Helen Sildna is one of Estonia’s most celebrated cultural entrepreneurs who promotes and produces concerts, festivals, and social campaigns. She has helped develop the export and marketing strategy for Estonia’s creative sector.
Helen has been a music promoter and events producer for 20 years. Having worked at Baltics’ biggest concert agency BDG (currently LiveNation) as an international talent booker, she established her own music promotion company Shiftworks in 2008, which has promoted Morrissey, Sigur Ros, Patti Smith, Feist and Regina Spektor to mention a few.
Helen is the founder and owner of Tallinn Music Week. Having started out as a music industry conference and showcase festival in 2009, TMW has broadened its concept further into an all-encompassing city festival, covering arts, design, technology, city space and food culture, and discussing various societal issues within its talks sessions, presentations and conference panels.
Helen is a board member of Music Estonia, previously also a member of former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ Think Tank. In 2014 Helen was awarded with the Tampere Music Award at Music & Media Finland’s industry gala for Exceptional Achievements in Music Business, in 2015 she was nominated the Citizen of the Year by Estonian Ministry of Culture and in 2016 Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves awarded her the Order of White Star of IV Class for her contribution to Estonian music life and civil society.
In 2018 she received the Tallinn City Decoration of Honour for promoting Tallinn through Tallinn Music Week. Helen is an outspoken member of the creative community, vocal on equal rights, diversity and internationalisation.