Music, culture and more in Tallinn April – May 2016

Cultural events in April and May

Springtime brings evidence of the fact that Tallinn is a true melting pot of music – numerous festivals will kick off presenting music from different genres.
April 7-14
For over 30 years, Estonian Music Days (EMD) has been one of the most important festivals to focus on the recent compositions of Estonian composers; most of the programme consists of world premieres. EMD strikes a balance between domestic and foreign, intimacy and grandeur, and the programmes of the festival include increasingly more crossovers between genres and styles.
April 22-24
The three day fair at the Song Festival Ground aims to introduce local, traditional handicraft and food. On offer are knitwear, ceramics, handmade candles, jewellery, leather goods, preserves, honey and other foods by small local farms and producers.
April 22 – May 1
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Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar is the biggest jazz music event in the Baltics held from 1990. Combining an interesting and unique programme with an innovative approach Jazzkaar’s team brings the biggest and most intriguing findings of the world’s jazz scene to Tallinn and Estonia.
Check out the Free concerts day at Jazzkaar
The day of free concerts offers a chance to be part of exciting Estonian music projects and discover new and diverse concert places. The last few years’ extremely popular free concert days have been visited by thousands of music enthusiasts in all ages, and it’s also been covered in international media. The day of free concerts traditionally takes place on the first Sunday of Jazzkaar festival. In 2016, it’s on 24 April and will take place in Telliskivi Creative City and its surroundings.

“A surprising percentage of the most interesting musicians at Jazzkaar were Estonian. Apr. 19th was a “free day” in Telliskivi. Estonian artists were scheduled every hour, from 10 am to early evening. The crowd moved from bar to coffee shop and even to office spaces and heard fresh, adventurous young bands.“
Thomas Conrad, The New York City Jazz Record 2015

April 30 – May 1
Prepare for the greatest of all BMX and skateboarding event! Starting out as just as local hangout, Simple Session has now become one of theWorld’s premier skateboarding and BMX contests. Over the years, Simple Session has hosted most of the top BMX and skateboard athletes. Expect some insane, mind-blowing, action from top athletes from all over the world.
May 12-14
Sabatants is a traditional dance festival, in which the participant can get a deeper contact with today’s folk dancing. During the three days one can participate in discussions, workshops and dance evenings with live music.
One important side of the Sabatants festival is an attempt to gather different approaches to dance and dance music under one roof so that they have an opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with each other.
May 14
Once a year, Estonian museums and other heritage sites open their doors to visitors for later than usual and free of charge. The event is affiliated with the Night of Museums programme across Europe. Each year, the Night of Museums is dedicated to a specific theme. Over the years, the event has become a highlight of the cultural calendar attracting tens of thousands of visitors both from Estonia and abroad.
May 15
Tallinn gained Lübeck city rights in 1248, gaining admission to the Hanseatic League of European cities. Tallinn Day commemorates this historical event with a day full of cultural and fun activities. The day, first held in 2002, has grown in scope ever since.
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Tallinn Flower Festival
May 20-August 26
The traditional garden design festival takes place on the picturesque Towers’ square featuring the works of both local and international landscape designers. This year’s theme is “Passions in the garden” and “Terrace flowers”. The beauty of flowers and garden-design art will be accompanied with many concerts and various other events.
May 21-22
This is a festival organized by the local community! There are dozens of events taking place – concerts, markets, kids event, guided tours, plays etc. Many of the otherwise closed courtyards open up to serve delicious foods or treat you with pop-up flea markets.
May 21
Once again the women of Tallinn are being called upon to get out and get healthy. May run starts from the Song Festival Grounds and can be a gentle stroll or a gut-wrenching run, depending on how you want to take it.  In any case, it is a chance for people of all ages to get out and get fit. The route for children under the age of 12 is a slightly shorter.
May 25-29
HeadRead is a literary festival in Tallinn, bringing together writers from Estonia and abroad to spread the message of the written word.

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