As a joint decision of the Tallinn Music Week (TMW) team and partners, TMW decided to postpone the event, scheduled for 25 – 29 March, due to risks related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and following a recommendation issued by the Estonian Health Board. TMW 2020 has been rescheduled and will take place on 26 – 30 August.
TMW 2020 Paldiski Sunday, at the heart of the Lääne-Harju Parish, will take place as scheduled on 29 March as an event targeted at the Estonian audience.
Due to the epidemiological situation changing rapidly around the world as well as in Estonia, and taking into account the Estonian Health Board’s recommendations, the organising team of TMW decided to postpone the festival until the end of August.
Although the likelihood of the coronavirus spreading locally in Estonia is not high, organising an international event like TMW entails several risk factors. In addition to considerations concerning the health of artists, festival employees and the public, the decision was also informed by the fact that travel restrictions imposed by states and airline carriers can arise with very short notice, meaning the arrival of artists and guests at the festival may prove to be impossible.
Director of TMW Helen Sildna explains, “While a week ago we believed that by following the recommendations by the Health Board, we could still go on with the festival, the circumstances have now changed. We are confident that we can offer a more fulfilling and safer experience for all participants in August. The decisive factor for the decision to postpone, was first and foremost, the large number of international participants. Our team believes that during this period, it is better for us all to minimise travel. I am immensely proud and grateful to our team and partners – thanks to their fast action, empathy and sense of responsibility, we can confirm already today that the festival will take place at the same scale, scope and quality as it would have in March. Also, for the first time in our history, TMW will take place at the end of summer – in August.”
All TMW festival and conference partners, venues and programme curators are prepared to contribute to organising the festival in August, while maintaining the scope and content of the festival programme to a large extent. All artists that were announced for the March event have received invitations for August, and acts who cannot attend will be replaced with artists of an equal profile. The first set of performers for August have already been confirmed, among others, by the best-known foreign acts A Place To Bury Strangersfrom the US, Shortparis from Russia, Luna from Ukraine, Finnish Jesse Markin and Suistamon Sähkö, German pianist Kai Schumacher and Latvian indie rockers Carnival Youth. The few dozen Estonian acts confirmed so far also include Duo Ruut, I Wear* Experiment, Lexsoul Dancemachine, Mart Avi, Mick Pedaja, Modulshtein, Puuluup, Rita Ray, Ruum and YASMYN. International programme partners in August include Tampere Hall and the Tampere 2026 team, as well as Sevkabel Port and the festival Stereoleto from St. Petersburg.
Changes in schedule do not affect Paldiski Sunday, on the Pakri Peninsula in the Lääne-Harju Parish, which will take place as scheduled on 29 March. The event in the port town will include concerts in churches, a pelmeni lunch at the Peetri Toll tavern, and sightseeing tours. Additional information.
TMW 2020 Festival Pass, Conference + Festival Pass and single tickets that have been purchased, will also be valid on the new TMW dates in August. Single tickets will be valid on the same weekdays (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) at the same venues.
The updated music programme and main conference speakers will be announced on 30 March. Returning the passes and tickets or exchanging single venue tickets in exchange for another showcase night ticket can be done between 1 – 12 April. Additional information and instructions concerning ticket returns and exchanges will be announced on 30 March.