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Amberin pieni sirkus (c) Kent Inge Olsen

Amber’s small circus

The world’s smallest circus tent is Amber’s very own secret hidey hole.

The world’s smallest circus tent is Amber’s very own secret hidey hole. More than anything, she loves climbing on the rope that hangs from the roof. As she climbs, she wonders how our bodies and brains really work, and why. Do our arms and legs have their own memory? Do our brains really get to make all the decisions? And do goldfish have a good memory? Idea, direction, script: Sverre Waage Music: Nils Økland On stage: Viivi Roiha Production: Cirkus Xanti, Maracat Caravan Performed in Finnish Recommended for ages 3 and up Duration: 25 min In co-operation with: Cirko — Uuden sirkuksen keskus  
23.08., 23.08., 24.08., 24.08., 25.08., 25.08.
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Animaakarit (c) Sac Magique

The Animakers – an interactive animation exhibition

Try your hand at animation, watch short films and find out more about the animation process.

One hundred years of Finnish animation will be celebrated at Annantalo. This interactive exhibition offers you the chance to try your hand at animation, watch short films and find out more about the animation process. During Helsinki Festival, we will be offering a busy programme of activities and experiences. Also in store are film screenings at Orion cinema, weekend workshops for families and the Animation revolution event that will invite participants to get pixellated and appear in an animation as themselves. In co-operation with: Annantalo Arts Centre, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnanimation, National Audiovisual Institute KAVI, Finlandssvenskt filmcentrum, Animaatioklinikka, Animaatiokopla, Anima Vitae, Rovio
21.08. - 18.01.
Art goes Kapakka (c) AGK/Heini Lehväslaiho, Ville Malja

Art goes Kapakka

Art goes Kapakka turns 20! Now is your chance to throw yourself in and enjoy the good times in the mellow August night.

Art goes Kapakka turns 20! The first ever Art goes Kapakka festival was organised in 1995 at a time when numerous new restaurants, clubs and cafes were popping up in the Finnish capital, generating a whole new vibe in this city. The cultural scene, too, was buzzing but the existing stages and venues offered limited capacity. Thus, Art goes Kapakka was born to serve as an intersection of great art and delicious food. Now is your chance to throw yourself in and enjoy the good times in the mellow August night. Join us! August’s anticipated programme will be displayed in summer 2014 on Art Goes Kapakka’s website artgoeskapakka.fi.  
14. - 23.08.
Azam Ali (c) Jan Prpiu

Azam Ali & Niyaz

Wimme Saari & Tapani Rinne

Persian song and lyrical tradition meets contemporary electronica.

Tonight, Persian song and lyrical tradition meets contemporary electronica – without losing any of its ancient charm and mesmerising power. At the very core of the performance is Ali’s sensual, velvety voice. Together with her husband Loga Rami Torkian, she fronts the Niyaz band, taking Persian-language pop music to the top of the world music charts along the way. After more than a decade spent charming world music circles everywhere, Ali finally makes her debut appearance in Finland. Kicking off the evening in style are yoiker extraordinaire Wimme Saari and electro maestro Tapani Rinne. For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18  
20.08.
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Ganesh (c) Jeff Busby

Back to Back Theatre: Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

Back to Back Theatre, one of Australia’s foremost creative forces, focuses on ethical, philosophical and social issues concerning the rights of the individual.

Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity, confronts Hitler to demand the return of the swastika, originally a Hindu symbol. Their exchange is observed by Nazi Germany’s Angel of Death, Dr Mengele. This set up sets in motion a young playwright’s struggle for his share of fame and fortune. But what are the moral implications of tackling this topic? Back to Back Theatre, one of Australia’s foremost creative forces, focuses on ethical, philosophical and social issues concerning the rights of the individual. Their brutally honest and mind-blowingly powerful performances force viewers to face up to otherness and discrimination. ”Never lets you settle into passive acceptance.” – The New York Times Direction: Bruce Gladwin On stage: Mark Deans, Simon Laherty, Scott Price, Brian Tilley, Luke Ryan Devisors: Mark Deans, Marcia Ferguson, Bruce Gladwin, Nicki Holland, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Kate Sulan, Brian Tilley, David Woods Light Design: Andrew Livingston Design construction: Mark Cuthbertson Design, animation: Rhian Hinkley Composer: Johann Johannsson Costume Design: Shio Otani Performed in English, German and Sanskrit with surtitles in Finnish Duration: 1 h 40 min, no interval   In Co-operation with:
19.08., 20.08.
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Kamarimusiikkia kaupungilla (c) Amos Andersonin taidemuseo/Stella Ojala

Chamber music across the town

Chamber music will be stirring souls across town as pop-up concerts.

Chamber music will be stirring souls across town as our pop-up concerts appear in the most unexpected locations throughout the festival run. Schedule: Thu 21.8. at 19 & 20 Helsinki Observatory Mon 25.8. at 15 Kamppi Chapel Tue 26.8. at 15 Helsinki Central Railway Station Wed 27.8. at 15 Kamppi Chapel Thu 28.8. at 15 Helsinki Central Railway Station Fri 29.8. at 13 Festival City KoeHelsinki Sat 30.8. at 14-17 Amos Anderson Art Museum This diverse concert series will culminate at the Amos Anderson Art Museum as the custodians of rare instruments from the Pohjola Bank Art Foundation collection appear to fill it with live music. This afternoon of delightful classical gems will be taking over the entire museum. Access to the museum for the duration of the musical interlude is free and visitors will also be able to enjoy the museum’s other exhibits, including the Tommi Toija exhibition. KAMUS-QUARTET Réka Szilvay, violin Kasmir Uusitupa, violin Eeva Oksala, violin Sauli Kulmala, viola Lauri Kankkunen, cello In partnership with:
21. - 30.08.
Cirque Aital (c) Mario del Curto

Cirque Aïtal: For better, for worse

The French-Finnish couple fills the circus tent with breathtakingly skilful acrobatics as well as poetry, humour and plenty of rock ’n roll attitude.

Charming and outrageous in equal measure, Kati and Victor, a French-Finnish couple, invite you on a road trip. Along the way, the pair kick back, feel the love, clash and make up as they attempt to find a balance between their individual dreams and the demands of a shared everyday life – much like any other couple. Except that miniscule Kati flies through the air, while plus size Victor has his feet firmly on the ground. Kati and Victor will be pitching their circus tent in the middle of the KoeHelsinki and filling it with breathtakingly skilful acrobatics as well as poetry, humour and plenty of rock ’n roll attitude. Concept, on stage: Kati Pikkarainen, Victor Cathala Artistic collaboration: Michel Cerda Music: Helmut Nünning Light design: Patrick Cathala Costumes: Odile Hautemulle Sound: Andreas Neresheimer Recommended for ages 6 and up Duration: 60 min, no interval
22.08., 23.08., 24.08., 25.08.
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Dumari ja Spuget (c) Marek Sabogal

Dumari ja Spuget & Blosarit

Pietarin spektaakkeli

Following the release of their new and groovy album, Bailaa!, Dumari ja Spuget will be arriving at Huvila for their only Helsinki gig of the summer.

Don’t forget your Helsinki slang dictionary! Following the release of their new and groovy album, Bailaa!, Dumari ja Spuget will be arriving at Huvila for their only Helsinki gig of the summer. The band will be joined on stage by brass ensemble Blosarit, known for adding a touch of New Orleans to their music inspired by Helsinki life in the 1950s and 1960s. Tuomari Nurmio’s lyrics, filled with comedy and tragedy in equal measure, tell stories about the local dodgy geezers and their lives. Opening for Dumari ja Spuget is Pietarin spektaakkeli, the cult favourites who released their debut album in February. The trio look to hip hop and roots music for their influences as they bring a distinctive new style of grittily urban blues to the Finnish music scene. Dumari, vocals and guitar Mitja Tuurala, bass Make Hillillä, drums and percussion Miikka Paatelainen, guitar Juho Viljanen, trombone and tuba Janne Toivonen, trumpet Antti Hynninen, saxophone   For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18
17.08.
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Elisabeth Leonskaja (c) Julia Wesely

Elisabeth Leonskaja

This legendary pianist gives life to Schubert’s three final sonatas, treating the audience to her singularly clear and lucid interpretation.

This legendary pianist gives life to Schubert’s three final sonatas, treating the audience to her singularly clear and lucid interpretation. A final act in Schubert’s creative career, these sonatas form an artistically dynamic whole and, in contrast with the composer’s wider oeuvre, are all thematically linked. Leonskaja, a distinguished performer with a long career, takes to the stage on the festival’s opening night to deliver superb musical expression and a piece of musical history. Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano Franz Schubert: Piano Sonatas in C minor D. 958, A major D. 959 and B-flat major D. 960 Duration: 2 h, interval
15.08.
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Karita Mattila (c) Marica Rosengård

Erwartung

Karita Mattila & Susanna Mälkki & RSO

Finnish opera’s shining star will treat this year’s Helsinki Festival audiences to brand new material, and not just any new material.

Stepping into the unknown is a nerve-wracking prospect for anyone – celebrated opera divas included. Mattila, Finnish opera’s shining star will treat this year’s Helsinki Festival audiences to brand new material, and not just any new material. On the programme in 2014 is Erwartung, Arnold Schönberg’s fierce monodrama. The evening will also bear witness to the highly fruitful collaboration between power duo Mattila and Mälkki and the finely-honed sound of the RSO. The Late Romantic sound leads the audience towards Erwartung’s overwhelmingly dark depths. Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Susanna Mälkki, Conductor Karita Mattila, Soprano Gustav Mahler: Adagio from Symphony no. 10 Ferruccio Busoni: Tanzwalzer Arnold Schönberg: Erwartung op. 17 (1909) Duration: 2 h   In Co-operation with: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
28.08.
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Ester Rada (c) Dean Avisar

Ester Rada

Cola & Jimmu

This up-and-coming voice of Ethio-jazz is fast claiming her place in the spotlight.

