Where to go, what to see and eat, best of Tallinn in April
Events and culture
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!
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 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Estonia Concert Hall
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.
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.
TOP tip: classical concerts regularly take place in some of the most spectacular historic venues in Tallinn, such as the medieval Gate Tower, the baroque Kadriorg Palace, or the House of the Black Heads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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”.
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.
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