16.8.–1.9.
2013
Anthony Joseph

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band

Gracias

This verbal acrobat and his Spasm Band launch the Huvila season – expect unsitdownable beats.

Check out the renaissance man! Trinidad-born, British-based Anthony Joseph is a musician, a poet, an author and a humanitarian to boot, not to mention the PhD he has just been awarded. This verbal acrobat and his Spasm Band launch the Huvila season – expect unsitdownable beats and a few choice words from the main man. With the ensembles musical stylings drawing influences from afrobeat, funk, calypso and jazz, their sound has been dubbed variously as congo-punk and voodoo-funk. But this is no fusion for fusion’s sake; the band’s brand of cheerful and immensely danceable grooving is guaranteed to impress. This year’s Huvila season kicks off with Gracias, a leading light of Finland’s English-language rap scene. His is an old school brand of rap, packed with insightful lyrics and fresh beats. The songs are informed by 80s, 90s and noughties American rap with a distinctive, and thoroughly Helsinki, sound.   ANTHONY JOSEPH & THE SPASM BAND Anthony Joseph, vocals Andrew John, bass Christian Arcucci, guitar Colin Webster, saxophone Marjus Aleksa, drums GRACIAS Gracias, vocals Omar Zakik, guitar Janne Nissilä, bass Elias Gould, percussions, backing vocals Lassi Jokinen, drums Age limit: 18 Gracias concert starts at 7 p.m. Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band start at 8.15. p.m. Doors: 6 p.m.
16.08.
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Antonio Zambujo (c) R. Carmo

António Zambujo

Narinkka

António Zambujo is one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary fado singers, and one of the genre’s few truly iconic male voices.

Melancholy grey days, the difficulty of loving… Fado speaks of the dark side of life yet celebrates its beauty, reminds us of hope. António Zambujo is one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary fado singers, and one of the genre’s few truly iconic male voices. Zambujo’s leans towards jazz – in the direction of Chet Baker, treading delicately and with subtlety. Zambujo is one of the artists who have brought Portugal’s national treasure from the early 19th century up to date. The evening is kick-started by Narinkka with a delightful mix of klezmer and Finnish folk music.   ANTÓNIO ZAMBUJO António Zambujo, vocals, classical guitar Bernardo Couto, portuguese guitar Ricardo Cruz, double bass José Conde, clarinet Joao Moreira, cavaquinho NARINKKA Sampo Lassila, double-bass Harri Kuusijärvi, accordion Aleksi Santavuori, violin Age limit: 18 Narinkka concert starts at 7 p.m. António Zambujo concert starts at 8.15. p.m. Doors: 6 p.m.
31.08.
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Antti Tuisku (c) Warner Music

Antti Tuisku

One of Finland’s most popular artists, Antti Tuisku arrives on stage following a brief recording hiatus.

One of Finland’s most popular artists, Antti Tuisku arrives on stage following a brief recording hiatus. This spring, Tuisku lead the judges’ panel for the KIDSing talent competition. At Huvila, the popster will be playing to all ages, from grans to kids. Antti Tuisku shot to fame following the first season of Finnish Idols-competition in 2004. His dedicated and devoted fan base has continued to flourish and the artist has established himself as the voice of Finland’s young people and their emotional lives. Tuisku’s has garnered the support of Finland’s top producers and songwriters. Showtime: 3 p.m. Doors open 2 p.m.   For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand!
25.08.
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Matthew Barley & Viktoria Mullova (c) Askonas Holt

Around Bartók

Improvisation, jamming and folk music that seeks a new perspective on Béla Bartók’s violin duets.

Viktoria Mullova, who has claimed a unique place in Finnish music lovers’ hearts, and her partner, cellist Matthew Barley, are this year’s Helsinki Festival and OP-Pohjola Group Ateljee series’ guest stars. Barley, with his background in classical music as well as improvisation and experimentation is the perfect foil to the highly experienced and highly regarded Mullova. At the Ateljee, the creative pair, together with top Finnish musicians, will be producing an Around Bartók concert comprising improvisation, jamming and folk music that seeks a new perspective on Béla Bartók’s violin duets. Matthew Barley, cello Viktoria Mullova, violin Réka Szilvay, violin Eeva Oksala, violin Kasmir Uusitupa, violin Terhi Paldanius, violin Jukka Untamola, violin Sauli Kulmala, viola Jussi Tuhkanen, viola Joona Pulkkinen, cello Lauri Kankkunen, cello Ville Syrjäläinen, percussions Excerpts from Béla Bartók’s works and folk music   In Partnership with:
31.08.
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Art Goes Kapakka (c) Heini Lehväslaiho

Art goes Kapakka

Embrace culture!

Embrace culture. The atmosphere is thick with anticipation in Helsinki’s most interesting restaurants as a versatile and surprising group of artists take the stage. By roaming the streets of Helsinki in August and hurling yourself into the atmosphere, you may find something unique. The best hands of our art, science and restaurant scene are at work. Step in! August’s anticipated programme is on display on Art Goes Kapakka’s website artgoeskapakka.fi. All events are free of charge.
15. - 24.08.
(c) Ben Phillips

Ateljee Barley & Mullova: Free Concerts

Come and hear how the valuable instruments of Pohjola Bank Art Foundation sound in the magnificent central hall of Helsinki Railway Station.

Come and hear how the valuable instruments of Pohjola Bank Art Foundation sound in the magnificent central hall of Helsinki Railway Station. Finnish top musicians perform a programme compiled in co-operation with Matthew Barley. Length of the concerts approx. 30 minutes. Matthew Barley, cello Réka Szilvay, violin Eeva Oksala, violin Kasmir Uusitupa, violin Sauli Kulmala, viola Jussi Tuhkanen, viola Joona Pulkkinen, cello Lauri Kankkunen, cello Ville Syrjäläinen, percussion In Partnership with:
30.08., 31.08.
(c) Heikki Tuuli

Avantigarden

The Avanti! Chamber orchestra, complete with groovy reinforcements, and Heikki Nikula give the debut performance of HIP, Timo Hietala’s concerto for bass clarinet.

The Avanti! Chamber orchestra, complete with groovy reinforcements, and Heikki Nikula give the debut performance of HIP, Timo Hietala’s concerto for bass clarinet, a frolic through popular and classical music. The evening’s second musical treat is an un-plugged runthrough of the 23 songs on Jimi Tenor Impostor Orchestra’s Heliopause album. Heliopause is an exploration of interstellar space and mysticism. Jimi Tenor Impostor Orchestra: Heliopause Timo Hietala: HIP The Avanti! Chamber orchestra Jimi Tenor Heikki Nikula, Bass clarinet   In Co-operation with:
28.08.
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(c) Rafa Gallar

Bebe

Ronya

High energy, high drama! Spanish super star Bebe brings her flamenco-imbued and seriously sensual act to the buttoned-up north.

High energy, high drama! Spanish super star Bebe brings her flamenco-imbued and seriously sensual act to the buttoned-up north. In our latitudes she would perhaps be described more as pop than rock but, either way, she is an infectiously energetic performer. Bebe flavours her music with Latin beats, flamenco guitars and even hints of electro and ethno. Her style is flamboyant, playful, flirty. Her 2005 smash hit debut album brought her a Latin Grammy Awards Best New Artist gong. Her hit single Malo rocked the Med and even made a mark on the Nordic radio waves. With two more albums under belt, Bebe is known across the Spanish-speaking world for her punchy, straight-talking lyrics. The quirky and highly talented Ronya has performing in her DNA. This 21-year-old Finnish pop scene newcomer is a singer-songwriter with serious talent, whose sound is a catchy blend of Rihanna, Duffy and Evanescence.   BEBE Bebe, vocals Guillermo Domercq Muñoz, percussions Carlos Sanchez de la Sierra, drums Jose Javier Rojas Montes, bass Pablo Novoa Cid, guitar, keyboard RONYA Ronya, vocals Markku Mäkelä, keyboard Elias Gould, percussions   For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18 Ronya concert starts at 7 p.m. Bebe concert starts at 8.15. p.m. Doors: 5.30 p.m.
24.08.
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Carolina Chocolate Drops (c) Concerted Efforts

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Eric Bibb and the North Country Far

Carolina Chocolate Drops have enjoyed a speedy ascent to the world music and indie scene with their finely-crafted and big-hearted sound.

American folk at its most authentic. Carolina Chocolate Drops have enjoyed a speedy ascent to the world music and indie scene with their finely-crafted and big-hearted sound. Relying on the violin, banjo and vocals as the essence of their rhythmical and acoustic-inspired style, the band represents a breath of fresh air on the over-produced and overly commercialised US music market. Though ever-respectful of tradition, their referencing of blues, jazz and hiphop bring the band bang up to date. Their star on a dizzying ascendancy, the band bring a decidedly old-style vibe to Huvila with a witty and modern twist. With newly-formed folk and blues outfit fronted by the American-turned-Finn blues artist Eric Bibb supporting.   CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Dom Flemons, guitar, banjo, jug Rhiannon Giddens, banjo, fiddle, kazoo Hubby Jenkins, guitar, mandolin Leyla McCalla, cello ERIC BIBB & THE NORTH COUNTRY FAR Eric Bibb, guitar Olli Haavisto, steel guitar Petri Hakala, mandolin Age limit: 18 Eric Bibb & The North Country Far start at 7 p.m. Carolina Chocolate Drops start at 8.15. p.m. Doors: 6 p.m.
21.08.
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(c) Checkpoint Helsinki

Checkpoint Helsinki

The Chimney Project

The Chimney project turns the chimney at Lasipalatsi Square from a historic memorial to a creative exclamation mark.

The Chimney project turns the chimney at Lasipalatsi Square from a historic memorial to a creative exclamation mark. Checkpoint Helsinki is the Finnish capital’s new arts organisation, with a long-term plan to turn the city into a high profile international contemprary art forum. The Chimney project launches the organisation’s pilot year. The seeds are sown, the sky is the limit.   In Co-operation with: Checkpoint Helsinki
26.08. - 01.09.
Jean-Luc Beaujault

Cie Non Nova: L’ après-midi d’un foehn

A gust of air sweeps up a troupe of plastic marionettes into a truly enchanting ballet.

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Do you want to see something truly miraculous? Everyday items, such as bits of plastic taped together, come to life in the hands of this French contemporary circus ensemble. A gust of air sweeps up a troupe of plastic marionettes into a truly enchanting ballet, set to music by Debussy. The figures are controlled by a juggler, without strings or other aids, using just air. Come and see the most ordinary things come to dazzling life in this magical,  heartwarming production. The choreography is by Phia Ménard from France, founder of the Cie Non Nova group that seeks to identify new forms of expression for performing arts.   Concept, direction Phia Ménard Performed by Silvano Nogueira Artistic direction, choreography and scenography : Phia Ménard Soundtrack composition : Ivan Roussel using Claude Debussy’s music. Stage manager and wind manager : Pierre Blanchet Lighting design and lighting technician : Alice Ruest Scenography design : Phia Ménard Set construction : Philippe Ragot assisted by Rodolphe Thibaud and Samuel Danilo. Costumes et accessories : Fabrice Ilia Leroy Administration, booking : Claire Massonnet Production assistants : Honorine Meunier et Clarisse Merot For ages 4 and up Duration 40 min   In Co-operation with: With the support of: Le Centre Dramatique National de Normandie, La Brèche, Le Quai, Scènes du Jura, La Halle aux Grains, The national theatre of Blois, Regional Centre for Circus Arts in Amiens, The Loire-Atlantique, Théâtre Universitaire of Nantes, Rezé, Parc de la Villette, La Verrerie, Les Subsistances, Théâtre de Thouars, National theatre of La Roche-sur-Yon, National theatre of Saint-Nazaire, Ministry of Culture and Communication, DRAC, Le Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire, Le Conseil Général de Loire-Atlantique, City of Nantes, Fondation BNP Paribas
29.08., 30.08., 31.08., 31.08., 01.09., 01.09.
Cie Non Nova (c) Jean-Luc-Beaujault

Cie Non Nova: Vortex

This frantic performance pulls the audience directly into the eye of a hurricane.

This frantic performance pulls the audience directly into the eye of a hurricane. Phia Ménard’s bloated character ends up doing fierce battle with everything around her, assailed by a storm of inner demons and other characters. On stage, Ménard achieves the impossible. She plays with an invisible substance that is forever transforming: air. Metamorphosis is one of the themes explored in this startling production. Ménard also explores our need to hide ourselves under a series of protective layers – and our horror as those defences are stripped away.   Concept, choreography, on stage: Phia Ménard Dramaturgy: Jean-Luc Beaujault Artistic direction, choreography and scenography : Phia Ménard Soundtrack composition : Ivan Roussel Stage manager and wind manager : Pierre Blanchet Lighting design and lighting technician : Alice Ruest Scenography design : Phia Ménard Set construction : Philippe Ragot assisted by Rodolphe Thibaud and Samuel Danilo. Costumes et accessories : Fabrice Ilia Leroy Administration, booking : Claire Massonnet Production assistants : Honorine Meunier et Clarisse Merot Duration: 60 min.   In Co-operation with: With the support of: Le Centre Dramatique National de Normandie, La Brèche, Le Quai, Scènes du Jura, La Halle aux Grains, The national theatre of Blois, Regional Centre for Circus Arts in Amiens, The Loire-Atlantique, Théâtre Universitaire of Nantes, Rezé, Parc de la Villette, La Verrerie, Les Subsistances, Théâtre de Thouars, National theatre of La Roche-sur-Yon, National theatre of Saint-Nazaire, Ministry of Culture and Communication, DRAC, Le Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire, Le Conseil Général de Loire-Atlantique, City of Nantes, Fondation BNP Paribas
29.08., 30.08., 31.08., 01.09.
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(c) Jiri Zeman

Cirko Pikkolo

Kallo Collective & Krepsko Theatre Group: Edgar’s Echo (Paraphernalia of E. Cuthwellis)

The poetically playful cooperation between two international theatre-circus groups is partially inspired by the life and work of Lewis Carroll.

