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Tallinn Music Week unveils the first round of conference topics and speakers

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) has unveiled the first speakers along the core agenda of its ninth conference edition. The two-day conference, focusing on innovation, creative impact and sustainable development, will take place within the weeklong TMW festival in Tallinn, Estonia next spring.

The two-day conference on Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April in 2017, will bring together key players and change-makers from the music and creative industries, research and development sector, entrepreneurship and politics.

The core agenda of TMW 2017 conference is creative impact of a shared vision and joint action. Focusing on music and creative industries, the conference will cover topics from sustainable development, diversity and smarter governance to future skills.

Debates on topics like “post-truth world” versus “good quality is the new cool” and “the beginning of an end of the rock era“ will also lead to inevitable discussions about technology reshaping the structure of our jobs and speculations on Artificial Intelligence as the hottest producer on the future hit charts. There will be stories of human resilience and creative resourcefulness, as well as eye-opening presentations of scientific discoveries and new artistic expressions. As Estonia will take over the presidency of the European Union Council in the second half of 2017, topics like the future of Europe as well as the Digital Single Market will shape an essential part of the discussions. TMW will also host larger delegations this year from overseas markets like Canada and Japan – the latter as a part of a joint Finnish-Estonian music export initiative Finest Sounds.







Speakers already confirmed include acknowledged musicologists and artists, as well as change-makers from creative and tech industries. The influential music critic and pop culture theorist Simon Reynolds will present his latest book, a definitive reassessment of glam, Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and its Legacy. Lutz Leichsenring, the spokesperson of Clubcommission, a platform joining the underground music clubs in Berlin, will shed light into fight against gentrification of urban space. Alexander Hacke, a bass player and chief engineer of the German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten and musician, filmmaker and co-founder of Love Parade Danielle de Picciotto will talk about discovering new ways of presenting avant-garde ideas and interaction among cultures and generations. The manager of the premier Tuareg music group Tinariwen, Mohamed Aly Ansar aka Manny Ansar will share his experience of keeping his “Festival au Desert” alive in exile after the extremists’ ban of music in Timbuktu. The Finnish singer-song-writer Astrid Swan will reveal the story of her creative recovery after surviving cancer.

TMW 2017 conference also presents Tom Fleming, a strategist of British creative industry and culture policy, Vanessa Reed, chief executive of the UKs PRS for Music Foundation, as well as Kevin Cole, the senior director of programming of the legendary KEXP radio station and Brian Reich, a communication expert and political strategist from USA. The confirmed speakers’ list will continue with the president and executive producer of the Finnish tech event Slush, Nicolas Dolenc, CEO and founder of Estonian-rooted global startup investment platform Funderbeam, Kaidi Ruusalepp, co-founder and CEO of the gaming startup accelerator and pre-seed fund GameFounders, Kadri Ugand, the creator of the global education innovation project HundrED, Saku Tuominen, music entrepreneur and one of the creators of the Sony Centre in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, Tomoyuki Ohsawa, and A&R expert Aya Ohi from Japan, currently the general manager of “everything international” within the Victor Entertainment Group of companies.

Throughout the festival’s eight-year existence, TMW conference has hosted numerous high-profile speakers from international music industry experts to global game-changers from business, civil society, education, science, technology and policy-making. Since 2016 the TMW conference has expanded from music industry topics towards a wider social agenda.

The speakers in 2016 included US-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Hamdi Ulukaya, gene researcher Lili Milani, MEP Julia Reda, business angel from Silicon Valley Fadi Bishara and many other visionaries from different areas. Music industry experts and pop mavericks that have participated in TMW conference throughout the years, include the founder of Sire Records Seymour Stein, influential managers Simon Napier-Bell, Petri Lunden, Edward Bicknell and Peter Jenner; artists-turned authors Viv Albertine of The Slits, John Robb of The Membranes, Bob Stanley of St Etienne, and many others.

The complete programme of the TMW 2017 festival and conference will be published gradually at the beginning of the year.

