Where to go, what to see and eat, best of Tallinn in April
Bobby McFerrin at the Baltics’ biggest jazz fest Jazzkaar, a 10-day birthday celebration in Telliskivi Creative City, a gourmet movie festival, sumo championships, a chance to visit buildings otherwise closed to the public… – these are just a few of this month’s highlights. What a great way to (finally!) start enjoying the spring in Tallinn!
To find out more on how to spend your Easter or spring holiday in Tallinn, read our top tips for April and do not forget to check out our culture calendar
for further inspiration.
Telliskivi Creative City, a cluster of former factory buildings now housing an impressive array of trendy bars, restaurants, shops, and offices for creative enterprises, is celebrating its 10th birthday with a 10-day festival extravaganza including music, theatre, dance, film, and much more. Come celebrate at one of the locals’ favourite areas!
All around the city
Open House is an international initiative that lets you sneak a peek behind the doors of different houses and institutions that are otherwise closed or partially closed to the public. In Tallinn, you can explore the interiors of at least 40 different buildings, including such gems as Linnahall on the seaside. Information on the participating buildings and on how to register for the free tours will soon be available on their website
J-Zone, a Japanese and Asian lifestyle event
celebrates and explores Japanese and Asian contemporary lifestyle and culture. The programme includes food, a film programme including a selection of some of the best animations and thematic documentaries, cosplay and K-pop dance competitions, a game zone, different masterclasses and a special J-Zone store
Open Fishing Port Day
Tallinn: Fishing Port
(City Centre: Kalaranna 1), Leppneeme Port (Viimsi: Leppneeme küla)
On the Open Fishing Port Day, fishing ports all over Estonia open their doors to show you their daily life. You can buy fresh fish straight from the fishermen, taste delicious seafood and take part in other sea-related events. Every port has its own special programme.
Concerts, Parties and Music Festivals
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Directed by Kristiina Poska, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra will perform music from Schumann and Korngold sharing the stage with the stunning Korean violinist Jioon Lee.
Bullet for My Valentine
One of the most successful British metal bands Bullet for My Valentine is in Tallinn to introduce their latest album “Gravity” (2018). The band is known for mixing metal and punk rock with melodic tunes and dark lyrics.
ALMA – Have You Seen Her? Tour
ALMA is a 23-year-old female powerhouse with green hair, punk attitude, and a voice that could demolish buildings. The forward-thinking not-your-stereotypical pop princess is in Tallinn in the framework of her highly anticipated European tour.
One of the most mysterious electronic music artists, Claptone is a German DJ and producer duo playing house and tech house. Recognizable by their golden masks with a beak, their identities remain an enigma.
Good Friday Concert at the St John’s Church
The Good Friday Concert will feature three thought-provoking pieces from contemporary composers: the “Seven Last Words from the Cross” by James McMillan, “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten” by Arvo Pärt and a première of a new piece by Ülo Krigul, performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Kaspars Putninš.
All around the city
The biggest jazz festival in the Baltic region, Jazzkaar, celebrates its 30th anniversary with an impressive line-up of local and international musicians (see programme
), including Bobby McFerrin, Joshua Redman, Mark Giuliana, and many others. Don’t worry, be happy!
Estonian Festival Orchestra, conductor Paavo Järvi
Directed by the renown local conductor Paavo Järvi, the Estonian Festival Orchestra has been touring famous concert halls around Europe, including the Berliner Philharmonie, Royal Albert Hall and many others. In Tallinn, together with the Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji, they will perform music by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Tüür and Sibelius.
Disco Tallinn Goes Jazz / Rasmus Faber + Lionman
Punane Maja (Telliskivi 60A)
Disco Tallinn, the pop-up party series puts on some funky beats and celebrates the 30th anniversary of Jazzkaar with a jazzy performance by Rasmus Faber + Lionman Soundsystems.