Cirko Pikkolo contemporary circus festival continues to punch above its weight as it takes over the Cirko circus centre for the third year running. The festival offering something for the whole family: live shows, plenty of magic and a chance to have a go yourself! The hunt for rare moments and species becomes a fantastic mathematical puzzle of a performance on the discoveries of a certain Edgar, and the unusual correspondence between Bruno and Sylvia. But who after all is this Edgar? The poetically playful cooperation between two international theatre-circus groups is partially inspired by the life and work of Lewis Carroll, yet above all offers its own Wonderland where strange things happen and the seemingly impossible becomes true- thanks to elements of circus, puppetry and other illusions. The performances continue after Circo Piokkolo festival. Check the schedule and Cirko Pikkolo’s whole programme: cirko.fi.   Production: Kallo Collective & Krepsko Theatre Group Direction: Linnea Happonen Performed by Jenni Kallo, Sakari Saikkonen, Katrine Weigelt, Jiri Zeman Music: Mayim Alpert Visualisation: Kristel Maamägi Lights: Kauri Klemelä Co-produced by Cirko Supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation and Nordic Culture Point’s Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme Thanks to Rakastajat Theatre, Pori Recommended for ages 7 and up  
21.08., 22.08., 23.08., 24.08., 25.08.
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Sirkus Nurinkurin: Von Wuff (c) Eeva Vanhanen

Cirko Pikkolo

Sirkus Nurinkurin – Von Wuff

The merry troupe of Sirkus Nurinkurin (Circus Upsidedown) consists of the very prestigious ringmaster Countess von Wuff, clown Clementine, the enigmatic performer Matsumoro and the extremely flexible doll Vivian.

The merry troupe of Sirkus Nurinkurin (Circus Upsidedown) consists of the very prestigious ringmaster Countess von Wuff, clown Clementine, the enigmatic performer Matsumoro and the extremely flexible doll Vivian. Countess von Wuff begins to get a bit stressed when clown Clementine wants to help but ends up making a big mess. In a proper circus manner everything works out well in the end and the Countess understands how important all the circus characters – even the odd ones, are in a performance. In addition to dolls and human characters the show features also animals – Tiger Kentaro – the apple of Countess von Wuff’s eye, does tricks to the delight of the audience. The performance is suitable for children of all ages. Duration 40 min.  
24.08., 25.08.
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Don Giovanni (c) Juha Reunanen

Don Giovanni

Mozart’s classic opera offers a framework for an emerging generation of musicians to forge a new form of expression.

The incorrigible ladies man. His victims. The inevitability of destruction. Mozart’s classic opera offers a framework for an emerging generation of musicians to forge a new form of expression. The light-hearted charm and comedy of this riveting score are used to good effect to depict a community morally adrift. In this modern take, affluent young people party and photograph and film themselves and each other endlessly. Even death itself is reduced to the role of a jester. The drama finds itself tantalisingly placed in the middle ground between comedy and tragedy, burlesque and grotesque. It derives its power from a roll call of fresh young vocal talent and complex video projection. The production is a theatrical opera but also a live film projected simultaneously onto two screens. W. A. Mozart: Don Giovanni Tapiola Sinfonietta New Generation Opera Ensemble Conductor: Ville Matvejeff Choirmaster and Assistant conductor: Jonas Rannila Director: Erik Söderblom Film director: Janne Suutarinen Assistant director: Mirva Koivukangas Scenography: Markku Kunnari Costumes: Sari Salmela Assistant to the director: Laura Åkerlund Don Giovanni: Waltteri Torikka, baritone Leporello: Tapani Plathan, bass Il Commendatore: Timo Riihonen, bass Donna Anna: Ida Falk Winland, soprano Don Ottavio: Joska Lehtinen, tenor Donna Elvira: Anna Danik, soprano Masetto: Nicholas Söderlund, bass Zerlina: Malin Christensson, soprano Film production: Arcada   Performed in Italian with surtitles in Finnish and English Duration: 3 h 30 min, interval after 1. act   In Co-operation with: Tapiola Sinfonietta, Arcada ammattikorkeakoulu New Generation Opera thanks for support: Jane ja Aatos Erkon säätiö, Wihurin rahasto, Taiteen keskustoimikunta, AVEK  
18.08., 20.08., 22.08., 24.08.
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(c) Sasa Tkalcan

Family goes home

Helsinki Festival’s smash hit Art at home series continues.

Helsinki Festival’s smash hit Art at home series continues in 2013. So far, the series has featured music, poetry and dance in a variety of domestic settings. Now, Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and their volunteer hosts invite you to join them for an unforgettable treat; an evening of full of surprises, blending families, storytelling and past generations. Concept, creation Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen Performers: Max Bremer, Johanna af Schulten. Performed in Finnish.
20.08., 21.08., 24.08., 25.08., 27.08., 28.08., 30.08., 31.08.
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(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival club: A javelin, a guitar and a man – remembering Tapio Rautavaara

Remembering the legendary, much beloved Tapio Rautavaara.

In their first ever shared line up, Waltteri Toikka, the baritone appearing in the title role of this year’s Helsinki Festival production of Don Giovanni and the Savela Ignatius duo take to the stage to give an up-to-date treatment to a selection of some of legendary Finnish crooner Tapio Rautavaara’s most well-loved songs in brand new arrangements. At the concert, vocal artist Torikka, guitar maestro Juha Savela and double bass guru Eero Ignatius unveil their take on Tapio Rautavaara’s evergreen hits and lesser heard songs, introducing new perspectives, fresh ideas and intriguing musical scapes. The new arrangements have sprung from a desire to explore what deeper emotions these earthy and true-to-life stories evoke in the present generation as the deck of cards that is life is shuffled and humour abounds. With DJ Mikko Mattlar from Radio Helsinki’s Iskelmäiltama. The programme starts at 9.30 pm. Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:
21.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival club: A night at the cinema with Van Dormael

Mr. Nobody at the Festival Club.

The Helsinki Festival Club film night introduces audiences to the world of highly-acclaimed Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael. On the programme is Mr. Nobody, Van Dormael’s latest feature and the most expensive film ever made in Belgium. The film is a romantic and existential chaos theory fantasy, charting the three alternative lives of one Nemo Nobody. In the leading role playing Mr. Nobody is Jared Leto, with a supporting cast including Diane Kruger, Sarah Polley, Rhys Ifans and Juno Temple. Running time: 141 minutes. With Finnish subtitles. The Helsinki Festival main programme also features Kiss & Cry, a nano performance by Van Dormael and choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey, starring a set of highly expressive dancing fingers. Gentle and poetic, Kiss & Cry is at Espoo Ciné, Tapiola, 16-18 August. The film starts at 7 pm. Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:
19.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival Club: A night with Milla Rumi

Milla Rumi invites you to experience the moment when Brecht’s Threepenny opera meets a 20-year-old songwriter.

Milla Rumi invites you to experience the moment when Brecht’s Threepenny opera meets a 20-year-old songwriter. The evening comprises songs penned by Milla and a new and insightful take on a classic. Are you Pirate Jenny? Milla Rumi, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter, hails from Kotka, Finland. She draws her inspiration from her own life and the lives of everyone around her. In addition to composing, the multi-talented Mila is currently enrolled at the Theatre Academy Helsinki to study acting. Mila Rumi is the latest talent spotted by Johanna Kustannus. Mila Rumi will be launching her own club night at the National Theatre’s Lavaklubi on 10 September, with her debut album is due in 2014. According to Mila, if you love someone it’s important to say it out loud – and never forget to ask if you fancy something from the shop. Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:    
23.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival Club: An evening behaving badly

Bad behaviour a-plenty at the Helsinki Festival Club!

Bad behaviour a-plenty at the Helsinki Festival Club! Expect the freshest genre-busting acts encompassing performance art, poetry and music. The line up includes old school legends and plenty of new gen talent: Arja Tiainen & Otzir Godot, Höyry Häyrinen, Ma-A Trio, Jouni Tommola & Kulman Kundit, Aslak Christiansson & The Eskimoes, Motelli Skronkle, Kirsi Poutanen, Maija Saksman & Yhtäkkiä Tässä, Seppo Renvall and Dj Maxibaby. The performance starts at 20:00. Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:
22.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival Club: Battle of the non-fiction writers

How do you explain the world? No idea? Don’t worry!

How do you explain the world? No idea? Don’t worry! The Poetry Moon literary festival’s Tietokirjaraati – Battle of the non-fiction writers will be offering top rate knowledge and expertise with a fun and whimsical twist. Come and enjoy the intellectual fireworks! The evening will cover topics such as the universe, marine conservation and religious history. Finnish non-fiction writers will be reading extracts from their works and attempting to win over the audience and members of the jury. Penalties given for fuzzy thinking and convoluted sentences. The competitors are Kari Enqvist, Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, Esko Valtaoja and Emma Kari. On the jury: Kaarina Hazard, Matti Mäkelä, Antti Nylén and Susanna Kuparinen. Hosted by Minna Lindgren. Organised by: Poetry Moon and Finnish Association of Non-Fiction Writers Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:
26.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival Club: Diamonds and sequins

Helsinki’s flyest ballet ensemble the Wannabe Ballerinas takes over the Helsinki Festival club!

Helsinki’s flyest ballet ensemble the Wannabe Ballerinas takes over the Helsinki Festival club! Expect hundreds of metres of tulle, dizzying pirouettes, dazzling high kicks and kick ass beats. To finish, the ballerinas will be teaching members of the audience how to nail les plies and les pirouettes WB style. Places allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so don’t be slow! With music by DJ WB Honey Bunnies. The programme begins at 21. Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:
29.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival club: Django Collective Helsinki

A musical meeting and a passionate celebration of improvisation and swing music!

The Django Collective Helsinki marks the closing night of the Helsinki Festival Club. First formed in 2011, the core of this musical collective is made up of seasoned professional musicians. The group tours extensively and are known for their now-legendary jam sessions in Helsinki, famed for their fantastic atmosphere. Cheerful, old school gypsy swing in the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. With an appearance by special guest star Antti Sarpila, one of the few internationally known Finnish jazz musicians. Audiences will be treated to a truly rare musical meeting of the minds and a passionate celebration of improvisation and swing music! Club host Harri Hertell will be DJing on the concluding night of the series and takes to the helm with a choice of the hottest dance sounds!   Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:  
31.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival Club: Flowing rhythms!

Marginaaliklubi makes a guest appearance at the Helsinki Festival Club to serve up a helping of high-quality jazz.

Marginaaliklubi, a club night series organised by Kulttuuripaja Valo, makes a guest appearance at the Helsinki Festival Club to serve up a helping of high-quality jazz. The club showcases attitude-packed organ jazz and subtle Scandinavian stylings whilst remaining true to their motto: the weirder, the better. The night’s line up features Virta-orkesteri and Hammond organist Kalle Salonen’s jazz band, due to release their first album shortly. On the decks DJ Antti Alajääski. With host Kalle Salonen. Hammond organist Kalle Salonen will be releasing his much-anticipated debut solo album in late 2013. Audiences will be treated to tasters from the new record at the Helsinki Festival Club. The Catslide album is rife with funk and rhythm and blues influences. Salonen adds a new twist to old tradition with his original compositions and unfailing sense of style. The record is produced by highly experienced musician-cum-producer Hannu Pikkarainen who will be making an appearance at Kalle Salonen’s gigs alongside trumpet wizard Antero Priha. Kalle Salonen, Hammond organ Heikki Keskinen, saxophone Markku Renko, trumpet Teuvo Merkkiniemi, bass Hannu Pikkarainen, drums Virta, a relative newcomer to the Finnish music scene, hails from the cities of Jyväskylä and Helsinki. This instrumental trio released their debut album in 2012 and pay little heed to traditional genre boundaries – the influence of multi-faceted Scandi jazz greats, Jaga Jazzist, Supersilent and Nils Petter Molvaer is apparent but the band have developed their own exceptionally strong and distinctive voice. Known for their full-on live performances, the trio also channel Finnish musicians Astro Can Caravan and the Magyar Posse. Antti Hevosmaa, trumpet, flugelhorn, special effects, vocals Heikki Selamo, guitar, special effects Erik Heikkinen, drums, percussion Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:
24.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival club: Into the tropics!

Tropical heat and Latin rhythms.

At the Helsinki Festival Club opening night, DJ Super Mazembe serves up a sunny and tropical journey of discovery into decades past, over to the equator and beyond. On the decks, old African guitar music, muy caliente Latin rhythms and sounds from the Pacific. The programme starts at 7 pm. Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:
16.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival Club: Love music – Love Records

Love music – Love Records club night showcases the extensive catalogue of Finland’s legendary Love Records label.

