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Tallinn Music Week Rocks Third Year

TALLINN, Estonia (VIP NEWS) — The third edition of Tallinn Music Week took place on March 24-26. The event brought 194 international delegates to Tallinn and was close to capacity with 423 delegates in total. The festival showcased 147 artists from 10 different countries to 7,600 enthusiastic music lovers over 3 nights in 11 music venues.

Tallinn Music Week conference was opened up by the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. In his inspiring opening speech he pointed out being proud of his country’s varied music scene as well as brave new initiatives, like Tallinn Music Week, that help promote the creativity of Estonia worldwide.

He openly shared his excitement towards new music and his respect for the country’s internationally renowned composer Arvo Pärt. Ilves’s opening speech was welcomed with exhilarated ovations and set a festive mood for the whole event that this year, in fact, celebrated Tallinn proudly holding the title of European Capital of Culture.

Tallinn Music Week started out in 2009 in partnership with the Foundation of “Tallinn 2011” and remained through all 3 years one of the key events of the Capital of Culture’s program. “Back in 2009 the Capital of Culture’s partnership was the first piece of support that gave us the courage to put the crazy idea of a music industry conference and a showcase-festival into action and make it happen,” comments Helen Sildna, the organizer of Tallinn Music Week.

“A lot has happened ever since and we now have a newly formed organization Estonian Music Development Centre in place and together with the Academy of Music and Theatre we are working on a music manager’s training program to enhance and develop the growth of our industry and talent. The Estonian music sector has joined forces and we are determined to make it work for ourselves and the artists’ scene.”

Estonian Ministry of Culture’s councilor of music, Eero Raun confirms: “Tallinn Music Week is a dynamic initiative with a lot of potential that has brought a kind of an awakening to Estonia’s musical life. The event’s openness and the wide spectrum of musical styles and scenes that it combines, is remarkable. We hope TMW will grow into one of the key meeting points of Nordic, Baltic and Central European music industries to come here and share knowledge, ideas and contacts, and to discover the new and exciting talent our region has to offer."

Tallinn Music Week 2012 dates will be announced in a week’s time.

Artist applications’ round together with delegates’ registration will open up in September 2011.

Tallinn Music Week 2011 in number:
3 nights
16 stages / 11 clubs
147 artists from 10 countries
123 artists from Estonia
7600 festival visitors
423 delegates (229 Estonian)
194 international delegates
52 483 unique homepage visits from 88 countries

Tallinn Music Week 2010 in numbers:
3 nights
100 artists
6000 visitors
352 delegates
107 international delegates from 17 countries
29 608 unique homepage visits from 74 countries