From Vikings to innovation – the programme of the Tallinn Maritime Days unveiled

The organizers of Tallinn Maritime Days have brought the programme of the festival to the public, giving an overview of ​​what visitors can see, listen or do in various harbours of Tallinn on 15 th -18 th of July. Also, some changes have occurred when compared to the previous years.

Usually the festival of Tallinn Maritime Days lasts for three days, but this year the organizers have given one extra day for the visitors to enjoy the festival that now takes place from Saturday, 15 th of July until Tuesday, 18 th of July. In addition, a brand-new Haven Kakumäe Harbour is participating this year with special Tallinn Maritime Days programme. Taavi Aas, the Executive Mayor of Tallinn says that it is very important that the festival area has expanded from year to year. «It has always been our goal to make seaside more open to the public and that people could find more reasons to come to the seaside,» said Aas. «I am very glad that Kakumäe joined us this year. This means that different marine activities will literally take place along the shore of Tallinn, from one side of the city to the other,» added Aas.

This year, Old City Harbour surprises with an innovation area where the Mektory School of Technology, Centre for Biorobotics and the Estonian Maritime Academy show exciting inventions, simulators and robots. «Since there will be plenty of historical sailboats in the capital this summer, we want to show through innovation, how navigation and everything maritime-related has evolved over time,» said Aas. For that reason, visitors will have a chance to visit ​robotics workshops, explore U-CAT submarine robot, find out about virtual reality and a lot more in the innovation area in Old City Harbour.

Last year the mighty Vikings sailed to Tallinn Maritime Days and it seems that they are going to stay here for a little while longer. This year the Vikings have occupied the Seaplane Harbour. «The thing about the Vikings is that once they come for a visit, they never leave,» says Urmas Dresen, the director of Estonian Maritime Museum with a smile on his face. Dresen said that in addition to the Vikings, lots of interesting events are scheduled in Seaplane Harbour – Night Song festival, international sailing regatta «Tallinn Race» and demo rides of so called flying phantoms (foiling sailboats), where sailboats fly over the water by gaining high speed.

Tallinn Maritime Days 2017 will kick off in Pirita Harbour in the evening of 14 th of July, when the maritime festival will be opened by famous Estonian ensemble Regatt. Port Noblessner will celebrate Tallinn Maritime Days on Saturday, 15 th of July, when a popular indie music festival «Intsikurmu festival» and thousands of riders of the Tour d'ÖÖ hit the area. For the first time in the history, Haven Kakumäe Harbour will be the festival’s partner attracting visitors from 15 th - 16 th of July to take part in exciting maritime activities. But the biggest event of the Tallinn Maritime Days takes place from the 17 th -18 th of July when the Tall Ships Races regatta sailboats visit the various harbours of the capital. Tallinn Maritime Days will be held on 15 th – 18 th of July in five different harbours - Old City Harbour, Seaplane Harbour and partner harbours – Haven Kakumäe, Noblessner and Pirita Harbour marina.

Tallinn Maritime Days 2017 is organized by the City of Tallinn, Tallinn Culture Department, Port of Tallinn and Seaplane Harbour. Co-organizers of the STA Estonia, Haven Kakumäe Harbour, Port Noblessner marina, Pirita Municipality, Pirita Harbour marina. The festival is supported by the Port of Tallinn, Alfons Hakans, Balbiino, ABC Motors, Tallink.