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14.–30.8.
2015

In 2015, the Helsinki Festival is organised on 14.–30.8.2015.
The programme is published in April.

Wang Dongling (c) Wang Dongling

China’s Changing Landscape

Contemporary Chinese Ink

China’s ancient stories and symbols are transformed, re-interpreted and creatively put to use in entirely new contexts.

The common denominator among these eleven internationally renowned artists is guóhuà, or Chinese painting, the country’s oldest and most traditional form of visual expression. Many of the featured artists have turned to modern techniques and media but continue to work within the framework of the tradition. The exhibition, which sets out to investigate the shifting landscapes of this rapidly developing country, also features calligraphy. In the featured works, China’s ancient stories and symbols are transformed, re-interpreted and creatively put to use in entirely new contexts.   In Co-operation with:       说到这11位国际知名艺术家的共同点,那就是中国最古老、最传统的绘画艺术——水墨画。许多艺术家虽然运用了当今的方式和媒介,在其作品深处仍坚守着传统水墨画中的人文精神和笔墨传承 。中国正在快速发展阶段,各种风景也处于不断变化的状态之中,这正是本次展览所要重点表现的主题。书法作品也是展览的组成部分之一。在陈列的艺术家作品中,您会发现,那些古老而又生机勃勃的故事和符号得到了新的诠释,改变了其原先的形态,而且被富有创意地重新启用。
27.02. - 11.05.
Kunnian kentät (c) Katri Naukkarinen

Fields of Glory

In the dim light of an August evening, a total of 100 brave men will march onto the Eläintarha sports field in Helsinki.

This work sets up fictional games and an opening ceremony in which we bid farewell to traditional heroism and cheer for diversity and difference. In the dim light of an August evening, a total of 100 brave men will march onto the Eläintarha sports field in Helsinki. Spurred on by the audience, they step forth, with all their strengths and weaknesses, to challenge themselves and us. The performance showcases courage, passion, sweat, beauty, shame and fanfares. Man! Or those who feel like men! Apply to join the ranks of performers. The application time starts April 22nd time on this page. We also invite participants to join through the organisations supported by RAY. Ticket sales start April 22nd. Choreography, direction: Jarkko Partanen Light design, visuals: Samuli Laine Sound design: Jussi Matikainen Costumes: Laura Haapakangas Production: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Helsingin juhlaviikot   In partnership with:          
19.08., 20.08., 21.08.
(c) Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

How do you go about creating something totally new and unique? By taking two traditions and bringing them together, of course.

How do you go about creating something totally new and unique? By taking two traditions and bringing them together, of course. By Western measure, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra is a symphony outfit specialising in Chinese heritage instruments. These instruments have a highly distinctive sound; instead of the violin, the string section features its Chinese equivalent, the erhu, while plucked stringed instruments include the sitar-like zheng. The concert will feature contemporary Chinese music and the world premiere of Helsinki Festival and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra’s joint commission from Jukka Tiensuu. Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Luo Jing, zheng Programme: Jukka Tiensuu: new piece Richard Tsang: Zheng Concerto The Music is but Momentary (Consolation) As the Moon Rises, ancient tune, arranged Peng Xiuwen Guo Wenjing: Three Melodies of West Yunnan   如何才能创造出新颖而独特的作品?不妨取两个传统元素,然后将它们混合起来试试。香港中乐团是一个按照西方乐团规模组建的交响乐团,而乐手们用来演奏的却是传统的中国乐器。音乐效果相当独特:比方说,弦乐器中的小提琴被中国的二胡所取代,弹拨乐器中用的是和齐特拉琴相仿的古筝。在这场音乐会上,您能聆听到中国现代音乐的荟萃。作曲家Jukka Tiensuu为赫尔辛基艺术节和香港中乐团特意谱写的订制曲目也将在本次音乐会上进行首演。
27.08.
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Modern Sky

Modern Sky Helsinki

Modern Sky Helsinki brings its mix of new international pop, rock and electronic music from many of Asia’s metropolitan cities and the Nordic countries.

From China through New York and straight on to Helsinki! The producer of China’s leading music festivals is organising its first European festival in Helsinki, surrounded by shipyard atmosphere at the legendary Nosturi club run by the Elmu association. Under the theme ‘New Nordic meets New Asia’, Modern Sky Helsinki brings its mix of new international pop, rock and electronic music from many of Asia’s metropolitan cities and the Nordic countries. Modern Sky is one of the most noteworthy pioneers in Chinese popular culture. Founded in 1997, Modern Sky was one of the first record companies to publish Chinese alternative rock and pop music. Today, the company is China’s largest independent record label. It is also Asia’s leading festival producer, which is organising 24 festivals this year in China, as well as festivals in Helsinki, New York and Seattle. modernsky-helsinki.com Age limit 18
28. - 29.08.
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(c) Michael Kneffel

MusicAeterna Orchestra & Teodor Currentzis

Teodor Currentzis has catapulted his ensemble MusicAeterna to the very heart of the world music scene.