This up-and-coming voice of Ethio-jazz is fast claiming her place in the spotlight, two generations after the legendary Mulatu Astatke. The Ethiopian-Israeli Ester Rada’s nuanced sound flirts with retro soul and R&B influences and is steeped in a melancholic joie de vivre peculiar to Ethiopian jazz. Expect smooth, stylish and totally danceable moments. Also known for her acting in her home country of Israel, Ester Rada has recently made a name for herself as a musician. In addition to her Life Happens EP record, recent full-length album and busy touring schedule, Rada has supported Alicia Keys and other major acts. Comparisons have been drawn with Nina Simone, Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe, evoking an impression of a timeless and yet very much of-the-moment artist. The 2014 Huvila season kicks off with Jimi Tenor and Nicole Willis. A sexy and authentic 90s house sound is complemented by Tenor’s cool saxophone stylings and Willis’s stunning soul vocals. ESTER RADA Ester Rada, vocals Dan Mayo, drums Lior Romano, keyboard Ben Hoze, guitar Michael Guy, bass Inon Peretz, trumpet Maayan Milo, trombone Gal Dahan, saxophone For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18
15.08.
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KoeHelsinki (c) Leonard Ma

Festival City – KoeHelsinki

KoeHelsinki is an urban oasis, open to all and packed with cultural delights.

What is a city? Is it a web of roads? A collection of buildings? A theatre of power? Is it inevitable, beyond our control? What if… We are the city We make the city Constantly changing, never the same Like us Lets build this city Welcome! In August 2014, Helsinki Festival will be planting its flag on the no-man’s-land that is the city’s Kansalaistori Square. The square will be home to KoeHelsinki Festival City. KoeHelsinki is an urban oasis, open to all and packed with cultural delights. Join us for circus, cinema, cooking, festival club or picnics. This stomping ground for citizens of all shapes and sizes will be offering a varied programme throughout the festival run. The majority of the events will be free. Also found at the square is a café as well as the Helsinki Festival box office and visitor information desk. Events in Festival City KoeHelsinki: Amber’s small circus Cirque Aïtal: For better, for worse Fokus: Jani Nuutinen Movie Picnic Concert Picnic Roskalavapaviljonki Strings Teater Viirus: Meeting the Odyssey Helsinki – Waiting for the Rain Teater Viirus: Meeting the Odyssey Helsinki – Love is Hard KoeHelsinki’s full programme will be announced in the beginning of August. Festival City architecture : Leonard Ma and NOW (Tuomas Toivonen & Nene Tsuboi) Festival City service design: Mikko Kutvonen/Design Driven City Restaurant: Juuri
15. - 31.08.
Jani Nuutinen (c) P. Laurençon

Fokus: Jani Nuutinen

Three tents, three performances, three and a half hours of magical moments.

Three tents, three performances, three and a half hours of magical moments. The Fokus series brings together ground-breaking Finnish new circus productions from the past decade. The three parts of the trilogy will be performed back to back and the evening culminates in a post-show dinner. The first part, Un cirque juste juste (2011), is an homage to magic, while Un cirque tout juste (2002) is a milestone for Finnish new circus. It was this production that launched Finnish new circus onto the international scene. The concluding part, Un cirque plus juste (2007), takes its cue from the traditional strongman genre. Jani Nuutinen lives and works in France and his work has rarely been seen in Finland since the early 2000s. This year, Nuutinen celebrates his 20-year creative career. The 2014 Helsinki Festival circus programme is an overview of Finnish new circus achievements on the international arena, from the early 00s until today. Concept, performance: Jani Nuutinen, Circo Aereo Performed in Finnish Recommended for ages 12 and up Duration about 3,5 hours
15.08., 16.08., 17.08., 18.08.
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Ginger Baker (c) TJ Krebs

Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion

Black Motor

At Huvila, the drummer legend will be appearing with his latest band the Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion, serving up dense fusion jazz with Afro and prog influences.

In the 1960s, Ginger Baker became known for his flamboyant and overwhelming drumming. His reputation was further bolstered by his outrageous off-stage antics and fiery temper that has become the stuff of musical legend. Drummer and founder member of both the legendary Cream and super group Blind Faith, Ginger Baker is still considered one of the foremost rock ’n’ roll drummers of all time. Although the 1960s were a time of psychedelic rock and early progressive rock, his key musical influences can be traced back to the jazz scene, including the explosive sound of Max  Roach and Art Blakey. In the early 1970s, Baker established close creative links with Africa, including collaborations with Fela Kuti. At Huvila, Baker will be appearing with his latest band the Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion, serving up dense fusion jazz with Afro and prog influences. The evening kicks off with Finland’s much talked-about jazz phenomenon, the Tampere-based free jazz champions, Black Motor. “I do have a God-given gift that only a few drummers have.” – Ginger Baker, Mojo Magazine For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18
27.08.
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Hilma af Klint - The Swan, No. 17, Group IX/SUW, The SUW/UW Series, 1915 (c) Courtesy Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Foto: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

Hilma af Klint — A Pioneer of Abstraction

The most extensive exhibition of af Klint’s works on display at Kunsthalle Helsinki’s Helsinki Festival exhibition.

A woman who revolutionised our understanding of history, Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) created her abstract works in the early 20th century, years before the emergence of Kandinsky and Malevich, both credited as the pioneers of non-figurative art. However, in her will, af Klint stipulated that her works had to be shielded from the public gaze, motivated by her firm belief that they could only be truly understood by future generations. It was not until Stockholm’s Moderna museet’s smash hit exhibition of 2013 that the artist, a true visionary with ideas dramatically ahead of her time, emerged into the world’s consciousness. Now, this most extensive exhibition of af Klint’s works will be on display at Kunsthalle Helsinki’s Helsinki Festival exhibition.   In co-operation with: Exhibition organized by: Moderna Museet
16.08. - 28.09.
John Boutté (c) Robbie Mendelson

Huvila goes Treme

The audience will be treated to a New Orleans vibe.

The Treme TV show has attracted a huge following among music lovers around the world. At Huvila, the audience will be treated to a New Orleans vibe as blues and jazz man John Boutté, a graduate of the city’s club scene, and Cajun conjurers Cedric Watson and Dirk Powell take to the stage. John Boutté is perhaps best known for the Treme theme tune, Treme Song, while Cedric Watson and Dirk Powell’s Creole sound, replete with Cajun and Zydeco influences, represent the other side of the state of Louisiana’s abundant musical heritage. For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18
24.08.
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Iiro Rantala (c) ACT/Steven Haberland

A Night with Iiro

Iiro Rantala Super Trio & Iiro Rantala String Trio

Iiro Rantala takes to the stage with two brand new international super ensembles.

Finland’s favourite jazz musician Iiro Rantala’s drive and energy continue to amaze year after year. Now, the Huvila audience are in for a dream-come-true evening as the maestro takes to the stage with two brand new international super ensembles. Czech bass legend Miroslav Vitouš’s virtuoso technical performance and full-blooded expression are the perfect foil to Rantala’s distinctive, playful and overwhelmingly beautiful sound. The trio’s third member is German drumming ace Wolfgang Haffner. Iiro will also be appearing at Huvila with his String Trio band, established just one year ago. The new outfit comprises two boundary-breaking rising stars, Polish violinist Adam Baldych and Vienna-based cellist Asja Valcic. For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18    
28.08.
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Iyeoka (c) Rise gmt

Iyeoka

Sandhja

Nigerian-American songstress fills the Huvila Festival Tent with sensuous soul and extraordinary vocal stylings.

Here, making her Huvila debut, is a storyteller par excellence. Poet and musician Iyeoka fills the Huvila Festival Tent with sensuous soul and extraordinary vocal stylings and the occasional Afro rhythms. Full of hope, her poetic imagery transforms into songs laden with emotion, handed to the audience by the lovely Iyeoka like precious gifts. This Nigerian-American songstress is a distillation of the best of Sade, Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse. Iyeoka is changing the world, a song at a time. Getting the Huvila crowd going before Iyekoa takes to the stage is Finnish-Guyanan Sandhja. This exotic and dramatic young pop whiz has already attracted plenty of attention on her way to international big time stardom. For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18  
19.08.
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Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson

Antero Lindgren

Crystal clear sonic landscapes in which the wide-open expanses of the US are shaped into folk music.

Welcome to 1970s California! Jonathan Wilson leads his listeners through crystal clear sonic landscapes in which the wide-open expanses of the US are shaped into folk music that owes a debt to both prog rock and bluegrass. Wilson’s psychedelic symphonies are airy and yet his sound is organic and grounded. Now appearing in Finland for the first time, Wilson has managed to establish himself as a chart-topper in just a few years, with both his albums ranked among the finest in their year by a number of highly-regarded industry magazines. Antero Lindgren took the Finnish music scene by surprise two years ago with his frank, full-bodied and dark-hued debut album. If you have a heart, Lindgren’s soft and melancholy folk will appeal. ANTERO LINDGREN Antero Lindgren, vocals, guitar Mikael Hernesniemi, guitar Mikko Kemppainen, drums Risto Joensuu, bass Topi Saha, synth, harmonica For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18  
22.08.
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Jukka Eskola (c) Miikka Pirinen

Jukka Eskola Orquesta Bossa & Cyrille Aimée

In the course of the evening, the jazz musicians will be discovering a whole new dimension to themselves and to one another.

Jukka Eskola is known for his smooth and tender bossa nova groove. At Huvila, his Jukka Eskola Orquesta Bossa teams up with multi-award winning French vocalist Cyrille Aimée. Aimée lives for Roma music and old school jazz and, from her uniquely free vantage point, continues to create a highly distinctive and utterly charming musical universe of her own. In the course of the evening, the musicians will be discovering a whole new dimension to themselves and to one another. The end result will be surprising – and guaranteed to beguile. JUKKA ESKOLA ORQUESTA BOSSA Jukka Eskola, trumpet Petri Puolitaival, saxophone, flute Jaska Lukkarinen, drums Ville Herrala, bass Peter Engberg, guitar Ilkka Lehtonen, violin Teppo Ali-Mattila, violin Maarit Holkko, viola Veli-Matti Iljin, cello For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18  
23.08.
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Kimmo Pohjonen (c) Kalle Björklid

Kimmo / Kronos / Kosminen / Kuusisto

Accordion virtuoso Kimmo Pohjonen will be celebrating his half-century at Huvila with an appropriately starry guest line up.

