In what critics will perceive as a waste of taxpayer money for a veiled political cause, the City of Tallinn is planning to spend 120,000 euros on a nationwide concert tour just weeks before the upcoming local elections.
The tour, titled “No County is Alone,” is part of the 25th celebration of the birth of the Popular Front of Estonia movement, founded by current Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar, Delfi reported on Tuesday.
The tour features Ivo Linna and Maarja-Liis Ilus among other Estonian hit acts, and will stop in Sindi, Võru, Jõhvi, Valga, Haapsalu, ending in Tallinn on October 4. The concerts are free.
In another campaign, Eesti Päevaleht reported recently that the city will spend 72,000 euros on ads notifying the public that the city has built new children's playgrounds in Tallinn. The ads will be aired until the end of September on a number of television channels, and roadside posters have also been ordered for busy intersections.
The playgrounds themselves are reported to have cost 1 million euros.