With early Spring comes Tallinn Music Week - an annual weeklong celebration of music, art, ideas, talent, creative freedom, and equality appropriately occurring when everything starts blooming again. Easily one of Europe's most diverse showcase festivals, the event takes place in the Estonian capital and openly takes advantage of the East-meets-West tandem to properly highlight emerging, innovative acts from all over the planet — albeit with an obvious focus on Estonian, Russian, and Finnish artists.

Currently in its eleventh year, Tallinn Music Week imposes itself as a mandatory checkpoint for all things music: having started as an industry conference, it has organically grown to become a massive monster of design, art, technology, and food culture. The emphasis being the music, an impressive amount of showcases take place for three nights in a row in ten venues across the city centre — with over 150 artists from 28 countries, it's without any doubt one of the most diverse festivals around.

This year's conference celebrates a special landmark for both the festival and the city: a new partnership between TMW and the Estonian Academy of Arts coincides with the event relocating to a new venue in the Kalamaja district. "Alongside Telliskivi Creative City and Noblessner, the Estonian Academy of Arts will become not just our conference centre but a focal point of the entire festival," festival director Helen Sildna explains. "We are excited to present this future creative district of Tallinn to our guests." The focus of the 2019 conference will be the impact the arts have in the economy — which in an increasingly global society constantly reinventing its relationship with trading values and culture sounds like an excellent starting point for discussing the limits between healthy expansion and pure debordian marchandise. Among the panelists confirmed are the likes of music publicist Amanda Freeman, TV producer Anna Hildur, Shanghai-based producer Alessandro Pavanello, YouTube Music Strategic Partner Manager Ashraf el Gamal, Bella Union A&R and Project Manager Anika Mottershaw, Estonian Academy of Arts rector Mark Kalm, and Kruger Media founder Michael Frohoff — to name but a few.

Featuring an omnipresent preoccupation with uniting people from all over the world via culture in general and music in particular, Tallinn Music Week innovates through its discourse on the importance of tolerance, diversity, and equality as the core basis for a sustainable future society. And if this isn't enough to convince you a trip to the Baltic is in order, remember that TMW is — to my knowledge, at least — the only festival with its own official dog, Pipar.

Tallinn Music Week 2019 takes place in Tallinn, Estonia between March 25th and 31st. For further information on the line-up, tickets, and accommodation head over to their official website.