A Year of Maritime Culture in Tallinn

Ship in Tallinn

Get ready to embark on a maritime adventure in Tallinn this year. The Estonian capital sets sail for the Year of Maritime Culture, where exciting events, exhibitions and activities await.

For 15 years the Estonian Ministry of Culture have organized theme years, in order to focus the public's attention to a specific cultural sphere. 2016 is no different and maritime culture is on all Estonian minds this year. If you want to experience the exciting events, then a stay at our Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Tallinn is the perfect port for your nautical adventures. Read on to learn more about what thrilling activities and events are in store during the Year of Maritime Culture.

Peek into the life of the locals

Fisherman in Tallinn

There's nothing quite like traveling to a country and getting to know its people and soul. If you take part in "The Coastal Trip" you can enjoy an authentic experience of local life instead of the typical tourist traps. Set sail for the various coastal villages where you can meet the assiduous, hospitable and cheerful folk inhabiting the villages. You can learn more about the history, distinctive characteristics and traditions of the village as well as participate in a range of activities.

Maritime days abound

Maritime Days Tallinn

July 15-17 will be an intriguing weekend in the city as the Maritime Days are underway in Tallinn. This year's festival features many innovations and a fourth festival location, the Pirita Yacht Harbor, right by one of the capital's most popular beaches. The other harbors in the Old City, Sea Plane Museum and Pirita will all be buzzing with people enjoying the many different festivities. Concerts, sea plane competitions and a regatta are just a few of the many events planned. Make sure to check their website for the up to date schedule.

If you have a need for speed you can enjoy the Zoom8 World Championship from August 1-6. Watch as the participants race against each other in the small Zoom8 dinghies, a common sailing boat in the Baltic and Nordic region. It is destined to be quite the spectacle. After you can enjoy the "Borderless Sea" exhibition at the Museum of Coastal Folk.

Magical musical performances

Tallinn concert

Naissaar Island is the place to be from June through September. Here you'll find Nargen Festival, which might just be the most unique music festival in the country. With performances and concerts ranging from traditional folk music and choirs to performances of new and old compositions by world-class musicians. This island in the Bay of Tallinn is definitely where you want to be if you're a fan of music. And who isn't?

Experience the city

Fireworks in Tallinn

On August 27 the Night of Ancient Bonfires takes place along the coastline of throughout Estonia. In the old days, bonfires were lit at sunset to guide sailors home and this heart-warming tradition will be brought back to life on this eve. The Rocca-al-Mare and Viimsi open-air museums will host events as well. When fall comes you can head inside to experience the exhibition "We Call Them Vikings", with a wide range of historical artifacts and collections on display, or enjoy the epic Maritime Museum.

In short: you're in for a treat if you're visiting Estonia during the Year of Maritime Culture. Make sure to check out their website calendar for more events and activities you can enjoy. Don't forget to grab a Tallinn Card for your trip and check out our guide to making the most of your card. We'll talk in Tallinn!

All photos © Year of Maritime Culture / Mere Kultuur

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