About

Young Old Town

From 31st of May until 4th of June 2017 the 36th Tallinn Old Town Days will be taking place in Tallinn. This year’s Old Town Days’ leading principle is „Young Old Town.“

The year 2017 has been named The Year of Children’s and Youth Culture by the Estonian Ministry of Culture. Based on that conception we would like to put the focus on young, cheerful, forward-looking, innovative and fresh mind and will try to create the most exciting, interesting and entertaining program for the whole period of five days.

As always we’ll give each day of the festival special face and  character of our own.

Slogans of each day:

31st of May – opening day
1st of June – If all the power in the world would be given in the hands of children…
Think tanks, debates and discussions, forums from youth to youth, different actions by children and youngsters  in old town…
2nd of June – Take some time to look around
Fresh solutions, fantasy projects, future ideas, open mindedness…
3rd of June – What’s the colour of love
Romantic stories in music, poetry and memories. Evening romance etc.
4th of June – At the end of one path another one begins…
Retro, back to previous eras.

„Versatility“ will be the keyword for the program of Tallinn Old Town Days. There will be different musicians performing folklore, jazz and pop music on several stages, many theatrical performances, handicraft and art fairs taking place, complete program of exhibitions, tours and art projects  from museums and lots of joyous people taking part of the festival.

Welcome to the Young Old Town!

 

History

XXXIV Tallinn Old Town Days “Masters trough centuries”

We have found from Küllike Kaplinski book “Tallinn – meistrite linn” (Koolibri 1995) different Tallinn’s ancient craft movements and organization’s stamps. The pictures on them illustrates the association with the work properties and the worker’s  tools or the final product.

Ancient craftsmen organisation’s signs

Arts and crafts movements

 

Previous Tallinn Old Town Days

Tallinn Old Town Days have been organized since 1982 and they signify the festivities for the Old Town to celebrate the beginning of summer. These celebrations fill yards, squares, streets, coffee shops and halls with music, art, theater and variations of many bigger and smaller activities take place.

Every year Tallinn Old Town Days follows a different slogan , which also inspires the theme of the festival.  This year’s motto is “The Living Streets of the Old Town”.  The streets of the old town are getting even more car-free. As a result it is more pleasurable to spend time and walk on the old town streets. This gives us a chance to organize performances in the streets that were important in the old town history. We will bring the visitors to the streets which are not known that well.

Throughout the event days, the streets are filled with people who are wearing ancient clothes to create an ancient environment. The visitors of the old town can take part of that tradition by buying costumes from local market in Harju street which will be held throughout the event period.

We hope to see tourists from all over the world and make coming to Tallinn Old Town Days an activity that will become a habit! We recommend booking the transportation and accommodation beforehand, because the need for such services are highly demanded at our event period.

Ooh, we almost forgot to mention, most of the events are free for everybody – you just need to get here! See you in Tallinn Old Town Days!