In addition to the music festival and conference, TMW offers a series of free City Stage concerts, a selection of eateries within TMW Tastes, TMW Talks series, Design Market showcasing Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designs, TMW Arts programme curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, and City Space activities in cooperation with the interior designers of Estonian Academy of Arts.

Tallinn Music Week 2017 dates:

  • 27 March – 2 April: TMW Tastes, TMW Talks, TMW City Space
  • 28 March – 2 April: TMW Arts
  • 29 March – 1 April: TMW City Stage (free afternoon concerts)
  • 30 March – 1 April: TMW Music Festival
  • 31 March – 1 April: TMW Conference
  • 1 -2 April: Design Market


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  3. Tallinn Music Week and brave new Estonian sounds at Moscow Music Week

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  5. Estonia celebrated the start of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union with nearly 15,000 people gathering for a concert on Freedom Square

  6. Tallinn Music Week’s Telliskivi Creative City Award winners are Mart Avi, Erki Pärnoja and NOËP

  7. Tallinn Music Week attracted almost 37 000 visitors

  8. John Robb: “In all great art, there are no borders”

  9. Tallinn Music Week with Telia and Spotify announce voting for your favourite artist

  10. Erkki-Sven Tüür presents his new album at Tallinn Music Week

  11. President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid opened the Tallinn Music Week conference Creative Impact

  12. Artist Marko Mäetamm will open a new solo exhibition during Tallinn Music Week

  13. Tallinn Music Week (TMW) conference Creative Impact full programme now published

  14. The public discussion series TMW Talks encompasses issues from urban development to cosmic beauty

  15. Trad.Attack! and Onuka set to hold a joint concert at Russian Cultural Centre during Tallinn Music Week

  16. Tallinn Music Week will light up new paths in the city and give new lease of life to old garages

  17. Nordea and “Five Stars” present a carefully selected Tallinn Music Week “best of” programme

  18. Tallinn Music Week presents a documentary film programme in Sõprus cinema focusing on music, politics and consequences of consumerism

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  20. Tallinn Music Week presents more than 100 free concerts in locations from charity shop to a hotel suite

  21. Top chef Peeter Pihel cooks with “best before” ingredients at Tallinn Music Week

  22. Tallinn Music Week will fill the historic railway station Balti Jaam with sounds of the future

  23. Finnish music company Fullsteam’s 15th birthday party to be celebrated at Tallinn Music Week

  24. Kristjan Järvi presents “Radio Head Rewritten“ at Tallinn Music Week opening concert

  25. Tallinn Music Week announced new conference speakers from the rulers of London nightlife to tech revolutionaries

  26. Tallinn Music Week and the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center introduce local and international arts and the daily lives of artists

  27. Tallinn Music Week presents authentic small island tastes and the best cuisines in town

  28. Tallinn Music Week released this year’s music programme

  29. President Kersti Kaljulaid to open this year’s Tallinn Music Week conference

  30. Tallinn Music Week launches the new festival season with a new design and website

  31. Tommy Cash and NOËP at Eurosonic this week

  32. Tallinn Music Week is offering priority passes for the first time

  33. Finnish and Estonian music industries join forces to increase the export capabilities in Japan

  34. Tallinn Music Week unveils the first round of conference topics and speakers

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  36. Estonia kicked off the international tech conference Slush with Estonian president inviting everyone to become an e-resident

  37. Lithuanian psychedelic rockers Garbanotas Bosistas are the favourite of Tallinn Music Week audience

  38. Tallinn Music Week received an all time record number of artist applications from nearly 60 countries

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  40. TMW 2017 artist application round is open, delegates passes on sale at an “early bird” rate

  41. NOЁP to perform at Finnish FLOW Festival this Saturday

  42. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will hold a record signing session in TMW summer house at Positivus Festival on Sunday 17 July

  43. Maria Faust has been awarded with the prestigious Danish culture prize

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

  45. President Ilves in the opening address at the TMW conference and CFCForum: terrorism and populism impact on all of us