Tallinn Music Week & Station Narva Partner In Estonia

Scene from last year’s Station Narva festival, at the riverside art club Ro-Ro. (Picture by Anastassia Volkova)

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) announced a partnership with neighboring Narva Station festival. Both events are promoted by Shiftworks, and together they will showcase some 175 artists from 28 countries across 21 venues in both cities.

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The joint event starts May 4-6 in the Estonian capital Tallinn and continues May 7-8 in Narva. Concerts in Tallinn will take place across town, from the picturesque Old Town to the hip Telliskivi Creative City area. In Narva, the music program reaches from the beloved Art Club Ro-Ro to the main stage in the grand industrial complex of Kreenholm Manufactory.

One highlight includes a free concert by Ukrainian star Ivan Dorn at the Telliskivi Creative City Square, May 5. Other performances at TMW 2022 include a special collaboration of Swedish composer Maria W Horn and the Tallinn University of Technology Academic Female Choir.

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There’s music everywhere in the Estonian capital during Tallinn Music Week, on the ground as well as on rooftops.

Jazz club Philly Joe’s Tallinn will run a two-night showcase marathon, featuring, among others, Alfa Collective from Estonia and Brekky Boy from Australia. New sounds from Africa will be heard on a dedicated stage, too, including from Tanzanian Tofa Jaxx, Ethiopian-Ukrainian hip hop sister trio Fo Sho, and Estonian-Ukrainian “fire-folk” ensemble Svjata Vatra.

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There’s be a shuttle service to take visitors from Tallinn to bordering Narva, where the music program will continue May 7, at the Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral with the concert “Da pacem Domine” by The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste.

TMW 2022 will close in the riverside Art Club Ro-Ro with an afterparty hosted by Ida Viru County’s festival Mägede Hääl. Featured among more than a dozen artists across two stages are Estonian audiovisual duo Vera Vice, Slovenian noise rock band Lelee, and Raul Saaremets, legendary radio and club DJ and promoter from Estonia.

Narva is 95% Russian speaking. The partnership with Tallinn Music Week is certainly meant to send a symbolic message of unity between peoples during a war they did not want. However, fostering a tie between Europe’s East and West has been a goal of Shiftworks from the moment they first set up Station Narva right on the border between Europe and Russia, way before anyone could have known that Russia would invade its neighbor.

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