rich in traditions: clean & dirty sides of the house, sweet tea ceremony, patterns that tell life stories, symbolic grave markers & cherished Slavonic texts.

Estonia’s Onion Route & The Old Believers