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Viljandi Folk Music Festival now offers comfortable camping

Viljandi Folk Music Festival comfort camping

For the first time this year, the visitors of the Viljandi Folk Music Festival will be able to enjoy an overnight camping, arriving with just two hands in their pockets. The XXIX Viljandi Folk Music Festival, which will take place on July 28-31, will feature 18 foreign and more than 40 Estonian musicians or bands.

The theme of the festival is “Roots and Treetops”, and alongside a very varied line-up of foreign performers and well-known Estonian musicians, you will enjoy numerous fresh and new collaborations, including some that have been put together especially for the festival. For the first time, there will be a separate programme of author's songs, and these concerts will take place on Friday and Saturday in St Paul's Church.

If you would like to book a comfortable camping stay, please send your request by the 20th of July the latest by emailing Please state the day of your arrival and departure.

Comfortable camping means that a tent, complete with a mattress and a sleeping bag, will be waiting for you when you arrive at the festival, already set up in the camping site by St Paul's Church. All the camping equipment is new and must be returned to the organisers when you leave the festival. You do not need to pack the tent up yourself. The price of the package is €75 per tent, regardless of whether the tent is used by one or two people and how many nights they stay. A tent can accommodate two people — so if, for example, a camping package is used by two people staying from Thursday to Monday, one night for one person will cost just under €10.

“With such an offer, we are addressing the concerns of people who are late in booking their accommodation, who are excited to come to the festival but can't find the energy to manage all the organisational aspects of camping,” noted Hannele Känd, the festival's head of accommodation. “We'll do the work for them. They'll simply have a romantic or a nostalgic camping experience in the next to St Paul's Church gleaming in a moonlit night.”

The camping site is located by St Paul's Church and, as before, overnight guests are welcome to bring their own tent and sleeping equipment. Such a place should also be booked in advance.

The camp will open at 12 o’clock noon on Thursday the 28th of July and close at 10 am on Monday the 1st of August. The camp will be open 24 hours a day, with lights out at 23:00.

In addition to the tents, the waldorftudula offers affordable accommodation to the visitors of the festival. It is a sleeping place in the classrooms of the Viljandi Waldorf School (Lutsu 3), where you need to bring your own sleeping bag. Mattresses are available in the school building. Prices start from 22 euros per person. Please contact, if you would like to stay there.

More information about the accommodation offered by the Viljandi Folk Music Festival here.

This year, Viljandi Folk Music Festival passes and day passes will be available for purchase. Individual tickets will not be sold for individual concerts, except for the author's song programme in St Paul's Church. The main area of the festival in the castle hills is accessible with a festival pass (including a day pass), while the surrounding perimeter area with the food street, the green stage, and the Vabaduse Square stage is accessible with a discounted base ticket.

Photo credit: Caspar Aru