The need of the working people to express themselves

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“Through years the need of the working people to express themselves in the most popular and democratic form by the way of music, has been growing. In towns and villages the young and old gather after their daily work to rehearse choral songs for the next Song Festival, to be performed on the huge Song Festival dais built in Tallinn on the slope of Lasnamägi (architects A. Kotli, H. Sepmann, E. Paalmann) in 1960.”

– R. Pangsepp, Soviet Estonia, Eesti Raamat, Tallinn, 1985