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

The new music and city culture festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) taking place from 27th March to 2nd April has announced a new round of speakers at the TMW Creative Impact conference, among them the first “Night Czar” of London, Amy Lamé.

The conference in the Russian Cultural Centre and Nordic Hotel Forum on 31st March and 1st April will focus on the impact of creativity and innovation with panels and discussions involving music industry experts, technology innovators, urbanists and culture policy makers.


Amy Lamé

One of the highlight speakers of the conference will be Amy Lamé, appointed the City of London’s first ever Night Czar by the Major of London Sadiq Khan to focus on the city’s night time economy. Amy Lamé, originally from New Jersey, has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She has been promoting music, nightlife and minority rights in London for 25 years. A former Mayoress of Camden, she is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and cabaret night Duckie. Being at the very heart of the conversation about venues under threat of closure in London, she is a restless fighter for a vibrant and diverse nightlife. Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBT+ Movement – the first LGBT+ history book for children – is to be published in June 2017.

Shain Shapiro, Shain Shapiro, the founder and CEO of Sound Diplomacy, one of the leading global advisors on music cities and market development, will present a wide study, commissioned by the City of London on the impact of music venues to a city’s competitive edge. Eddie Berg, the founder of Liverpool’s FACT (the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and now Chief Executive of Rich Mix, an independent arts centre, located in the heart of Shoreditch in London, and Stuba Nikula, the chief of cultural services of the City of Helsinki, will join the discussion about the impact of creativity in reshaping cities and communities.

Scott Dodson, the Chief Product and Marketing Officer of Lingvist, the fastest app for language learning in the world shares his experience of smooth user experience, motivational design and the future forms of creativity. Takayuki Suzuki, founder of music and technology conference ParadeAll, whose latest vision “EnterTech” promises to bring new value to the entertainment industry, will introduce new trends in Japanese education and entertainment.

The Olympic Gold medallist in freestyle skiing Stine Lise Hattestad Bratsberg from Norway will focus on this year’s core topic of TMW – Sustainable Development Goals and social responsibility within it. Stine Lise works as an adviser of the senior management level for several large companies and is presently Co-Chair for the UNEP Safe Planet Campaign. Stine’s fellow countryman, singer-songwriter and activist Pål Moddi Knutsen lifts the covers from his album “Unsongs” that consists of songs that have been censored, silenced or banned in twelve different countries.

President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid will open the two-day TMW conference “Creative Impact” on 31st March at 10:00 at the Russian Cultural Centre.

Among the previously announced speakers are the influential music critic and pop culture theorist Simon Reynolds, the spokesperson of Berlin’s Clubcommission, Lutz Leichsenring, the founder member of the pioneering industrial group Einstürzende Neubauten Alexander Hacke and musician, and co-founder of Love Parade Danielle de Picciotto. TMW 2017 conference also presents the manager of the premier Tuareg music group Tinariwen, Mohamed Aly Ansar aka Manny Ansar, chief executive of the UKs PRS for Music Foundation Vanessa Reed, the senior director of programming of the KEXP radio station Kevin Cole, A&R expert Aya Ohi, CEO and founder of global startup investment platform Funderbeam Kaidi Ruusalepp, co-founder and CEO of the gaming startup accelerator GameFounders, Kadri Ugand, and many others.

Confirmed speakers of the TMW 2017 conference

The TMW 2017 conference programme along with additional speakers and panels will be announced in February and March.

This year’s edition of TMW from 27th March to 2nd April will present the music festival line-up and two-day industry conference, a series of free City Stage concerts, TMW Arts programme, curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, Design Market showcasing the most exciting Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designs, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, City Space activities in cooperation with the interior designers of Estonian Academy of Arts and a special kids and youth programme.

TMW 2017 is presented by Nordea bank, the sponsors are Telia and Spotify, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Enterprise Estonia, Eesti Meedia and Nordic Hotel Forum. Partners and supporters of TMW are Uber, Viru Keskus, Telliskivi Creative City, Solaris, Music Estonia, Tuborg, LaMuu, Fritz Kola, Tallinn City government.

Tallinn Music Week’s international activities introducing Tallinn and Estonia as an attractive tourism destination of music and culture are supported by The European Regional Development Fund.

TMW 2017 delegate passes are available for €250 until 19th March (From 20th March €295) at TMW web store. Sign up as a delegate and buy your pass.

TMW delegate pass grants access to the conference seminars and priority access to the music festival as well as the database of registered contacts.

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Find more information about the conference here.

