Mikk Saar. Photo: Tallinn Music Week.

Tampere proudly presents: Jesse Markin and other stars at the opening night of Tallinn Music Week

Tampere Hall and the Tampere 2026 European Capital of Culture bid and Tampere Hall are teaming with Tallinn Music Week to curate the festival’s opening night at Fotografiska Tallinn on Thursday, 27 August. Among the performers is for example Jesse Markin, one of the brightest new stars from Tampere Region, winner of the two Emma prizes and winner of the Teosto prize. Markin was born in Liberia and he grew up in Ylöjärvi, just beside Tampere, so he is a real example of the modern, multicultural spirit of Pirkanmaa.

TMW has been repeatedly chosen to the TOP 10 of the music festivals in the whole world. Although the festival will be a bit smaller this year due to COVID-19 pandemics – for example the performers from Great Britain and Germany will not be able to attend this festival – it is still a great honour for Tampere to be the partner of this festival. Tampere has also had great visibility in Estonian media. A good story was published in Pealinn magazine.

“I have been travelling to Tampere for music and culture as long as I can remember. I have always been inspired by the story of an industrial city that has re-invented itself from a working-class town into a contemporary hub for business, arts and culture. The programmes we have put together with the teams of Tampere2026 and Tampere Hall showcase excellent Finnish and Estonian talent and and the story of equality is something the whole world to take inspiration from! We wish Tampere 2026 much luck with working towards the title, fingers crossed!” festival director Helen Sildna says about Tampere.

TMW praises Tampere in their press release: “The Tampere 2026 team is working towards Tampere and its surrounding region becoming the European Capital of Culture in the year 2026. Their vision of sustainability and equality in their work is in perfect resonance with TMW 2020 topics, and both partners are also working towards raising awareness about the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

Jesse Markin.


Tampere Region is applying to be the European Capital of Culture in 2026. The other candidates from Finland are Savonlinna and Oulu.

At the same opening concert Tallinn also celebrates 30 years of Tampere Hall, 75 years of Moomins and 90 years of Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Tampere Hall also has a pop-up shop in Fotografiska offering some unique products of Moomin Museum.

The opening night is at the Fotografiska. Other performers are Suistamon Sähkö and Tapani Rinne from Finland and Puuluup, Kadri Voorand with Mihkel Mälgand and Anna Kaneelina from Estonia.

Tampere also hosts the church concert on Saturday. In church TampereRaw presents Minna Canth – Woman’s Destiny, a composition by Cecilia Damström.