Festivals of flowers, acrobats, Asian music and street performances
As European Capital of Culture 2011, Tallinn continues to stage events designed to attract more guests to explore the city. Taking place in the Estonian capital in May: Tallinn Flower Festival, May 27 – August 28, for which 31 colourful ornamental gardens adorn Towers Square park; Orient Festival, May 11 – 15, the only festival in Northern Europe devoted to authentic Asian music; International Acrobatics Championships, May 21 – 27, with acrobats from across Europe doing somersaults, splits, pirouettes, human pyramids and more; Tallinn Old Town Days, May 28 – June 5, with a lavish program including concerts, street performances and sports events; and, opening on May 28, “Die Hard: 11,000 Years of Estonian History”, an exhibition on how the Estonian people have survived extraordinary historical times. There is a long list of summer events too, including the Young People’s Song and Dance Festival, which could attract more than 100,000 people.
Meanwhile, the viewing area on one of Tallinn’s tallest towers, St. Olav’s Church, has reopened for the summer season. Once the tallest building in Europe, today St. Olav’s offers magnificent views of Tallinn’s Old Town. During the Soviet period, the KGB used the spire as a radio tower and secret surveillance point. Turku in Finland is also European Capital of Culture 2011.
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[pictured: Town Hall Square, Tallinn; EPA Photo / Nipa / Aivar Partel]