Accordion virtuoso Kimmo Pohjonen turns 50 this August and will be celebrating his half-century at Huvila with an appropriately starry guest line up. The birthday concert is an opportunity to hear Pohjonen re-visit his earlier collaborations with a number of big names, among them the legendary US-based Kronos Quartet. The evening will consist of a series of performances by a number of acts from a Pohjonen solo appearance to guest performances by violinist Pekka Kuusisto and sampling guru Samuli Kosminen. A decade ago, Pohjonen, Kosminen and the Kronos Quartet’s widely lauded Uniko premiered at Huvila. Their collaboration now continues with brand new material. Kimmo Pohjonen, accordion Pekka Kuusisto, violin Samuli Kosminen, electronics KRONOS QUARTET David Harrington, violin John Sherba, violin Hank Dutt, viola Sunny Yang, cello For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18  
26.08.
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Värikkäät mykät, Matka kuuhun (c) KAVI

Colorful Silents

Orion cinema film concert features a selection of some of Georges Méliès’s most inventive and brilliant works from the first decade of the 20th century.

Fairies, unicorns and other fantasy figures star in Georges Méliès’s hand-coloured films at the Orion cinema film concert aimed at the whole family. Claiming its rightful place on the programme is a restored version of his legendary A trip to the moon from 1902. What’s more, the event also features a selection of some of this cinematic pioneer’s most inventive and brilliant works from the first decade of the 20th century. The musical score is composed and performed live by Aino Venna, whose 2012 Marlene album thrilled audiences and critics alike. Recommended for ages 5 and up In co-operation with:  
24.08., 24.08.
Jumalan rakastaja (c) Päivi Karjalainen

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Jussi Parviainen – Jussi Moila: JUMALAN RAKASTAJA 2013

The play explores manhood in a world where traditional male models are gone.

The Lover of God (Jumalan rakastaja), a modern Finnish classic, has been adapted to present time by playwright Jussi Moila and director Sakari Hokkanen. It explores manhood in a world where traditional male models are gone. The main character Juska Paarma is a sensitive young man who tries to build up an identity but ends up building his body. In this project all means are permitted.   Director: Sakari Hokkanen Text: Jussi Parviainen, Jussi Moila Performers: Mikko Virtanen (Juska Paarma), Seppo Merviä, Tuomo Kemppainen, Jarmo Perälä, Pia Andersson ja Irina Parviainen. Set design: Salli Kari Costumes: Mirjami Saarni Lightning design: Veli-Matti Ersta Sound: Anna Moriwaki Production: Kokkolan Kaupunginteatteri Performed in Finnish, surtitled in English. Duration aprox. 2 h (including intermission). In co-operation with:
15.08., 16.08.
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Kedy (c) Maria Uglova

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Lubov Strigack - Aleksey Zabegin: KEDY

Three young men are at the nightclub. They smoke, dance and have a good time.

Three young men are at the nightclub. They smoke, dance and have a good time. People around them are not interested in what the guys have on their minds…  Misha has just got a scholarship at the Music Academy in Holland. Now all his dreams are about the nearest future. Sasha is going to get married soon. He is dreaming of his girlfriend and future child. The third fellow has neither goals, nor intentions, but the only Grisha’s desire is Plimsoll shoes. That strange thought makes him feel lonely. He is afraid. He wants to change himself and become a person, who cares of something…   Text: Lubov Strigack Stage Director: Aleksey Zabegin Performers: Philipp Diachkov, Andrey Panyn, Eygeny Antonov, Vera Paranicheva, Anna Donchenko, Gerasim Archipov Set design: Constantin Soloviev Music: Ivan Lukashov Production & Theatre director: Aleksеy Nikitin Prodution:  Etude-Theatre Performed in Russian, subtitled in Finnish and English. Duration 1 h 40 min. In co-operation with:
16.08., 17.08.
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PERSONA (c) Ville Kurki

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Ingmar Bergman - Ville Kurki: PERSONA

Theatre director Ville Kurki’s stage version of Ingman Bergman’s film is in a treacherous way easy to approach.

Persona is the most enigmatic film of the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Theatre director Ville Kurki’s stage version is in a treacherous way easy to approach. The actresses Sofia Molin and Minna Hämäläinen act together in a compelling way in this hypnotic, minimalistic and visually strong performance.   Original text: Ingmar Bergman (rights Josef-Weinberger Ltd.) Director-dramaturg: Ville Kurki Translation to Finnish: Ville Kurki & Sofia Molin Actors: Sofia Molin (Grus Grus Teatteri) & Minna Hämäläinen (Turun kaupunginteatteri) Lights: Jouni Haavisto (ÅST) Sound: Kalle Terästö (Grus Grus Teatteri) Video: Virpi Kettu ja Ville Kurki (Grus Grus Teatteri) Production: Grus Grus Teatteri, Åbo Svenska Teatern & Turun Kaupunginteatteri Performed in Finnish, subtitled in English. Duration 1 h. In co-operation with:
23.08., 24.08.
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Stalker (c) Kaja Bruskeland

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Verk Produksjoner: STALKER

A story about a film about a journey to a room.

A story about a film about a journey to a room. The performance is based on the cult classic film Stalker by Andrej Tarkovsky from 1979. In Verk’s version play utilize people’s memories of the movie and allow them to tell little stories and anecdotes from a period in their life when their identity was still fragile. Stalker has won the Norwegian Hedda Prize in 2013 for The Best Performance of the Year.   Concept: Verk Produksjoner Director: Fredrik Hannestad Performers: Saila Hyttinen, Anders Mossling, Håkon Mathias Vassvik, Solveig Laland Mohn Set & Costume design: Signe Becker Lightning: Per Platou Sound: Tilo Hahn Production: Pernille Mogensen Production: Verk Produksjoner Performed in English. Duration 1 h 30 min. In co-operation with:
19.08., 20.08.
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Sylvi (c) Ilkka Saastamoinen

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Minna Canth – Mikko Roiha: SYLVI

Play states a question can a young woman’s desire to ascertain her own sexuality and identity exist past the dictation of others?

Is female lust at all possible? Minna Canth’s 19th century play states a question can a young woman’s desire to ascertain her own sexuality and identity exist past the dictation of others? Meanwhile, being one of the most daring and intimate stories of Finnish playwriting, Sylvi is a Scandinavian version of Anna Karenina, and it is told first and foremost to a young audience. The urge is a stifling thirst, a need to see oneself and to be seen. The classic has an unrelenting pulse, and no half measures are permitted. Beyond sexual desires, the play deals with jealousy, control and possession. The blood is vital, the flesh is willing.   Text: Minna Canth – Mikko Roiha Director: Mikko Roiha Performers: Pia Andersson, Lina Ekblad, Lasse Fagerström, Mervi Koskinen, Matti Raita Set design: Mikko Roiha Music & sound: Matti Raita Production: Klockriketeatern, Kokkolan Kaupunginteatteri, Savonlinnan Teatteri, Wasa Teater, Åbo Svenska Teater ja Vapaa Teatteri Performed in Swedish and Finnish, surtitled in English. Duration approx 2h 20 min. In co-operation with:
22.08., 23.08.
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Tomorrow's Parties (c) Hugo Glendinning

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Forced Entertainment: TOMORROW’S PARTIES

International innovators Forced Entertainment’s latest performance imagines a multitude of hypothetical futures.

International innovators Forced Entertainment’s latest performance imagines a multitude of hypothetical futures. Two performers wreathed in coloured lights speculate about what tomorrow might bring. Exploring utopian and dystopian visions, science fiction scenarios, political nightmares and absurd fantasies, the audience is carried along on a tide of conjectures and dreams.   Conceived and deviced: Forced Entertainment Director: Tim Etchells Performers: Forced Entertainment Design : Richard Lowdon Lighting design: Francis Stevenson Production: Ray Rennie & Jim Harrison Production: Forced Entertainment Performed in English, surtitled in Finnish. Duration 1 h 20 min. In co-operation with:
13.08., 14.08.
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U (c) Irina Timofeeva

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Olga Mukhina - Lev Erenburg: U

U tells a mysterious yet recognizable tale, happening in a non-specific city where fates and stories intertwine.

U tells a mysterious yet recognizable tale, happening in a non-specific city where fates and stories intertwine. It’s a story about people on the edge, looking for an escape. Strange but funny and inevitably bitter, U is a tragicomedy set under the stars of Kremlin.   Text: Olga Mukhina Director: Lev Erenburg Performers Sergei Umanov, Olga Albanova, Vera Tran, Tatiana Riabokon / Maria Semenova, Vadim Skvirsky / Konstantin Shelestun, Evgeniy Karpov, Alexander Belousov / Daniil Shigapov, Tatiana Kolganova, Kirill Semin, Andrey Bodrenkov, Helga Filippova Set design: Valery Polunovskyi Costumes: Vera Kuritcyna Lighting design: Kirill Grigorian Sound: Marina Sheinman Production: Nebolshoy Drama Theater Performed is Russian, surtitled in Finnish and English. Duration 2 h 30 min (including intermission).   In co-operation with:
15.08., 16.08., 17.08.
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Wednesday (c) Kulla Laas

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Lauri Lagle: WEDNESDAY

Wednesday is Lauri Lagle’s newest stage production, which focuses on the ordinary person in the middle of his ordinary Wednesday.

Wednesday is Lauri Lagle’s newest stage production, which focuses on the ordinary person in the middle of his ordinary Wednesday. The play looks for the right words to describe everyday matters and events without getting stuck in the banal. Wednesday playfully seeks out opportunities to see the mundane as an inexhaustible well for the thirst for life.   Director & Art Director: Lauri Lagle Performers: Eva Klemets, Inga Salurand, Kaie Mihkelson and Mari Abel Costume: Ene-Liis Semper Lighting design: Siim Reispass Sound: Mihkel Tomberg, troupe, Hendrik Kaljujärv Production: NO99 Performed in Estonian, surtitled in Finnish and English. Duration 1 h 40 min.   In co-operation with:
13.08., 14.08.
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Berg Heil (c) Robert Seger

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Kolmas tila – Tredje Rummet ry: BERG HEIL! Nietzscheläisiä vaelluslauluja

A play about power of words and about a right to a word.