The city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) taking place from 27th March to 2nd April will present a special programme of contemporary arts curated by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) for the third time. The gallery evening with extended opening hours called Tallinn Tuesday includes projects from both Estonian and international artists, group exhibitions and solo exhibitions. TMW Arts also presents a studio tour and a vote for future arts stars.

The gallery evening with a special programme and extended opening hours called Tallinn Tuesday on March 28th from 17:00 to 21:00 includes projects from both Estonian and international artists, group exhibitions and solo exhibitions. The gallery evening is a great opportunity to get to know the Estonian art gallery landscape with visits to both newcomers and the old greats, while also meeting the gallery owners and artists. Tallinn Tuesday invites to an exhibition opening at Okapi Gallery, a visit to Haus Gallery for the last day of the exhibition and to enjoy international solo and group exhibitions at EKA, Vaal and Temnikova & Kasela Galleries.

Okapi Gallery will present Mexico-born artist Niña Yhared’s performance “Via Baltic“. Residing in Vilnius, Lithuania, Yhared focuses her work on the almost 30-year-old civic demonstration, the Baltic Way, where 1 million people formed a 600 km human chain from Estonia to Lithuania, raising questions about nationality, freedom and borders in her performance.

Tallinn Tuesday is the last day of National Romantic exhibition “Tricolor Games” by pop artist Mall Nukke at Haus Gallery. The exhibition shows Estonian flag coloured works from 2014 to 2017, which depict games with tricolour marbles, tangled up fabrics and black latex costumes. The blue of the European Union and the colours of the Euro also bring some variety to the colour gamut.

OGH is a joint project by Greg Ponchak and Paige Früchtnicht, which combines fashion, art, design, curation and architecture. In the context of the exhibition at EKA Gallery, OGH explores the expressions of political action and militarization that are influenced by the Greco-Roman tradition and Neoplatonic Christian Asceticism.

“Euroland” (“Euroopamaa”) is an international group exhibition in the Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, curated by Oleg Frolov, which brings together different generations of artists from Tallinn, Moscow, Berlin and Vienna. Their works have a common interest in exploring the relationships between society and physical space.

The tour ends at Vaal Gallery with the exhibition by Laurentsius (Lauri Sillak) a fetishist aesthete, approaching his subjects with extreme devotion. For this exhibition, Laurentsius has taken on a challenge to paint landscapes, which is demonstrated through his larger-than-life paintings in this forgotten genre.

The projects and exhibitions (except Mall Nukke’s “Tricolor Games”) will remain open throughout the TMW at usual opening hours.

TMW Arts also includes tours to the galleries, artists’ studios and the ARS House.

On Friday, March 31st a special studio tour will present the studios of two contemporary artists: Kristi Kongi and Jaanus Samma. On Saturday, April 1st ARS building’s studios will open their doors to visitors. A building with a history dating back to 1944, offers participants of the studio tour plenty of space to explore. The tour visits the studios of up to four artists – for example, you can check out painter Merike Estna’s latest works in a working studio environment.

For a second year, TMW Arts hosts a joint event by NOAR.eu art environment and Estonian Academy of Arts to introduce the future talents of Estonian art to a wider audience and conduct an online voting campaign to elect the crowd’s favourite. The audience can vote during TMW and a selection of works from the competition will be displayed at Wabadus café.

TMW Arts is curated by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC).

More info about TMW Arts programme
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This year’s edition of TMW from 27th March to 2nd April will present the music festival line-up and two-day industry conference, a series of free City Stage concerts, TMW Arts programme, curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, Design Market showcasing the most exciting Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designs, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, City Space activities in cooperation with the interior designers of Estonian Academy of Arts and a kids and youth special programme for the first time.

TMW 2017 is presented by Nordea bank, the sponsors are Telia and Spotify, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Enterprise Estonia, Eesti Meedia and Nordic Hotel Forum. Partners and supporters of TMW are Uber, Viru Keskus, Telliskivi Creative City, Solaris, Music Estonia, Tuborg, LaMuu, Fritz Kola, Tallinn City government. Tallinn Music Week’s international activities introducing Tallinn and Estonia as an attractive tourism destination of music and culture are supported by The European Regional Development Fund.

TMW festival passes are available for €60 at TMW web store. Festival pass grants access to all concerts, provided the venue is not sold out, and offers discounts at the TMW Tastes restaurant festival. (In case the venue is sold out entry will be granted on first-come-first-served basis.) Special discounts apply for clients of Nordea and Telia.

