TALLINN – The 39th Tallinn Old Town Days, scheduled to be held at the beginning of June, will not take place due to the spread of coronavirus, officials announced on Monday.
"It's a great pity to have to announce to those waiting for our summer event with the longest traditions that we had to make the difficult decision to not hold the Old Town Days at the beginning of the summer due to the corona pandemic. Since it would have been time now to start concluding agreements with the performers, but there is no certainty concerning a favorable development of the situation, it wouldn't be sensible put people to work in vain and incur costs," acting elder of the borough of Central Tallinn Anu Aus said in a press release.
Aus said that should the virus be overcome by the end of the summer and the situation stabilize, consideration could be given to staging the Old Town Days with a scaled-back program in the second half of the year.
"It would be a pity to let the excellent work done by the organizing team led by Anne Velt since the autumn go to waste," Aus added.
Velt meanwhile said that the idea competition held at the turn of the year to gather ideas for the program of the event gave a good result and some of the project drafts submitted are to be carried out in the future.
"The opening concert of the Old Town Days dedicated to Georg Ots may take place also in the fall, as the year of the centenary of Ots will continue. The same is true for Jaan Kross and Voldemar Panso, who also were planned to have a special place in our program," Velt said. She added that the competition of children's horror stories held in the framework of the Old Town Days will be followed through, with the date of submissions put back to April 30.
Old Town Days 2020, originally scheduled to be held from June 4 to 7, were to be themed around stories and legends about Tallinn's history and legendary citizens of the city.