Helsinki Festival Club’s Love music – Love Records club night, showcases the extensive catalogue of Finland’s legendary Love Records label, which ran from 1966 to 1979. DJs Tipa Hiihtopipo, Miska Rantanen, Lassi Kokkonen and Antti Sauli will be playing a selection of this ground-breaking and truly original label’s music including rare treats and popular classics with formats ranging from tapes to vinyl! With an introduction from Miska Rantanen, author of the History of Love Records. The programme begins at 21. Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:
30.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival club: M-klubi

Dive head-first into minimalism.

Composer Michael Nyman was the first to refer to ”minimalism” within music in his 1968 newspaper review, while composer Tom Johnson first used the term ”minimal music” in a 1972 article. Since then, the influence of this genre, which Philip Glass prefers to refer to as ”music with repetitive structures”, has exerted an influence that is anything but minimal. Ambient, chamber music, film scores and electronic dance music; Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Louis Andriessen, Michel van der Aa, Juhani Nuorvala, Matthew Whittall, John Cage; classical, pop, experimental: all of this will feature in this exciting and entertaining evening hosted by Jukka Mikkola, best known for YLE’s Avaruusromua programme. Performances by: Eija Kankaanranta, electric and acoustic kantele Juhani Nuorvala, synthesiser and laptop Markus Hohti, cello Emil Holmström, keyboard VJ Jenni Valorinta, video DJ Jukka Mikkola Performances start at 9.30 pm. Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:
20.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival Club: Näillä mennään – Premiere of a monologue by Pekka Heikkinen

An autobiographical monologue that nevertheless exerts full theatrical freedom over the narrative.

Näillä mennään is an autobiographical monologue that nevertheless exerts full theatrical freedom over the narrative. It tells the story of a man who has been dealt a tough hand by life, an actor paralysed from his waist down, now making a return to the theatre after years of absence. For the past fifteen years he has not acted in front of an audience but for all that time has continued to play a role – convincing everyone, including himself. His passion for theatre is now driving him back, his escape from the pain and the bitterness that always lurks just around the corner is finally underway. The protagonist is filled with a new sense of determination and a thirst for life. The production strikes a humorous and encouraging note without ignoring the cruelties of human existence. This multi-faceted play incorporates everything from poetry and song to forthright and powerful dialogue between the protagonist, God and other characters. We see him barging through his shame and pain while providing answers to the myriad questions people have a habit of asking someone in a wheelchair. ”Listen! Think. Man is. Man is your image. You made man in your own image. So look at me. Look at this man! That’s right. Not much to look at. But a whole image. Even a broken man is a whole.” The evening continues with a Näillä mennään jam session. The performance starts at 19. Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:    
27.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival club: Spoken word and touring choirs

Anthony Joseph is a man with a message.

The Helsinki Festival Club gets the usual head start on the festival proper as the Tour of the Choirs arrives at the National Theatre’s Lavaklubi venue at 20:00. Over the past few years, the Tour has established itself as one of Finland’s largest choir events. This year, a record line-up will touring Helsinki’s bars and restaurants. The music will be followed up by world class spoken work when Trinidad-born, London-based Anthony Joseph takes to the stage. Appearing at the Huvila festival tent with his Spasm Band on Friday 16 August, Joseph is a musician, poet, writer, humanist and recently topped his already impressive roll call of achievements with a PhD. At the club night, Joseph will be unleashing his poetry. Expect passionate, big time spoken word and poetic fireworks. With support act Suvi ”Yavis” Valkonen, one of the leading lights of the Finnish spoken word scene. Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:
15.08.
(c) Simo Karisalo

Festival club: Sweat ’n House

Visualised dance music.

NB: Due to illness Hans Berg will not be performing at the club. Instead Temper2 will play an intense dj-set. Techno and house take over the Helsinki Festival Club as Swedish DJ-cum-artist Hans Berg sweeps in from NYC to get the crowds throwing some shapes at 21:30. With visuals by artist Nathalie Djurberg. The set will include remixes scores composed for Djurberg’s videos by Berg and Berg’s dance music. Berg & Djurberg are some of the world’s most of-the-moment, sought-after contemporary artists. Their joint exhibition, combining sculpture and video, will be on display at Kunsthalle Helsinki for the festival run. The Swedish double act’s works have previously been seen at the Venice Biennial and New York City’s New Museum. The performance starts at 21.30. Age limit: 18. In co-operation with:
17.08.
Andrés Orozco-Estrada (c) Werner Kmetitsch

Göteborgs Symfoniker

Andrés Orozco-Estrada & Lisa Batiašvili

NOTE: The conductor of the concert on Sunday June 2 changes due to Gustavo Dudamel’s illness.

NOTE: The conductor of the concert on Sunday June 2 changes due to Gustavo Dudamel’s illness. The concert will be conducted by Colombian Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Read More >>   Göteborgs Symfoniker Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor Lisa Batiashvili, violin Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture Sergei Prokofjev: Violin Concerto No. 1 Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, From the New World   Duration: 2 hours, interval     In Co-operation with: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, The City of Helsinki
02.06.
(c) Brett Rubin

Hugh Masekela

Ashimba

A livewire of a living legend, the grand old man of afro jazz visits Finland after a long break.

A livewire of a living legend, the grand old man of afro jazz visits Finland after a long break. The South African trumpeter and singer is one of the most high-profile African musicians of all time. After more than 40 albums, a US number one hit single, a flurry of Grammy nominations and sell out concerts around the world, the 74-year-old Masekela is going stronger than ever. His gigs are hugely entertaining, high-energy affairs, just like the thoroughly charming and infectiously positive artist himself. Singer-songwriter Andrew Ashimba starts the evening with his band. Ashimba’s music is influenced by the African way of life as well as Tanzania’s many tribal languages.   HUGH MASEKELA Hugh Masekela, flugelhorn Fana Zulu, bass Francis Manneh Fuster, percussions Cameron Ward, guitar Randal Skippers, keyboard Lee-Roy Sauls, drums ASHIMBA Andrew Ashimba, vocals, guitar Teho Majamäki, percussions Jussi Jaakonaho, guitar Jori Hulkkonen, guitar Kari Hulkkonen, bass Juho Viljanen, drums Age limit: 18 Ashimba concert starts at 7 p.m. Hugh Masekela concert starts at 8.15 p.m. Doors: 6 p.m.
20.08.
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(c) Juho Mustonen Mikko Harma

Irina & Laura Närhi

Huvila’s double nights of fabulous female performers continue.

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Huvila’s double nights of fabulous female performers continue. Irina’s new album Askeleita, out this February, heralded her return to the stage and her listeners’ hearts. The new songs were crafted slowly and with great care – her previous release dates back four years. Tuhlari, the latest album of last year’s most prolific hit-maker Laura Närhi went gold in just a few days. Her songs blend gutsy and infectious energy with a high emotional charge in the best Finnish Schlager tradition. 19: Laura Närhi 20.30: Irina Age limit: 18
26.08.
Raoul (c) Richard Haughton

James Thiérrée: Raoul

Contemporary circus star James Thiérrée’s voluminous stream of consciousness is channeled into a disarmingly surrealistic performance.

Umbrellas that turn into medusas, clothes with lives of their own, candles that will not go out… Contemporary circus star James Thiérrée’s voluminous stream of consciousness is channeled into a disarmingly surrealistic performance. Raoul, the main protagonist, is a a shipwrecked adventurer who seeks and finds himself in countless ways. This dreamlike, silent performance is bursting with brilliant visual gags and tricks. On stage, Thiérrée is an acrobat, comedian, poet and magician rolled into one. Thiérrée last delighted Helsinki Festival audiences in 2005. Raoul, his latest production has been a sell out hit around the world.   La Compagnie du Hanneton Concept, directed and performed by James Thiérrée Recommended for ages 8 and up Duration: 90 min     In Co-operation with:
15.08., 16.08., 17.08.
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(c) Jens-Sethzman

K. Kvarnström & Co: come back (to me)

Shades of black, contrasts, light and shadow. These are Kenneth Kvarnström’s tools. He uses movement to conjure up loneliness and longing with a palette stretching from pale grey to jet black despair.

Shades of black, contrasts, light and shadow. These are Kenneth Kvarnström’s tools. He uses movement to conjure up loneliness and longing with a palette stretching from pale grey to jet black despair. Three dancers and two musicians dressed in black take to the stage. From time to time they change roles; one day one of the dancers will sing, another day one of the musicians will dance. Hardcore punk mellows into wistful baroque. Choreography: Kenneth Kvarnström Light design: Jens Sethzman Musicians: Ola Hjelmberg, Jonas Nordberg Dance: Cilla Olsen, Kenneth Bruun Carlson, Janne Marja-aho With support from Svenska Kulturfonden.
29.08., 30.08.
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Dalindeo (c) Veikko Kähkönen

From Kallio, with love

On the Night of the Arts, Huvila grooves Kallio-style.

On the Night of the Arts, Huvila grooves Kallio-style. On the bill at Tokoinranta are surf guitars and cinematic jazz with a hint of 1950′s melacholic Finnish tango. Hosted by the Helsinki-based band Dalindèo, renowned for their superbly energetic live performances, the evening promises irresistible atmosphere, transporting the audience to a dimly lit speakeasy of yesteryear, complete with old school swing jazz. The evening’s line up also includes the Kallio-relevant writers Anja Snellman, Anu Silfverberg and Mikko Rimminen. A nostalgia-filled session from Marko Haavisto & Poutahaukat brings the evening to a close. Before the audience goes home for the night, they’re treated to a Fairytale for Adults. Schedule: 17.30 doors open 19-20 Dalindèo: “Kallio” 20-21  writer guests Anja Snellman, Mikko Rimminen and Anu Silfverberg in the restaurant tent 21-22 dance: Marko Haavisto & Poutahaukat 22-23 Fairytale for Adults: “Alice in Wonderland” in the restaurant tent DALINDÈO Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen, guitar Jose Mäenpää, trumpet Petri Puolitaival, tenor saxophone Rasmus Pailos, percussions Pekka Lehti, double bass Jaska Lukkarinen, drums MARKO HAAVISTO JA POUTAHAUKAT Marko Haavisto, vocals, guitar Jouni Saario, guitar Jaakko Rossi, guitar, vocals Samuli Halonen, drums, vocals   For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18
22.08.
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Fantasia

Walt Disney’s most ambitious animation project arrives in the Helsinki Music Centre as a dazzling orchestral screening.

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Walt Disney’s most ambitious animation project arrives in the Helsinki Music Centre as a dazzling orchestral screening. Helsinki audiences will be treated to a never-before-seen selection of scenes from the resplendent and evocative Fantasia and an accompanying programme of classical music. The highlight of the evening will be Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela, which Disney had intended to include in his film but which never reached completion. Now these historic images will be screened for the first time in front of a concert audience, with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra performing the musical score. When it first premiered in 1940, this genre-breaking and forward-looking film classic awed cinema audiences everywhere, as famous classical music pieces were illustrated by the near-psychedelic visions of the finest animators of the era.   Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Erkki Lasonpalo Episodes from: Fantasia (1940), Melody Time: Bumble Boogie (1948) Fantasia 2000, Fantasia the Legacy (2000) Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 (movements 3-5) Piotr I. Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Suite C. Debussy, Claire de Lune Jean Sibelius, Swan of Tuonela Amilcare Ponchielli, Dance of the Hours Paul Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Sir Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance Ottorino Respighi, Pines of Rome C. Saint-Saens, Carnival of the Animals – Finale For ages 7 and up Duration: 2 h, interval   In Co-operation with: Presentation licensed by Disney Concert Library © Disney With thanks to: National Audiovisual Archive
23.08.
(c) Godfrey Reggio

Koyaanisqatsi Live!

A fascinating fusion of image and sound.

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A fascinating fusion of image and sound will be hitting audiences at this Helsinki Festival orchestral screening. Philip Glass composed the score for documentary maker Godfrey Reggio’s collage film from 1982. The title is a Hopi language word meaning “a life out of balance”. Ahead of its time on its release, the film’s environmental message is conveyed through a series of images shown at different speeds. They record the rugged beauty of the wilderness and man’s self-destructive journey juxtaposing the tranquillity of the desert with the explosion of a space rocket. The arrangement due to be seen and heard in Helsinki was performed by Glass last year with the New York Philharmonic. The maestro himself will be joining his ensemble and the Helsinki Philharmonic as well as EMO Ensemble choir on stage. Pre concert talk: 18-18:30 in the concert hall. Composer Philip Glass with professor John Richardson. In English. Director: Godfrey Reggio Music composed by Philip Glass Philip Glass, keyboard Michael Riesman, conductor, musical director Philip Glass Ensemble Lisa Bielawa, vocals, keyboard Mick Rossi, keyboard Jon Gibson, David Crowell, Andrew Sterman; woodwinds Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri EMO Ensemble Pasi Hyökki, choirmaster Tuukka Haapaniemi, bass Production: Pomegranate Arts Duration: 1 h 30 min, no interval     In Co-operation with:
20.08.
(c) Marteen-Vanden-Abeele

Kiss & Cry

An old woman’s memories of her past loves come to life in this magical miniature world. The gentle, melancholy story unfolds in real time before the audience through dance and live film.

