Finland 100 concert in Estonia features a stellar line-up of artists
The main event of Finland 100 centenary celebrations in Estonia will take place on June 10th at 6 pm, on the Freedom Square in Tallinn. The big outdoor concert – a three-hour-long spectacle – will feature a luminous group of Finnish and Estonian musicians, who will perform Finnish and Estonian hit songs from different decades.
A record-breaking number of joint performances
The Finland 100 concert will feature a record-breaking number of Finnish Estonian duets, which include a performance by Vesa-Matti Loiri and Tõnis Mägi, the maestros of Finnish and Estonian music scenes. Mägi has had a great influence on Estonian music culture for decades, and had a significant role at the time when Estonia gained its independence.
Loiri, who is one of the best-known Finnish artists in Estonia, gained also popularity in Estonia in the 70s and 80s through several TV appearances.
To Loiri, himself, the success came as a surprise. “In 2010, at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, I received one of the most significant awards of my career,” Loiri says. “I was touched and delighted by people’s reactions. They stopped to talk to me on the streets and were grateful, kind, and enthusiastic.”
Mägi sees the joint performance with Loiri as unique: “I’m looking forward to our meeting!”
All of the top artists of the concert will perform together and create new interpretations of popular songs from each other’s countries. Finnish artists performing at the concert are Petri Laaksonen, Paleface, Ronya, Scandinavian Music Group, Tuomo, and Ailu Valle. Estonian artists include Chalice, Iiris, Mari Kalkun, Lenna, Jaan Pehk, Jüri Pootsmann, Stig Rästa, and Villu Tamme.
The artists will perform songs that are known in both countries. There will be some nostalgic highlights, while at the same time the focus will be on the future, too.
“We want to respect the longstanding cooperation between Finland and Estonia, but we are going to create new interpretations even of some iconic hit songs,” says Anna Laine, Programme Manager of the Finnish Institute in Estonia.
The concert will be broadcast live by the Estonian and Finnish public broadcasting companies, ETV and Yle Areena. Also, in honour of Finland’s centenary, public transport in Tallinn will be free of charge for Finns on June 9th and 10th.
Finland’s centenary is celebrated throughout Tallinn
Besides the Finland 100 concert, Tallinn is bursting with events around Finland 100 celebrations on June 10th.
For example, young Finnish and Estonian chamber musicians will perform in St. John’s Church, on the edge of the Freedom Square at 3 pm. Estonian History Museum’s Maarjamäe Palace will hold the 100 objects from Finland exhibition from June 10th to August 20th. Furthermore, Tallinn Street Food Festival and street performance festival TaDaa! will have Finland as their theme country. The festivals will take place in the Telliskivi Creative Arts City on June 10th and 11th.
On June 10th Finland and Estonia will also celebrate their centenaries by playing over a hundred friendly matches of football, futsal and beach football in Southern Finland and Estonia.