At the end of 1880’s Elisabeth Nietzsche leaves to Paraguay, South America to create a colony based on anti-Semitism ideology. During same years his brother, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche lives as a refugee in Torino, Italy, writing passionately. In winter 1889 Friedrich gets incurably ill. Elisabeth decides to come back to Europe to take care of her sick brother – and his literary heritage… Berg Heil! – Nietzscheläisiä vaelluslauluja is a play about power of words and about a right to a word.   Text: Seppo Parkkinen Director: Juha Malmivaara Performers: Actors Minna Kangas, Raimo Karppinen, Sofia Törnqvist, Kristina Vahvaselkä, Maria Leivonen, Veera Alaverronen, dancers Panu Varstala, Arttu Wäänänen & mucisians Kari Mäkiranta, Marko Valtonen, Kimmo Gröhn Choreography: Panu Varstala Visual design: Pirjo Liiri-Majava Composition: Kari Mäkiranta Lightning design: Mari Agge Photography:  Robert Seger Production: KOLMAS TILA – TREDJE RUMMET RY/RF Performed in Finnish, surtitled in English. Duration 4 h (including intermission). In co-operation with:
22.08., 23.08., 24.08.
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Portrait of Emperor Napoleon I, François Gérard, courtesy of Rijksmuseum

King Trilogy

This three-concert series is an in-depth exploration of the lust for power, autocracy and its consequences.

The King is dead, long live the King! This three-concert series is an in-depth exploration of the lust for power, autocracy and its consequences. Throwing themselves at the royal theme are early music maestros from the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and edgy and internationally-acclaimed string quartet Meta4. The musicians’ different perspectives and experiences are brought together at a crossroads between the past and the present. The first concert is dedicated to genuine musical monuments that symbolise the very peak of both Baroque and Classical eras. The second concert focuses on an iconic European power player, Napoleon Bonaparte. In the final instalment, absolute power turns into madness. Finnish Baroque Orchestra Meta4 Nicholas Isherwood, Bass-baritone (23.-24.8.) Natacha Kudritskaya, piano (23.-24.8.) Pe 22.8. Ritarihuone Musikalisches Opfer Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131 J. S. Bach: Musikalisches Opfer La 23.8. Musiikkitalo, konserttisali Eroica Joseph Haydn: Emperor Quartet Arnold Schönberg: Ode to Napoleon Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 3 “Eroica” Su 24.8. Ritarihuone Mad King Francesco Geminiani / Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto grosso op. 5, no. 12 “La Follia” Georg Friedrich Händel: “Comfort ye” from the Messiah Oratory HWV 56 “Fral’ombre e gl’orrori” kantaatista Aci, Galatea e Polifemo HWV 72 Mikko Heiniö: Piano Quintet Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight songs for a mad king
22.08., 23.08., 24.08.
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Landfall (c) Mark Allan

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet: Landfall

Prepare to loose yourself in time and space, as you enter this parallel universe constructed by two contemporary music legends.

Helsinki Festival is proud to present Laurie Anderson’s hypnotic and dream-like poem. The queen of experimental music has joined forces with the ever-fearless Kronos Quartet to bring about this unique project. Prepare to loose yourself in time and space, as you enter this parallel universe constructed by two contemporary music legends. The multi-faceted Anderson is known for her wild and inventive soundscapes and innovative use of technology. Visuality, theatrical elements and experimental musical scores meet in the works of this icon of New York City avant-garde. The American Kronos Quartet is one of the most influential music ensembles of our time. For more than four decades these musical mavericks have been beating their own musical path in a true pioneering spirit. ”Dreams, digital trickery and distant stars” – The New York Times   Laurie Anderson, violin, keyboard, vocals Kronos Quartet David Harrington, violin John Sherba, violin Hank Dutt, viola Sunny Yang, cello Duration approx. 1 h 40 min., no interval
25.08.
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(c) Simo Karisalo

Movie Picnic

The movie picnic makes a much-anticipated return!

The movie picnic makes a much-anticipated return! Helsinki Festival and the Helsinki film industry have joined forces to organise a series of three easy-going screenings on the KoeHelsinki lawn. Bring your picnic basket and blanket and join us for cinematic delights in the dark August night! Fri 29.8. 21:00 Espoo Ciné International Film Festival presents: Sideways (2004) Sat 30.8. 21:00 Finnanimation presents: 100 years of Finnish Animation National Audiovisual Archive presents: Mies joka ei osannut sanoa ei (1975) Sun 31.8. 21:00 Docventures, Love & Anarchy, Doc Lounge and Yle present: Samsara (2011)   Utopia Project The movie picnic screenings will be preceded by a short film by young filmmakers.  Utopia, is a shared theme set for all productions but otherwise the makers have been given completely free creative reign. Helsinki Festival and the City of Helsinki have teamed up to hire ten young people for the project, a successor to last year’s hugely popular Tullaamo initiative that saw summer jobs provided to 30 young people. In co-operation with: City of Helsinki
29.08., 30.08., 31.08.
Los Lobos (c) Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Esa Pulliainen C-Combo & Mr. Breathless

At Huvila, the legendary group will treat audiences to an overview of their past 40 years together.

Founded in 1973, this garage band from Eastside Los Angeles quickly established themselves as leading lights of the Chicano cultural scene. Crossover success followed the release of their cover version of Ritchie Valens’s La Bamba and the hit film by the same name. Despite their huge commercial success, the band have stayed true to their own inimitable voice and the ”Wolves” have continued to evolve their sound throughout the decades creating a blend of border country Latino rhythms, country, folk, rock, pop and blues. Los Lobos continues to tour with the original line up. At Huvila, they will treat audiences to an overview of their past 40 years together. The evening kicks off with Agents-guitarist Esa Pulliainen’s C-Combo together with rock ’n’ roll pianist Mr. Breathless. ”Indisputably the most influential Chicano musical act in history” – The L. A. Times For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18
16.08.
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Mama Kin (c) Two Fish Out Of Water

Mama Kin

Pietarin spektaakkeli

THE CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

THE CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED The concert has been cancelled due to logistical reasons. The main act on Sunday the 17.8. at Huvila is Dumari ja Spuget & Blosarit.
17.08.
Media Facades, Human-Beeing (c) Christian Zöllner

Media Facades 2014

Media Facades 2014 will be bringing media art into the urban setting under the title of Participatory City.

Media Facades 2014 will be bringing media art into the urban setting under the title of Participatory City. The works showcased at the festival will take their shape in interplay with the festival goers and other urban dwellers, such as Helsinki’s birds and bees. The festival opens on the Night of the Arts and will be based at the Lasipalatsi Square. The event is organised by m-cult in partnership with the international Connecting Cities network.
21. - 24.08.
Michael Clark Company, Harry Alexander (c) Jake Walters

Michael Clark Company: animal / vegetable / mineral

Punk and classical ballet clash as this legendary British choreographer juxtaposes extreme discipline with angry energy.

Punk and classical ballet clash as this legendary British choreographer juxtaposes extreme discipline with angry energy. Michael Clark’s contemporary dance production is at once arrogant and beguiling. Clark is known for his collaborations with top fashion designers and musicians. His work tackles the clichés inherent in dance, fashion and popular culture to create a highly distinctive form of expression. The results are always arresting, stylish, and high-fash – the haute couture of dance. Concept, choreography: Michael Clark On stage: Julie Cunningham, Harry Alexander, Melissa Hetherington, Oxana Panchenko, Daniel Squire, Benjamin Warbis Light design: Charles Atlas Costumes: Stevie Stewart, Michael Clark Duration: 90 min, interval Commissioned by Barbican, London. Co-produced by Barbican, London, Michael Clark Company, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Tramway, Glasgow. Michael Clark Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
28.08., 29.08., 30.08.
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Zodiak (c) Elina Brotherus

Nature Dances

An on-stage collaboration between four artists explores the very nature of dance.

“These flowers before me contain the dream of a dance; it could be named: `The light falling on white flowers.’ A dance that would be a subtle translation of the light and the whiteness.” – Isadora Duncan: The dance of the future (1903) Nature Dances is a stage collaboration between choreographers Satu Herrala, Eeva Muilu, Anna Mustonen and Masi Tiitta. It explores the nature of dance, nature in dance, and the nature of four artists meeting to make a dance together. Throughout the history of dance, the relationship of the dancer’s body and its movements to nature and what is considered natural has been in a state of change. With Nature Dances the choreographer-dancers want to participate in this continuum dance the nature of 2014. “These words and the image before you contain the dream of a dance. It could be named ‘The Light Falling on This Sheet of Paper’. A dance that would be a subtle translation of the light and the print. If you are reading this from the screen of your mobile phone, it could be called ‘Reflection’.” Nature Dances is born in the spring with the awakening nature. It blooms in front of the audience in performances in August, before withering away and being buried in the archives of Internet. Choreography, on stage: Satu Herrala, Eeva Muilu, Anna Mustonen, Masi Tiitta Light design: Heikki Paasonen, Jani-Matti Salo Production: Zodiak — Center for New Dance, Wilderness dance, Helsinki Festival  
20.08., 23.08., 24.08., 26.08., 27.08., 28.08.
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Oblivia (c) Oblivia

Oblivia: Ka-Boom

The third in the Oblivia series comments, critiques and analyses, keeping a straight face while staying funny.

