Video: Tallinn Maritime Days opening events

Last weekend’s Tallinn Maritime Days brought visitors to the Pirita Yacht Harbour for the first time and back to the Tallinn Creative Hub Kultuurikatel. A total of 120,000 visitors took part in the Tallinn Maritime Days events.

Tallinn Maritime Days Project Manager Tõnno Piigli said that the event was a success all in all. “I’m happy that the weather was kind to us this year. Saturday was sunny all day, which drew people to the Maritime Days,” Piigli said. “And I’m especially glad that the Viking Village was so attractive to both young and old visitors. You don’t experience Viking era axe throwing or get an introduction to the Viking lifestyle every day. In addition to the Vikings, another new addition was the Pirita Yacht Harbour. Even though the storms didn’t allow us to run the full program at the harbour, we’re still glad that it became the home of the Muhu Strait Regatta. We were also happy to have classical music concerts make their debut at the Maritime Days. The concerts at Kultuurikatel were very popular and I’m glad about that. Thank you to all of our visitors who decided to take part in the large-scale events of the Tallinn Maritime Days on the weekend of July 15-17,” Piigli added.

The opening ceremony was a special event in and of itself, comprising of three sections this year. These were the big maritime parade, the opening concert on the cruise quay and the evening concert by Singer Vinger on the ship Svanhild, all followed by a majestic fireworks show.

According to Piigli, the most popular events at this year’s Maritime Days were the ones connected to going out to sea. “Like past years, this years visitors were also most interested in the sea-related events. The sea taxis were very popular and our visiting ships were full of visitors. The second annual maritime parade attracted more people out to sea and to watch from land than ever before, giving us the assurance that we must continue the tradition in the future,” Piigli is convinced. “In addition to our sea-related activities, visitors are still very interested in high quality concerts, the most popular of which was our third annual Night Song Festival,” he added.

This year’s Tallinn Maritime Days took place on July 15-17 in four harbours in Tallinn: the Seaplane, Old City, Noblessner and Pirita Yacht Harbours. The organizers of Estonia’s largest maritime and family event are the City of Tallinn, Tallinn Harbour, the Estonian Historical Ship Society, the Tallinn Department of Culture, and the Estonian Maritime Museum. The biggest sponsors of the event are Balbiino, Saku, Renault, Postimees, the Infoline 16366, Tallink and Lavazza.