Siberia in the spotlight. Greek-born conductor Teodor Currentzis set up a new style of musical community, the MusicAeterna, in conjunction with the Novosibirsk Opera in his adopted country, later re-locating it to Perm at the foot of the Ural mountains. From there, ostensibly ”the middle of nowhere”, the highly charismatic Currentzis has catapulted his ensemble to the very heart of the world music scene. MusicAeterna’s has been thrilling audiences not just with their technical prowess but also their utter mastery of tone. The full orchestra will be arriving in Finland for the Helsinki Festival Spring Concert to perform a concert version of Prokofiev’s enduringly popular Romeo and Juliet. Conductor Teodor Currentzis MusicAeterna Orchestra Programme: Sergei Prokofjev: Romeo ja Julia Duration: 2,5 hours, interval In co-operation with: Jane ja Aatos Erkon säätiö, Helsingin kaupunki, Musiikkitalo  
21.03.
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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (c) Anne Dokter

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Relaxed about their own success, the Concertgebouw crew continue to deliver interpretations that are fresh, intense and exquisite in their absolute purity.

You could be forgiven if, as the custodians of a truly great musical tradition, you lost your edge from time to time. And yet these laid back Amsterdammers continue to carry off their role with utter aplomb. Relaxed about their own success, the Concertgebouw crew continue to deliver interpretations that are fresh, intense and exquisite in their absolute purity. The orchestra took a liking to Helsinki and the city’s Music Centre back in 2013 and will now return for a second star turn at Helsinki Festival, now led by conductor Daniel Harding. In addition to Mozart’s Piano Concerto, the programme is set to comprise the majestic glory and thundering sweep of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5. Daniel Harding, conductor Kristian Bezuidenhout, piano Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam Programme: W. A. Mozart: Piano concerto no. 18, KV 456 Anton Bruckner: Symphony no. 5 TICKET SALES START ON THURSDAY 19.3. AT 9 AM IN LIPPUPALVELU In co-operation with: Jane ja Aatos Erkon säätiö, Helsingin kaupunki, Musiikkitalo
30.08.
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Tan Dun: Nu Shu – Secret Songs of Women (c) Tan Dun

Tan Dun & HKO: The Secret Songs of Women

China’s best-known contemporary composer and conductor studies a vanishing language.

China is home to nüshu, an ancient, secret language known only to women. Over the years, women, young and old alike, have used it to express their supressed emotions, through song. Chinese composer Tan Dun discovered women in his native region who still retain a knowledge of this fast vanishing language. Tan Dun set about recording nüshu songs, later composing a harp concerto to complement them. At the Helsinki concert, short films based on these genuine vocal recordings, accompanied by an orchestra led by Tan Dun himself, are at the very heart of the performance. Tan Dun is China’s best-known contemporary composer and conductor, who works with some of the world’s top orchestras. He is also known for his film scores, with accolades including two Oscars for his work on Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Tan Dun, conductor Anni Kuusimäki, harp Anssi Karttunen, cello Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Short films: Tan Dun Programme: Béla Bartók: Rhapsody no. 1 Uuno Klami: Cheremissian Fantasy Tan Dun: Nu Shu – Secret Songs of Women In co-operation with: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra   在中国,有一种古老而神秘的语言叫做女书,这种语言只有女性才懂。古往今来,无论老幼,女人们曾用女书歌谣的方式来表达受到压抑的情感。在中国作曲家谭盾的家乡,至今仍有一些女子懂得使用这一濒临消失的语言。他找到了她们,将女书歌谣录制下来,并谱成竖琴协奏曲。在赫尔辛基上演的这场音乐会上,您将欣赏到采录自女书歌谣原唱的短片,以及由谭盾亲自指挥的乐团伴奏。 谭盾是一位在国际上享有盛名的中国当代作曲家和指挥家,在世界顶级交响乐团内担任指挥。他也曾经为许多电影作过曲。
21.08.
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TAO Dance Theatre (c) Duan Ni

TAO Dance Theater: 4 & 5 + 6 & 7

TAO Dance Theater, China’s most notable dance outfit, is currently enjoying a stratospheric rise through the international scene.

Contrasted with the utterly pared down expression of this dance ensemble, even the most committed minimalist will appear fussy and overdone. TAO Dance Theater, China’s most notable dance outfit, is currently enjoying a stratospheric rise through the international scene. In Helsinki, the company will be treating audiences to two double bills. Clean, clear and entirely free of any pre-determined meaning, choreographer Tao Yen’s style is thoroughly idiosyncratic – on both evenings his work will be paired with a hauntingly beautiful musical score. Tao Dance Theater Choreography: Tao Ye Music: Xiao He 在如此的精准舞蹈动作面前,极简主义者看起来都显得繁复。“陶身体剧场” 是中国成功的创作型新锐舞团,短时间已经在国际舞蹈界星光熠熠。这次他们将来到赫尔辛基,进行两天不同舞蹈作品的演出(每天两场舞蹈)。编舞陶冶将展现舞团的独特风格:纯粹和穿透性的舞蹈语汇带来绝对震撼的视觉听觉盛宴。
21.08., 23.08.
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The Night of the Arts

The Night of the Arts

Helsinki slang songs, on-street waltzing, poetry, rap? What’s on the programme for this year’s Night of the Arts? You decide!

