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Kalamaja Days 2017

On May 20-21, 2017, one of the biggest community festivals in Estonia takes place yet again - for the ninth time already.

Kalamaja is again opened for pedestrians and the streets will be covered with good music and fun company. The people can expect a large street fair, workshops, photo exhibition, debates, table tennis tournament, and, of course, around a hundred courtyard cafés and after-parties. Traditionally, at 18 o'clock on May 20, a long-table dinner takes place.

The programme of the main stage offers music to each taste and is again free of charge. Children of Kalamaja kindergarten, Kalamaja Mixed Choir, Desiree Dance Studio, Scarlet, Block Party, Hilberts Problems, and Creep Party will take the stage.

Exciting workshops will be organised for children and there will be a large children and youth area with something to do for everyone. History lessons take place with Jaak Juske and the elderly people are invited on a bus excursion.

The main organiser of Kalamaja Days, Raido Jaan Rei, says that on the opening day of the festival, something interesting and fun is taking place in almost all the establishments, starting with Telliskivi Creative City and ending with Noblessner harbour. "For example, in Kalamaja library, there is an exhibition about the history of Northern Tallinn and a book flea market takes place, in Kalju church, there is a concert by Daniel Levi in addition to the traditional pancake café," Rei said.

This year, there is also great collaboration with developers, who also add interesting activities to the programme of Kalamaja Days. Endover invites everyone to Tööstuse street on the evening of May 20, where Erki Pärnoja gives a free concert in Volta Quarter, Laam and Arsenal open exciting courtyard cafés and, in Vibu 3/5 YIT courtyard café, Tanel Padar and Tomi Rahula perform on Sunday.

The official afterparty of Kalamaja Days takes place on Saturday at the Open Stage in Telliskivi Creative City, where the indie-rock band Frankie Animal performs to celebrate its 5th birthday and takes the stage with an extended company. Additionally, the bright singer and songwriter Lepatriinu will perform and the dancing will be done by residents of the "Gram-Of-Fun" party series - PhilGood, JaanJaago and Muudu. Presale tickets are available on Piletilevi and the information tent of Kalamaja Days.

On Sunday, almost a hundred courtyard cafés all over Kalamaja welcome guests. This year, the courtyard cafés are marked with a fun and distinguishable flag. The coordinator of the courtyard cafés, Marielle Mikson, says that the courtyard cafés are certainly even more exciting this time. "We have also formed a jury, which will visit the courtyard cafés and pick three award-winners," Mikson said. The courtyard cafés can be registered up to the end of this week.

In addition to tasty courtyard cafés, cool competitions take place in Kalamaja sports court, which are certainly worth visiting, as participating in a children's event alone is awarded with a tasty ice-cream by LaMuu. The sports court also presents great performances by Folie circus studio, KPK dancers, Budokan by the pupils of budo school, and the football stadium is filled by the merchants of flew market.

On May 21, versatile and exciting events take place in the harbour area, where the Seaplane Harbour in collaboration with the Police and Border Guard Board organises a large training day. In the Noblessner harbour campus, the POP-UP beach is open, the programme of which includes the closing of the winter swimming season and yachts take guests to the sea.

The main organiser Raido Jaan Rei added that the objective of the organisers is to offer lots of exciting things to do for everyone and strengthen the sense of togetherness in the community. "The programme of Kalamaja Days becomes more comprehensive and bigger every year. I believe that one day we have the honour to dine at the long table with the President. Leave your cars at home and come discover Kalamaja!" Rei added.

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