Tallinn Fringe Festival has started! What will the first week bring?

  • 2023-08-21

The seventh Tallinn Fringe Festival fills city cultural clubs, galleries and event venues with more than 200 short performances. The audience can select performances ranging from burlesque, circus and comedy to music, dance, theatre and all kinds of combinations of these genres. Tallinn Fringe Festival takes place until September 18.

What can you see at the first Fringe week (21-27.08)?:

AFTRWRK bar presents Žana Fejzić (Bosnia/USA) solo English standup comedy hour Chameleon, where Žana navigates German cultural confusion, immigrant trauma, and dating disasters. Pianist Tim Barton (UK) takes listeners on a musical journey showcasing his original works featuring jazz, classical and Chicago blues and boogie piano with enlightening commentary about the pieces in his show Rhapsody in Chicago Blues.

ankruSAAL in the Põhjala factory focuses on music this week. Mark Logan (Estonia) is a dynamic force in alternative-pop, who seamlessly weaves neo-grunge and psychedelic pop into his music. Latvian world traveller Reinis Jaunais (Latvia) brings us his travel experiences painted with sounds, combing distinctive guitar playing techniques - including fingerstyle, tapping, percussive, and live looping. Sten Erik Allikas (Estonia) makes his stage debut with a musical comedy, a unique performance of this type among Estonian artists.

Theatre-bar Heldeke! shows us an array of local and international artists every evening. Pablo Lechuga from Spain invites us to imagine the stories of the future through absurdist comedy in Elephant in The Room. Estonian Heli Pärna comedy paints a picture of her life abroad, in Estonia and on Tinder in her Adventures of the White Unicorn. In her show Blackout, Polish comedian Kat Nip sets out to discover a mystery after a wild night in Berlin. What could three wrist stamps, a haiku and a half-eaten döner kebab possibly reveal? In addition, Vivek Ravi from India will perform with his show Dark & Drunken, a late-night comedy full of jokes from the Stand Spotlight Comedy, and a freshly debuted musical collective Mona da Vinci (Estonia) will surprise with its unique progressive electro-pop.

In the cosy and colourful Rataskaevu 6 Art galleryFilippos Malandrakis (Greece) on acoustic guitar takes the listeners on an intimate journey of his own life - highs of bliss and euphoria followed by lows of pain and emptiness - and then all over again.

The festival programme is updated every day. Please see the entire program at fringe.ee

The festival is organised by NGO Hoplaa and Fringe Estonia OÜ. The festival is supported by Tallinn City, the Finnish Institute in Estonia and the Australian Embassy in Estonia.