All the people we meet during our life time – what happens to them? An old woman’s memories of her past loves come to life in this magical miniature world. The gentle, melancholy story unfolds in real time before the audience through dance and live film. A set of highly expressive dancing fingers take centre stage. Choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey and film director Jaco Van Dormael have given their imaginations free flight. The projected miniature world that forms this ”nano performance” captures every nuance of human emotion. The audience also have the opportunity to follow, step by step, the making of the live film. The carefully crafted, diminutive stage settings are brilliantly expressive. Original idea: Michèle Anne De Mey, Jaco Van Dormael Collective Creation: Michèle Anne De Mey, Gregory Grosjean, Thomas Gunzig, Julien Lambert, Sylvie Olivé, Nicolas Olivier, Jaco Van Dormael Production: Charleroi Danses, Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles / le manège.mons, Centre Dramatique Co-production: Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg With the support of  Wallonie-Bruxelles International Michèle Anne De Mey is associate artist at Charleroi Danses, the Choreographic Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation   Performed in French with subtitles in Finnish Recommended for ages 12 and up Duration: approx. 90 min. Free bus transport from Kamppi to Tapiola and back: Free Ciné bus departs from Kamppi, in front of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. Check the schedule >>   In Co-operation with:
16.08., 17.08., 18.08.
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Vieraat

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Lija Fischer's direction of Okko Leo: Vieraat – Perhesaaga

A fictitious yet deeply personal tale of finding a home.

Vieraat (Guests) was inspired by writer Okko Leo and director Lija Fischer’s discussions on cultural identity. Freely adapted by Leo from Fischer’s own memories and telling the story of her immigrant family, the play is a fictitious yet deeply personal tale of finding a home. Vieraat is an emotional and absurd family saga where all sorts of generations and locations from Ukraine to Finland and Russia to Israel spontaneously overlap. Text: Okko Leo Direction: Lija Fischer Lighting and video design: Ville Mäkelä Scenografy: Sofya Matveeva On stage: Vilma Putro, Netta Salonsaari, Samuli Punkka, Sami Lanki, Pauliina Palo Production: Lappeenrannan kaupunginteatteri, Korjaamo Teatteri Theatre. Performed in Finnish, subtitled in English.  
14.08., 15.08.
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(c) Florian Rainer

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Joonas Lahtinen u.a.: Ein.Küchen.Bau – Tehtävänä keittiö

Ein.Küchen.Bau – Kitchen Work(s) consists of building up a kitchen and cooking in it, with optimal efficiency.

Ein.Küchen.Bau – Kitchen Work(s) is an installation and a performance that weave together stories, histories and ideologies underlying our contemporary understandings about cooking and household work. The Austrian-Finnish co-production is inspired by the first industrially produced fitted kitchen designed by Austrian architect, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, whose emancipatory aim was to render cooking as efficient as possible so as to allow the housewife of the twenties more free time. Accordingly, the performance consists of building up a kitchen and cooking in it, with optimal efficiency. Ein.Küchen.Bau shows that to this day, the kitchen is a contested site between the private and the public spheres, mediating between the personal and the industrial. The performance premiered at Freischwimmer-Festival – Verwerte dich! 2012-2013.   The performance is structured as follows: Fri 16.8. and Sat 17.8. 5 pm Building up the kitchen (duration 30 min) & 7.30 pm Dinner preparations (duration 10 min) Sun 18.8. 7 pm, both parts together (duration 40 min) Concept, artistic director: Joonas Lahtinen Dramaturgy, production, props: Luzie Stransky Technical director, sound: Andreas Wiesbauer Stage: Kerstin Bennier Video: Deniz Soezen On stage: Joonas Lahtinen, Andreas Wiesbauer Supporters: Vienna City Cultural Office, Finnish Institute in Germany, Ernst-May-Gesellschaft in Frankfurt, Austrian Embassy in Helsinki, Freischwimmer Festival Performance art. Finland–Austria. Performed in English and German, surtitled in English. Synopsis in Finnish.      
16.08., 17.08., 18.08.
Passengers

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Periskop: Passengers

Passengers is a theatrical road movie about a train trip from Helsinki to Rovaniemi.

Passengers is a theatrical road movie about a train trip from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. Combining live theatre, media art and dance, it is the story of accidental encounters on the railway. Lapland and its Aurora Borealis appear as an exotic escape from reality to an Italian man left by his wife, a German journalist traumatised in war zones and a Japanese woman who lost her home in the Fukushima disaster. The passengers’ fates are bound together by the train’s conductor, intricately familiar with the stories of everyone on board. As long as the train does not reach Rovaniemi, anything seems possible. Premiering at Stage, Passengers is realised in the CineChamber, a unique media space giving panoramic video projection and surround sound. The story, told both on screen and on stage, takes the audience on an immersive journey from melancholy to absurd humour. Co-produced by Korjaamo Teatteri, the performance has been created by the multinational artist group Periskop founded by director Davide Giovanza and media artist Egbert Mittelstädt.   Director: Davide Giovanzana Media artist: Egbert Mittelstädt Text: Javad Djavahery Supporting media artist: Matthias Neuenhofer Music: Biosphere Light Design: Anssi Ruotanen, Niko Kurola Performers: Giorgio Convertito, Maria Faust, Juha Sääski, Yoshie Shibahara Production: Periskop, Korjaamo Teatteri, Recombinant Media Labs, Rêves d’eau production Production manager: Luc Gerardin With thanks to: Riikka Pelo, VR, Cumulus Hakaniemi, Helsinki Zoo Multimedia theatre. Finland–Germany. Performed in English, surtitled in Finnish.
14.08., 15.08., 16.08.
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Tsunami

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Fadhel Jaïbi – Jalila Baccar: Tsunami

Tsunami provides Stage festival with a fresh view on the aftermath of the Arab spring.

Tsunami provides Stage festival with a fresh view on the aftermath of the Arab spring. On the verge of a fictitious civil war, bombs explode, people disappear and political differences even divide families. In the midst of a heated power struggle in her village, a young woman rebels against her Islamist family and escapes to Tunis, trying to solve her brothers’ faith. Picking up some of the themes of the Greek tragedy Antigone, Tsunami deliberates on the effects the wave of rebellion had in the Arab world. Two opposing forces are in conflict, but, in the end, who is right and who is wrong? In the midst of an indentity crisis also springs an opportunity to grow, to disentangle, to re-connect. The internationally acclaimed director, Fadhel Jaïbi, visited Stage festival in 2011 with the critically praised Amnesia. Director: Fadhel Jaïbi Text: Jalila Baccar Set design: Kais Rostom Lighting design: Fadhel Jaïbi, Yvan Labasse Stage manager: Taha Jabari Music: Kais Rostom Sound design: Salah Chargui Set design: Kais Rostom Costume design: Salah Barka Performers: Jalila Baccar, Fatma Ben Saidane, Ramzi Azïez, Mohamed Ali Galaï, Nour El Houda Berhouma, Oussama Jemiï, Toumadher Zrelli, Bassam Aloui, Ali Ben Said, Oumaima Bahri, Labna Genoui Production: Familia productions – Théâtre Nationale de Chaillot, with the support of Tunisian ministry of culture Theatre. Tunisia. Performed in Arabic, surtitled in Finnish and English.  
23.08., 24.08., 25.08.
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(c) Aki Loponen

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Jari Juutinen – Kristian Smeds: Sad songs from the heart of Europe

Kristian Smeds appraised monologue Sad songs from the heart of Europe comes to Stage with a long-awaited Finnish translation.

Kristian Smeds appraised monologue Sad songs from the heart of Europe comes to Stage with a long-awaited Finnish translation. The raw, yet touching, love story is based on Dostoyevsky’s classic novel Crime and punishment. The protagonist of Smeds’ play is Raskolnikov’s beloved Sonia, who finds herself driven to prostitution. The performance tells the story of Sonia as well as the story of Europe, where wealth and happiness have been redistributed. Sad songs from the heart of Europe looks deep into the human soul with a merciful gaze. In Smeds’ text, beauty and humour flicker even at desperate times. Text: Kristian Smeds Direction: Jari Juutinen On stage: Liisa Sofia Pöntinen Production: Lappeenrannan kaupunginteatteri Theatre. Performed in Finnish, surtitled in English.  
15.08., 16.08.
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Allegro

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Mikhail Patlasov – Marina Smyslova: Allegro

Allegro is dedicated to Finnish-Russian relations.

Produced by the renowned and award-winning St Petersburg-based theatre, Baltic House, Allegro is dedicated to Finnish-Russian relations. The high-speed Allegro train takes us from Helsinki to St Petersburg in record time, but is it bringing us closer together? Consisting of interviews and stories from both sides of the border, Allegro combines documentary video with live theatre. Travelling along the rails are Irina, trying to connect with her Finnish date, and Ljubava, a single mother and sociologist, among others. The real life testimonies of the train driver and translator, Jukka Mallinen, are mixed with the fictional stories. Director Mikhail Patlasov’s acclaimed Antibodies was seen at Stage 2012. Text: Marina Smyslova Direction: Mikhail Patlasov Performers: Elena Karpova, Igor Goppikov, Julia Gorbatenko, Yury Elagin, Ilya Borisov, Jukka Mallinen, Alexey Fedotov Production: Baltic House Theatre. Russia. Performed in Finnish and Russian, surtitled in Finnish and English.
19.08., 20.08., 21.08.
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Peer Gynt

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Riko Saatsi – Henrik Ibsen: Mies maailman huipulla – Peer Gynt

Director Riko Saatsi’s contemporary Gynt is a self-centered dreamer.

Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, created 150 years ago, closely resembles today’s defiant youngsters, travelling the world searching for themselves. Director Riko Saatsi’s contemporary Gynt is a self-centered dreamer. Leaving behind his childhood world, he’s in search of fame and glory. Travelling through vast oceans and high mountains, Gynt goes from one extreme to the other until finding his way back home. Text: Henrik Ibsen, Riko Saatsi Translation: Pentti Saarikoski Direction: Riko Saatsi Set desing: Kaisu Koponen Costume design: Riikka Aurasmaa Lighting design: Tomi Suovankoski Sound design: Sami Silén Music: Jouni Bäckström, Antti Paalanen On stage: Jarkko Lahti, Jani Johansson, Sari Jokelin, Antti Paalanen, Tuomas Kiiliäinen, Saara Kotkaniemi, Matti Suokonautio, Mia Vuorela, Liisu Mikkonen Production: Seinäjoen kaupunginteatteri Theatre. Performed in Finnish, surtitles in English  
20.08.
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Grind (c) Ivo Hofste

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Jefta van Dinther – Minna Tiikkainen – David Kiers: Grind

Grind seeks to challenge our grip on reality by suspending our senses and short-circuiting perception.

Grind is a collaboration between choreographer and dancer, Jefta van Dinther, lighting designer Minna Tiikkainen and sound designer, David Kiers. Inspired by synesthesia, the performance seeks to challenge our grip on reality by suspending our senses and short-circuiting perception. Minimizing in order to maximize, Grind forges simple elements into a full-on affective machine. NB. The performance contains flashing strobe lights and strong visual effects. Concept: Jefta van Dinther, Minna Tiikkainen Choreography and dance: Jefta van Dinther Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen Sound design: David Kiers With music by: David Kiers, Emptyset Producer: Emelie Bergbohm Production: Jefta van Dinther / Sure Basic, Minna Tiikkainen, Pact Zollverein, Interim Kultur – Sweden and Frascati Productions Supported by: NRW Kultursekretariat Wuppertal Contemporary dance. Finland–Sweden–Germany. No dialogue.            
17.08., 18.08.
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(c) Michalis Rafail

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Maija Hirvanen: For those who have time

For those who have time takes a look at our manic times, asking what really matters.

For those who have time takes a look at our manic times, asking what really matters. The performance is visually unique, combining precise rhythm with delicate emotion. Maija Hirvanen’s choreography is both playful and minimalist, gently mocking our self-induced busyness. Choreography and direction: Maija Hirvanen Performers: Hanna Ahti, Andrius Katinas Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen Costume design: Jouko Korkeasaari, Ville Häkkinen Sound design: Lauri Wuolio Production: Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Tanssiareena ry / Moving in November festival, Maija Hirvanen Contemporary dance. Performed in English, no surtitles.  
17.08.
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(c) Oblivia

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Oblivia: Museum of postmodern art

Oblivia places postmodernism in a fictitious museum and deals with issues of the present, the past and the future.

In their latest project, the international performance group, Oblivia, places postmodernism in a fictitious museum and deals with issues of the present, the past and the future. Created at the acclaimed Pact Zollverein residence in Essen, Germany, Museum of modern art dissects emotional and intellectual concepts and digs deep to the roots of language. What emerges on stage is at the same time absurd and monstrous. The performance is profoundly philosophical, highly intelligent and seriously funny. Performers: Timo Fredriksson, Anna Krzystek, Annika Tudeer Sound design: Juuso Voltti Lighting design: Meri Ekola Producer: Marina Andersson-Rahikka Photographer: Eija Mäkivuoti Graphic designer: Pia Petterson Production: Oblivia, Espoo City Theatre, Pact Zollverein Performance art. Finland–UK–Germany. Performed in English, no subtitles.
15.08.
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Arkielamaa

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Piia Peltola - Maria Jotuni: Arki elämää

Arki elämää (Everyday life) depicts a summery day in the Finnish country side.

