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Welcome to our newsletter #3!

It's time for the EUROPA CANTAT XX Newsletter #3! We've got some exciting news to share with you, keep introducing to you the festival venues and the people behind the festival, share some recommendations from our young singers and conductors about hidden gems in Tallinn and much more to keep you excited about EUROPA CANTAT festival in Tallinn 2018! Last but not least we keep continuing teaching some very important words in Estonian!

Enjoy!

The first conductors have already confirmed their participation at the EUROPA CANTAT XX festival in Tallinn 2018!
Among the confirmed conductors are the beloved British conductor Bob Chilcott (pictured), Grammy-awarded conductors Tõnu Kaljuste (Estonia) and Ragnar Bohlin (Sweden), Gospel music expert, lecturer and conductor Raymond Wise (USA), the great choral choreographer Panda van Proosdij (The Netherlands) and the member of the vocal group The Swingle Singers Kevin Fox (UK).
The whole EUROPA CANTAT team is very excited about it and looking forward to work together with them to give you the best choral experience in Tallinn 2018!

The full list of conductors will be published together with the programme in June 2017! 

The Music Commission met in Tallinn for final preparations for the atelier programme

On February 15th to 16th, the Music Commission held a meeting in the capital of Estonia to finalise the atelier programme for the EUROPA CANTAT XX festival in Tallinn 2018 and discuss some other details of the musical part of the festival. 
During the productive meeting the commission could also learn a bit more about the host city of 2018 and the locations for the festival. 

Get to know the host of the EUROPA CANTAT XX and the people behind the festival! 
Venue #3: Estonia Concert Hall
The Estonia Concert Hall is one of the most representative concert halls in Estonia. This neoclassical imposing building built in 1913, reconstructed 1947, is a symbol of Estonia’s political and cultural power. Traditionally, the most festive events are held here, including receptions of the President of Estonia and New Years Eve celebrations. The hall holds a special place among Estonians due to its importance in the history of Estonia - on 23 April 1919, the first Estonian Parliament – the Constituent Assembly of the Republic of Estonia – assembled in the concert hall of the “Estonia” theatre and in 1990, the Congress of Estonia gathered for the first time in this hall, which played an important role in the process of regaining the country's independence in 1991. No other hall in Estonia can compete with Estonia Concert Hall in combining history with flexibility and beauty with adaptability! 
Team Member #3: Burak Onur Erdem

Burak Onur Erdem is member of the board and of the Music Commission of European Choral Association - Europa Cantat. 
We asked him two questions about the upcoming festival!

What do you expect from the Europa Cantat XX Tallinn? 

There is no doubt that Tallinn has a special place in hearts of every choral singer and choral conductor because of its historical richness in choral tradition. It is a very exciting moment in history where the roads of Tallinn and Europa Cantat Festival cross and I am sure this will be a perfect combination. So, I expect that the chemistry of this festival will be very attractive for everybody. My personal highlights in the festival will be the performances in rather unusual venues for choirs and the event in the Song Celebration Grounds.

How do you feel about Tallinn? 
Every step you take in the city of Tallinn is full of history and culture. Many aspects of Tallinn could be put forward but I would especially like to point out the gracious and friendly character of Estonian people. Estonia has proved many times in history that it is a very special nation with very high human values. It is possible to feel this in the air of Tallinn. Whenever I go to Tallinn, no matter how cold the weather could be, the warm hearts of the people on the street, in the small shops, restaurants and cafes conquer my heart. I am sure, all the festival participants will feel the same way in Europa Cantat Festival 2018.

Excited about Tallinn, but you have no idea what to visit/to do/to see in Tallinn? Don't worry, our locals share some of their favourite spots and recommend some well and not so well known places in Tallinn!
KRISTIINA, 22, SINGER AT ESTONIAN YOUTH MIXED CHOIR 
Tallinn is the city of sea. One of the cosiest beaches in the outskirts of Tallinn is the Pirita beach. It's close to the Song Festival Grounds and it is easily accessible via public transport. During winter the sea is frozen, in spring it starts to melt and in summer you can enjoy and have fun in the sea which was recently completely frozen. The stormy autumn wind undulates the sea which results in a picturesque view. It's the same sea, but it's so diverse.
MARKUS, 18, SINGER AT YOUTH CHOIR MITTE-RIINIMANDA
My favourite place in Tallinn is Linnahall. I vaguely remember going there to watch a musical when it was still open, I was 6 years old at the time. The building seemed unbelievably massive and with an awesomely complex architecture. And to this day my opinions haven't changed. Linnahall was officially closed in 2009 and it looks like time has stopped there. It even looks like time has gone backwards there. I love how ghetto it looks. I'm currently thinking how to get a guided tour in it before the renovation starts. Maybe I'll get lucky...
Estonian is not an easy language, therefore it's the perfect time to start learning it! Every month we will teach you one very important Estonian word, so that you could master it in Tallinn 2018! 
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