Tallinn Music Week: changing times call for resilience and innovation

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Tallinn Music Week: changing times call for resilience and innovation

In changing times, you have to do things differently. One area, where changes have been felt especially acutely is the cultural industry. Initially set to take place in March, the international new music and city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) will now take place on 27-29 August in a novel hybrid format. This means that digital participation is possible for those, who cannot participate due to travel restrictions.  

TMW, the “festival for tomorrow’s music and ideas”, brings together different artforms and civic activism, while shining the spotlight on new and noteworthy music from Estonia and abroad. Focalised to the Telliskivi and Noblessner areas, the music programme includes the best new Estonian artists, as well as notable international acts, such as the Danish rock band Iceage, British duo The KVB, and the Finnish jazz supergroup Jarmo Saari Republic.

The range of topics covered at TMW’s Creative Impact Conference covers issues from practical questions to cross-disciplinary future concepts. The challenges that have hit the industry this year will be discussed by representatives from the music and culture industry, as well as policymakers, across three main topics: Music Industry 2.0, Neighbours, and the role of culture in Sustainable Development Goals with a special focus on Resilience and Leading Change.

Estonian Academy of Arts

Photo by: Tõnu Tunnel

TMW’s free city programme offers a lot of discovery from public talks to art exhibitions, from North Tallinn gourmet to exploring the districts of Kopli and Lasnamäe. In addition, on 26-27 August, Station Narva, TMW’s sister festival, will take place at the eastern border of Estonia.

Since TMW is one of the first music festivals in Europe to even happen this summer, the health and safety related solutions developed here will be watched by many, who organise cultural events.

Summertime and warm weather also mean that shows could be moved outdoors, so for the first time in TMW history, the public can enjoy evening showcases outside. A large outdoor stage will be built in the Telliskivi Creative City, which will host the festival’s opening night as well as some of the showcases with a larger public. In cooperation with Visit Estonia, disinfectants will be provided at all venues. The organisers will also see that the capacity at indoors venues will not exceed 50% and the public is sufficiently dispersed. Although restrictions on gatherings were increased, TMW will keep smaller capacities (700 indoors, 1500 outside).

Telliskivi Creative City

Photo by: Linda Liis Eek
Last updated : 05.08.2020

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