From March 23 a special selection of Estonian music will be played in the Viru Keskus public spaces to support Estonian musicians in these challenging times.
The selection was assembled from the artists of two important international Estonian music festivals Jazzkaar and Tallinn Music Week, that are long-term cooperation partners of Viru Keskus. The list of performers is impressive, representing the best of Estonian modern music and featuring Erki Pärnoja, Raul Vaigla, Frankie Animal, PõhjaKonn, Lexsoul Dancemachine, Rita Ray, Inger, Hedvig Hanson, Lembit Saarsalu, Reigo Ahven, Sofia Rubina, Urmas Lattikas, Elephants From Neptune, Leslie Da Bass, Annett, Iiris, Miljardid and many others.
Viru Keskus also announces its agreements with both music festivals on continuing support to ensure that the postponed festivals would take place in the second half of 2020.
The artistic manager of Jazzkaar 2020 festival Anne Erm praises the initiative of Viru Keskus to play good Estonian music in its public spaces. “Viru Keskus is the best example of creating solutions by joined forces. Right now everybody is having difficulties and our beloved musicians have also been left without income for months. I call on everybody to notice beautiful local sounds and to buy the CDs and vinyl records of Estonian musicians, because that is the fastest way to offer at least some income to musicians during these hard times.
“We have always admired the dedication shown by Viru Keskus to gather talented creators and great ideas, and to make smart and responsible contributions to culture and quality. The centre has been a great part partner and anchor to TWM, and the venue of our city stage concerts. In August we will celebrate by meeting again at TMW, but until then we can listen to recorded good Estonian music and take care of our health,” she is seconded by Helen Sildna, the manager of Tallinn Music Week.
Estonian music will be playing in Viru Keskus also while the centre is temporarily closed due to the special order by the Estonian government, although our food store and pharmacy will remain open.