For the first time in Estonia, the Moomin Museum and the Tampere Hall Shop will open an original Moomin Museum pop-up store in Fotografiska Tallinn from 18 to 30 August, in collaboration with Tallinn Music Week. The world’s only Moomin Museum is located in Tampere Hall in Tampere, Finland, and it is a big year for the Moomins – 75 years have passed since the first Moomin book was published.
The shop highlights the themes of the museum’s exhibitions, based on the original artwork of Finland’s acclaimed artist and writer, the creator of Moomins, Tove Jansson, which make up the collection of art on display at the Moomin Museum, a place for adults and children alike. The pop-up shop selection includes Moomin products not available anywhere else from posters, postcards, magnets, and mugs to chocolate bars.
Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, Tampere Hall is the largest conference and concert centre in the Nordics. It is also Finland’s first carbon-neutral conference and concert centre, which uses renewable energy to contribute to a fossil-free society. The musicians that make up TampereRaw are from the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, a full-size symphony orchestra that also resides in the Tampere Hall and celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.
The Tampere 2026 team is working towards Tampere and its surrounding region becoming the European Capital of Culture in the year 2026. Their vision of sustainability and equality in their work is in perfect resonance with TMW 2020 topics, and both partners are also working towards raising awareness about the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
TMW will be teaming up with Tampere Hall and the Tampere 2026 European Capital of Culture bid to curate the festival’s opening night at Fotografiska Tallinn on Thursday, 27 August.
As Paulina Ahokas, the Managing Director of Tampere Hall explains:
“It feels perfectly natural for the Tampere 2026 cultural capital process and Tampere Hall to join forces with TMW to spread the love of music, the thrill of wonderful encounters and experiences, and the message of equality. What an honour it is for us to be invited to present this opening night and contribute to the exciting programme with TMW, one of the best festivals in the world – not only in our opinion, but according to influential critics as well.”
In sum, there is a lot to celebrate in Tampere this year and Paulina Ahokas adds:
“We are so happy to invite everyone to celebrate our many anniversaries, and we are absolutely convinced that everyone will find at least 195 reasons to come to Tampere as well – Tampere Hall 30, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra 90, Moomin 75 and the Marriott Courtyard, recently established in connection to us.”
Moomin Museum in Tampere. Photo: Jari Kuusenaho
Telliskivi Creative City in Tallinn. Photo by Kaupo Kalda