This multicultural performance art ensemble have already explored the concepts of reason and emotion twice previously in their Museum of postmodern art and Super B. Ka-Boom, the third in the series, will premiere at Helsinki Festival. While the first two instalments examined the past and the traces of it left in the present, Ka-Boom travels into the future and turns to look at the present day from this new vantage point. What can be done if everything has already happened? Ka-Boom brings together speech and movement, emotion and reason. It comments, critiques and analyses, keeping a straight face while staying funny. Devising and performing: Timo Fredriksson, Magnus Logi Kristinsson, Anna-Maija Terävä, Annika Tudeer Sound design: Juuso Voltti Light design: Meri Ekola Costumes: Monika Hartl Performed in English Duration: 60 min.   All three parts of the trilogy Oblivia: Mopma will be performed at Lume on the Night of the Arts on 21 August at 18:00. Duration approx. 3 h 40 min, interval.   In Co-operation with:
18.08., 19.08., 21.08.
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Open Stage (c) Simo Karisalo

Open Stage

Join us, either to see the mega stars of tomorrow or grab your guitar and get on stage!

Expect the unexpected at the Open Stage! Last year’s audiences were treated to a string of fantastic performances from pole dancing to stand up, from choir music to rap – what will it be this year? Join us, either to see the mega stars of tomorrow or grab your guitar and get on stage! Performers will need to bring their own instruments.
21.08.
Esa-Pekka Salonen (c) Clive Barda

Orango

Esa-Pekka Salonen, RSO, Mariinsky Theatre & Dominante

Esa-Pekka Salonen has in his possession something of a rarity: the prologue to Shostakovich’s previously little known opera, Orango.

Esa-Pekka Salonen has in his possession something of a rarity: the prologue to Shostakovich’s previously little known opera, Orango. This recently discovered gem has been performed only a couple of times and is now due to receive its Finland debut at Helsinki Festival. Filmmaker and video designer Louis Price has created a visual accompaniment to the musical score in the form of a collage blending Soviet archive images and animation. Orango depicts the rise and fall of a strange half-ape, half-man creature. In its day, this acerbic satire was a step too far for the Bolshoi Theatre and its original production was quietly shelved. Orango has a historical link to the evening’s other work, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4. Stalin first began to exert a stranglehold over Soviet cultural life in the early 1930s, when Orango was created and his influence reached its height in 1936 when Shostakovich completed his Symphony No. 4. ”The man-ape Orango is a lustful, comic monstrosity”. – The Telegraph Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor Gerard McBurney, Orchestration Dominante Choir, Murtosointu Choir Singers from the Mariinsky Theatre Louis Price, Video Design Antti Silvennoinen, Light Design Erik Söderblom, Dramatization Seppo Murto, Choirmaster Ville Matvejeff, Assistant conductor Dmitri Shostakovich: Orango Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.4 Duration: 2 h 15 min   In Co-operation with: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Finnish Cultural Foundation
19.08., 20.08.
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Pelin henki

Game On — gaming music for an orchestra

The soundtracks to the best-selling Finnish games will be performed live for the first time by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Angry Birds, Clash of Clans, Alan Wake — the Finnish gaming industry is going strong! Music is the name of the game, setting the scene, driving the characters and bringing the events to life. Now the soundtracks to these best-selling Finnish games will be performed live for the first time by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. In the course of the evening, audiences will be treated to the original scores arranged for a symphony orchestra alongside classical music pieces also featured in the games. Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Janne Nisonen, conductor Music from the games Angry Birds, Clash of Clans, Supernauts, Tiny Thief and Alan Wake by the composers such as Jonne Valtonen, Salla Hakkola and Petri Alanko. Recommended for ages 7 and up In co-operation with: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Grand Cru, Remedy, Rovio, Supercell  
22.08.
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Pepe Willberg (c) Lauri Eriksson

Pepe Willberg & Saimaa and Suvi Isotalo

In Huvila’s double night the audience will be treated with interpretations of the Finnish character.

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Brand new material will receive an outing at the Huvila appearance of this veteran interpreter of the Finnish character. Prepare yourself for a genuine spectacle: Willberg will be rolling out an impressively-sized line up of musicians and choristers. What really matters, however, is that, in true Pepe style, he will not leave a single audience member unmoved. A younger generation of Finnish musicians is represented by up-and-coming singer-songwriter Suvi Isotalo. With a third album out this spring, Isotalo creates poetic and sharply observant pop music. Her big little stories will rock Huvila all the way. For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18  
25.08.
Verneri Pohjola (c) Edition Records

Concert Picnic

A lazy Saturday morning, some great company, delicious food – now add music…

A lazy Saturday morning, some great company, delicious food – now add music. At this year’s concert picnic, audiences will be treated to laid back jazz funk by the Verneri Pohjola Quartet as well as new arrangements for strings. The joint performance by these classical music and jazz maestros will nourish your soul. To nourish your body, bring a picnic. Ready-made picnic packs will be available from the KoeHelsinki café-restaurant. Duration of the concert: 2 h Restaurant Juuri’s picnic bag Picnic bag for two 15 € You can buy your picnic bag from the KoeHelsinki café-restaurant or reserve it beforehand from koe.helsinki@juuri.fi For OP-bonus customers and owner members 12 €. This special offer is available to all OP cardholders displaying and OP-bonusasiakas or omistajajäsen card. In partnership with:
23.08.
Race Horse Company (c) Petter Hellman

Race Horse Company: Super Sunday

Megalomaniacs with empty pockets… An apt definition of the Race Horse Company, Finland’s internationally best-known new circus ensemble.

Megalomaniacs with empty pockets… An apt definition of the Race Horse Company, Finland’s internationally best-known new circus ensemble. Super Sunday, their latest production, smirks at death and has a pack of wild men charging further and fiercer than ever before. The wheel of death, the human catapult, the teeterboard… can you survive them if you have no faith? Super Sunday is a rollercoaster ride that’s off the tracks. Like the masters of the universe they reach for the sky, money burning holes in their pockets The company is known for their black brand of humour, boneheaded attitude and commitment to always giving it their all. Replete with their highly distinctive aesthetic, Super Sunday is undoubtedly destined for the same international fame and fortune as Petit mal. By forging a path where there previously was none. Artistic creation, performers: Petri Tuominen, Rauli Kosonen, Kalle Lehto, Odilon Pindat, Mikko Karhu, Mikko Rinnevuori Light design: Jere Mönkkönen, Klasu Eklund Sound design: Sami Tammela Recommended for ages 7 and up NB. The performance contains flashing lights and strong visual effects. Duration 120 min, interval   In co-operation with Helsinki Festival is the co-producer of the performance.
29.08., 30.08., 31.08.
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Raksa (c) Vincent Lucas

Raksa

What if Helsinki’s high-profile building projects, the Guggenheim, the new children’s hospital and the Pasila high rises, had already been completed?

High and high-density are the order of the day in today’s construction industry. But what if Helsinki’s high-profile, high-controversy building projects, the Guggenheim, the new children’s hospital and the new Central Library, had already been completed? Instead of the usual suspects, the politicians, architects, engineers and builders, it is we, the ordinary Helsinkians, who now get first dibs at realising these much talked about ventures – and then demolishing them again. French artist Olivier Grossetête has designed an artwork that uses simple materials, cardboard and tape, to construct skyscrapers more than ten metres in height. At this collective community effort, traditional power structures are given the heave ho and thinking big is encouraged. Helsinki Festival and Helsingin Sanomat invite you to take part in our playful city planning scenario game. Help us construct the Helsinki of the future. Workshops in Festival City – KoeHelsinki Sun 17.8. at 12-18, Mon-Wed 18.-20.8. at 16-20. Concept: Olivier Grossetête Co-production: EMMA – Espoo Museum of  Modern Art In Partnership with:  
21.08.
Palsa

Rosa Liksom & Kristian Smeds: Palsa — ihmisen kuva

The latest production of the uncompromising playwright and director offers a glimpse into the broken soul of Kalervo Palsa.

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Performances kick off at midnight – the hour of the lunatics and the drunks, the queers and the whores, the lost and the beaten, the homeless and the forsaken. The latest production of this uncompromising playwright and director offers a glimpse into the broken soul of Kalervo Palsa (1947–1987) through which this northern Finnish artists’ powerful and contradictory imagery arises like cowslips from manure at spring time. On stage: Kristian Smeds, Timo Kämäräinen Text: Rosa Liksom, Kristian Smeds Direction, visualisation: Kristian Smeds Music: Timo Kämäräinen Light design: Petteri Pietiäinen Sound design: Heidi Soidinsalo Production: The Finnish National Theatre Helsinki Festival is the co-producer of the performance. Duration: approx. 2 h 30 min, no interval
23.08., 30.08.
Runokuu (c) Saara Mansikkamäki

Poetry Moon

Celebrating a decade of Poetry Moons! The festival invites performers, audiences and genres to influence and be influenced by each other.

Celebrating a decade of Poetry Moons! To mark our anniversary year, many of the more than 30 events in our programme will be turning their attention to the passage of time. During a single week in August, we will be occupying abandoned houses and forgotten spaces in Helsinki, organising cross-generations poetry jams and finding out how dance and circus do Shakespeare, who also happens to be celebrating an anniversary of his own this year. The Poetry Moon is a literary festival that invites performers, audiences and genres to influence and be influenced by each other. This year, we are offering more than 30 free events across Helsinki. Join us! runokuu.fi Organised by: Nuoren Voiman Liitto  
21. - 27.08.
(c) Ensemble Sarband

Sacred Bridges

Ensemble Sarband & The Helsinki Chamber Choir

At the Sacred Bridges concert, early music maestros Sarband perform music based on Old Testament psalms.

At the Sacred Bridges concert, early music maestros Ensemble Sarband perform music based on Old Testament psalms. Programme creator Vladimir Ivanoff has woven together 16th and 17th century European and Middle Eastern music to create a harmonious and multidimensional whole. The psalms, created by composers of three different faiths, are both spiritual and political but also act as bridges between people, regardless of their creed. On stage, the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Sarband are joined by whirling dervish Metin Erkuş from Turkey. ”Politically explosive even today. This moving, aesthetically and philosophically unique performance proved all the more relevant.” – Die Welt Ensemble Sarband: Mustafa Doğan Dikmen, vocals Celaleddin Biçer, ney Salah Eddin Maraqa, qanun Uğur İsık, ajaklı keman Vladimir Ivanoff, percussions Metin Erkuş, Dervish dancer The Helsinki Chamber Choir Nils Schweckendiek, conductor Compositions: Salamone Rossi Hebreo Claude Goudimel Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Ali Ufki Genevan Psalteri Duration: 90 min, no interval   In Co-operation With: The Helsinki Chamber Choir  
18.08.
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Salsa Celtica (c) Archie MacFarlane

Salsa Celtica

Kaveri Special

Latin beats blended with the sound of ancient Celtic melodies.