TMW 2017 delegate passes are available for €250 until 19th March (From 20th March 295€) at TMW web store. Sign up as a delegate and buy your pass here. TMW delegate pass grants access to the conference seminars and priority access to the music festival as well as the database of registered contacts.

A limited number of TMW 2017 priority passes are on sale in the web store for 150€.

Single tickets for TMW concerts are on sale for €8-25 in Piletilevi.

 

Tallinn Music Week, the urban culture festival taking place from 27th March to 2nd April in the capital of Estonia presents more than 30 eateries as part of the TMW Tastes programme. The menu of the TMW pop-up restaurant will be created by Ungru Resto from Hiiumaa island.

The TMW pop-up restaurant has become a popular hotspot during the festival in the centrally located Design and Architecture Gallery. This year the cookery will be brought to the mainland by Andrus Talvari from the soul-food restaurant Ungru on Estonia’s second biggest island Hiiumaa, presenting the best flavours from the island’s kitchen prepared with modern cooking techniques.

“We hope to offer the festival guests something special, yet simple and homely – just like life on the island,“ says the future Chef de Cuisine of TMW pop-up restaurant.

In addition to the pop-up restaurant the TMW Tastes programme will present 32 eateries offering special chef’s menus and discounts for TMW pass holders. This year TMW is putting special emphasis on ethnic cuisines, on environmentally friendly cooking and waste free consumption.

Part of the programme are the Italian restaurant Korsten, Armastus ja Hea Toit/Chimney, Love and Good Food in Tallinn Creative Hub, the Russian cuisine of Babulja, Lebanese Papa Joe Falafel & Hummus, the rustic Korean Gotsu, Kyuho’s kitchen, the legendary 1960s “it” place Tuljak, the cozy neighbourhood café NOP, the provider of genuine street food experience Burger Box, Renard Coffee Shop serving the best coffee selection in town, Georgian restaurant Pirosmani in a picturesque Nõmme area and the “embassy of pure food” Von Krahli AED.

A TMW Tastes veteran, Jaagup Jalakas of Von Krahli AED values the chance to join the programme: “Having been part of TMW since the beginning I appreciate the effect of the festival on the urban space highly. You can literally feel it in the air that something special is going on – a feeling that I look forward to each spring. The choice of TMW Tastes will be especially exciting this year as there are more excellent restaurants than ever before. I dream about more vegetarian experiences though.”

 
TMW 2017 Tastes restaurants:
Ungru Resto (TMW pop-up restaurant), August, Babulja, Björn Espresso Bar, Bollywood, BONA, Burger Box, Gotsu Kyuho’s kitchen, Kaerajaan, Klaus, Korsten, Armastus ja Hea Toit, La Tabla, Leib Resto ja Aed, Mademoiselle Café in Solaris, Magnuna, MEKK, Mimosa, Monaco, NOA, NOP, Papa Joe, Pirosmani, Renard Coffee Shop, Ribe, Riis, Salt, Tokumaru (+takeaway), Tuljak, Umami, Vanaema Juures, Vegan Restoran V, Von Krahli AED, Wabadus

More info about TMW Tastes programme

Special events and home dinners will be added to TMW Tastes. Stay tuned!

 

Tallinn Music Week, the music and urban culture festival taking place from 27th March to 2nd April has confirmed 237 artists from 33 countries in its music programme, among them 114 Estonian acts. From today single concert tickets are on sale next to festival passes and priority passes.

TMW in its ninth edition has become an important meeting point for the music and creative communities of West, East and Central Europe and a festival magnet for culture fans of the whole Nordic Baltic region. TMW has received a record breaking 1470 artist applications from all around the world and confirmed 237 artists from 33 countries to the line-up. Next to the 114 Estonian acts Finland is presenting 23, Russia 19, UK and Poland 7, Denmark 6 and Canada, Sweden and Germany 5 acts. Among the more exotic countries represented are Cape Verde and Japan. Artists from Syria will also take to the stage.

TMW hosts a dedicated programme for virtually every music genre, from outsider acts to chart-pop, including an extensive line-up of classical composers and interpreters. For the first time the festival includes a special youth and kids programme organized by youngsters themselves. The festival is also putting a strong emphasis on accessibility for people with special needs.

“It is a very important time for Estonia – from July Estonia will hold the EU Council presidency and next year we celebrate Estonia’s 100-year anniversary. These topics will be part of the festival programme. In addition to the all-encompassing music programme we are looking in depth into sustainability, equal opportunities and the impact of creativity for the society. Our festival is an opportunity to enjoy diversity, openness and being together,” says the founder and main organizer of TMW Helen Sildna.

