The 14th edition of the international new music and city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) took place last week, 4th – 8th May, in both the Estonian capital Tallinn and the border city Narva. A unique cross-country experience celebrated collaboration and solidarity and Tallinn’s first year as a UNESCO City of Music.
A total of 192 artists from 28 countries performed at the TMW 2022 music festival. Some of the highlights of the festival in Tallinn on 5th – 6th May included a collaboration of Swedish composer Maria W Horn and the Tallinn University of Technology Academic Female Choirin St. Catherine’s Church, Naapurivisa Night at D3 Club that reunited the legendary Estonian and Finnish indie bands Röövel Ööbik and 22-Pistepirkko, a showcase of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 and production house Ö Studio in Uus Laine club, and the PopSpot Stage at Vaba Lava Tallinn that featured Estonia’s biggest popstars nublu and WATEVA with the hottest acts from the South African Republic. International collaborations included a Made in Canada showcase and a night of experimental music curated by the Latvian festival Skaņu Mežs.
192 music festival performers from 28 countries
974 PRO delegates/music industry representatives
103 conference speakers
30 music showcase events
229 team members and volunteers in Tallinn
122 team members and volunteers in Ida-Viru County and Narva
3 warm-up events across Ida-Viru County in Jõhvi, Kohtla-Järve and Sillamäe
17,425 festival visits, 10,735 in Tallinn and 6,904 in Narva
“We felt that Tallinn Music Week was much needed this year,” comments Helen Sildna, Founder and Head of TMW. “The desire for optimism, the desire for spending time together – dancing, talking, celebrating – was felt strongly, both by the Ukrainian community, present at our festival events, and our own people in Tallinn and Narva, as well as the international music community."