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Fotografiska Tallinn, which has quickly become one of the biggest drawcards in Telliskivi Creative City, has been named the Tourism Deed of 2019 in the Tallinn Entrepreneurship Awards. Having won the hearts of locals and tourists alike, it has been visited close to 200,000 times in just four months.
Coming together at this unique centre of art in the heart of Telliskivi Creative City are world-class photography, great food, music, design and open-mindedness. In the four months since it opened its doors, Fotografiska Tallinn has sold 75,000 exhibition tickets, almost 45% of which have been bought by tourists from abroad. Its exhibitions, concerts and other music events, the culinary experiences its restaurant offers and the busy events it hosts organised by leading specialists from a range of fields have brought almost 200,000 people from Estonia and other countries to the centre.
Jaanus Juss, the founder of Telliskivi Creative City, says that locals and visitors alike have taken to Fotografiska Tallinn. “Given that it’s a museum with such an innovative concept, we knew it would become one of Telliskivi’s biggest drawcards,” he said. “It’s been open for four months now and there’s been no sign of interest dying off, confirming our conviction that it’s a true centre of culture, and one that really adds to the overall atmosphere in Telliskivi.”
Margit Aasmäe, one of the co-founders of Fotografiska Tallinn and the centre’s CEO, says that the Tourism Deed award is recognition of a job well done. “It’s a pat on the back for our entire team, as well as Telliskivi as a whole, and our neighbours,” she said. “Art, a creative atmosphere and time well spent all wrapped up together are the key to winning people’s hearts.”
Local art lovers form the largest proportion of visitors to Fotografiska to date. However, a third of all visitors and almost half of those perusing the centre’s exhibitions are from abroad. Fotografiska Tallinn remains incredibly popular among Finns, but has also piqued the interest of tourists from Italy, Spain and Russia. The latter will be pleased to learn that the centre is set to launch guided tours in Russian and that its information channels will soon also be available in the language.
Home to hundreds of creative companies, Telliskivi Creative City is the largest hub of its kind in Estonia. Its public spaces, variety of restaurants, galleries, theatres and small stores make it one of the world’s most unique urban environments. Fotografiska Tallinn, the internationally renowned modern museum of photography with roots in Stockholm, opened its doors at the very heart of Telliskivi in mid-June. In the four months since its opening it has held exhibitions showcasing the work of seven artists, including Estonia’s own Anna-Stiina Treumund.
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