Organ show: Cameron Carpenter
The American organ virtuoso, the rock star of the classical music scene, Cameron Carpenter interprets Bach on his impressive “travel organ” – an impressive ton-weighing sound system that fills almost an entire stage.
Food Film Festival
Whether they are about fine dining, cooking, or eating culture in general, the documentaries at this festival are sure to teach you something new about everyone’s favourite topic: food and everything around it. Full program available soon on their website
Tallinn Coffee Festival
The annual meeting event for Tallinn’s coffee enthusiasts. Whether you are a professional roaster, barista, café owner or just a lover of a fine cup of hot beverage, this is the place to be. The program includes entertainment, master-classes and competitions – everything perfumed with coffee aroma.
Fairs and design events
Interjöör 2019 – Interior Design and Real Estate Fair
is an umbrella event for three different thematically related fairs taking place at the same time at the same place: real estate, interior design and gardening.
Olybet Latvian-Estonian Basketball League: Final Four
Four teams from Estonia and Latvia will compete at the two-day finals for the first-ever Final Four trophy of the Olybet Latvian-Estonian Basketball League.
170 metres (558 feet) of stairs – 916 steps in total to climb through at your maximum speed! The annual Tallinn TV Tower Run is part of the World Federation of Great Towers’ Towerrunning Challenge. You can register online
until April 1st or on the spot on the competition day.
European Sumo Championships
Sõle Sports’ Centre (Sõle 40A)
The championships bring together the best sumo wrestlers from around Europe to compete for titles in different categories. Free entry.
Ice Hockey World Championship, Division I, Group B tournament
The Estonian, Polish, Japanese, Ukrainian, Dutch, and Romanian men’s ice hockey teams face each other at the five-day tournament to decide which one of them will be included in the best 22 national teams competing at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia in May 2019.
Performances, shows and stand-up
Magic: The Illusionists – Direct from Broadway
Labelled as the “Magic’s Cirque de Soleil” (The London Times), the Illusionists’ show promises to enchant you with magic, featuring stage illusions, mind reading and thrilling escapes.
Stand-up comedy: Eddie Izzard – Wunderbar
Eddie Izzard’s new international comedy tour ‘Wunderbar’ is all about the comedian’s very unique, totally surreal view of life, love, history, and his “theory of the universe”.
Contemporary dance: Kädi Metsoja – tegeele
Première on 11.04.2019, 19:30
“tegeele” is an abstract chorographical thriller where the main character finds herself in difficult situations where exiting seems impossible. With a background in circus, the movement language of Kädi Metsoja, Estonian dancer and director, is acrobatic, rhythmic and systematic. Kanuti Gildi SAAL is located in a former Medieval guild building on Pikk street.
Contemporary ballet: Béjart Ballet Lausanne – t ‘M et variations, Béjart fête Maurice
Founded by the legendary choreographer Maurice Béjart, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne is an internationally renowned Swiss dance company led by artistic director Gil Roman. In Tallinn, their performance will include two separate ballet titles: “t ‘M et variations” and “Béjart fête Maurice”.
Stand-up comedy: Dara Ó Briain – Voice of Reason
Dara Ó Briain, one of the most well-known Irish comedians and TV-presenters is in Tallinn with his new tour, ‘Voice of reason’. You should see the show not only for the laughs but also for the impressive interiors of the Russian Culture Centre, a former House of the Naval Officers – an example of Soviet opulence in interior design.
Top tip for families: Explore Space! Uuri Ruumi!
Opened in March 2019
The Museum of Estonian Architecture invites kids and youngsters to explore the space around them with their new permanent educative exhibition Uuri Ruumi! The playful exhibits introduce visitors to different building materials and help them to understand the nature of architecture.
Last chance: Tallinn exhibitions to check out before they disappear
Closes on 14.04.2019
The exhibition explores some of the less known aspects of the art scene of the 1990s, a decade known for its contradictions and cultural discontinuation.
Tallinn 800 – Annual exhibition of the Union of Estonian Metalworking Artists
Closes on 30.04.2019