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Station Narva

21-23 September 2018


Enter Station Narva, the first edition of the music and city culture festival in the surprising diamond of the rough that is the city of Narva in North-Eastern Estonia at the border of EU and Russia. During three days in September, a vibrant cast of musicians, artists, urban thinkers and more descend upon the city, bringing art and culture to the forefront.


The boutique music weekender will feature international big hitters and cult names alike, from the legendary Liverpudlian masters of nocturnal pop, Echo & the Bunnymen to the singular techno of Actress along some of the best cutting edge acts from Estonia, Russia and Nordic countries. The main music venue will be set in the grandest industrial architecture complex on Kreenholm island that was once home to the world’s largest cotton spinning mill. The premises of the legendary ’hacktivists’ Art Club Ro-Ro will offer euphoric singalong gigs by the beloved Estonian and Russian bands with a backdrop of the picturesque River Narva and the silhouette of the Ivangorod Fortress over the borderline.

Arts, talks, urban space

Besides the main musical frenzy the whole city will come alive with sights, sounds and interactions, providing spaces and places to socialize and collaborate – from art activities in Narva Art Residency to the heated public talks under the umbrella of the local “Bazar” opinion festival, and from the yard picnics to the home concerts by undiscovered gems from the local talent pool.

Stand up and speak dating

The never-before-seen trilingual stand up comedy performance will happen at Art Club Ro-Ro in collaboration with Comedy Estonia, and the European Commission Representation in Estonia will arrange fun and enlightening Speak Dating sessions.

Food and hospitality

Joining forces with Narva’s own “Lamprey” (“Silmupäevad“) festival and Tallinn Street Food Festival by Telliskivi Loomelinnak, Station Narva brings  Nordic street food – from chicken for vegans to the smørrebrød – to the Art Club Ro-Ro Festival Street and regional cuisine to the backyard picnics across the town.  

Kids and family

The last day of the festival, Sunday, 23rd September is dedicated to kids and families. The Narva Riverside Promenade will host various outdoor activities and happenings the whole family can enjoy. The promenade will also see Tarmo Tammiste, Mayor of Narva City to be passed on the annual title of the autumn cultural capital of Estonia at midday, followed by a public get-together meal at the long table.

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Station Narva festival passes are on sale at Piletilevi and points of sale over Estonia. The first 200 passes will be available at a special price of €29. The next passes will be priced at €39.
The festival pass grants the right to participate in the music festival over the course of two days and move freely between the two venues, the Kreenholm Manufacture and Club Ro-Ro.

A one day ticket grants the right to freely exit/enter the festival locations and participate in the festival over the course of one day (with the date being specified on the ticket). Daily tickets will be on sale after the unveiling of the complete programme and schedule.

The Comedy Estonia stand up performance, held in Club Ro-Ro on September 23, is subject to a separate ticket, which can be pre-purchased at Piletilevi and at the door (in case of vacancies).

Telia clients are subject to a 20% discount for both festival passes (except the €29 special offer) and daily tickets.

All Station Narva City Stage concerts, public talks, the arts programme, Speak Dating, and the fair are accessible free of charge.

About Narva


Narva is a city of contrasts, a city that has time and again lost and rebuilt its identity. The location on Estonia’s northeastern frontier, along the banks of the rapid river dividing and uniting North and East, is the key to Narva’s past and present. Residing on the fault line between the tectonic plates of world’s civilizations, Narva features a medieval castle that looks like a fairytale illustration, juxtaposed with thousands of square meters of post-apocalyptic industrial legacy that is Kreenholm Factory. Narva also used to be the ‘Baroque pearl of the Baltic Sea’ before mutating into something similar to Cold War era Berlin with its prefab Soviet Khrushchyovkas.

Narva is an Estonian city where Estonian language is hardly spoken. It’s as if Narva has a split personality – you will hear Russian spoken ubiquitously, whereas the written language of street names and advertising is mostly Estonian.


Narva is a work in progress, a dreamlike post-industrial city filled with promises and purposes for an age yet to come. The city recently decided to reframe itself not as a fragile geopolitical time-bomb, but as Estonia’s next big success story, a creative hotspot, making the most of the advantages of being a border city between Russian and European cultures. Given its unique history, post-soviet quirkiness, geopolitical location and plenty of space for radical improvement, Narva might be one of the most important European Capitals of Culture of all times. So yes, Narva is on the journey to apply for the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2024. Find out more: narva2024.eu


Krenholm Manufacturing Company

Joala 21
(main concert venue)

Art Club Ro-Ro

Jõe 2
(concerts, stand up comedy, Speak Dating)

University of Tartu Narva College

Raekoja plats 2
(info desk, Digix Games Cafe)

Narva Art Residency

Joala 18
(art and talks)

Narva River Promenade

(autumn capital opening)

Estonia100 Park in Narva

Vabaduse 20

City stages around town

Team / Contacts

Station Narva festival is run by Shiftworks, the team that has been organizing Tallinn Music Week (TMW), one of Europe’s fastest growing city festivals since 2009. In September 2018 Shiftworks will bring their knowledge, expertise and pan-European ties to Narva in collaboration with the team of local movers and shakers.


Helen Sildna

Strategy Manager / Head of Shiftworks

Ingrid Kohtla

Head of Communications and Music Programme Curator

Raimond Põldmaa

Music Programme and Production Manager

Sandra Truija

Head of Marketing and Brand Collaborations

Maris Hellrand

International Communications Manager

Olesja Rotar

Russian Language Communications Manager

Kadri Kont-Kontson

Assistant and Logistics Manager

Martiina Putnik

International Projects Manager

Polina Volkova

Communications Assistant

Asko Astmäe

Communications Assistant


Ivan Sergeyev

Chief Executive

Jevgeni Timoštšuk

Executive Manager

Valeria Lavrova

City Stage and BAZAR Talks Manager

Anne Kallinen

Art Club Ro-Ro Festival Street Manager

Ann Mirjam Vaikla

Art programme manager

Vladimir Naumov

Volunteer Manager

Eva Lennuk

Volunteers and youth programme


Station Narva is organised by Shiftworks OÜ (previously Musiccase) in cooperation with representatives from Narva: Narva Gate Ltd, Art Club Ro-Ro, Narva College of the University of Tartu, Narva Art Residency, festival BAZAR, Lamperey Festival, and NGO Uus Sild.

Station Narva 2018 is part of the Estonia 100 festivities. The festival is powered by Telia and supported by the Narva City, the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia, the Swedish Institute on Estonia, the Finnish Institute in Estonia, the European Commission Representation in Estonia, and DIGIX.