Helsinki slang songs, on-street waltzing, poetry, rap? Yarn bombing, baby cinema or even an art yurt? What’s on the programme for this year’s Night of the Arts? You decide! Help us organise the ultimate arts carnival in the Finnish capital. In addition to established contributors, such as the city’s museums, book shops, theatres and cultural centres, Helsinki Festival is now encouraging every single Helsinkian to discover their own inner artist. This year, you can get involved in creating the Night of the Arts as well as experiencing it. You can sign up to the Night of the Arts programme through this site starting from 22 April 2015. The Night of the Arts will take place on Thursday 20 August 2015.  
20.08.
War Requiem (c) Angeliki Jackson / Getty Images

War Requiem

Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem, rarely performed in Finland, thunders into the Music Centre.

The peace is over! The threat of war once again looms over Europe. Helsinki Festival and the Finnish National Opera Chorus will join forces to issue a momentous call for peace. Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem, rarely performed in Finland, thunders into the Music Centre concert hall, with all the might two choirs, two orchestras and a roll call of talented soloists can muster. This anti-war statement will herald the opening of the 2015 Helsinki Festival classical music season Benjamin Britten: War Requiem The Orchestra and Choir of the Finnish National Opera Michael Güttler, conductor Jeremy Ovenden, tenor Claire Rutter, soprano Stephen Gadd, baritone Cantores minores In co-operation with:
14.08.
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Wiener Philharmoniker

Wiener Philharmoniker

Led by maestro Franz Welser-Möst, the orchestra will perform a programme of well-loved works.

The summer music season in Helsinki gets off to a dazzling start as the world’s most unique musical institution comes into town. Sophisticated musical thrills will be served up by the 170-year-old Vienna Phiharmonic, the very foundation on which the European orchestral tradition is built. Indeed, the orchestra embodies the Western musical heritage in its entirety – and with each performance, these Viennese musicians continue to lay claim to their unique status time and again. Led by maestro Franz Welser-Möst, the orchestra will perform a programme of well-loved works. Known for their exquisite manners and sense of protocol, they will also be making a nod to the 150th anniversary of Sibelius’s birth. Franz Welser-Möst, conductor Wiener Philharmoniker Programme: Franz Schubert: Symphony no. 3 in D major Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture no. 3 in C major, Op. 72 Jean Sibelius: Lemminkäinen op. 22 TICKET SALES START ON THURSDAY 19.3. AT 9 AM IN LIPPUPALVELU In co-operation with: Jane ja Aatos Erkon säätiö, Alfred Kordelinin säätiö, Helsingin kaupunki, Musiikkitalo  
13.06.
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Wusheng (c) Mitro Härkönen

Wusheng Company: The Last Warrior

Acrobatic fight scenes, highly stylised acting, stunning face painting and dramatic costumes – all the quintessential features of genuine Peking Opera are there.

Acrobatic fight scenes, highly stylised acting, stunning face painting and dramatic costumes – all the quintessential features of genuine Peking Opera are there. The cymbals and gongs will ring out, too, but in Helsinki they will be accompanied by dialogue in Finnish. Chinese-trained Finnish actors Antti Silvennoinen and Elias Edström are founders of Europe’s first ever traditional Chinese theatre group. The Wusheng Company celebrates physical theatre and seeks to discover new forms of expression for performing arts. This warrior’s tale features a star studded cast, with dancer and choreographer Tero Saarinen treading the boards as a great war hero and actor Ville Seivo appearing as an officer. They are joined on stage by Finnish wushu enthusiasts, brought together by Jyri Sucksdorff.   Concept: Antti Silvennoinen, Elias Edström Direction: Lü Suosen On stage: Tero Saarinen, Antti Silvennoinen, Elias Edström, Ville Seivo, Wushu artists Music: Traditional Chinese Theatre Orchestra For ages 7 and up In Co-operation with: Aasia Helsingissä Festival, Centre of International Cultural Exchange, Chinese Ministry of Culture, Tero Saarinen Company, National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts   武生剧团:《挑滑车》 杂技般的战争场面, 风格鲜明的表演, 精彩的花脸和戏装——简直就像一部完整的京剧。钹锣敲响,好戏开场。但这一次, 动听的芬兰语也会萦绕在观众们的耳畔。 芬兰演员 Antti Silvennoinen 和 Elias Edström 从中国学艺归来之后, 成立了欧洲首个中国传统戏剧团。在剧中的战争场景中, 你也可以瞥见大腕明星们客串的身影, 比如:编舞 Tero Saarinen 扮演的英雄豪杰和演员 Ville Seivo 扮演的将领。
18.08., 19.08.
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