Tallinn Music Week 2021, Estonia
September 29 - October 3
€50 – €200
Tallinn with its stunning medieval centre, dating from 1248, and its thriving galleries, restaurants and bars is a must for the traveller. However for one week it is transformed into one of Europe’s most eclectic contemporary music festivals – the Tallinn Music Week, part of the Baltic nation’s festival season.
The festival will feature 155 artists from 19 countries, alomost 100 of them from Estonia.
Headlining the festival will be US noiseniks A Place To Bury Strangers (see main image) and DVS1, the Icelandic techno-punks Hatari with Palestinian civil rights activist and musician Bashir Murad, and Finnish accordionist Antti Paalanen.
The opening night (30 September) will see two world premieres at the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads.
Composer Liisa Hõbepappel (Estonia) will present a piece written specially for the festival, performed by Trio ‘95.
‘Themes For Great Cities: Tallinn’ is a composition by Jonas Kaarnamets and Erki Pärnoja (both Estonia), Jonas Bjerre (Denmark) and Alex Maiolo (US) involving ambient and industrial sounds suitable to the host city.
Other artists and bands performing at this year’s festival include: Evija Vebere, Garbanotas, Centre El Muusa at the fine-art photography centre Fotografiska Tallinn.
Over recent years the concept behind The Tallinn Music Week has broadened out. Always seen as combining Eastern, Western and Central European contemporary music, it now also encompasses art, design and ideas, with the aim of stimulating the understanding of modern culture. The other festival elements are a music industry conference at Nordic Hotel Forum and HALL, public talks, an art programme, music workshops for children and special events in the district of Lasnamäe.
Tallinn Music Week
The centre-piece of the Week is the three-day music festival. 155 artists from 19 countries will perform across the festival, withssome free events throughout the city, together with food and craft beer.
The aim of the festival is not only to share and promote cultural interests but to also make the event user friendly for its many visitors. To this effect all venues used will be within a short walking distance of the main hubs: the Telliskivi Creative Hub and the Port Noblessner.
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When is the Tallinn Music Week 2021
The 13th edition will be held from 29 September to 3 October. The central hubs will be at the Telliskivi Creative City and Port Noblessner. The TMW Conference will be held at the Talinn Teachers’ House in the Old Town. It will have a day focused on Estonian music.
Tallinn Music Week 2021 Programme
Further details of performing artists can be found here.
Tallinn Music Week Tickets
A Festival Pass costs €55, (€65 from 1 September), a PRO Pass (on-site and online conference and festival pass) €150 euros (€200 from 27 September) and DigiPRO Pass (online participation at the conference €50 euros (€75 from 1 September). You can purchase them via shop.tmw.ee.
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For more information on Tallinn Music Week
For everything else you need to know about the Week, click here. Photos provided by the Tallinn Music Festival.
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