Monday, 12 April 2010

Tallinn Music Week

Ank from Tharaphita - photo by AP Childs

If stone could speak then the medieval ruins of Tallinn in Estonia would be screaming with the despair of centuries of war. Estonia is a small North Eastern European nation perched like a Baltic raven on the edge of Europe. It is a nation with a precarious identity, having been occupied by virtually every surrounding country and only gaining independence from the Soviet Union less than 20 years ago. Besides the culture vultures who flock around the medieval architecture and the lecherous English stag parties who frequent Tallinn for cheap booze and whores, few people visit this ancient corner of Europe. Tallinn Music Week is an important event, not just for the bands and artists involved, but also to show the world that there is more to Estonia than old churches and sleazy strip clubs.
 
The historic culture of Estonia had been somewhat suppressed under Soviet rule. Since independence, Estonia has attempted to re-establish its identity as a Nordic nation. In the 19th century the Estonian nationalist movement adopted the ancient pagan deity Tharaphita as a symbol of their anti-German identities. It is from this forgotten deity that the black metal band, Tharaphita, take their name. 

Tallinn Music Week is an important event, not just for the bands and artists involved, but also to show the world that there is more to Estonia than old churches and sleazy strip clubs.

Read the rest of my article for Dazed Digital HERE






Published: Dazed Digital, 9th April 2010