Tallinn Music Week (TMW) conference Creative Impact full programme now published

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) has revealed the most comprehensive conference programme yet with the title Creative Impact. The TMW conference, boasting an international line-up of 87 speakers, will take place on 31st March and 1st April in two venues – the traditional Nordic Hotel Forum conference centre and the Russian Cultural Centre within a short walking distance.

The president of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid will open the conference at the Russian Cultural Centre (RCC) on Friday, 31st March at 10 to be followed by two days of discussions at two venues.

Helen Sildna, founder of TMW: “We have created the whole festival for learning and meaningful exchange. The festival is our expression of an integrated world, where we see swift and seamless connection points between arts, economy, innovation, openness, sustainability and creativity. A holistic vision of a society, where different disciplines learn from each other and add value. I believe this conference programme is really the best we have done so far. All topics we discuss are created in hope of triggering inspiration, collaboration and out-of-the box ideas.”

Some of the greatest stories of TMW conference from the movers and shakers of music industry’s technical side will be shared by an award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell, a woman behind some top musical releases from Björk to Aphex Twin. The acclaimed music critic Simon Reynolds presents his new book Shock and Awe, a history of glam rock and art pop, examining even the uncanny reflections of glam in current politics. In a discussion on “forbidden songs” Norwegian singer-storyteller and activist Moddi will share his story of banned songs from Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer to Kate Bush’s Army Dreamers. Ivan Novak, the leader of Slovenian conceptual group Laibach will talk about his band’s struggle to get their songs through the needle’s eye of censorship before performing in totalitarian North Korea.

TMW is proud to present the inspiring brand case study of Moomins from Finland – in a year when Estonia’s Nordic neighbours celebrate their country’s 100th birthday, but also to take a look at Africa to show how arts can change lives of whole communities in the slums of Kenya.

The mega panel on Saturday morning will try to tie all the topics and endeavours  – technology, sustainability, creativity – together into a vision of a future society, where different disciplines complement each other and knowledge doesn’t disappear between industry silos.

Among the TMW Creative Impact conference speakers are Minister of Culture Indrek Saar, London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé, Barbara Gessler from the European Commission, Estonia’s CIO Siim Sikkut, Head of Nordea Estonia Gerd Müller and CEO of Telia Estonia Dan Strömberg, as well as an impressive list of innovative entrepreneurs and visionaries from different sectors and many continents. The panel moderators feature an impressive list of top international journalists from Kate Connolly (The Guardian), Damien McGuinness (BBC), Elisabeth Braw (Nonresident Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council) to John Robb (Louder Than War).

The complete programme is now available on the TMW website

Please use the handy My Schedule tool to navigate between the venues and topics.

The complete list of conference speakers

From today 27th March there are also one-day conference passes available at TMW web store.

One Day Conference Pass for €125 grants access to all the conference panels in Russian Cultural Centre and Nordic Hotel Forum.
One Day Conference Pass does not apply to TMW music festival or other events.

TMW conference is organized in collaboration with Music Estonia.

TMW conference rooms are furnished by Norr11 and Elke Mööbel

TMW 2017 delegate passes are available for €295 at TMW web store. Sign up as a delegate and buy your pass. TMW delegate pass grants access to the conference seminars and priority access to the music festival as well as the database of registered contacts.

TMW 2017 festival passes for €60 are on sale at TMW web store.

TMW 2017 priority passes for €150are on sale at TMW web store.

This year’s edition of TMW from 27th March to 2nd April will present the music festival line-up and two-day industry conference, a series of free City Stage concerts, TMW Arts programme, curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, Design Market showcasing the most exciting Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designs, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, City Space activities in cooperation with the interior designers of Estonian Academy of Arts and a kids and youth special programme for the first time.


  1. Estonia celebrated the start of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union with nearly 15,000 people gathering for a concert on Freedom Square

  2. Tallinn Music Week’s Telliskivi Creative City Award winners are Mart Avi, Erki Pärnoja and NOËP

  3. Tallinn Music Week attracted almost 37 000 visitors

  4. John Robb: “In all great art, there are no borders”

  5. Tallinn Music Week with Telia and Spotify announce voting for your favourite artist

  6. Erkki-Sven Tüür presents his new album at Tallinn Music Week

  7. President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid opened the Tallinn Music Week conference Creative Impact

  8. Artist Marko Mäetamm will open a new solo exhibition during Tallinn Music Week

  9. Tallinn Music Week (TMW) conference Creative Impact full programme now published

  10. The public discussion series TMW Talks encompasses issues from urban development to cosmic beauty

  11. Trad.Attack! and Onuka set to hold a joint concert at Russian Cultural Centre during Tallinn Music Week

  12. Tallinn Music Week will light up new paths in the city and give new lease of life to old garages

  13. Nordea and “Five Stars” present a carefully selected Tallinn Music Week “best of” programme

  14. Tallinn Music Week presents a documentary film programme in Sõprus cinema focusing on music, politics and consequences of consumerism

  15. TMW conference Creative Impact to put spotlight on big European questions and innovation across industries

  16. Tallinn Music Week presents more than 100 free concerts in locations from charity shop to a hotel suite

  17. Top chef Peeter Pihel cooks with “best before” ingredients at Tallinn Music Week

  18. Tallinn Music Week will fill the historic railway station Balti Jaam with sounds of the future

  19. Finnish music company Fullsteam’s 15th birthday party to be celebrated at Tallinn Music Week

  20. Kristjan Järvi presents “Radio Head Rewritten“ at Tallinn Music Week opening concert

  21. Tallinn Music Week announced new conference speakers from the rulers of London nightlife to tech revolutionaries

  22. Tallinn Music Week and the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center introduce local and international arts and the daily lives of artists

  23. Tallinn Music Week presents authentic small island tastes and the best cuisines in town

  24. Tallinn Music Week released this year’s music programme

  25. President Kersti Kaljulaid to open this year’s Tallinn Music Week conference

  26. Tallinn Music Week launches the new festival season with a new design and website

  27. Tommy Cash and NOËP at Eurosonic this week

  28. Tallinn Music Week is offering priority passes for the first time

  29. Finnish and Estonian music industries join forces to increase the export capabilities in Japan

  30. Tallinn Music Week unveils the first round of conference topics and speakers

  31. Tartu Music Week and sTARTUp Day transform the university town into music and tech festival

  32. Estonia kicked off the international tech conference Slush with Estonian president inviting everyone to become an e-resident

  33. Lithuanian psychedelic rockers Garbanotas Bosistas are the favourite of Tallinn Music Week audience

  34. Tallinn Music Week received an all time record number of artist applications from nearly 60 countries

  35. Chamber Choir Sireen to release a debut album ’Terra Incognita’ with a special performance on 18th September

  36. TMW 2017 artist application round is open, delegates passes on sale at an “early bird” rate

  37. NOЁP to perform at Finnish FLOW Festival this Saturday

  38. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will hold a record signing session in TMW summer house at Positivus Festival on Sunday 17 July

  39. Maria Faust has been awarded with the prestigious Danish culture prize

  40. TMW 2016 artist prize Telliskivi Creative City Award goes to I Wear* Experiment

  41. President Ilves in the opening address at the TMW conference and CFCForum: terrorism and populism impact on all of us