Arki elämää (Everyday life) depicts a summery day in the Finnish country side. Lapland is in bloom, but the soul still desires something more. Arki elämää, a production by the students of Theatre Academy Helsinki, is a modern day adaptation of the 1909 short story Arkielämää by Finnish writer, Maria Jotuni. Using a realistic, documentary style approach, the play takes a look at life at life behind glossy country brands, infused with a hint of childhood nostalgia. Adaptation: Paula Vesala and Piia Peltola based on the short story by Maria Jotuni Direction: Piia Peltola Set design: Sari Paljakka Costume design: Ina Dolk Lighting design: Otso Vartiainen Sound design: Julius Valve Performers: Sonja Kuittinen, Joonas Kääriäinen, Fanni Noroila, Dennis Nylund, Amanda Nyman, Olli Rahkonen, Maruska Verona Produduction: Theatre Academy Helsinki Producer: Johanna Autio Theatre. Performed in Finnish, surtitles in English.    
18.08., 18.08.
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(c) Kai G Baer

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Antti Mikkola: Kuningatarleikit

Kuningatarleikit (Playing the Queen) tells the story of women and power.

Kuningatarleikit (Playing the Queen) tells the story of women and power. A powerhungry MP, a dishonest skiing champion and a mother suspected of her husband’s murder are all about to be subjected to public trial. But is there any comedy to these women’s public failings or merely contempt? Are women judged differently to men, and how do these women choose to portray their own femininity? Freely mixing gender roles, Kuningatarleikit entices the audience with its perceptive writing and hilariously dark comedy. Direction and text: Antti Mikkola Performers: Antti Mankonen, Tanjalotta Räikkä, Karollina Kudjoi Lighting: Tiiti Hyyninen Production: Teatteri Telakka Theatre. Performed in Finnish, surtitled in English.  
17.08., 18.08.
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John – Eleanor

Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage

Merja Pöyhönen – Timo Väntsi – Tom Linkinen: John – Eleanor

John – Eleanor updates the medieval tradition of puppet theatre and sheds light on a surprising, warm-hearted view of the Dark Ages.

John – Eleanor tells the story of John Rykener, a Londoner whose name was written in the history books after he was arrested in 1394. Rykener was caught having paid sex in with a man while dressed as a woman. During his police interrogation, he told his amazing life story set in the back alleys, taverns and bedrooms of medieval London. John – Eleanor updates the medieval tradition of puppet theatre and sheds light on a surprising, warm-hearted view of the Dark Ages. Created as a collaboration between director Merja Pöyhönen, puppet artists Timo Väntsi and medievalist Tom Linkinen, the play ultimately asks how much has changed over the centuries. The performance premiered as part of the European Capital of Culture year in Turku 2012. NB. The performance is for adults. Text: Timo Väntsi, Tom Linkinen Direction: Merja Pöyhönen Performers: Timo Väntsi, Tom Linkinen Lighting design: Timo Ollila Costume design: Pia Kalenius Puppets: Timo Väntsi Production: Tehdas Teatteri, Hox Company Puppet theatre. Performed in English, surtitled in Finnish.
16.08., 17.08.
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Myötatunto (c) Liisu Saara

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Riko Saatsi – Veikko Nuutinen: Myötätunto

Myötätunto (Compassion) is a compelling story about exclusion and loneliness.

Myötätunto (Compassion) is a compelling story about exclusion and loneliness. However, the play resumes faith in the positive powers of art and imagination. Henry, a fifth grade pupil, presents his views on the lack of value of human life in class. As a result, he is told to prepare a presentation on compassion. During the course of the play, everyone seems to lose something: Henry a friend, his friend her innocence, their teacher his idealism, Henry’s father his youth and Henry’s mother her sensibility. But what is the true meaning of compassion today?   Text: Veikko Nuutinen Direction: Riko Saatsi Costume and stage design: Karmo Mende Lighting and video design: Ville Virtanen Sound design: Teemu Salo On stage: Saara Kotkaniemi, Jani Johansson, Tuomas Kiiliäinen, Liisu Mikkonen, Leena Rousti, Mika Laurila Production: Seinäjoen kaupunginteatteri Theatre. Performed in Finnish with parts in English, surtitled in English.    
17.08., 18.08.
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Les Arts Florissants

William Christie & Jardin des Voix

The music of Rameau is imbued with an irresistible sense of joy and merriment by these veritable royals of the Baroque music scene.

Arias, madrigals, opera and oratorios. Themes of love, revenge and natural wonder. The music of Rameau is imbued with an irresistible sense of joy and merriment by these veritable royals of the Baroque music scene. Conductor William Christie’s carefully crafted programme perfectly showcases the orchestra’s incredible sense of nuance. In this concert comprising both vocal and instrumental elements soloists move freely around the orchestra. The soulful sound of period instruments puts the finishing touch to this unique experience. Under Christie, an American conductor and harpsichordist, Les Arts Florissants has established itself as one of the foremost experts on French baroque and commands a sizeable following. The concert forms part of the Helsinki Festival international symphony orchestra series.   Les Arts Florissants Conductor: William Christie Soloists: Daniela Skorka, soprano Emilie Renard, mezzo-soprano Benedetta Mazzucato, mezzo-soprano Zachary Wilder, tenor Victor Sicard, baritone Cyril Costanzo, bass Duration: 2 h, interval Programme:  Le Jardin de monsieur Rameau – A selection of music by Jean-Philippe Rameau Michel Pignolet de Montéclair : Jephté, extraits du Prologue Jean-Philippe Rameau : La Guirlande, osia Antoine Dauvergne : Hercule Mourant, Air ”Quelle voix suspend mes alarmes ?” Jean-Philippe Rameau : Hippolyte et Aricie, Air ”Quels doux concerts” Nicolas Racot de Grandval : Cantate ”Rien du tout” Antoine Dauvergne : La Vénitienne, Acte II, osia Christoph Willibald Gluck : L’Ivrogne corrigé, Trio “Maudit ivrogne” et Quatuor “Il est mort” Jean-Philippe Rameau : Ah! loin de rire (Canon à la quinte) Christoph Willibald Gluck : L’Ivrogne corrigé, Terzetto ”Rendez mon époux à la vie” Jean-Philippe Rameau : Réveillez-vous, dormeur (Canon) Christoph Willibald Gluck : L’Ivrogne corrigé, Quatuor ”Que de plaisirs l’Amour nous donne” interval André Campra : L’Europe Galante – La France, osia Jean-Philippe Rameau : Les Fêtes d’Hébée ou les Talents lyriques – Première Entrée : La Poésie, osia Jean-Philippe Rameau : Dardanus, osia Jean-Philippe Rameau : Les Indes Galantes – Troisième Entrée : Les Fleurs, Quatuor ”Tendre Amour” Jean-Philippe Rameau : Les Paladins, Ariette ”Accourez, amants, venez tous” Jean-Philippe Rameau : Les Surprises de l’Amour – Les Sibarites, osia   In Co-operation with: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, The City of Helsinki
27.10.
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Lianne La Havas

Monica Heldal

The power of soul and the tenderness of folk, small stories and big emotions.

The power of soul and the tenderness of folk, small stories and big emotions. Singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas serves up her autobiographical tales with a uniquely warm delivery and sweetly husky voice. At just 23, the chanteuse has made her mark with her unique vocals, deft guitar skills and catchy, emotionally charged songs, charming the likes of Prince and Bon Iver as well as the record-buying public along the way. In concert, La Havas captures her audience with her natural born stage presence and unpretentious style. Tonight, Huvila is her home and the audience her confidantes. Norwegian Monica Heldal has been generating serious buzz with her irresistible blend of old delta blues and Irish folk. Expect this 21-year-old songstress to make a lasting impression with her inimitable dedication and timeless sense of mood. LIANNE LA HAVAS Lianne La Havas, vocals, guitar James Wyatt, keys, bass, backing vocals Jay Sikora, drums, backing vocals Rhianna Kenny, backing Vocals Chris Dagger, bass, Guitar, backing vocals MONICA HELDAL Monica Heldal, guitar/vocal Øyvind Blomstrøm, guitar/vocal Cato Salsa, guitar Martin Langlie, drums Age limit: 18 Monica Heldal starts at 7 p.m. Lianne La Havas starts at 8.15 p.m. Doors: 6 p.m.
23.08.
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Lo’Jo

Laïla Amezian 'TriOde'

French chanson with added North African spice.

French chanson with added North African spice. This meeting of musical traditions is brought to Huvila audiences by the hugely popular Lo’Jo, the masters of atmosphere, whose warm-hearted and multi-faceted sound is instantly recognisable. Lo’Jo founders Denis Péan and Richard Bourreau were making world music when the term was just in its infancy. The group assumed their current line up when they were joined by Algerian sisters Nadia and Yamina Nid El Mourid and their gorgeous vocal harmonies. The North African vibe is palpable in the evening’s opening act, as Laïla Amezian lets loose her heavily jazz-influenced sound.   LAILA AMEZIAN ‘TRIODE’ Laïla Amezian, vocals Anja Naucler, cello Stephan Pougin, drums, percussions LO’JO Denis Pean, vocal, keyboards Kham Meslien – bass Nadia Nid El Mourid – vocals & percussion Yamina Nid El Mourid – vocals, saxophone Richard Bourreau – violin Baptiste Brondy – drums For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Age limit: 18 Laïla Amezian’s concert starts at 7 p.m. Lo’Jo start at 8.15 p.m. Doors: 5.30 p.m.
30.08.
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Love rules

The closing night at Huvila is dedicated to the Love Records heritage.

The Love Records’ iconic love heart logo is a guarantee of high quality Finnish musicianship. During its existence from 1966 to 1979, this legendary label released a wealth of Finnish popular music classics. The closing night at Huvila is dedicated to the Love Records heritage, with a line up including Pepe Willberg and Maarit, one-time Love Record artists, Aija Puurtinen, Tuure Kilpeläinen and new gen artists Mirkka Paajanen and Väinö and Pole of Kuningasidea. What goes on behind the scenes? Helsinki Festival and Elisa will be covering the Love Records back story and the lead up to the Love rules concert. For more, go to: kulissientakana.fi.   Age limit: 18 Doors open at 1 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Pepe Willberg Maarit Aija Puurtinen Tuure Kilpeläinen Mirkka Paajanen / Pepe Deluxé Kuningasidea’s Väinö and Pole   In Partnership with: Sami Kuoppamäki, drums Lauri Porra, bass Osmo Ikonen, keyboard Aleksi Ahoniemi, saxophone Miikka Paatelainen, pedal steel guitar, guitar Lasse Sakara, guitar, conductor Original idea Lasse Sakara, Erkki Korhonen, ZM Entertainment
01.09., 01.09.
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Matthwe Barley (c) Nick White

Matthew Barley: Around Britten

The second Ateljee concert features Barley’s unique solo recital, Around Britten.

The second Ateljee concert features Barley’s unique solo recital, Around Britten. The concert, incorporating an animated film track, celebrates the centennial year of Benjamin Britten’s birth. Around Britten Matthew Barley, cello Visualisation: Nick Hillel, Yeast Culture Dai Fujikura: The Spirit of Beings Gavin Bryars: Tre Laude Dolce J. S. Bach: Cello Suite no.5 in C minor Benjamin Britten: Cello Suite no.3 Jan Bang/Barley: Noticing Things James MacMillan: And he rose Duration: 1 h 30 min, no interval   In Partnership with:
26.08.
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Matthew E. White (c) Sara Padgett

Matthew E. White

Sami Kukka & Pöly

Singer-songwriter Matthew E. White is on a fast lane to fame and makes his Finnish debut at Huvila.

Singer-songwriter Matthew E. White is on a fast lane to fame and makes his Finnish debut at Huvila. His beautifully orchestrated songs echo with 1970′s prog, cosmic country and jazz and gospel influences. The miniature narratives of his songs are populated by the baffling figures of loneliness, beauty, love and religion. The virtuoso of artless and intimate poetry, Sami Kukka has sailed the waters of folk music, somewhere between Nick Drake and Pekka Streng, since the late 1980’s. His latest album is Kukka at his truest and best: shifting from minimalist to psychedelic and from quiet kantele playing to lively folk rock.   MATTHEW E. WHITE Pinson Bunley Chanselle Jr, drums Gabriel Chips Churray, keyboard Scott William Clark, percussions Ted Crandle Pollard III, lap steel, guitar, keyboard Charles Cameron Ralston, bass Matthew Edgar White, vocals, guitar SAMI KUKKA & PÖLY Sami Kukka, vocals, guitar Pekko Käppi, jouhikko Jukka Räisänen, bass Arwi Lind, drums Age limit: 18 Sami Kukka & Pöly start at 7 p.m. Matthew E. White concert starts at 8.15 p.m. Doors: 6 p.m.
28.08.
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Media Facades

connectingcities.net

Media Facades 2013 will again be transforming the city into a stage for interactive art works.

