Tallinn Day will be celebrated for the 21st time on Sunday 15 May, but the first events to mark the city's birthday will take place on Friday 13 May.
Tallinn Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart said: "It is in difficult times that we are fully able to understand and appreciate the history and heritage of our community. Tallinn Day is an opportunity to highlight the creativity of our city and to value the contribution of creative people in making our city rich with unique atmosphere. We have a long history - this year marks the 700th anniversary of the first mentioning of Tallinn Town Hall - but Tallinn is also an open and innovative city where different people can live together in peace. Our cultural space fosters creativity, and innovation and teamwork is highly valued, helping us succeed in today's fast-changing world," said Kõlvart.
This year's Tallinn Day events will start on Friday, 13 May with a music morning in Tallinn schools, where students will be able to meet musicians and take part in music quizzes. Also on Friday, the Tallinn Day dictation will take place at Town Hall Square, the text of which will be recited by actor/singer Ivo Uukkivi. The dictation is dedicated to the 700th anniversary of the Town Hall. More information: https://www.tallinn.ee/est/etteutlus/
Saturday, 14 May is dedicated to the Tallinn districts. In addition to various park concerts and community plantings of spring flowers and plants, there will be a family sports day in Haabersti and a youth festival in Männi Park in Mustamäe, a tour of the Old Town and a hike in Pirita.
On the morning of Tallinn Day, 15 May, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Tallinn Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart will ceremonially open the Lühikese Jala Gate, a historical link between the fortifications of Toompea Castle and the City of Tallinn, to confirm their good cooperation.
At noon, Tallinn Day will be officially opened in front of the Town Hall by Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart and Tallinn Herald Jüri Kuuskemaa. To celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Town Hall, the Mayor invites all citizens and guests to visit the Town Hall from 12 noon to 5pm. Admission is free of charge, and at 1pm and 2pm, medieval and Renaissance music is performed by the Kiili Old Music Ensemble.
At 2pm, the showcase concert of the Tallinn Talent competition for young musicians will start in the Estonia Concert Hall. Also at 2pm, guests are invited to Tallinn City Council House (Vana-Viru 12) for a tour in Estonian and at 3.30pm for a tour in Russian.
On Tallinn Day, the Museum Sunday of May is also celebrated, with free admission to branches of Tallinn City Museum, such as Tallinn City Life Museum (Vene 17), Kalamaja Museum (Kotzebue 16), Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum (Komandandi tee 2), Tallinn Russian Museum (Pikk 29a), the Miiamilla Children's Museum (Koidula 21c), etc., and the literary museums in Kadriorg, such as the Eduard Vilde Museum (Roheline aas 3), the Mati Unt Museum (Koidula 17), and the A. H. Tammsaare Museum (Koidula 12a). Read more: Tallinn Museum Sunday on 15 May > Tallinn
Tallinn Day will culminate in a free open-air concert in Kadriorg Park from 3pm to 10pm, featuring a science show for children by Ahhaa Science Centre, and performances by Prime Orchestra from Ukraine, Minimal Wind, Gameboy Tetris, villemdrillem, Clicherik & Mäx, Tanel Padar, Uku Suviste, and Silver Laas & band.
The Tallinn Day tradition was established in 2002 to commemorate the granting of the city charter of Lübeck to Tallinn in 1248, making Tallinn a fully-fledged European city. The aim of Tallinn Day is to celebrate the history of the city and the Tallinn people, as well as to showcase the city's history and present.
The detailed programme of Tallinn Day is available at https://www.tallinn.ee/tallinnapaev