2019 Guest Review: James Higa

Laulupidu is quite beyond what you can imagine. Hearing or reading about a ‘song and dance festival’ is one thing. The sheer majesty and scale, and the powerful outpouring of joy, will astonish. Music, dance, culture, digital government and social impact, meeting with government leaders, culinary delights, every city view a picturesque postcard; this trip checks all of these boxes. And most of all the fellowship and conservation of the people you will meet makes for an experience of a lifetime. 

James is the Executive Director of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation and Founder & Managing Director of Offline Venture. Previously, Senior Director in the Office of the CEO at Apple Inc., reporting directly to Steve Jobs. Board Member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee

2019 Guest Review: Michael A. Keller and Carol A. Lawrence

How thrilled we have been to be present for the marvelous performances at the Laulupidu and the Tantsupidu of both 2014 and 2019. We, trained choral singers, along with our musical family members thoroughly enjoyed all the performances in each venue. To see thousands of dancers stepping to Estonian music is thrilling. To hear thousands of singers performing new and traditional music has provided new appreciation of the power of many well trained voices singing their hearts out. Both of these events have impressed us with this most meaningful expression of the patriotism of the cumulative hundreds of thousands of performers and citizens in the audiences. These are most moving occasions. We look forward to the 2025 Laulupidu and Tantsupidu!

Michael is Stanford University Vice Provost and University Librarian

2019 Guest Review: George Savage

We made our first trip to Estonia in 2019 for the Estonian Song Festival – Laulupidu – and the accompanying dance festival. Laulupidu is one of the largest choral events in the world. But this impressive statistic undersells the event. Imagine tens of thousands of singers and dancers of all ages coming together to celebrate freedom and life itself.  Imagine hundreds of thousands of spectators participating in the music. Imagine a crowd radiant, transported by beautiful music, fellowship, and fine summer weather.

Stop imagining and join in for Laulupidu 2025!

George is President at Windmill Partners LLC

Program 1-7 July 2025

The curated program includes a Welcome Reception with the President and private visits to governmental offices; private tours of Vabamu and other top Estonian museums; meetings designed to give a unique insight to Estonian digital success story; opportunities to explore Estonia’s wonderful nature and of course, visits to XXVIII Song and Dance festival. The program highlights can be found here: Laulupidu 2025 program

(Picture of President Kersti Kaljulaid welcoming guests to Estonia)

Amongst other activities, the participants are invited to unique and exclusive events, such as a reception with the Estonian tech scene and scientific community at Vabamu.

Vabamu’s curated program for the 2019 Song Festival included meetings with President Kersti Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas as well as a reception at Vabamu with local business and political leaders.

(Picture of Prime Minister Jüri Ratas at a reception at Stenbock House)

Package includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation in double occupancy room, see more here.
  • admission to Song and Dance festival
  • 5-day program full of events and activities

Prices start from 2999 EUR per person, available rooms and package prices can be found here. 

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience Estonia. The attendance is limited to 50 couples or 100 guests in total, to join the waiting list, please use the email link below.

2019 Guest Review: Michael A. Keller and Carol A. Lawrence

How thrilled we have been to be present for the marvelous performances at the Laulupidu and the Tantsupidu of both 2014 and 2019. We, trained choral singers, along with our musical family members thoroughly enjoyed all the performances in each venue. To see thousands of dancers stepping to Estonian music is thrilling. To hear thousands of singers performing new and traditional music has provided new appreciation of the power of many well trained voices singing their hearts out. Both of these events have impressed us with this most meaningful expression of the patriotism of the cumulative hundreds of thousands of performers and citizens in the audiences. These are most moving occasions. We look forward to the 2025 Laulupidu and Tantsupidu!

Michael is Stanford University Vice Provost and University Librarian

2019 Guest Review: George Savage

We made our first trip to Estonia in 2019 for the Estonian Song Festival – Laulupidu – and the accompanying dance festival. Laulupidu is one of the largest choral events in the world. But this impressive statistic undersells the event. Imagine tens of thousands of singers and dancers of all ages coming together to celebrate freedom and life itself.  Imagine hundreds of thousands of spectators participating in the music. Imagine a crowd radiant, transported by beautiful music, fellowship, and fine summer weather.

Stop imagining and join in for Laulupidu 2025!

George is President at Windmill Partners LLC

2019 Guest Review: James Higa

Laulupidu is quite beyond what you can imagine. Hearing or reading about a ‘song and dance festival’ is one thing. The sheer majesty and scale, and the powerful outpouring of joy, will astonish. Music, dance, culture, digital government and social impact, meeting with government leaders, culinary delights, every city view a picturesque postcard; this trip checks all of these boxes. And most of all the fellowship and conservation of the people you will meet makes for an experience of a lifetime. 

James is the Executive Director of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation and Founder & Managing Director of Offline Venture. Previously, Senior Director in the Office of the CEO at Apple Inc., reporting directly to Steve Jobs. Board Member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee