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

  2. Tallinn Music Week attracted almost 37 000 visitors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  26. Tommy Cash and NOËP at Eurosonic this week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  36. NOЁP to perform at Finnish FLOW Festival this Saturday

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

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

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

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