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Arts and culture can have immense impact in bringing positive change to our society.

Kultuuril ja loovusel on võimas mõjujõud positiivsete muutuste elluviimisel ühiskonnas.

Helene Sildna is founder and Director of the Tallinn Music Week
Helene Sildna is a cultural entrepreneur who promotes and produces concerts, festivals, and social campaigns.

 

Helene Sildna is a cultural entrepreneur who promotes and produces concerts, festivals, and social campaigns. She is an outspoken member of the Baltic-Nordic creative community, vocal on equal rights, diversity and internationalisation.

Based in Estonia, she has been a music promoter and events producer for nearly 20 years. Having worked at the largest concert agency in the Baltics (currently Live Nation), she established her own music promotion company Musiccase in 2008 (re-named and re-branded as Shiftworks in 2017). Through her companies, Sildna has worked with artists like Morrissey, Sigur Ros, Patti Smith and Feist, to mention a few. 

She is Director of the Tallinn Music Week which she founded in 2009. What started as an industry conference and showcase festival has over the years flourished into a vibrant city festival, covering arts, design, technology, food, conferences and panel discussions. In 2018, Tallinn Music Week hosted 260 artists from 32 countries, more than 1,300 conference delegates and 35,000 festival visitors – around 2000 of them international guests.

A board member of Music Estonia, Helene Sildna has also won many prizes. In 2014 she received the Tampere Music Award for exceptional achievements in the music business. In 2015 the Estonian Ministry of Culture nominated her Citizen of the Year. The following year she received a prestigious prize from former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves for her contribution to Estonian music life and civil society.