The music programme of the weeklong festival peaks from Thursday 30th March to Saturday 1st April including various music styles from folk to electronica and from classic to metal.

Among the international highlights are the Scottish master of elegiac sound, C Duncan, the tandem of Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke and musician and film-maker Danielle de Picciotto, the piano experimenter Hauschka from Germany, pop producer Draper – pointed out as one of the most remarkable newcomers by BBC Music –, and the Monty-Python-crazy punk jazz band WorldService Project from UK, as well as the Swedish electro-pop star Jennie Abrahamson, and the Norwegian singer-songwriter and activist Moddi.

Finland will be represented by the “music’s best-kept secret”, house and avant-garde techno producer Jori Hulkkonen, the shamanist leader of the space rock band K-X-P Timo Kaukolampi, the meta rock group PH, formerly known as Mr Peter Hayden, also a favourite rapper of the international festival circuit View and the electro-metal outfit Khroma who has roamed the stages from Helsinki to Tokyo.

Among the “young and furious” squad from Russia are Glintshake that mixes Russian avant-garde with soviet new wave and the neo R’n’B poet BCH, hailed as the new artist of the year by the influential culture website Afisha.

The 114 Estonian artists include several internationally recognized names as well as future hopes. The line-up includes world class EDM stars Syn Cole and Mord Fustang, electropop act NOËP, folk innovator Maarja Nuut whose acoustic loops will meet with edgier electronic sounds by Hendrik Kaljujärv, best Estonian female artist and best jazz album awarded Kadri Voorand, multi-instrumentalist Erki Pärnoja with his ethereal “Efterglow” project, the Hammond Trio of Estonian jazz classic Tõnu Naissoo, acclaimed youth choir Ellerhein and the multi-talented composer Ardo Ran Varres. Among the innovators of the local music scene are the critically adored post pop producer and vocalist Mart Avi, surreal ghost-pop act Florian Wahl, and singer-songwriter Mick Pedaja.

The world class conductor Kristjan Järvi will open the festival with a concert of Steve Reich and own compositions “Radio Head Rewritten” with the beatbox master BellaTrix from London and the contemporary composer and rapper Di. J. NoizePunk, as well as string quartet Prezioso, pianist Kristjan Randalu and many other Estonain musicians. Järvi’s other performance presents an electronic programme “Rip Up the Stage”. Fallen Flags will perform their stage debut at TMW – a new cooperation between members of Danish bands Get Your Gun and Narcosatanicos along with several Estonian musicians. Estonian turbo-folk superstar Trad.Attack! will perform with Ukrainian ethno-folk group Onuka at a special event in the Russian Cultural Centre.

The biggest border-crossing cooperation at this year’s TMW is the showcase curated by Estonia’s Üle Heli festival, the British indie label Nonclassical, and Japan Sound Postcard project by BBC 3 DJ Nick Luscombe and film director Neil Cantwell in the House of Blackheads. TMW 2017 is also happy to introduce a special Canada programme, and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland.

The festival presents a few new showcases and venues. The joint effort of the party series AUX, Mürk and Isola will turn the pavilion of the Balti Jaam railway station into a three-day non-stop dance marathon. Kuku Art Club hosts a colourful selection of art pop and experimental music. For the first time the Russian theatre, Venus Club, Russian Cultural Centre, Hopner House and the Renard Coffee Shop will be among the festival venues.

Traditional showcase organizers on board are Rada7, Radio 2, Jazzkaar and Estonian Jazz Association, Viljandi Folk Festival, Fenno-Ugria and Seto Folk, Manka Boutique Pop Festival, World Clinic, Weekend Festival Baltic, Intsikurmu Festival, Estonian Funk Embassy, the Latvian Positivus Festival with the I Love You Records label, the biggest Finnish metal festival Tuska and Urban Culture Entertainment.

During February other acts at the TMW festival will be published as well as special stages and concerts, among them a Canadian music event, and a special programme dedicated to Finland’s centenary by Fullsteam Agency and Sideways festival.

Confirmed artists of TMW 2017
Schedule

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity, freedom and equality. This year’s edition from 27th March to 2nd April will present the music festival line-up and two-day industry conference, a series of free City Stage concerts, a selection of eateries within TMW Tastes; TMW Arts programme, curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, Design Market showcasing the most exciting Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designs, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, City Space activities in cooperation with the interior designers of Estonian Academy of Arts and a special kids and youth programme. TMW 2017 is presented by Nordea bank, the partners are Telia and Spotify, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Enterprise, Eesti Meedia and Nordic Hotel Forum.