Media Facades 2013 will again be transforming the city into a stage for interactive art works. This year’s Networked City explores the connections between information networks and the urban space and fosters links between cities. The festival kicks off at Lasipalatsi Square on the Night of the Arts. In the programme 2013: A GAZE THERE – AND BACK In a simple and elegant way, the new piece by artist duo Mar Canet and Varvara Guljajeva Binoculars to… from combines two urban viewing cultures: those of tourism and surveillance. For the project, the artists have created a custom-made “tourist binocular” which opens a view to another city, where the viewer’s gaze will be simultaneously projected. During the Media Facades Festival, the web-based binoculars present an urban viewing platform, where gazes will be exchanged between Helsinki and Liverpool. The network of gazes will expand in September 6-7, when Binoculars will be presented in several Connecting Cities venues. Binoculars-project is co-produced for the Connecting Cities events by FACE Liverpool and Public Art Lab Berlin. Mar Canet is an artist and researcher who writes code to explore new forms of play and expression. He works in the fields of computer games, data visualization and new media art. Varvara Guljajeva uses new technologies to challenge traditional forms of art production and to find novel artistic concepts. http://www.mcanet.info/ http://www.varvarag.info/ Thu August 22 7pm – 11pm Kurvi: Helsinginkatu 1 & 2, William K:n corner and Sörnäinen Fri August 23 – Sun August 25 1pm – 23pm Kurvi: Helsinginkatu 1 & 2, William K:n corner and Sörnäinen Production: Connecting Cities Network / FACT & m-cult Thanks to: William K   A BIKE RIDE THROUGH EUROPE Take a virtual bike ride and explore the development of European cities through the eyes of the urban cyclist. TransEurope Slow by Uncoded Collective and Sergio Galán negotiates modern cities and finds places that tell contemporary stories which move beyond tourist attractions, stereotypes, and city brands. Your journey will seamlessly switch from Liverpool to Helsinki and Madrid, linking the cities and highlighting their differences, and similarities. The footage for this installation is collected in a series of a community-based workshops, in which locals guide the Uncoded Collective throughout the streets of European cities on bikes, telling stories as they made their way through the city. This process allows viewers to piece together a diverse narrative about their cities, communicating to visitors what the city feels like to them; what they love, what they hate, what has changed, what makes it unique, and how the city’s identity informs their own. Thu August 22 – Sun August 25 8pm-23pm, Made in Kallio: Vaasankatu 14 Production: Connecting Cities Network / Medialab Prado & m-cult In co-operation with: Pyöräpaja   DANCE.AR – GLOBAL CHOREOGRAPHY The massive increase of smartphone usage is having an impact on how we relate to the world around us. Everyone anywhere on earth is within our vicinity, reachable instantly in real-time.  A manifestation of this new hyper-connected reality is the Global Choreography project, a dance routine developed specifically for humans anno now, to which the mobile phone is almost like a natural extension to their body. Co-created by Sander Veenhof and choreographer Marjolein Vogels, the dance consists of 33 moves for hands holding a mobile phone, guided by a virtual augmented reality cube floating around the participants. An interface that expressively demonstrates the possibilities of the data-powered reality of today. The movement of the cube is based on one server-based script which brings all participants across the world to dance in sync. The flashmob reinvented. http://globalchoreography.info/ Sander Veenhof  is a Dutch new media artist whose projects have been presented around the world. His work maps out the interfaces between everyday life and new technology and between physical and virtual reality. In recent years he has specialized in smartphone and Augmented Reality applications. http://www.sndrv.nl Thu August 22 7pm-8pm  Lasipalatsi square / mbar Sat August 24  8pm-9pm Vaasankatu Production: Connecting Cities Network / IMAL & m-cult In co-operation with: mbar ja Stadi.TV   DIALOGUE – DECONSTRUCTED CITY The new project Dialogue – Deconstructed City is an audio-visual project by VJ Group Random Doctors (VJFinland), in collaboration with experimental music and performance group Riders Of The Lost Current and sound artist Mér. The 3-hour spectacle will take over the corner of Vaasankatu and Fleminingkatu on Saturday August 24. Dialogue – Deconstructed City explores the complex social, spatial and political structures of the City. The project is based on improvised interactive dialogues between experimental electronic and acoustic live music, field recordings (e.g. Helsinki, Berlin, Athens, Istanbul), circuit bent instruments and live visuals. Random Doctors is a Helsinki-based VJ group formed in 2004. Their energetic live performances are combination of wild improvisation and professional attitude. Mixing up real-time visuals they explore the depths of our cultural subconscious fearlessly challenging djs and musicians to push their limits. From festivals to smallest underground clubs and art events they stay true to their mission, to seek the magical moment where music, visuals and audience become one. Riders Of The Lost Current is an experimental music and performance group, who uses circuit bent instruments made out of old, recycled children’s toys and effects to create ambient music. The created music is mainly improvised; relying rather in the spontaneous feeling and movement of the atmosphere than strictly rehearsed parts, the collage of sounds varying from electronic experimenting to haunting dark ambient, drone sounds, to heavy noise. Mér is a sound designer, producer and musician having long history for electronic music and techno in Finland. Random Doctors (VJFinland) http://www.randomdoctors.com Riders Of The Lost Current http://www.ridersofthelostcurrent.com Sat August 24 9pm-12pm Vaasankatu and Fleminginkatu corner Production: m-cult Thanks to: Bar Molotow   NORDIC ART BREAKING THE FRAMES Nordic Outbreak is a touring exhibition of media art from the Nordic countries. The art works have been curated specifically for presentation in public space.  A selection of Nordic Outbreak projects will be presented at the Media Facades 2013 in Helsinki in collaboration with Kiasma and the Streaming Museum. A seminar on media art in public space will be organized in Kiasma in context of the screenings on August 21, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm. http://nordicoutbreak.streamingmuseum.org Thu August 22 – Sat August 24 11pm – 1pm Kurvi: Helsinginkatu 1, Sörnäinen metro Production: Streaming Museum / Tanya Toft In co-operation with: Kiasma Read more at the Media Facades website.   In Co-operation with: m-cult
22. - 25.08.
Mokoomba (c) Strange Milena

Mokoomba

Afrocola

Mokoomba’s infectiously energetic brand of afrofusion came to life on the fertile banks of the Zambezi River in their native Zimbabwe.

Mokoomba have figured out the equation for unalloyed musical joy. Their infectiously energetic brand of afrofusion came to life on the fertile banks of the Zambezi River in their native Zimbabwe. The young musicians update their country’s eternal rhythms with the latest funk, rap, ska and Latin influences. The band’s frontman Mathias Muzaza embodies their enthusiasm and idiosyncrasy with his distinctive and instinctive vocals. The sizeable ensemble, complete with rhythm and horn sections, will have everyone on their feet. Supporting Mokoomba is Afrocola, a fusion of Afro beats, jazz, Finnish Schlager and folk music from Serbia to Senegal. The line up includes wind guru Sakari Kukko of Piirpauke and Balkan percussion virtuoso Vladimir Kekez.   Age limit: 18 Afrocola start at 7 p.m. Mokoomba start at 8.15 p.m. Doors: 6 p.m. MOKOOMBA Mathias Muzaza, vocals, percussions Ndaba Coster Moyo, drums, vocals Miti Mugande, percussions, vocals Trustworth Samende, guitar, vocals Donald Moyo, keyboard, vocals Abundance Mutori, bass, vocals Nicolas Drici, trumpet Gaspard Giersé, saxophone Sébastien Van Hoey, trombone AFROCOLA Sakari Kukko, saxophones Antero Priha, trumpet, vocals Meissa Niang, vocals Vladimir Kekez, percussions, vocals Julius Heikkilä, guitars Samppa Leino, tuba Ilmari Heikinheimo, drums Makro Roininen, guitars, percussions
17.08.
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Movie Picnic

Picnic cinema takes over the Kansalaistori lawn by the Helsinki Music Centre for the second year running.

Picnic cinema takes over the Kansalaistori lawn by the Helsinki Music Centre for the second year running. Helsinki Festival and the city’s cinephiles are joining forces to offer four chilled out screenings, so grab your rug and your basket and come enjoy the dark August nights and the magic of moving pictures. Sat 17 Aug, 21:45 Espoo Ciné presents: VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA Dir. Woody Allen American girls Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) travel to Barcelona for the summer holidays. A charismatic artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) starts to court them and the situation becomes more complicated as his short-tempered ex-wife enters the scene. Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a gem of Woody Allen’s European period, was screened as the closing film of Espoo Ciné festival 2008. This year Allen’s new film gets its Finnish premiere at the Espoo Ciné. In English and Spanish, subtitles in Finnish and Swedish Age limit: 12 Duration: 96 min Sun 18. Aug, 21:45 National Audiovisual Archive presents: HELSINKI, FOREVER Dir. Peter von Bagh Archive material and old Finnish fiction films are the basis of Helsinki, Forever, which reveals the many faces of Helsinki for over a hundred years. The legendary Peter von Bagh traces the spirit of Helsinki in different neighbourhoods and layers of history. The film balances on the fine line of documentary and a poetic city symphony. It is also a tribute to the many filmmakers who never received the respect they deserved. Helsinki, Forever received wide international acclaim. Peter von Bagh presents the film at the movie picnic screening. In Finnish, subtitles in English For all ages Duration: 74 min Mon 19 Aug , 21:45 Love & Anarchy presents: MOULIN ROUGE Dir. Baz Luhrmann While The Great Gatsby is dazzling audiences in theatres, Love & Anarchy reminisces the year 2001 when Moulin Rouge opened the festival with director Baz Luhrmann presenting the film to Finnish audiences. His extravagant idea was to update the musical into the new millennium. The story takes place in 1899 but the images and music are bursting with references to all 20th century culture – from impressionism and Eric Satie to Madonna and Bollywood. In English, subtitles in Finnish and Swedish Age limit: 12 Duration: 128 min Tue 20.8. 21:45 Docventures presents: BARAKA Dir. Ron Fricke Baraka is a collection of gorgeous moving images from around the world. The film follows tribes, nations and the religious rituals of different cultures. On the other hand the focus is also on nature, landscapes and the world of animals. The documentary features no plot or dialogue, but allows the combination of images, sounds and music to form a hypnotic experience. In its own way the film takes a stand on human wisdom – or the lack of it. Baraka is often compared to the cult film Koyaanisqatsi, which is screened as a marvellous live performance at Helsinki Festival. The movie picnic screening of Baraka starts the Docventures series seen on TV2. Age limit: 12 Duration: 96 min     In Co-operation with: Espoo Ciné International Film Festival, National Audiovisual Archive, Helsinki International Film Festival, Docventures
17.08., 18.08., 19.08., 20.08.
(c) Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg

Curvy ladies, walruses and monsters square up to one another as this sculpture and video exhibition arrives at Kunsthalle Helsinki.

Curvy ladies, walruses and monsters square up to one another as this sculpture and video exhibition arrives at Kunsthalle Helsinki. In Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg’s topsy-turvy world nothing is as it seems – their claymation films challenge the viewer with unexpected and grotesque results. There is no escaping the black humour either. A blend of fantasy and nightmare, these installations hold you in their grip. Nathalie Djurberg, creator of the characters and videos and Hans Berg, the composer, are some of the world’s in-demand contemporary artists. The Swedish pair’s work has been showcased extensively from the Venice Biennale to the New Museum in NYC. Visit exhibitions to a more affordable price You can visit all Helsinki Festival art exhibitions for an affordable price when you buy an exhibition pass. The price of the pass, including service fee, is 20,50 € and it can be bought via Lippupalvelu. Read more >> Buy your exhibition pass >>   In Co-operation with:
17.08. - 10.11.
Open Stage (c) Sasa Tkalcan

Open Stage

Expect the unexpected at the Open 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. Programme: 17:15 Joenrinne 17:30 Nöykkiön nicelaulajat 18 STEI NA fashion show 18:30 Vilhi 19 Linda 19:30 Kanya Soli 20 Pieni Suomalainen Balettiseurue 20:30 Forth 21 Ajmo! 22 Peacock dance performance 22:30 Juha Pekka Tapani Heikkinen Ja Niin Edelleen
22.08.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightement (c) Richard Haughton

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Sir Roger Norrington & Nikolai Demidenko

Highly acclaimed director Sir Roger Norrington conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on a journey towards the 19th century and romaticism.

A world gone by brought to life. Helsinki Festival concludes with an exploration of the original sounds of our musical past. Highly acclaimed director Sir Roger Norrington conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on a journey towards the 19th century and romaticism. Delightfully light and sophisticated, this journey through time is conducted to the sound of old masters’ period instruments, including an Erard grand piano, played by the Russian virtuoso pianist Demidenko. The orchestra skillfully establishes a link with a past time, transporting historic sounds to the present day perfectly preserved, the musicians seizing the moment with their energetic presence and unadulterated joy of music. The concert forms part of the Helsinki Festival international symphony orchestra series.   Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Sir Roger Norrington, conductor Nikolai Demidenko, piano Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Duration: 2 h, interval   In Co-operation with: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, The City of Helsinki
01.09.
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Philip Glass as film composer

This contemporary music maestro and Helsinki Festival guest star is also responsible for some highly original film scores.

