Tallinn Music Week

27 Mar – 2 Apr 2017

TMW is one of Europe’s leading city festivals with a carefully crafted line-up of various art forms for a curious mind

Maria Faust has been awarded with the prestigious Danish culture prize

Denmark-based Estonian saxophone player and composer Maria Faust has been awarded with the prestigious Danish culture prize the Niels Matthiasens Mindelegat on 25th April. The award has been named after Niels Matthiasen, the long-term minister of culture of Denmark who served from 1971 to 1973 and from 1975 to 1980. The award has been previously […] Read more…
28th April 2016

TMW 2016 artist prize Telliskivi Creative City Award goes to I Wear* Experiment

Tallinn Music Week’s annual artist award goes to the Estonian electronica trio I Wear* Experiment. The prize, presented for the first time by the festival’s partner Telliskivi Creative City, includes 4000 euros, supporting the winners’ chance to further their potential for international breakthrough. The winner of the award was selected by TMW music industry delegates […] Read more…
19th April 2016

Tallinn Music Week drew nearly 35000 visitors

The city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) presented 250 artists from 30 countries to 34 676 music fans. The festival also offered discoveries of the city space, architecture, film, art, food and public talks. More than 1000 delegates participated at the TMW music industry conference and Creativity for Change Forum. The eighth edition of TMW […] Read more…
6th April 2016

Music festival

Festival stage

Thursday, 31st March
Friday, 1st April
Saturday, 2nd April

An international line-up of around 200 artists will unfold in Tallinn’s best concert venues. Expect a multi-genre mix of regional headliners, up-and-coming names, cutting-edge acts, and established heavyweights from avant-garde to pop, from dance to metal to classical music.

View the full schedule here.

TMW is the only festival in the world that hosts a dedicated programme for virtually every music genre, including an extensive programme of classical music – composers, ensembles, choirs, and individual artists and performers.

“Musically, Estonia or at least the capital Tallinn is a veritable hotspot for left-leaning artists and groups that come from the avant-garde.”

– Andrew Childs

The Festival Stage covers 30 venues, most within walking distance from each other. Make sure to get a festival pass or a delegates’ pass.

Festival passes guarantee access to all music festival venues on all three nights (31st March to 2nd April) as well as discounts and priority access to other TMW events (see festival pass rules here). Buy them from the online festival store at Single tickets for 2016 will be available from Estonian ticket vendor Piletilevi from 3rd February 2016.

“Tallinn Music Week is a musical melting pot. It’s bubbling over. The festival is also set apart by the range of music on offer: classical showcases, Estonian Voices, choir, jazz and folk complement all the pop-rock-metal-indie-dance variants expected at any showcase festival.”

– Kieron Tyler, the Arts Desk

We recommend you to also take part of the City stage programme in the afternoons – these are free pop-up concerts and special sets by festival acts in cafés, galleries, design studios, and private homes. We designed the City stage programme to bring music to unusual places. This is our way to show you around in Tallinn and visit some of our favourite hangouts.

Photo: Marianne Ubaleht

Photo: Marianne Ubaleht

Tallinn Music Week’s musical programme will be announced on 3rd February, 2016. The diverse programme is curated by a broad team of local and international music experts, based on artist applications received.

As the embodiment of the festival’s multi-genre approach, the first Classical Music Rave in the Nordic Baltic region, by concept of Brendan Jan Walsh, took place within TMW 2015 programme, merging classical music, Estonian composers’ works and DJ culture.

Among the most notable international acts who have performed at the festival are Vashti Bunyan (UK), Public Service Broadcasting (UK), All we Are (UK), Motorama (RU), Kate Boy (SWE) Mirel Wagner (FI), Rubik (FI) and many more.

Among the Estonian acts who have successfully tested their breakthrough potential at the festival and have won TMW’s annual artist award (Skype Award 2009-2014, Wire Prize 2015), are Popidiot (2009), Iiris (2010), Ewert and the Two Dragons (2011), Talbot (2012), Elephants From Neptune (2013), Odd Hugo (2014), and Maarja Nuut (2015).

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