Tallinn Music Week’s international activities introducing Tallinn and Estonia as an attractive tourism destination of music and culture are supported by The European Regional Development Fund.

TMW 2017 festival passes are available for €60 at TMW web store 
Festival pass grants access to all concerts, provided the venue is not sold out, and offers discounts at the TMW Tastes restaurant festival. (In case the venue is sold out entry will be granted on first-come-first-served basis.)
Special discounts apply for clients of Nordea and Telia.

TMW 2017 delegate passes are available for €250 until 19th March (from 20th March €295) at TMW web store. Sign up as a delegate and buy your pass
TMW delegate pass grants access to the conference seminars and priority access to the music festival as well as the data-base of registered contacts.

A limited number of TMW 2017 priority passes are on sale in the TMW web store for €150

Comments by TMW’s partners:

“We are proud to witness that over the years Tallinn Music Week has become so much more than an exceptional music festival – it introduces new talent in various culture spheres, speaks up in issues that matter and brings together creative people from all over the world. There seem to be no real limits to the energy and ambition they are able to discover and expand. The values and high standards of the festival team make it a pure delight to be their partner on this incredible journey.”
– Gerd Müller, Head of Nordea Bank Estonia

“Telia has been a proud partner of Tallinn Music Week for several years. The festival and the team behind it are completely unique and a great source of inspiration – as they present us with a truly transformed city and many exceptional experiences over the festival week in spring. This year´s special focus on sustainable development is a shared passion with Telia across Nordics. United Nations has introduced 17 Sustainable Development Goals to the world that are relevant for all of us to ensure sustainable future. We´ll bring those into a spotlight during TMW hoping that everyone will find his or her own to think about and contribute to!”
– Katrin Isotamm, Head of Communications Telia Estonia

“Tallinn Music Week represents all the values that are dear to Estonia and is the perfect opportunity to get to know what Estonia and it’s culture is all about. Although it’s not the best time of the year climate wise, the emotions and experiences you’re about to experience are of the tropical temperature. Music, design, food, inspiring people, inspiring places, adventures – I’ll guarantee – it will be the world class!!!! Estonia is the place where new ideas grow fast and travel the world. Visit Estonia. Enjoy Estonia. Share Estonia.”
– Piret Reinson, Head of Marketing at Enterprise Estonia

“It is a great pleasure to open one of the best and most exciting multi-disciplinary arts festivals I know in the world. I support its idea and I fully believe in the incredible value it adds in this continuously growing Nordic Region. It enables the society to locally connect their ideas, visions and possibilities on a worldwide platform, bringing their creative potential to fruition. The festival is a personification of the Estonian Spirit, its entrepreneurism, culture and drive. TMW invites the world to Tallinn to create!”
– Kristjan Järvi, conductor and composer

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid will open the two-day conference of Tallinn Music Week that will focus on the impact of creativity and innovation on 31st March and 1st April at the Russian Cultural Centre and Nordic Hotel Forum.

The opening of the conference will take place at the Russian Cultural Centre on Friday, 31st March at 10 am. The conference of the ninth edition of the international music and urban culture festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW), taking place from 27th March to 2nd April in Tallinn, Estonia, is a meeting place for creative entrepreneurs and innovators from all over the world.

Music industry professionals as well as creative and tech experts and policy makers will be among the conference speakers. The previously mainly music-focused TMW conference has looked in depth into the added value of creativity in a wider sense since 2016. The overall theme of the coming festival is sustainable development and all areas connected to it from environmental protection to urban development, from inclusive communities to promotion of equal rights.

The core of the TMW conference is entrepreneurial development focusing on the music industry and other areas of the creative sector, keywords being innovation, sustainability, future skills, technology, science, new and traditional media. Estonia’s role as holder of the EU Council presidency in 2017 also determines a closer look at the issues of the digital single market.

TMW 2017 conference will be opened on 31st March at 10 in the Russian Cultural Centre in Tallinn by the first female president of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, who took over after president Toomas Hendrik Ilves – known among the TMW visitors as a living encyclopedia of pop culture.

The list of confirmed speakers
The TMW conference / delegate pass that also grants a priority access to the whole festival and offers discounts at special events can be bought in the festival online shop for 175€ until 1st February. From 2nd February the price of the pass will be 250€. Passes and accommodation can be booked here

The music programme of the festival will be announced on 2nd February.

