04.06.2021

Tallinn has a diverse cultural program in place for the summer

Despite the fact that The Tall Ships Races 2021 will be postponed to 2024, the city will be holding a grandiose maritime festival and several other traditional summer events.

Several major events take place in Tallinn during the summer, the most important of which are the Medieval Days (July 7-11), the maritime festival (July 16-18), the Birgitta Festival (August 6-14) and the Old Town Days (August 12-15).

During the Medieval Days, from 7 to 11 July, you are able to feel the atmosphere of the flourishing Hanseatic era. A large medieval market is set up in the Town Hall Square with merchants and workshops. Musicians and dancers from near and far take the stage. A medieval procession opens the event followed by various workshops, excursions and theatre performances. The children’s area is situated on the Niguliste hill where children are able to participate in workshops, knight tournaments and other exciting activities. Handicraft market is open and workshops take place at the Town Hall Square every day. Mediaeval village on the Niguliste hill. You can find more information and the program www.medievaldays.ee.

In the five ports of Tallinn city centre, from 16 to 18 July, a great maritime festival will take place, where the ships traditionally participating in The Tall Ships Races regatta will also take part, and a smaller regatta will take place in cooperation with three cities - Tallinn, Klaipeda and Szczecin.  Following all restrictions and the instructions of the Health Board, a maritime and family festival will be taking place in the Old City Harbour cruise area, as well as in the Kalaranna Quarter, around the Patarei Sea Fortress, at the Seaplane Harbour, and in the Noblessner Port area. Artists from Estonia and abroad will be providing entertainment in the ports as well as on the water. There will be outdoor cafés, children’s play areas, a fish market, and a handicraft fair, as well as a sea taxi which will be transporting participants from one port to another. As per tradition, the maritime festival is free for all participants. More information: https://www.tallshipstallinn.ee.

Birgitta Festival 2021 will take place in Tallinn from 6 to 14 August. Puccini's opera "Sister Angelica" will be completed especially for this year's Birgitta Festival. Tchaikovsky's opera "Yevgeny Onegin" and Verdi's opera "Aida" can be enjoyed in the performance of the Dmitry Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre. The festival will feature two one-act ballets by Ivan Vassiliev, one of the most famous contemporary ballet artists in Russia, which premiered in 2018 - "The Beginning" to the music of Igor Stravinsky and "Amadeus" to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The ballet troupe consists mainly of the best ballet artists of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The performing arts company NoGravity offers the musical spectacle "Leonardo", in which the famous paintings of the Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci come to life. More information can be found on https://www.filharmoonia.ee/en/birgitta.

This year, the Tallinn Old Town Days "Stories and Legends" will take place on 12 to 15 August. In addition to an impressive concert program, the Old Town Days also offer numerous thematic tours, a film program, architectural excursions, special programs in museums, distinct exhibitions, street theatre, children's area, folk culture area, etc. Activities take place all over the Old Town and you can enjoy concerts of pop, folk and classical music. This year's main focus of the Old Town Days is on stories and legends, and a separate exhibition-concert is dedicated to the friendship between Tallinn and Helsinki. You can find more information and the program https://vanalinnapaevad.ee/en/.

More events in Tallinn during the summer: https://www.visittallinn.ee/eng/visitor/see-do/things-to-do/events.

Photo: Kadi-Liis Koppel, Visit Tallinn

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