The Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has awarded the Order of White Star of IV Class to Tallinn Music Week founder Helen Sildna for her contribution to Estonian music life and civil society. The state decorations of the Republic of Estonia are used to express the state’s gratitude to Estonians and friends of Estonia whose professional work and dedication has helped to make Estonia stronger, greater and more caring. The Order of the White Star was instituted in 1936 to commemorate the fight of the Estonian people for freedom.
The President awards state decorations each year ahead of the Estonian national anniversary on 24th February. Everyone can suggest nominees to the President. Among the 99 recipients in 2016 are more people, who are or have been part of TMW, like opera singer and promoter Pille Lill, art gallery owner Olga Temnikova, rock singer Tanel Padar, and composer Tõnu Kõrvits.
Helen Sildna has been involved in music industry for over 15 years as a promoter and artist booker. In 2009 she established her own music promotion company Musiccase and founded Tallinn Music Week festival which has secured its place among the most notable cultural events in Europe. Sildna is also one of the activists behind “Friendly Estonia” initiative, which promotes a more accepting, open-minded approach to ethnic and sexual minorities. In 2014 she was awarded the Tampere Music Award at Music & Media Finland’s industry gala for Exceptional Achievements in Music Business, and in 2015 she was awarded the Citizen of the Year title by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.
To bring the positive impact of music beyond Estonia TMW 2016 is organizing the Creativity for Change Forum for innovation and vision on 1st April, that will bring together game-changers from business, education, science, technology, arts, culture, civil society and policy making from more than 50 countries to find out how a creative mind-set can help reshape our society on the verge of the 4th industrial revolution – to achieve greater democracy, transparency, tolerance, diversity, equality, true freedom of expression and sustainable prosperity.
The Creativity for Change Forum in Tallinn, Estonia, taking place within one of Europe’s most diverse city festivals Tallinn Music Week, aims to encourage the civil society and private sector to invest in and strive for values that will bring along a positive transformation in the society.
See the teaser movie here:
(movie by Taavi Varm, footage of Tallinn by Kaupo Kalda, music by Djerro)
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: https://tmw.ee/store/delegate-pass
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. https://tmw.ee/store/festival-pass
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