Lastega ja lastele

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A song and dance festival full of stripy skirts – with shelter kids in the middle of it all!

Big is only big and little is only little when you place the two side-by-side. When you’re very young, the world can seem a whole lot bigger than it does when you grow up. A little nation can be really big, too, even when it seems really small and the world beyond so huge.

It’s a hot, sunny Sunday, and Tallinn is full of youngsters in national costume. Thousands upon thousands of people have gathered at the Song Festival Grounds – and among them are children from shelters in Ida-Viru County, Tartu, Harju County and Tallinn. All there to take part in and enjoy the 11th Youth Song and Dance Festival.

The grassy slope at the Song Festival Grounds is home to ‘campsites’ erected ahead of time as gathering points and picnic areas for the kids taking part, to give them somewhere to ward off the rumbling off empty stomachs.

Guided by volunteers from a club set up to support the SEB Heategevusfond /Charity Fund/, the children got the most out of the day – following the words to the songs in the songbooks, singing along, watching the dancing, admiring the costumes, making their own handicrafts and (of course) enjoying an ice cream or two!

It was a long day, and 6-year-old Karina let out a big yawn at one point and said: “I normally take a nap during the day, but there’s no way I’m taking one today!” Not even the shade of the trees could entice her to take a catnap. Watching the dancers, however exhausted from their days of rehearsals and performances, she couldn’t understand why anyone would want to take a nap at such an event – there was so much going on and so much to see and do!

Just before the Song and Dance Festival the confectioners Marmiton had donated a huge number of chocolate bars to the charity fund to distribute among the children – and they were more than grateful! Not only did they get to enjoy the singing and dancing, but they got to eat as many sweets as they liked. Many said it was the best day of their lives!

While the music at the festival failed to excite some of the children, the electricity in the air and sense of togetherness among the enormous crowd gave all of them something to remember for a long time to come. I’m sure they’ve gained an appreciation of just how big, how important and how special the Song and Dance Festival truly is!

Triin Lumi

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