It’s a fair distance between the Scottish moors and the sweaty dancehalls of Havana. But witness this ten-plus strong ensemble grab their bagpipes and fiddles and belt out a salsa tune and you will agree that music truly does have the power to do away with geographical distance. With a career spanning nearly two decades, Salsa Celtica are alive with Latin beats, blended with the sound of ancient Celtic melodies. Kaveri Special, too, are a clash of cultures and climates. This Helsinki band draw on African guitar influences to bring a taste of the tropics into Huvila. ”This is a confident, exuberant fusion set that works.” – The Guardian SALSA CELTICA Eric Alfonso, timbale John Speirs, bass, coro Ricardo Fernandez Pompa, lead vocals, congas, coro Megan Henderson, violin, lead vocals Shanti Jayasinha, trumpet Phil O’Malley, trombone Sue McKenzie, saxophones Simon Gall, piano, coro Toby Shippey, percussion, coro , guitar, trumpet Ross Ainsley, whistles, pipes, cittern Éamonn Coyne, tenor banjo, tenor guitar For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18  
30.08.
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Catherine Balet: Strangers #3. From the series Strangers in the Light

#snapshot

The Finnish Museum of Photography’s #snapshot exhibition sets out to update the snapshot concept.

Never before have ordinary people generated such a wealth of photographs, and had the ability to share them with such wide audiences, as today. The Finnish Museum of Photography’s #snapshot exhibition sets out to update the snapshot concept. Consisting primarily of photographs taken by ordinary people, images sourced from the internet, historic snapshots and selfies as well as an overview of the history of the selfie, the exhibition also features new works by international artists commenting on the phenomenon. The exhibition is realised as an interactive experience both on-site and online. Visitors’ own images will be incorporated in the Curate your own life section, while the extensive programme of activities includes an instagramwalk and a selfie workshop. In co-operation with: The Finnish Museum of Photography, Futurice Oy, University of Tampere School of Communication, Media and Theatre (CMT)
21.08. - 18.01.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Iisa

Expect the mood to shift from disco glitz to tear-inducing poignancy, from wild dance floor antics and quiet, reflective moments.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor first began her musical career in the 1990s as the front woman of indie outfit theaudience. Throughout the noughties, she continued to garner fame and fortune as a solo artist, releasing one consummately danceable pop track after another. Her latest album, Wanderlust, a collaboration with critically-lauded singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt, represents a creative about-turn for the artist. On it, dance beats have been replaced with string arrangements and pitch perfect pop songs with eastern European sounds influences. At Huvila, Ellis-Bextor’s audience are in for an intimate evening. Expect the mood to shift from disco glitz to tear-inducing poignancy, from wild dance floor antics and quiet, reflective moments. Iisa Pykäri, who recently launched her solo career, is known as the highly charismatic, velvet-voiced lead singer of Regina. Warm and engaging, Iisa’s music speaks of small every day stories and larger-than-life dramas.   For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18
29.08.
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Siba (c) Talita Miranda / Funarte

Sound Tracker

Hanoi Rocks legend Sami Yaffa brings a clutch of his personal favourites to Huvila together with the travellers Riku and Tunna.

Hanoi Rocks legend and music renaissance man Sami Yaffa has come across a variety of first-rate bands and quirky artists during his career. Together with travellers Riku and Tunna, he is now bringing a clutch of his personal favourites to Huvila. As the Night of the Arts falls, expect the unexpected – scouted from tropical beaches and rugged mountainsides – and an all-round fantastic concert experience. Siba is a perfect example of the diversity of the Brazilian music scene. Sergio Veloso aka. Siba has been a staple in the country’s vivid alternative scene since the 1990’s and has recently gathered a wider audience and spiced up the music culture of Brazil. Expect Afro-Brazilian rhythms mixed with rocking guitars and keyboards. KAL presents Serbian gypsy music and Balkan punk at its best. Traditional instruments such as violins and accordion are mixed with beatboxing and rough electric guitars – the playing is super fast, the rhythms unconventional. The band has recently toured in the US with Gogol Bordello and Mad Juan. For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18    
21.08.
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Daniel Barenboim & Staatskapelle Berlin (c) Monika Rittershaus

Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim

Following the conclusion of this year’s Helsinki Festival, we will be offering classical music lovers one more chance to witness a world-leading orchestra in full swing.

Following the conclusion of this year’s Helsinki Festival, we will be offering classical music lovers one more chance to witness a world-leading orchestra in full swing. In September, one of the most important musicians of our time, world citizen and living legend Daniel Barenboim will arrive at Helsinki Music Centre with his own orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, in tow. Expect an enthralling performance of true musical grandeur. The orchestra will be performing two masterpieces of the German orchestral canon: Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 and Strauss’s tone poem, Ein Heldenleben. Born in Buenos Aires, Daniel Barenboim is a conductor and pianist as well as teacher, humanitarian and UN peace envoy.   Staatskapelle Berlin Daniel Barenboim, conductor Franz Schubert: Symphony no. 8 in B minor “Unfinished” Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben op. 40   In Co-operation with: The City of Helsinki Alfred Kordelin Foundation  
07.09.
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Strings (c) Tina Louise Hunderup

Strings

Join us in a game that will turn the city into a colourful and joyously higgledy piggeldy web of yarn.

Miles and miles of colourful string. What could you make with that? A whole new world! Helsinki Festival invites everyone to join us in a game that will turn the city into a colourful and joyously higgledy piggeldy web of yarn. Visitors can use the web as a movement track and hiding place – and even use it to watch the world and other people go by. The web will continue to evolve as it is ”knitted” by balls of string being pulled around by participants. The end result will look exactly as we collectively want it to look. The festival is an opportunity to trick yourself into looking at the world from a completely new angle. Strings will form part of KoeHelsinki and is suitable for visitors of all ages. Concept: Karoline H. Larsen
15. - 17.08.
Sulle lastenlauluni laulan (c) Saša Tkalčan

Let’s sing

Huvila’s cheerful and high-spirited children’s concert.

At Huvila’s cheerful and high-spirited children’s concert, young members of the audience will be treated to appearances by well-loved musicians we all know from TV. The concert’s in-house band is conducted by Soili Perkiö, the woman single-handedly responsible for a string of top tunes for tots. The programme also includes a choice of popular favourites, as Tuomo Rannankari and Siina Hirvonen take to the stage. Expect catchy melodies to get everyone singing and swinging. This day-time concert culminates in an appearance by the legendary Jussi Raittinen, guaranteed to thrill with his high-quality back catalogue of children’s music. For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18 In co-operation with: Elvis ry
31.08.
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Let me sing you my song

Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Finnish Society of Composers and Lyricists.

It all starts with the songwriter. Many composers, lyricists and arrangers create songs for other artists – themselves content with taking the back seat. Now, we are shining the spotlight on these neglected professions in honour of the 60th anniversary of the Finnish Society of Composers and Lyricists. At Huvila, a crowd of highly prolific creative powerhouses take to the stage, including Knipi, Heikki Salo, Kaija Kärkinen, Pave Maijanen, Esa Nieminen, Timo Kiiskinen, Esa Kaartamo, as well as grand old men Kaj Chydenius and Jukka Virtanen. The younger generation is represented by Mariska, Janna Hurmerinta and Jere Ijäs and others. For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18 In co-operation with: Elvis ry
31.08.
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Susanna Leinonen (c) Jonas Lundqvist

Susanna Leinonen Company: Touch of Gravity

Gravity, begone! This contemporary dance performance defies the laws of nature.

Gravity, begone! This contemporary dance performance defies the laws of nature. The dancers escape the limits of their physicality with deliberate slow movements emerging from the ground. The moving figures seek their places within a group and attempt to disrupt its balance. The striking visuals give rise to a surreal on stage universe. Choreography: Susanna Leinonen Dance: Sanni Giordani, Tiia Huuskonen, Sara Kovamäki, Aksinja Lommi, Liisa Pietikäinen ja Elisa Tuovila Light design: Joonas Tikkanen Costumes: Erika Turunen Videos: Jouka Valkama Visuals: Susanna Leinonen, Joonas Tikkanen, Jouka Valkama Sound design: Kasperi Laine   In Co-operation with:
21.08., 22.08.
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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. Search The Night of the Arts programme and sign up!
21.08.
Tatzu Nishi (c) Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Tatzu Nishi: Hotel Manta of Helsinki

Japanese artist invites everyone to view their familiar urban environment through new eyes.

Sculptures and monuments have occupied some of the choicest spots in Helsinki for so long that they have been rendered nearly invisible. Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi invites everyone to view their familiar urban environment through new eyes, transforming their perceptions of their surroundings by constructing private spaces, such as a living or hotel room around large-scale public artworks. Helsinki Festival and Helsinki City Art Museum have extended a joint invitation to the internationally-renowned Nishi, who now arrives on his first visit to the Nordic countries. From among the city’s public art works, Nishi has chosen to transform the enduringly popular Havis Amanda fountain. Join us to find out how little we know the things we take for granted. Production: Helsinki Art Museum In co-operation with: Design Museum, Museum of Finnish Architecture, Restel
15.08. - 12.10.
Memories for Life (c) Otto Donner

Memories for Life

Meeting the Odyssey - Teater Viirus

Land, ahoy! The crew of the Hoppet sailing ship will be landing in Helsinki this summer.