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity, freedom and equality. This year’s edition from 27th March to 2nd April will present the music festival line-up and two-day industry conference, a series of free City Stage concerts, a selection of eateries within TMW Tastes; TMW Arts programme, curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, Design Market showcasing the most exciting Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designs, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, City Space activities in cooperation with the interior designers of Estonian Academy of Arts and a very special youth programme. TMW 2017 is presented by Nordea bank, the partners are Telia and Spotify, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Enterprise, Eesti Meedia and Nordic Hotel Forum.

Photo by Aron Urb.

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) launched its new website with the design of the upcoming festival edition today. The website of the biggest Nordic city festival was created by design studio Velvet, the author of the new visual identity is designer Mariana Hint-Rääk.

The task of the new design was to visualise precisely and metaphorically the main topics of this year’s festival: sustainable development in all its facets from environmental sustainability to urban development, from cohesive communities to promotion of equal rights.

Mariana Hint-Rääk designed an identity based on the symbol of portals. Mariana says the visual developed from moving between the several layers and levels of TMW: “The image of portals is the main element as it symbolises the movement from the bright facade of the festival towards deeper layers. The festival audience oriented outer layer of TMW is the enjoyment of a packed entertainment programme from music to design and food. However there is always a deeper meaning and impact behind. All these colourful parts of the programme compile a many-fold entertainment as well as honest and critical analysis of the processes in society.”

The illustration that opens behind the portal was created by the graphic designer and street artist Viktor Gurov. To stand out from the text and photo based shiny surface of the festival’s website and other channels Gurov used a punk-inspired DIY ethics, a more abstract visual language and handy tools – spoon, grass, paper knife, dishwashing sponge, match and whiteboard marker – to create the illustration.

The new visual continues the traditional two-colour combination in order to make the festival recognisable around the city. The main colours are bright dark pink and grey that is balancing the intensity.

With the new visual also a new official font “GT Eesti” has been adapted by TMW. The international font designers group Grilli Type, led by Reto Moser, derived the new font from the Cold War era graphic phenomena “Zhurnalnaya Roublennaya“ and Soviet era Estonian children’s books while making it modern and dynamic as is fit for the festival. The font exists in Latin and Cyrillic letters.

The new website of TMW was created by design office Velvet. The main aim has been to design a practical assistant for festival guests as well as delegates and artists by enabling easy navigation between different festival layers, artist presentations and web shop. The web follows the logic of the new visual by consisting of different layers and portals that allow to look underneath the surface. TMW 2017 programme will be launched on the website on 2 February together with My Festival Schedule tool.

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity, freedom and equality. This year’s edition from 27th March to 2nd April will present the music festival line-up and two-day industry conference, a series of free City Stage concerts, a selection of eateries within TMW Tastes; TMW Arts programme, curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, Design Market showcasing the most exciting Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designs, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, and Urban Space activities in collaboration with the interior architecture department of Estonian Academy of Arts.

TMW 2017 is presented by Nordea bank, the partners are Telia and Spotify, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Enterprise Estonia, Eesti Meedia and Nordic Hotel Forum.

The multi-genre festival programme of about 200 local and international artists will be released on 2nd February. Additional information: http://tmw.ee/programme

TMW 2017 festival passes are available for €50 at TMW web store until 31 January (from 1 February €60). Buy your festival pass at http://tmw.ee/store
Festival pass grants access to all concerts, provided the venue is not sold out, and offers discounts at the TMW Tastes restaurant festival. (In case the venue is sold out entry will be granted on first-come-first-served basis.)

TMW 2017 delegate passes are available for €175 until 31 January (from 1 February €250) at TMW web store.
Sign up as a delegate and buy your pass at http://tmw.ee/store/
TMW delegate pass grants access to the conference seminars and priority access to the music festival as well as the data-base of registered contacts.

A limited number of TMW 2017 priority passes are on sale in the web store for €150.
Buy your priority pass at http://tmw.ee/store
The priority pass provides an exclusive and personalized overview of the various events during the festival and access to the TMW delegates’ networking bars. Priority pass holders will have access to a personal help line (email and phone number) to guide you through the festival with personalized recommendations and assist with bookings for special events.

TMW2017 single concert tickets will be on sale from 2 February in Piletilevi.

TMW 2017 visual identity for downloading
tmw.ee/about/media-pack

 

Estonian artists NOËP and Tommy Cash are performing at the biggest European festival for new talent, Eurosonic Noordeslag this week in Groningen, Holland. Music Estonia leads the delegation of Estonian music industry professionals.

