5 reasons to visit Tallinn Music Week

Source: Aron Urb

5 reasons to visit Tallinn Music Week

There is probably no other festival like Tallinn Music Week (TMW) with such a comprehensive music programme with styles ranging from folk to electronic and from classical to metal and where you can meet both established artists and emerging future artists. In previous five years the opening speech of the TMW conference was given by the president of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, a man known as the living encyclopaedia of pop culture, and this year the opening speech will be given by Kersti Kaljulaid who was inaugurated last autumn.

What the festival offers in 2017?

  • This year's festival's leitmotif is sustainable development and related principles from clean technology to promoting equality. In addition to diverse music programme that is open to all styles, the festival contemplates on the effects of creativity and innovation in the society.
  • For the first time TMW presents children's and youth programme – playful workshops for kids and authentic „teenage kicks" parties and public talks from youth to youth.
  • With joint forces of party series like AUX, Mürk (Poison) and Isola, a three-day non-stop dance marathon called Balti Jaama Tunnel (Tunnel of the Baltic Station) will be organised as a new party format. More new venues and sharp organisers have joined the festival this year than ever before.
  • TMW educational programme or conference and public talks programme are surely one of the most content-rich among its kind in the world. TMW conference doesn't gather only representatives of the music industry but also specialists of creative and technological industries and policy makers.

Island restaurant in the capital

TMW pop-up restaurant will open its doors once again in the Design and Architecture Gallery, where the menu is prepared by Hiiumaa's soul-food restaurant Ungru. There you also have the possibility to listen to public talks on exciting topics from music medium formats to future scenarios of urban development while enjoying your meal.

Discover the city!

Free afternoon concerts take place in cafes, galleries, bookshops, nice people's homes and other unusual places across town. TMW is also moving outside to greet the spring – an architectonic project that enlivens urban space takes place in collaboration with the students of interior architecture and urban planning of the Estonian Academy of Arts.


Evening concerts and parties take place in the best clubs and concert halls. Free city stage concerts take place in cafes, galleries, record and bookshops, couple of homes and other unusual places across town.
This year's new festival venues include Balti Jaama paviljon (pavilion of the Baltic Station), Vene Kultuurikeskus (centre of Russian culture), Vene Teater (Russian Theatre) and many new restaurants and corners undiscovered by the general public. The restaurant programme „TMW Tastes" includes some of the city's coziest eateries from Tuljak to Pirosmani, the king of Georgian kitchen in Nõmme.

What recognitions has the festival received?

Last autumn the popular British web edition of The Independent compiled a list of music and entertainment events worth visiting during the winter season. Among the selection, TMW was nominated as one of the best festivals. In the autumn of 2014 British quality newspapers The Guardian and The Observer placed TMW in the top 5 of world's best winter festivals.

  • 2011: „Best new event" award at The Great Escape music conference
  • 2012: „Best hotel and conference centre" – TMW official hotel Nordic Hotel Forum
  • 2014: „Best host" – award for introducing Tallinn
  • 2014: Tampere Music Award – TMW founder and leader Helen Sildna

It is worth keeping your eyes and ears open during the festival week – in addition to pre-announced programme you may hear sudden news about some unprecedented secret concert, urban space action or endeavour which defies time and space.

Last updated : 12.11.2018
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