John Robb: “In all great art, there are no borders” | Tallinn Music Week

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

In all great art, there are no borders. An immigration of ideas is the key and an open mind is an open heart. In the modern world where populism and cynicism run amok in music and life, it’s great to see an event moving forwards untainted by the nervous breakdown of modern times. Tallinn Music Week is fast forwarding to a far better future. It understands the music is the key. The fluidity of ideas and emotions of the good stuff.

Classical orchestras jam with rappers, technology is threaded with mystical ancient folk, bands play stunning old cinemas, dive bars and open squares. The cobbles of a beautiful old city echo to high decibel of beautiful noise in a life-affirming party of music, ideas and impassioned talk.

Way more than just a music conference, the boundary-breaking TMW is in the premier league of music events not just by its sheer ambition and scale of music. culture and creativity that it celebrates. It’s also this open-minded spirit and genre breaking ideal of collaboration that not only sees the myriad of stages in the beautiful Estonian capital full of music from classical to hardcore from hip hop to left field and sometimes all merged into one but a genuine positive spirit that seems to be infusing the forward thinking of the government and society of its host country. In a world where the doors seem to be closing and borders coming down TMW is bucking the trend and inspiring the real future for music, culture and the kind of lives that we want to lead.

Tallinn Music Week knows that a broken world needs a culture hug.


  1. 60 female artists and innovators announced for “Keychange”  

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

  3. Tallinn Music Week 2018 artist application for music programme now open

  4. 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

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

  6. Tallinn Music Week attracted almost 37 000 visitors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. TMW conference Creative Impact to put spotlight on big European questions and innovation across industries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  30. Tommy Cash and NOËP at Eurosonic this week

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

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

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

  34. Tartu Music Week and sTARTUp Day transform the university town into music and tech festival

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

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

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

  38. Chamber Choir Sireen to release a debut album ’Terra Incognita’ with a special performance on 18th September

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

  40. NOЁP to perform at Finnish FLOW Festival this Saturday

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

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

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

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