Tampere goes to Tallinn!

Gorõ Lana & 1/2 Orchestra performing 2019. Photo: Tõnu Tunnel

Tampere invades Tallinn Music Week with music and an inspiring vision of equality

Tampere Hall and Tampere Region’s Capital of Culture bid 2026 are collaborating with Tallinn Music Week and proudly presenting the opening concert of TMW on March 26.

They are also hosting the TMW church concert of Finnish ensemble TampereRaw which plays music of Cecilia Damström. Damströms appraised composition is dedicated to the memory of an extraordinary finnish female influencer and writer, Minna Canth, who was also born in Tampere.

EDIT: Due to coronavirus the international new music festival and conference TMW is postponed until August. The new dates are 26 – 30 August. More information here.

Helen Sildna, the founder of Tallinn Music Week, praises the new collaboration with Tampere:

“Tampere being the cradle for the democratic rights to women in Europe is a powerful fact and an inspiring story on equality as well as the impact of arts and creativity.” 

Tampere Capital of Culture bid 2026 has chosen equality as the main theme of the bid. “The story of equality is for the whole world to take inspiration from!” says Helen Sildna.

Helen Sildna presented Tallinn Music Week programme. Photo: Patrik Tamm.


The Tampere Moomin Museum and Tampere Hall will also have a pop-up shop during the Tallinn Music Festival. The Tampere visions of sustainability and equality are also well presented in the conference section of TMW.

This “Tallinn Invasion” happens for several reasons: The largest conference center in Nordics, Tampere Hall is 30 years this year. The only Moomin Museum in the world is situated in the Tampere Hall, and it is now 75 years since the publishing of the first Moomin book. Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra is 90 years today.

And of course Tampere is working hard for the next big goal, the title of European Capital of Culture 2026.

“The Creative Impact Conference of TMW focuses on the transformative power of culture and creative industries, following the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. When applying to be the European Capital of Culture 2026 we naturally share the common interest on these themes. And of course it is a great opportunity to take part in such a fine festival”, says Eija Oravuo, the Project Manager of Capital of Culture bid of Tampere.

Helen Sildna also reminds about the work that Tampere Hall has done for sustainability: “As if this was not enough already, congratulations to Tampere Hall for becoming Finland’s first carbon-neutral concert and conference centre.”

“Tallinn Music Week has been named several times as one of the world’s best festivals, sometimes even as the only european festival. For us in Tampere-talo and Tampere it is a pleasure and honour to be able to celebrate our anniversary there. Tampere and Tallinn has a similar will to make the world a better place and great energy. Together we will have a great party. I am sure that after that all the people there will know at least 195 reasons to come to Tampere”, says Paulina Ahokas, the managing director of Tampere Hall. 

The line-up of Tallinn Music Week’s opening night in Fotografiska will include both the famous Finnish jazz guitarist Jarmo Saari’s supergroup, as well as Estonian Anna Kaneelina, who raked in four wins at this year’s Estonian Music Awards.

TampereRaw performs in an intimate and special concert venue, the church of the Tallinn Kalju Baptist Congregation in Kalamaja.

Anna Kaneelina. Photo: Kiur Kaasik.


The new music and city culture festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW), scheduled to take place on 25 – 29 March has confirmed 155 artists from 29 countries. 

New venues in the programme are Fotografiska Tallinn, the Noblessner foundry’s Nobel Hall and the Kai Art Center. This year the festival is also taking day trips to Lasnamäe and Paldiski.

Similarly to last year, the music programme will be concentrated mostly in the Telliskivi Creative City and Port Noblessner in North Tallinn. New exciting event venues in the programme are fine-art photography centre Fotografiska Tallinn, Noblessner foundry’s Nobel Hall and the Kai Art Centre. TMW also invites to join the weekend day-trips to the concrete high-rise district of Lasnamäe and to the coastal town of Paldiski.

In addition to the music festival, the TMW 2020 programme includes a two-day conference at the Estonian Academy of Arts, public talks, music-themed workshops for children, day trips, and city stage concerts in Talliinn’s Lasnamäe district and the city of Paldiski.

The yearly TMW festival is ranked among the very best of contemporary music festivals in the world. It attracts 20 000 visitors to hundreds of events.

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