Memories for Life is a part of the international artistic collaboration Meeting the Odyssey, including participants from 11 European countries who have set sail across the world’s seven seas with a cargo full of myths, stories and memories during the years 2014-2017. “We do not walk towards death. We do not walk towards getting old. We walk to meet ourselves. We walk to meet our Other Me. Life is like two persons walking towards each other. My old age meets my youth.” - Imants Ziedonis (1933-2013) Memories for Life is a performance about the stories we tell to define ourselves. What happens when those stories fall apart? It is a tale about human travelling through time, seen from a variety of different perspectives. Seven persons relive their life journeys and try to tell their personal stories in a landscape where memories, reality and dreams are equal. Where do we come from? How is the past influencing us and where are we heading? Memories for Life is inspired by both Homer’s Odyssey and the world as it is today, embodied by a cast of young European actors and directed by the Viirus Theatre’s artistic director Maria Lundström. Concept and director: Maria Lundström Choreographer Lenka Vagnerovà Performance dramaturge: Christoffer Mellgren Composer: Robert Kock Visual designer: Viviana Rella Costume designer: Tyra Therman Light designer: Andrea Violato Performers: Maria Ahlroth, Viktor Idman, Tilde Knudsen, Radoslav Piovarci, Helena Pruuli, Oskar Pöysti, Jessica Raita Producer: Matilda Sundström “Memories for life is a performance which in a considerable and diverse way shows how all our backgrounds, experiences and memories makes us who we are today and tomorrow…” – YLE “Already the concept makes the performance universally viable, but the thing that really lifts it up above a normal theater experience is Lenka Vagnerovas remarkably elegant choreography, which the ensemble masters in an impressive way…”-  Ny Tid “Memories for Life propose that the idea of being elderly and identities could be different. How prevalent are those experiences, which we believe are mostly private? - HS Other Meeting the Odyssey Helsinki -events: Waiting for the Rain Instant Helsinki Love is Hard Project coordination Teater Viirus. The performance is physical and multilingual – English mostly In co-operation with: Teater Viirus, Meeting the Odyssey Project With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
23.08., 24.08., 25.08.
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Waiting for the Rain (c) Waiting for the Rain (c) Krzysztof Ścisłowicz

Waiting for the Rain

Meeting the Odyssey - Teater Viirus

Polish theatre makers throw themselves with gusto into the story of Penelope.

Waiting for the Rain is a part of the international artistic collaboration Meeting the Odyssey, including participants from 11 European countries who have set sail across the world’s seven seas with a cargo full of myths, stories and memories during the years 2014-2017. Imagine a woman waiting for her man. For twenty years. What are her desires, hopes and fears? Waiting for the Rain is a performance about Penelope, the abandoned wife of Odysseus in the famous Greek tragedy The Odyssey – an unusual, strong and mysterious woman. She is the centre of a story that is told without words; a story created by music, movement and relations between actors, dancers, musicians and puppets. This performance is a metaphorical image of Penelope’s interior journey through the world of memories and emotions. The past and the future blur in the act of waiting, where the present does not exist. There is only timelessness, in which the ritual of waiting gives meaning to life. Waiting for the Rain is an international co-production led by Opole Puppet and Actor Theatre in the frame of the cooperation-project Meeting the Odyssey: an Adventure Beyond Arts, Myths and Everyday Life in Europe. Director: Krystian Kobyłka Puppets, costumes, set design: Eva Farkašová Script: Malina Prześluga Music: Sambor Dudziński Choreography: Jacek Gębura Sound design: Kristian Ekholm Light design: Andrea Violato Cast: Aleksandra Adamska, Sambor Dudziński, Marco Ferro, Hugo Giordano, Miłosz Konieczny, Marek Zimakiewicz Co-production: Opole Puppet & Actor Theatre The performance is physical and multilingual, English mostly. Not suitable for children.   Other Meeting the Odyssey Helsinki -events: Memories for Life Instant Helsinki Love is Hard Project coordination Teater Viirus. In co-operation with: Teater Viirus, Meeting the Odyssey Project With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
25.08., 26.08., 27.08.
(c) Jorma Friberg

Instant Helsinki

Meeting the Odyssey - Teater Viirus

An instant portrait of Helsinki, gifting us the opportunity to see ourselves through the eyes of an outsider.

Instant Helsinki is a part of the international artistic collaboration Meeting the Odyssey, including participants from 11 European countries who have set sail across the world’s seven seas with a cargo full of myths, stories and memories during the years 2014-2017. Italian director Giancarlo Biffi will sketch an instant portrait of Helsinki, gifting us the opportunity to see ourselves through the eyes of an outsider. Other Meeting the Odyssey Helsinki -events: Memories for Life Waiting for the Rain Love is Hard Project coordination Teater Viirus. In co-operation with: Teater Viirus, Meeting the Odyssey Project With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union    
30.08.
(c) Jorma Friberg

Love is Hard

Meeting the Odyssey - Teater Viirus

Dealing with the act of remembering will be a work of art created by a creative ensemble brought together by Teater Viirus.

Love is Hard is a part of the international artistic collaboration Meeting the Odyssey, including participants from 11 European countries who have set sail across the world’s seven seas with a cargo full of myths, stories and memories during the years 2014-2017. Also dealing with the act of remembering will be a work of art created by a creative ensemble brought together by Teater Viirus. Due to go on display at KoeHelsinki,  the “collective painting” by local Year 8 and Year 9 pupils is based on the recollections of older generations as gathered by the pupils during street interviews. The painting will emerge through workshops conducted by Draamateam artists Heidi Hänninen and Valtteri Halmetoja, as the young people involved create their own interpretation of the memories and love stories they have heard. At the workshops, full use will be made of a variety of street art techniques from stencils and spray paint to more traditional brushwork. Pupils from Munkkiniemen yhteiskoulu and Åshöjdenin peruskoulu lower secondary schools will be participating. Other Meeting the Odyssey Helsinki -events: Waiting for the Rain Memories for Life Instant Helsinki Project coordination Teater Viirus. In co-operation with: Teater Viirus, Meeting the Odyssey Project With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union  
21. - 31.08.
Tero Saarinen Company: MORPHED (c) Anton Sucksdorff

Tero Saarinen Company: MORPHED

A band of eight men seduce, challenge, demand and swagger their way through this ingenious, organic and impressive choreography.

A band of eight men seduce, challenge, demand and swagger their way through this ingenious, organic and impressive choreography. In his much-awaited new production, Tero Saarinen sets out to shake up the prevailing definition of masculinity. At this truly unique premiere event, the Finnish National Opera orchestra will be conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, who is also responsible for the musical score. In addition to Saarinen’s go-to visual designer Mikki Kunttu, the team includes fashion designer Teemu Muurimäki, who won his style spurs during a lengthy stint on the international fashion scene. Like the Saarinen choreography, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s music oscillates between brutally aggressive and meditatively soft and minimalist. Violin virtuoso Akiko Suwanai takes to the stage to perform the solo to this award-winning violin concerto. Choreography: Tero Saarinen Lighting and set design: Mikki Kunttu Costume design: Teemu Muurimäki On stage: Ima Iduozee, Leo Kirjonen, Saku Koistinen, Mikko Lampinen, Jarkko Lehmus, Pekka Louhio, Jussi Nousiainen, David Scarantino Music: Esa-Pekka Salonen: Concert etude for solo horn (2000), Foreign Bodies (2001), Violin Concerto (2009) Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera Akiko Suwanai, Violin Tommi Viertonen, French horn Ville Matvejeff, Assistant conductor Duration: 60 min, no interval Tero Saarinen Company in co-operative production with Helsinki festival and Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Etienne. In co-operation with:
16.08.
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Tervomaa & Tokela (c) Juha Reunanen

Tervomaa + Tokela = Tourettes

Tuomo & Markus

The paths of two independent artists cross as Huvila audiences are invited to share in something truly unique.

The paths of two independent artists cross as Huvila audiences are invited to share in something truly unique. Jonna Tervomaa, a firm favourite with Finnish critics and audiences alike, and rockabilly and punk-inspired Melrose’s front man Tokela have joined forces to create the Tourettes – a brand new outfit and creative outlet for both artists. On the evening’s playlist is plenty of original Tourettes materials, including songs in English. The start of the evening serves up a treat for mellow guitar pop lovers with a nostalgic bent as Markus Nordenstreng and Tuomo Prättälä take to the stage. TOURETTES Jonna Tervomaa & Tokela, vocals Mikko Mäkelä, bass Miikka Paatelainen, steel guitar Topi Kurki, drums, percussions TUOMO & MARKUS Tuomo Prättälä, piano, keyboard, vocals Markus Nordenstreng, guitar, vocals Juho Viljanen, drums, percussions, trombone Miikka Paatelainen, pedal steel, mandolin, electric guitar Jere Ijäs, bass, backing vocals For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18  
18.08.
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Checkpoint (c) Archive of the Mosireen collective, 2011-2013

To the Square 2

What would it take for people to go TO THE SQUARE, to revolt again?

From Tunis to Tahrir Square, Cairo From Occupy in New York to Wikileaks and Blockupy ECB From Puerta del Sol in Madrid to Bolotnaya Square in Moscow What fills a square? A tent, a tank or a tower? A mob, a demand or a feast of engaged arts? Where did it all come from, and where does it go — that revolutionary energy? What would it take for people to go TO THE SQUARE, to revolt again? Something revolting? Total economic inequality? Ecological catastrophe? Raw racism? An infinitely bigger “big brother”? Everybody knows: it’s all happening already. Art climbs a tower, takes a bird’s-eye view, builds a springboard… it dreams and rebels. A drawing-board for ideas, art re-imagines societies to make them. To the Square 2 mobilizes people with art: by artists from the square, to the square. Curators: Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen as a part of the international Re-Aligned Project of Perpetuum Mobilε ry Commissioned by:
22. - 31.08.
Tommi Toija: Yksin/Ensam/Alone 2014 (c) Amos Andersonin taidemuseo/ Stella Ojala

Tommi Toija: Mutatis mutandis

In Toija’s sculptures we discover ourselves – and our friends and loved ones.