This contemporary music maestro and Helsinki Festival guest star is also responsible for some highly original film scores. Philip Glass has composed music for over 100 films and his works have been used in many more. The Philip Glass film composer series includes Godfrey Reggio’s dazzling Qatsi trilogy, three wordless poems about the earth, the sea and the sky and man’s role in it all. In addition, audiences will be treated to three stunning films by documentary film maker Errol Morris: crime documentary The Thin Blue Line; A Short History of Time, about cosmologist Stephen Hawking and the universe; and The Fog of War, an account of conflicts between the United States and the rest of the world. Tickets, information & screening times: www.kava.fi   In Co-operation with:
18.08. - 01.09.
(c) James Ewing

Philip Glass Ensemble: A Retrospective

Celebrating the most prominent figure of minimalism.

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Celebrating the most prominent figure of minimalism. A series comprising a retrospective concert, an intimate piano evening and an orchestral screening of cult film Koyaanisqatsi leads audiences on a journey through the highly expressive oeuvre of the most influential composer of our era. Philip Glass’s rich vein of material comprises symphonies, chamber music, opera as well as pop, film scores and works for theatre and dance. Glass has a knack for seamlessly fusing together classical music acoustics with instruments requiring electronic amplification. His works are characterised by their hypnotic repetitiveness. Glass’s audience-friendly brand of experimentalism has inspired generations of musicians. Electronic music, too, owes much to Glass’s pulsating repetitive sound.   Music composed by Philip Glass Philip Glass Ensemble Philip Glass, keyboard Michael Riesman, conductor, musical director Lisa Bielawa, vocals, keyboard Mick Rossi, keyboard Jon Gibson, David Crowell, Andrew Sterman, woodwinds Dan Dryden, Live Sound Mix Production Pomegranate Arts, Linda Brumbach Duration: 1 h 50 min, interval   In Co-operation with:
21.08.
(c) Steve Pyke

Philip Glass: Solo Piano

Glass’ intimate solo piano concert takes plance in the unique surroundings of the Temppeliaukio Church.

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Celebrating the most prominent figure of minimalism. A series comprising an intimate piano evening, a retrospective concert of the Philip Glass Ensemble, and an orchestral screening of cult film Koyaanisqatsi leads audiences on a journey through the highly expressive oeuvre of the most influential composer of our era. Philip Glass’s rich vein of material comprises symphonies, chamber music, opera as well as pop, film scores and works for theatre and dance. Glass has a knack for seamlessly fusing together classical music acoustics with instruments requiring electronic amplification. His works are characterised by their hypnotic repetitiveness. Glass’s audience-friendly brand of experimentalism has inspired generations of musicians. Electronic music, too, owes much to Glass’s pulsating repetitive sound. Glass’ intimate solo piano concert takes plance in the unique surroundings of the Temppeliaukio Church.   Composed by Philip Glass Piano: Philip Glass Duration: 80 min, no interval   In Co-operation with:
18.08.
(c) Chris Dodd

quartet-lab

The Birth of the Quartet

Four top musicians subject themselves to a voluntary process of desensitisation – to the art of quartet playing and its rigours.

Human experimentation underway at the Quartet Lab! Four top musicians subject themselves to a voluntary process of desensitisation – to the art of quartet playing and its rigours. Casting all preconceived notions aside, the foursome set out to discover the very essence of the string quartet. The results are fresh and full of expression: a classically exquisite sound and contemporary touches shake hands with improvisation and rough-hewn folk influences. As Kuusisto, Kopatchinskaja, Maijala and Wispelwey would put it, nothing beats a really good chamber music session. The birth of this quartet will be followed throughout the festival run, culminating in the ensemble’s Finnish debut concert on 25 August. The Helsinki Festival appearance also serves as the launch pad for their European tour.   Pekka Kuusisto & Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin Lilli Maijala, viola Pieter Wispelwey, cello W. A. Mozart: Divertimento in D Major Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No. 2 George Crumb: Black Angels Plus additional items to be announced from the stage Duration: 2 h, interval In Co-operation with:
25.08.
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Reddress: “Loistaen olet metsää”

A dialogue between poetry and cello music.

Sitting in a warm pocket, tucked up amongst cushions feels like a proper long hug. Designer Aamu Song’s Reddress envelopes the Helsinki Festival audience in its embrace. ”Loistaen olet metsää” arises from a dialogue between poetry and cello music. Poems by Kirsi Kunnas, Eeva-Liisa Manner and Miia Toivio, solo cello music by Benjamin Britten and improvisation by the performers lead the audience to experience the breathing of the forest, at the knife edge of existence, in words that are at once tender and sharp, seductive and playful. Mirjami Heikkinen, recital Tomas Djupsjöbacka, cello Directions for Reddress’ audience: 1. Arrive well before showtime, even an hour earlier, the shoe park takes a while. 2. Come in your favorite pair of clean socks, no shoes allowed on Reddress. 3. Shoes and bags are kept in a secure cloakroom during the performance. Reddress: Aamu Song Artistic direction: Pekka Kuusisto Director, choreographer: Minna Vainikainen Light design: Jukka Huitila Sound design: Teemu Korpipää Reddress-builders: Aamu Song, Johan Olin, Sari Manner   In co-operation with: Zodiak – Center for New Dance With thanks to: Designmuseo  
20.08.
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Reddress - Esko Valtaoja (c) Maarit Kytöharju

Reddress: Esko Valtaoja

Reddress takes an unexpected twist as firm popular favourite Professor Esko Valtaoja dons the dress to deliver a lecture on the cosmos.

Sitting in a warm pocket, tucked up amongst cushions feels like a proper long hug. Designer Aamu Song’s Reddress envelopes the Helsinki Festival audience in its embrace. Reddress takes an unexpected twist as firm popular favourite Professor Esko Valtaoja dons the dress to deliver a lecture on the cosmos. Valtaoja is known for his achievements in making science more accessible as well as his many books and publications. A winner of the Tieto-Finlandia non-fiction award and the State Award for Public Information, his lectures and performances never fail to entertain and educate. Dance: Hanna Ahti, Ima Iduozee, Valtteri Raekallio   Directions for Reddress’ audience: 1. Arrive well before showtime, even an hour earlier, the shoe park takes a while. 2. Come in your favorite pair of clean socks, no shoes allowed on Reddress. 3. Shoes and bags are kept in a secure cloakroom during the performance. Reddress: Aamu Song Artistic direction: Pekka Kuusisto Director, choreographer: Minna Vainikainen Light design: Jukka Huitila Sound design: Teemu Korpipää Reddress-builders: Aamu Song, Johan Olin, Sari Manner   In co-operation with: Zodiak – Center for New Dance With thanks to: Designmuseo
17.08.
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(c) Kate Elliott

Reddress: Grex Musicus & Marjukka Riihimäki

Grex Musicus has breathed new life into the Finnish choir scene.

Sitting in a warm pocket, tucked up amongst cushions feels like a proper long hug. Designer Aamu Song’s Reddress envelopes the Helsinki Festival audience in its embrace. Young, talented, versatile; Grex Musicus has breathed new life into the Finnish choir scene. Here, the legendary, multiple award winning choir master Marjukka Riihimäki puts on the Reddress to lead a choir dotted around and about the audience in a performance of music by Virpi Eroma and choral music’s hottest name Eric Whitacre. The concert builds around the theme of water. Grex Musicus is a Helsinki-based chamber choir, founded in 1991 on the suggestion of alumni from Helsinki’s Sibelius Secondary School. Marjukka Riihimäki has led the choir since its inception, taking in performances across the world, including South Africa, Cuba and Brazil. Grex Musicus Marjukka Riihimäki, choirmaster Directions for Reddress’ audience: 1. Arrive well before showtime, even an hour earlier, the shoe park takes a while. 2. Come in your favorite pair of clean socks, no shoes allowed on Reddress. 3. Shoes and bags are kept in a secure cloakroom during the performance. Reddress: Aamu Song Artistic direction: Pekka Kuusisto Director, choreographer: Minna Vainikainen Light design: Jukka Huitila Sound design: Teemu Korpipää Reddress-builders: Aamu Song, Johan Olin, Sari Manner   In co-operation with: Zodiak – Center for New Dance With thanks to: Designmuseo
18.08.
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Reddress: Paavele!

Singer and folk musician Ilona Korhonen pulls on the Reddress to host an evening of Finnish folk music.

Sitting in a warm pocket, tucked up amongst cushions feels like a proper long hug. Designer Aamu Song’s Reddress envelopes the Helsinki Festival audience in its embrace. Singer and folk musician Ilona Korhonen pulls on the Reddress to host an evening of Finnish folk music. Dance: Hanna Ahti, Ima Iduozee, Valtteri Raekallio   Directions for Reddress’ audience: 1. Arrive well before showtime, even an hour earlier, the shoe park takes a while. 2. Come in your favorite pair of clean socks, no shoes allowed on Reddress. 3. Shoes and bags are kept in a secure cloakroom during the performance. Reddress: Aamu Song Artistic direction: Pekka Kuusisto Director, choreographer: Minna Vainikainen Light design: Jukka Huitila Sound design: Teemu Korpipää Reddress-builders: Aamu Song, Johan Olin, Sari Manner   In co-operation with: Zodiak – Center for New Dance With thanks to: Designmuseo  
18.08.
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Reddress: Iva Bittová

Bittová’s ability to sing whilst accompanying herself never fails to astound audiences.

Sitting in a warm pocket, tucked up amongst cushions feels like a proper long hug. Designer Aamu Song’s Reddress envelopes the Helsinki Festival audience in its embrace. Grabbing the Reddress is Iva Bittová, a Czech musician known around the world for her perfect mastery of her two instruments: her voice and her violin. Her ability to sing whilst accompanying herself never fails to astound audiences. Her sound, a fusion of folk and pop, is profoundly arresting and instantly recognizable. Iva Bittová, violin and vocals   Directions for Reddress’ audience: 1. Arrive well before showtime, even an hour earlier, the shoe park takes a while. 2. Come in your favorite pair of clean socks, no shoes allowed on Reddress. 3. Shoes and bags are kept in a secure cloakroom during the performance. Reddress: Aamu Song Artistic direction: Pekka Kuusisto Director, choreographer: Minna Vainikainen Light design: Jukka Huitila Sound design: Teemu Korpipää Reddress-builders: Aamu Song, Johan Olin, Sari Manner   In co-operation with: Zodiak – Center for New Dance With thanks to: Designmuseo
20.08.
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Reddress: Ratkje & Brandtsegg

Ratkje’s astounding vocal technique breaks down musical and artistic barriers.

Sitting in a warm pocket, tucked up amongst cushions feels like a proper long hug. Designer Aamu Song’s Reddress envelopes the Helsinki Festival audience in its embrace. Maja S. K. Ratkje is a Norwegian vocal artist and composer, whose multi-faceted career has caught the attention of audiences and critics alike. Ratkje’s astounding vocal technique breaks down musical and artistic barriers; in addition to her own electronic music and improvisation, she has collaborated with dancers and heavy metal and jazz musicians. In Reddress, Ratkje appears with Norwegian sound technician Øyvind Brandtsegg. The pair are guaranteed to thrill.   Directions for Reddress’ audience: 1. Arrive well before showtime, even an hour earlier, the shoe park takes a while. 2. Come in your favorite pair of clean socks, no shoes allowed on Reddress. 3. Shoes and bags are kept in a secure cloakroom during the performance. Reddress: Aamu Song Artistic direction: Pekka Kuusisto Director, choreographer: Minna Vainikainen Light design: Jukka Huitila Sound design: Teemu Korpipää Reddress-builders: Aamu Song, Johan Olin, Sari Manner   In co-operation with: Zodiak – Center for New Dance With thanks to: Designmuseo  
17.08.
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Reddress - Mari Palo (c) Maairt Kytöharju

Reddress: Punaisen mekon Palo

Reddress’ evening of old vocal music features nuanced songs from Baroque and Renaissance.

Sitting in a warm pocket, tucked up amongst cushions feels like a proper long hug. Designer Aamu Song’s Reddress envelopes the Helsinki Festival audience in its embrace. Reddress’ evening of old vocal music features nuanced songs from Baroque and Renaissance. Soprano Mari Palo wears the Reddress and Jarmo Julkunen and Eero Palviainen provide lute and baroque guitar accompaniment. Mari Palo, soprano Jarmo Julkunen, lute, baroque guitar Eero Palviainen, lute, baroque guitar Hanna Ahti, Ima Iduozee, Valtteri Raekallio, dance   Directions for Reddress’ audience: 1. Arrive well before showtime, even an hour earlier, the shoe park takes a while. 2. Come in your favorite pair of clean socks, no shoes allowed on Reddress. 3. Shoes and bags are kept in a secure cloakroom during the performance. Reddress: Aamu Song Artistic direction: Pekka Kuusisto Director, choreographer: Minna Vainikainen Light design: Jukka Huitila Sound design: Teemu Korpipää Reddress-builders: Aamu Song, Johan Olin, Sari Manner   In co-operation with: Zodiak – Center for New Dance With thanks to: Designmuseo
19.08.
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Reddress: Sin Cos Tan

Sin Cos Tan’s melodic synth sound is warm, soft and dream-like, yet imbued with emotion that is huge, overwhelming, excruciating even.

