Tallinn Music Week Arts programme sets focus on young ambitious Estonian artists

Tallinn Music Week, one of the leading European city festivals, taking place from 28th March to 3rd April in Tallinn, Estonia will include a comprehensive programme of contemporary art curated by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC). The evening of extended exhibition viewing presents young Estonian art, cafés in the city will hold art talks and Tallinn Art Hall presents a public programme around the cross-generational exhibition.  

The programme of the eighth TMW is more versatile than ever. The weeklong city festival presents an international music programme, a creative industries conference, restaurant festival, design market and public talks along with the TMW Arts programme coordinated by Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) that had its debut last year.

TMW Arts focuses around Tallinn Tuesday – an evening of extended exhibition viewing of several Tallinn galleries. On Tuesday, 29th March, all participating galleries will be open for extended hours from 5 to 9 pm with exhibitions specially commissioned for TMW Arts. The Estonian Academy of Arts affiliated EKA gallery at Freedom Square will open an exhibition curated by animator Lili-Krõõt Repnau and theoretician Francisco Martinez. On view in the Old Town, at Hobusepea gallery, is O’ why do we play this game?, the exhibition of sculptors and installators Helena and Art. Okapi gallery presents a collaborative project M_M_M_M, by photographer Temuri Hvingija, jewellery designers Rait Siska and Risto Tali, and performance artist Erik Alalooga. The internationally known Temnikova & Kasela gallery will open Import Export, an exhibition by the photographer and installation artist Sigrid Viir and Jimmy Limit, a Canadian photo based artist of Estonian origin. The evening concludes with the exhibition Memory and Movement, curated by a discursive and critical urban platform Urbiquity, founded by Stefano CarnelliPablo Conejo and Mattias Malk for Rundum artist-run space.

All the exhibitions will remain open through Tallinn Music Week on the galleries’ usual opening hours from Wednesday to Sunday.

Programmed specially for TMW Arts, Tallinn Art Hall will host a public programme around the duo exhibition of Kris Lemsalu and Tiit PääsukeBeauty and the Beast. Young and fierce Lemsalu is probably the most talked-about Estonian performance artist at international art fairs, Pääsuke the grand old man of Estonian painting.

A series of artist’ talks will be held at TMW Tastes restaurants, where selected participants of the Young Artist contest, organised by art platform in collaboration with Estonian Academy of Arts, will talk about their practice and future aspirations. On Thursday, 31st the artist duo Art Nõukas and Helena Keskküla, whose practice is closely connected to music, will give a talk at Reval Cafe (Müürivahe 14). On Saturday, 2nd April the artist collective Neanderthal Cave School will lead a walk in Tallinn followed by a talk with the members of the collective: Viktor GurovHedi JaansooKristel Raesaar and Pire Sova.

A selection of artworks will be on view at TMW Tastes restaurants – an opportunity to discover emerging artists to watch, and perhaps even to start your own art collection. Public can vote for their favourites through the platform for Estonian art

TMW festival pass is available at TMW website for €50 until 21st March. The pass grants access to all clubs and venues and special offers within other festival programmes.

TMW delegates pass grants access to the music industry conference on 1st and 2nd April is available at TMW website for €225 until 21nd March. Sign up as a delegate:

In addition to the international music festival line-up TMW offers a series of free City Stage concerts, a selection of favourite eateries within TMW Tastes, among them the festival’s pop-up restaurant operated by Fellin Café from the small central Estonian town of Viljandi. TMW Arts, curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre will focus on young and notable Estonian artists. Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend presents world-class microbreweries.

TMW 2016 dates: 28th March – 3rd April
28th March – 3rd April: TMW Tastes, TMW Talks
29th March – 2nd April: TMW Arts
30th March – 3rd April: City stages
31st March – 2nd April: festival main programme
1st and 2nd April: TMW Music Industry Conference, Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend
2nd and 3rd April: Design Market

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