Tallinn Music Week (TMW) has revealed the most comprehensive conference programme yet with the title Creative Impact. The TMW conference, boasting an international line-up of 87 speakers, will take place on 31st March and 1st April in two venues – the traditional Nordic Hotel Forum conference centre and the Russian Cultural Centre within a short walking distance.
The president of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid will open the conference at the Russian Cultural Centre (RCC) on Friday, 31st March at 10 to be followed by two days of discussions at two venues.
Helen Sildna, founder of TMW: “We have created the whole festival for learning and meaningful exchange. The festival is our expression of an integrated world, where we see swift and seamless connection points between arts, economy, innovation, openness, sustainability and creativity. A holistic vision of a society, where different disciplines learn from each other and add value. I believe this conference programme is really the best we have done so far. All topics we discuss are created in hope of triggering inspiration, collaboration and out-of-the box ideas.”
Some of the greatest stories of TMW conference from the movers and shakers of music industry’s technical side will be shared by an award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell, a woman behind some top musical releases from Björk to Aphex Twin. The acclaimed music critic Simon Reynolds presents his new book Shock and Awe, a history of glam rock and art pop, examining even the uncanny reflections of glam in current politics. In a discussion on “forbidden songs” Norwegian singer-storyteller and activist Moddi will share his story of banned songs from Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer to Kate Bush’s Army Dreamers. Ivan Novak, the leader of Slovenian conceptual group Laibach will talk about his band’s struggle to get their songs through the needle’s eye of censorship before performing in totalitarian North Korea.
TMW is proud to present the inspiring brand case study of Moomins from Finland – in a year when Estonia’s Nordic neighbours celebrate their country’s 100th birthday, but also to take a look at Africa to show how arts can change lives of whole communities in the slums of Kenya.
The mega panel on Saturday morning will try to tie all the topics and endeavours – technology, sustainability, creativity – together into a vision of a future society, where different disciplines complement each other and knowledge doesn’t disappear between industry silos.
Among the TMW Creative Impact conference speakers are Minister of Culture Indrek Saar, London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé, Barbara Gessler from the European Commission, Estonia’s CIO Siim Sikkut, Head of Nordea Estonia Gerd Müller and CEO of Telia Estonia Dan Strömberg, as well as an impressive list of innovative entrepreneurs and visionaries from different sectors and many continents. The panel moderators feature an impressive list of top international journalists from Kate Connolly (The Guardian), Damien McGuinness (BBC), Elisabeth Braw (Nonresident Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council) to John Robb (Louder Than War).
Please use the handy My Schedule tool to navigate between the venues and topics.
From today 27th March there are also one-day conference passes available at TMW web store.
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.