This year’s festival line-up includes two Estonian acts. “Real professional rap superstar” who has put Estonia on the international map with his eccentric “post.soviet” style, Tommy Cash performs twice – in the Vera club on 11th January and in Groniningen’s Platformtheater on 12th January, whilst  electro artist-producer NOËP takes his infectious blend of stripped back electronic to the Mutua Fides club on 12th January.


See the full line-up and information of Eurosonic festival programme.
In addition, the festival offers daytime conference programme featuring 175 panels, keynote speakers, interviews, workshops, and dinners, as well as pitches, parties and meetings covering the latest developments in the international music, media, production and interactive industries.

Among the conference panelists is also the founder of Tallinn Music Week, Helen Sildna who will participate in the discussion of „Music Moves Europe“ initiative on 12th January. Launched in 2016 and bringing together more than 50 music organizations around the European Commission to shape the EU’s music agenda, this cycle of high-level discussions has proven very promising. Now, Helen together with other influential players in the European music industry will voice their position on the subject, through a dialogue with representatives from the European Commission.

Eurosonic Noorderslag is the key exchange and networking platform for European music, with a proven track record for helping to break new acts on the international live music scene. Selling out each year, the event attracts more than 4,000 professional delegates, including representatives of over 400 international festivals. Each year, Eurosonic Noorderslag presents 350 showcases alongside a conference program covering the latest developments in the international music, media, production and interactive industries.

More information on Eurosonic.

The ninth edition of the biggest Nordic-Baltic city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) will take place in Tallinn, Estonia from 27th March to 2nd April 2017. For the first time TMW will offer exclusive priority passes to guests who wish to attend the event as smoothly and well-informed manner as possible.

For music and culture fans, who value a diverse experience of TMW and wish to contribute to the festival TMW offers a limited number or priority passes. TMW priority pass for €150grants priority access to all the showcase concerts and other events with a dedicated information contact to guide you through the festival and pick out just the right venues and routes for you. You will also be invited to the official Tallinn Music Week opening concert on 30th March at Kultuurikatel. The priority pass provides an exclusive and personalised overview of the various events during the festival and access to the TMW delegates’ networking bars. Priority pass holders will have access to a personal help line (email and phone number) to guide you through the festival with personalised recommendations and assist with bookings for special events.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the music festival line-up and two-day industry conference, TMW offers a series of free City Stage concerts, a selection of eateries within TMW Tastes; TMW Arts programme, curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, Design Market showcasing the most exciting Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designers, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, and City Space activities in cooperation with the interior designers of Estonian Academy of Arts.

The multi-genre festival programme of nearly 200 local and international artists will be released on 1st February.

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity, freedom and equality. This year’s edition will focus on sustainable development in all its aspects from environmental sustainability to urban development, from cohesive communities to promotion of equal rights. TMW 2017 is presented by Nordea bank, the partners are Telia and Spotify, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Enterprise, Eesti Meedia and Nordic Hotel Forum.

A limited number of TMW 2017 priority passes are on sale at TMW web store for 150€

 

TMW2017 single concert tickets will be on sale from 1st February in Piletilevi.


Special offers available for clients of Nordea and Telia

*Clients of Nordea and Telia can buy up to 2 TMW priority passes and up to 2 TMW festival passes with a special discount code starting from 13th January.

TMW priority passes, festival passes and all bank cards of Nordea offer special discounts from 5 to 15% at TMW Tastes participating restaurants.
Nordea clients have access to the following discounts from the prices of priority pass, festival pass and single tickets:

Nordea debit card: -10%
Nordea Gold credit card: – 20%
Nordea Platinum credit card: -30%

Clients of Telia receive a 20% discount for pre-booked priority pass, festival pass and single ticket.

TMW 2017 dates:
  • 27th March – 2nd April: TMW Tastes, TMW Talks, TMW City Space
  • 28th March – 2nd April: TMW Arts
  • 30th March – 1st April: music festival (the evening showcase programme)
  • 30th March – 1st April: City Stage (the daytime live programme)
  • 31st March – 1st April: TMW conference
  • 1st – 2nd April: Design Market

The Finnish and Estonian music industries have joined forces to increase the export capabilities of musical talent and music companies to Japanese market under a joint endeavour Finest Sounds.

The objective is to bring more high quality Finnish and Estonian music to the second biggest music market in the world, incorporating the other fields of culture and business operations in the mix – from visual arts and design to technological deeds.

