30th Tallinn Old Town Days to start on Saturday

27. May 2011

According to Aini Härm, Head of the Tallinn City Centre Administration, the motto of this year`s Old Town Days is “Open-Hearted City”. “The motto of jubilee days carries the message of hospitality of this old Hanseatic town, but also the discovery that nature and human creation have given our famous old town the shape of a heart.

Everyone who has seen the panorama of the old town from a bird`s eye view has experienced this strange whim of nature and human activities. The works of Arne Maasik clearly showed it at a photographic exhibition during last year`s Old Town Days. Those photos that captured the shape of a heart gave inspiration to choosing the motto and designing the logo of the 30th Old Town Days,” Härm explained.

The most remarkable performers of the Old Town Days are the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra St. Petersburg Symphonieta, Police and Border Guard Orchestra, Rein Rannap, Svjata Vatra, a Turkish band Baba Zula, theatres from Hungary and Korea and Royal OperaJazz.

There will be dozens of fascinating concerts, performances, fairs, lectures and excursions. The Old Town Days festival will undoubtedly become the cultural highlight of the summer, both for the locals and thousands of visitors. There will be plenty to do for people of all ages and interests, the joy of discovery for the natives of Tallinn as well as visitors from near and far. The “Tallinn Treff” performing arts festival, organised by The Estonian Puppet and Youth Theatre, will add a more international dimension to the Old Town Days by hosting theatre groups from many foreign countries.

According to the festival`s tradition, the 30th Old Town Days are divided into theme days. 29 May is Church Day when visitors can learn about medieval sacral buildings in Tallinn. The day will end with a Night prayer in Dominican Monastery, starting at 22:00.

On Sports Day, 30 May, the traditional „RatRace“ will run through the Old Town.  Theatre Day on 31 May will have a final accord with a concert by Royal OperaJazz, presenting Susann Végh (Royal Swedish Opera,  mezzo-soprano), Rene Soom (Estonian National Opera, baritone), Janne Sevtshenko (Estonian National Opera, soprano), Priit Volmer (Estonian National Opera, bass) and the Toivo Unt Jazz Quartet.

The closing act of the Children`s Day on 1 June will be the Police and Border Guard Orchestra on Town Hall Square. One culmination of the Old Town Days will justifiably be the performance of Rein Rannap`s rock cantatas “Beautiful Land” and “Heaven and Earth”, which will end the Music Day on 2 June.

Museum Day on 3 June will enable us to delve into the past, discover history and also offer us slightly lighter entertainment. A concert by the band HU will finish Museum Day. On 4 June visitors can see a real medieval knight tournament and enjoy glamorous beauty at a Flower Ball. Estonian National Symphony Orchestra will perform at the final concert on 5 June on Town Hall Square to close the week of festivities. As usual, there will also be a colourful programme of events on the National Cultures’ Stage on Towers’ Square.

The 30th Tallinn Old Town Days will take place from 28 May to 5 June, allowing the visitors to see hundreds of high-quality concerts, performances and other events.