A boy clutching a balloon watches it intently, another boy is seen, confidently, trustingly, waving a friend goodbye, while elsewhere a drunk slumps against a wall. We all know what it is to brood, to feel embarrassed or ashamed, to make a scene. In Tommi Toija’s sculptures we discover ourselves – and our friends and loved ones. Toija works with everyday materials – clay, leftover pieces of veneer, hardware store finds and loot from skips. His endearing little man figure has appeared in several exhibitions over the past decade. Now, Toija has re-created him in truly enormous proportions. Bad Bad Boy, a more than 8 metres high concrete sculpture will soon appear in the vicinity of Helsinki’s Kauppatori market. In co-operation with:
15.08. - 27.10.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra (c) Sian Richards

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Currently enjoying a meteoric rise internationally, Canada’s pride and joy, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will be performing at Helsinki Festival.

Currently enjoying a meteoric rise internationally, Canada’s pride and joy, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will be performing at Helsinki Festival. At Thursday’s concert conductor Peter Oundijan will tease out the subtleties inherent in both the Rachmaninov masterpiece that marks the high point of his artistic expression as well as Canadian cult composer Claude Viver’s visionary sound. A jewel in the crown is Grammy Award-winning James Ehnes’s take on Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The late night Friday performance will be a relaxed affair involving talk, music and good times – all set to continue beyond the concert at KoeHelsinki when the orchestra join the party with the musical stylings of a classical music DJ. ”Full technical control, beautifully balanced and sounding rich” – The Toronto Star Toronto Symphony Orchestra Peter Oundjian, Conductor James Ehnes, Violin (21.8.) Thu 21.8. Claude Vivier: Orion Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances Duration: 2 h, interval Fri 22.8. – A Night at Musiikkitalo Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no. 11 Duration 1 h, no interval   In Co-operation with: The City of Helsinki Alfred Kordelin Foundation
21.08., 22.08.
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Roskalavapaviljonki (c) Hilla Rudanko

Trash Pavilion

Join us as we set about creating a living room for everyone in Helsinki, using skip finds and reclaimed construction materials!

Join us as we set about creating a living room for everyone in Helsinki, using skip finds and reclaimed construction materials! The idea is to claim a bit of the city for the residents, highlight the need for sustainable consumer practices and draw attention to the lifecycle of consumer goods. The construction process itself is important but you can also participate in this environmental and community art project through a variety of workshops and other events.
15. - 31.08.
Vallan liikuttajat, Yksi lensi yli käenpesän (c) KAVI

Power Shifters

The cinematic series features films examining the nature and flow of power in society and we, the people, who wield that power.

This cinematic series features films examining the nature and flow of power in society and we, the people, who wield that power. What power does the individual hold amidst the huge machine? Cinema has traditionally asserted itself as a foil to the establishment both aesthetically and thematically, employing both dramatic and satirical means in pursuit of its aim. The screenings will be preceded by in-depth – and perhaps unexpected – introductions by experts on power, who hail from a wide variety of backgrounds. The series includes The gospel according to St Matthew, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1964 telling of the life of Jesus, Milos Forman’s 1975 One flew over the cuckoo’s nest, adopted as a political allegory in eastern Europe, as well as films abounding with the razor-sharp wit of the Marx brothers. In co-operation with:
19. - 31.08.
Jukka Perko & Herd

Viapori Jazz

Jukka Perko & Herd play Simon & Garfunkel

This August evening will have a breeze of nostalgia blowing from the 60s and 70s!

This year Viapori Jazz opens with a deep dive to the music of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. The program of the concert is based on instrumental recordings of these classics by Paul Desmond, the first sax-idol of Jukka Perko. This August evening will have a breeze of nostalgia blowing from the 60s and 70s! Jukka Perko, saxophones Panu Savolainen, vibraphone Mikko Pellinen, bass Tuomas Timonen, drums Age limit: 18
27.08., 27.08.
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Timo Lassy & Georgios Kontrafouris

Viapori Jazz

Timo Lassy & Georgios Kontrafouris duo

Timo Lassy and Georgios Kontrafouris, known for their steamin’ jazz, cool down at the shelter of the “ice cellar”.

Timo Lassy and Georgios Kontrafouris, known for their steamin’ jazz, cool down at the shelter of the “ice cellar”. Having shared the stage for years, this duo setup does not need to be afraid of freezing on it, they will thaw old and new compositions by Lassy, covering also standards. Timo Lassy, saxophones Georgios Kontrafouris, piano Age limit: 18
27.08.
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Viapori Jazz (c) Pate Pesonius

Viapori Jazz

Marian Petrescu solo-duo-trio feat. Joonatan Rautio

There are lots of keys on the piano and Marian Petrescu will touch them all!

There are lots of keys on the piano and Marian Petrescu will touch them all! If you have not earlier had the chance to witness the virtuosity of brothers Marian and Mihai, now is your chance. We offer you the treat of Petrescu solo, duo, trio and with the cherry of tenor Joonatan Rautio on top. Marian Petrescu, piano Joonatan Rautio, saxophones Mihai Petrescu, bass Raimo Väyrynen, drums Age limit: 18
28.08.
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Pimeä konsertti

Viapori Jazz

Dark Concert: Perko & Saari & Kosminen

How does music sound like in the dark?

How does music sound like in the dark? When visual input is diminished, will the other senses sharpen? Will we hear more or imagine more? These questions are studied by our trio of accomplished improvisers, inviting the audience to be their research population. Method effects are to be experienced and reported by audience members when convenient. Jukka Perko, saxophones Jarmo Saari, electric guitar Samuli Kosminen, electronic and percussive utensils Age limit: 18 In collaboration with: We Jazz
28.08.
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Ikosten siskot (c) Tero Ahonen

Viapori Jazz

Three sisters Ikonen

Three sisters (there are more!) of family Ikonen arrive to glamorize the Friday evening of Viapori.

Three sisters (there are more!) of family Ikonen arrive to glamorize the Friday evening of Viapori. Aili, Tuuli and Heini offer a zesty serving of vocal jazz, folk music, soul and pop. The aural sibling synergy serves you a full platter! Aili, Tuuli ja Heini, vocals Antti Kujanpää, keyboard Jere Haakana, guitar Eero Tikkanen, bass Eliel Viitala, drums Age limit: 18
29.08.
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Tuomari Nurmio (c) Marek Sabogal

Viapori Jazz

Tuomari "the Judge" Nurmio and the Nälkämaa marching band

The Judge offers us versions of his legendary songbook leaning shamelessly towards both trad and free jazz.

The Judge offers us versions of his legendary songbook leaning shamelessly towards both trad and free jazz. His short-lived law career does not prevent him from serving us his criminally delicious music with shady characters. Age limit: 18
29.08.
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Jukka Perko Avara & Hannu-Pekka Björkman (c) Tanja Ahola

Viapori Jazz

Hannu-Pekka Björkman & Jukka Perko Avara

The performance unites interpretations of Hyry’s texts by Björkman and compositions inspired by those texts by Jukka Perko and his Avara-orchestra.

”Dark walls, bright windows” – pristine melodrama, based on writings of Antti Hyry. To be like a tree, stones and the earth. Thus writes Antti Hyry, an author known for his purity of vision. A quest connecting Hyry, Hannu-Pekka Björkman and Jukka Perko is the pursuit of sincerity of expression. The performance unites interpretations of Hyry’s texts by Björkman and compositions inspired by those texts by Jukka Perko and his Avara-orchestra. Hannu-Pekka Björkman, the dagger of wit Jukka Perko, saxophones Teemu Viinikainen, acoustic guitar Jarmo Saari, electric guitar    
30.08.
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Marzi Nyman

Viapori Jazz

Marzi sings standards

The national treasure of Finnish guitar musicianship Marzi Nyman knows how to handle singing jazz standards as well.

The national treasure of Finnish guitar musicianship Marzi Nyman knows how to handle singing jazz standards as well. Knowing Marzi, we will not be hearing moldy arrangements of the most commonly heard standards, far more likely is the interpretation least expected, most clever and outright saucy improvisation with a group of outstanding musicians. Marzi Nyman, vocals Seppo Kantonen, piano Jori Huhtala, bass Jussi Lehtonen, drums Age limit: 18
30.08.
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Screaming Jay

Viapori Jazz

Screamin' Jay

Born wacky Jay K. plays, sings and possibly also screams with his band in the Viapori Jazz bombastic grand finale.

Born wacky Jay K. plays, sings and possibly also screams with his band in the Viapori Jazz bombastic grand finale. Suave and moonstruck unite into a 60′s jazz-manouche-extravaganza in this eruption. You don’t want to miss out on this… Jay Kortehisto, vocals and trombone Pope Puolitaival, saxophones Valtteri Pöyhönen, guitar Thomas Rönnholm, drums Lasse Sirkko, bass Age limit: 18
30.08.
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Johanna Försti

Viapori Jazz

Gospel evening with Johanna Försti and friends

Johanna Försti is the pilot of Finnish gospel, with a voice that fills Suomenlinna church with ease.

Johanna Försti is the pilot of Finnish gospel, with a voice that fills Suomenlinna church with ease. Known for her soulful sound, she invites you to listen to her gospel of boundary breaking arrangements. Johanna Försti, vocals Mikko Helevä, hammond Ville Herrala, bass Abdissa “Mamba” Assefa, percussion Age limit: 18
30.08.
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Een januari-avond in het Haagse bos, Louis Apol, Courtesy of Rijksmuseum

Winterreise

Mika Kares, Marita Viitasalo, Esko Salminen

Bass singer Mika Kares, pianist Marita Viitasalo and actor Esko Salminen open up new perspectives on these familiar songs by rendering them in Finnish.

The much-loved Winterreise song cycle has been recorded and performed countless times and yet something new remains to be discovered with every listen. Composed by Franz Schubert in 1827, the Lieder tell the story of a winter’s journey, lost love, death and hope. The songs are based on poems by Wilhelm Müller. Bass singer Mika Kares, pianist Marita Viitasalo and actor Esko Salminen open up new perspectives on these familiar songs by rendering them in Finnish. Salminen will recite a translated version of each poem prior to it being performed.   Mika Kares, bass Marita Viitasalo, piano Esko Salminen, reciting Franz Schubert: Winterreise   In Co-operation:
31.08.
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