Japan has been strong market area for Finnish music since Hanoi Rocks’ sold out concerts in the 1980s to the success of metal bands like Children of Bodom, Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius and recent deal of folk duo Kardemimmit with Japan’s largest department store. Estonian indie labels Seksound and Õunaviks have developed tight distributional and licensing ties in Japan during the last ten years, and Estonian choral singing has had its own accomplishments there.

However, the objective of Finest Sounds is to broaden and extend the music export by helping the companies and artists that are already established in Japan to grow their business as well as making the entry to the marketplace easier to the new companies and artists.

A joint collaboration between organizations and enterprises like Music Finland, Music Estonia, Tallinn Music Week and Music & Media Finland in cooperation with partner universities HUMAK, TAMK and Tallinn University BFM will shape these endeavours into a stronger strategic effort of joined forces for the two Nordic countries. Aside the music sector, successful export stories from the Moomins to design, cosmetics, food, technology and timber produce, indicate the Japanese market’s latent interest in Fenno-Nordic brands and culture. The Finest collaboration will attempt to create a music driven collaboration platform to all.

The project aims at developing new cooperation models and cross-sectoral value chains between music sector and sectors already successfully exporting to Japan (e.g. Finnish and Estonian design, lifestyle brands and technology companies) in order to enhance both parties visibility and to boost sales in Japan.

Additionally, the project tests out an innovative collaboration model between universities and export companies, developing a co-creation platform where university students help businesses in designing new marketing tools – concepts and demos for entering the Japanese market.

“I am really excited about the FinEst project and believe that it can offer a lot of value and possibilities to Estonian and Finnish music companies and artists,“ enthuses the project’s music business expert and coordinator Tapio Korjus from Finnish Rockadillo Records. “The concept of collaboration with both brands and students is unique and innovative. On the business side we have the best possible teams and platforms from both Estonia and Finland, and the universities and students bring in additional resources and new out-of-the-box ideas as well as deeper understanding of the Japanese market to the companies and artists involved. Music Estonia and Music Finland are now starting to recruit potential companies to the project and this month we are meeting top level Japanese music business people about their possible involvement in the Finest Sounds project”, he adds.

Over the course of 3 years (2016 – 2019), the project brings together 45 Finnish and Estonian music companies and artists, plus 20 companies from other sectors, providing them training, matchmaking, networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.

The central part of the project is the export accelerator programme, which aims at increasing the market-entry readiness and culminates in the showcases and sales trip to Japan in 2018 (at Slush Tokyo conference).

Activities of the project are co-financed by the Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020.

About the partners:

TAMK is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Finland, providing education for 10 000 students in 17 bachelor and 15 master’s degree programmes. In the field of culture, the focus is on developing the international competitive strength of the cultural products.There are two international bachelor programs that are linked directly to music export activities through a 30 ECTS Cultural Export module (DP in Media and Arts/Music Production; DP in International Business).

Suomen Musiikki & Media -Tapahtumat S.M.M. Oy (est. 1989) organizes annually Music & Media Finland, the main event of the music business and related industries in Finland. Music and Media Finland collects over 800 participants all over the world to network and to hear about the current issues related to the music and media industry.

Humak is a strong expert and leading educator in the fields of humanities and pedagogy and cultural management in Finland. The Unit of Research, Development and Innovation (RDI)
enhances the entrepreneurship in the field of creative industries and cultural management. The RDI Unit Humak brings together different creative industry actors and is one of the main
development organisation of creative industries.

Music Finland promotes Finnish music and facilitates music export activities to international markets. The organization possesses vast experience of working in the Japanese market, having coordinated export trips, seminars, artist showcases, songwriting camps and sales events in Japan for several years.

Music Estonia, founded in 2014 by 23 music companies of various sizes and functions, promotes Estonian music and facilitates music export activities to international markets. Music Estonia holds a high competence in the field of modern music industry practices, business and product/services development and is in close contact with the Estonian music industry sector. ME provides a set of development programs and services aimed at enhancing the music companies’ business capacity.

Tallinn Music Week / Musiccase Ltd (est 2009) – annual new music and urban culture festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) aims to shore up and define a new identity for the region,  supporting networking possibilities with the European music industry executives, especially in regard to Baltic, Russian, Nordic and Eastern European artists.

Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM) is the largest international media higher educational institution in the Baltics. The studies of communication and media are provided at the BA and MA levels (incl.journalism, TV production, advertising, cross-media, main subjects of film production etc.). Altogether 1130 students study at BFM, 320 of them studying in English. The studies of art and music are mainly focused on training the teachers of those subjects.

More information
www.finestsounds.eu 

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