Sitting in a warm pocket, tucked up amongst cushions feels like a proper long hug. Designer Aamu Song’s Reddress envelopes the Helsinki Festival audience in its embrace. Jori Hulkkonen and Villa Nah singer/songwriter Juho Paalosmaa’s joint electro pop outfit Sin Cos Tan specialise in darkness and drama. Sin Cos Tan’s melodic synth sound is warm, soft and dream-like, yet imbued with emotion that is huge, overwhelming, excruciating even. Dance: Hanna Ahti, Ima Iduozee, Valtteri Raekallio Directions for Reddress’ audience: 1. Arrive well before showtime, even an hour earlier, the shoe park takes a while. 2. Come in your favorite pair of clean socks, no shoes allowed on Reddress. 3. Shoes and bags are kept in a secure cloakroom during the performance. Reddress: Aamu Song Artistic direction: Pekka Kuusisto Director, choreographer: Minna Vainikainen Light design: Jukka Huitila Sound design: Teemu Korpipää Reddress-builders: Aamu Song, Johan Olin, Sari Manner   In co-operation with: Zodiak – Center for New Dance With thanks to: Designmuseo
16.08.
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Reddress: Unela

Unela, a place between slumber and waking, en route to the Land of Sleep.

Sitting in a warm pocket, tucked up amongst cushions feels like a proper long hug. Designer Aamu Song’s Reddress envelopes the Helsinki Festival audience in its embrace. NB. Yona’s performance in Reddress is cancelled due to illness. Samuli Kosminen, electronics, percussion Jukka Perko, saxophones Jarmo Saari, guitar Pekka Kuusisto, violin and vocals Hanna Ahti, Ima Iduozee, Valtteri Raekallio, dance   Directions for Reddress’ audience: 1. Arrive well before showtime, even an hour earlier, the shoe park takes a while. 2. Come in your favorite pair of clean socks, no shoes allowed on Reddress. 3. Shoes and bags are kept in a secure cloakroom during the performance. Reddress: Aamu Song Artistic direction: Pekka Kuusisto Director, choreographer: Minna Vainikainen Light design: Jukka Huitila Sound design: Teemu Korpipää Reddress-builders: Aamu Song, Johan Olin, Sari Manner   In co-operation with: Zodiak – Center for New Dance With thanks to: Designmuseo
19.08.
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Reddress: The Seasons

Kuusisto and Viljamaa will be joined by the Meidän orkesteri string quintet.

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Sitting in a warm pocket, tucked up amongst cushions feels like a proper long hug. Designer Aamu Song’s Reddress envelopes the Helsinki Festival audience in its embrace. The wide-ranging Reddress programme kicks off with violinist Pekka Kuusisto, pump organist Milla Viljamaa and Meidän orkesteri quintet’s fresh and colourful take on the Four Seasons. Kuusisto and Viljamaa have performed Vivaldi’s well-loved classic in a number of countries, including Australia, while on tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In Reddress, Kuusisto and Viljamaa will be joined by the Meidän orkesteri string quintet, an ensemble founded by Kuusisto, known for their unusual insights on concert conventions and performing. The quintet seeks inspiration through dance, contemporary circus, video and light art as well as other forms of performing art. Antonio Vivaldi: Violin concerto, A Minor Antonio Vivaldi: Four seasons Pekka Kuusisto, violin Meidän orkesteri Milla Viljamaa, pump organ Hanna Ahti, Ima Iduozee, Valtteri Raekallio, dance   Directions for Reddress’ audience: 1. Arrive well before showtime, even an hour earlier, the shoe park takes a while. 2. Come in your favorite pair of clean socks, no shoes allowed on Reddress. 3. Shoes and bags are kept in a secure cloakroom during the performance. Reddress: Aamu Song Artistic direction: Pekka Kuusisto Director, choreographer: Minna Vainikainen Light design: Jukka Huitila Sound design: Teemu Korpipää Reddress-builders: Aamu Song, Johan Olin, Sari Manner   In co-operation with: Zodiak – Center for New Dance With thanks to: Designmuseo
16.08.
Soile Isokoski (c) Heikki Tuuli

Richard Strauss: Daphne

Helsinki Music Centre will play host to a production of Richard Strauss’s late masterpiece never performed in Finland before.

A rare treat for opera lovers. Helsinki Music Centre will play host to a production of Richard Strauss’s late masterpiece never performed in Finland before. One of the world’s leading Strauss sopranos, Soile Isokoski gives a dazzling performance in the incredibly demanding title role. Isokoski’s cool and lithe voice truly comes into its own in this piece investigating the relationship between man and nature. The opera is an exquisitely painful meditation on loss. What makes this production exceptional is the Finnish National Opera orchestra, here seen away from their home pit on a guest appearance at the Helsinki Music Centre. The visit marks the 50th anniversary for the orchestra. The pastoral opera will be conducted by Susanna Mälkki, who has won plaudits in the US for her Strauss interpretations.   Richard Strauss: Daphne The Orchestra and Choir of the Finnish National Opera Conductor: Susanna Mälkki Chorus master: Marco Ozbic Peneios – Jyrki Korhonen, bass Gaea – Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano Daphne – Soile Isokoski, soprano Leukippos – Ladislav Elgr, tenor Apollo – Scott MacAllister, tenor Shepherds: Tuomas Katajala, tenor Jussi Merikanto, baritone Koit Soasepp, bass Hannu Forsberg, bass Girls: Anna-Kristiina Kaappola, soprano Ann-Marie Heino, mezzo-soprano Duration: 105 min, no interval Visualisation: Jere Erkkilä, Kimmo Ruskela Performed in German with surtitles in Finnish   In Co-operation with:
17.08.
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Rowdy Silents

At our unique orchestral screening, Charlie Chaplin’s silent films are accompanied by a score composed and performed by local school children.

At our unique orchestral screening, Charlie Chaplin’s silent films are accompanied by a score composed and performed by local school children. The pupils have created music for three short flicks: On the Beach (1915), The Adventurer (1917) and The Immigrant (1917). The riotous score came to life in workshops led by musician Miro Mantere, where enthusiasm and a creative attitude counted more than formal skill. Compositions, performing: Vierumäki school’s second grade, Munkkiniemi school 5B, Kruununhaka school 8E Musical direction, leader of workshops: Miro Mantere   In Co-operation with: Helsingin opetusviraston mediakeskus
01.09.
(c) Stina Krookin säätiö

The Invisible Lady

The Invisible Lady is a reference to Stina Krook, a real life Finnish philanthropist, and the foundation that bears her name.

The Invisible Lady is a reference to Stina Krook, a real life Finnish philanthropist, and the foundation that bears her name. Four young Finnish artists – Aurora Reinhard, Pilvi Takala, Erkka Nissinen and Hans Rosenström – have come together to build an exhibition, with a separate section dedicated to each. Together, they explore social identities, the individual blending into their surroundings and the act of becoming invisible without disappearing entirely. On display is everything from object-like sculptures to photographs, installation, video and audio. The works also incorporate dramatic and theatrical elements. Visit exhibitions to a more affordable price You can visit all Helsinki Festival art exhibitions for an affordable price when you buy an exhibition pass. The price of the pass, including service fee, is 20,50 € and it can be bought via Lippupalvelu. Read more >> Buy your exhibition pass >>   In Co-operation with: Stina Krooks stiftelse  
16.08. - 21.10.
(c) Simon Van Boxtel

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Daniele Gatti & Yefim Bronfman

These legendary Amsterdammers work together to create a seamless sound, as if possessed of a preternatural ability to read each others’ and the conductor’s thoughts.

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Is this the world’s top symphony orchestra? Undoubtedly. These legendary Amsterdammers work together to create a seamless sound, as if possessed of a preternatural ability to read each others’ and the conductor’s thoughts. Helsinki Festival audiences will be treated to pure musical gold as the Concertgebouw orchestra arrives at the Helsinki Music Centre, led by conductor Daniele Gatti. Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 will be performed by heavyweight virtuoso Yefim Bronfman, last seen on the Helsinki Festival stage in 2009 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2008, the Concertgebouw Orchestra was ranked the best symphony orchestra in the world by the highly respected Gramophone magazine. Since then, no further ranking list has been forthcoming. The visit by this most sought after and highly acclaimed of ensembles is part of the Helsinki Festival international symphony orchestra series.   Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam Daniele Gatti, conductor Yefim Bronfman, piano Witold Lutosławski: Musique Funèbre Béla Bartók: Pianokonsertto nro 3 Sergei Prokofjev: Romeo & Julia -suite (excerpts selected by Daniele Gatti)   Duration: 2 h, interval   In Co-operation with: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, The City of Helsinki
29.08.
Kent Nagano (c) Ica

RSO / Kent Nagano / Viktoria Mullova

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by world-renowned Japanese-American conductor Kent Nagano.

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In May 1913, Paris was ripe for a riot following the opening night of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring as those scandalised by what they had seen clashed with its passionate supporters. There are few works in the history of classical music that have evoked such strong responses. To mark the centennial year, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by world-renowned Japanese-American conductor Kent Nagano. The concert begins with Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring Viktoria Mullova, one of the world’s most brilliant virtuosos and this year’s Helsinki Festival Ateljee guest artist.   Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Kent Nagano, conductor Viktoria Mullova, violin Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Duration: 1 h 45 min, interval   In Partnership with:
30.08.
(c) Pauliina Mäkelä

Poetry Moon

The Finnish capital’s sole literary festival takes its theme from the SEA.

The Finnish capital’s sole literary festival takes its theme from the SEA. Literature rolls into Helsinki with over 30 events showcasing poetry, prose and non-fiction. The programme ranges from intimate meet-the-artist events to big time dazzle involving an impressive roll call of well-known faces and international guest stars. The complete programme: runokuu.fi   In Co-operation with: Nuoren Voiman Liitto, Helsinki City Library
22. - 28.08.
Körper (c) Bernd Uhlig

Sasha Waltz: Körper

In Körper, the Berlin-based coreographer strips the human body naked to observe its capabilities and limitations, through a series of themes shifting from life to death, love to violence, science to religion.

Corporeality, in every sense, is brought under a magnifying glass as Sasha Waltz makes her Finnish debut. In Körper, the Berlin-based coreographer strips the human body naked to observe its capabilities and limitations, through a series of themes shifting from life to death, love to violence, science to religion. The13-strong ensemble create a series of tableaux capable of evoking both pleasant and disturbing reponses in the viewer. Körper is the most important work of Waltz’s career to date and firmly established her place on the German contemporary dance scene. Choreography: Sasha Waltz Music: Hans Peter Kuhn Stage design: Thomas Schenk, Heike Schuppelius, Sasha Waltz Costume: Bernd Skodzig Light design: Valentin Gallé, Martin Hauk Dance: Davide Camplani, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Lisa Densem, Annette Klar, Nicola Mascia, Grayson Millwood, Michal Mualem, Virgis Puodziunas, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Xuan Shi, Takako Suzuki, Laurie Young Recommended for ages 12 and up, contains strong scenes that some viewers may find offensive Duration: 90 min.   In Co-operation with: Congratulations Goethe-Institut Finnland! Germany’s cultural insitute in Finland turns 50 years.  
25.08., 26.08.
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(c) Nan Melville

SibA-Juilliard

Sibelius-Akatemia & Juilliard School of Music

Presenting the new gen!

Presenting the new gen! New York City’s world-famous Juilliard School of Music and Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy are turning their long-held plan for a joint billing into reality. Led by conductor Susanna Mälkki, this pan-Atlantic chamber orchestra will gather for a concert featuring contemporary works by both Finnish and US composers – the classics of the future.   Susanna Mälkki, conductor Students from Sibelius Academy / Juilliard School of Music and Drama, AXIOM-ensemble Kaisa Kortelainen, flute Nicholas P. Johnson, flute Laura Lammi, oboe Lauren Williams, oboe Fàtima Boix Cantó, clarinet Anton Rist, clarinet Emil Fuchs, bassoon Allison Nicotera, bassoon Sikri Lehko, saxophone Astrid Arbouch, french horn Pablo Rincon-Iriondo, french horn Nadja Demnati, trombone Sam Jones, trumpet Miki Sasaki, trumpet Heli Nissinen, euphonium Joonas Vartio, tuba Einari Liikkanen, violin Ken Hamao, violin Matias Jentoft, violin Sara Mansnerus, violin Elias Nyman, violin Natalia Vaskinova, violin Mari Viluksela, viola Jocelin Pan, viola Kristiina Hirvonen, cello Elizabeth Lyon, cello Tuomo Matero, double bass Levi Jones, double bass Virva Kuusi, percussion Nicholas Taylor, percussion Emily Hoile, harp Joel Papinoja, keyboard   Sean Shepherd: Blur Veli-Matti Puumala: Mure Elliot Carter: Asko Concerto Jukka Tiensuu: Mood Anthony Cheung: Dystemporal   In Co-operation with:
24.08.
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(c) Kari Sarkkinen

Sounding City: Night Music

With Night Music, Sounding City climbs high above the rooftops to serenade the city.

With Night Music, Sounding City climbs high above the rooftops to serenade the city. Tens of towers around the city are in on the act. On each night of the festival at 9 pm, a musical interlude will be performed from one of the venues. Timo Forsström has composed a dedicated Helsinki Festival anthem, which will be followed by music related to the history or the symbolic significance of each site. On Tuesday 20 August, the Night Music will culminate in a musical score played from several towers simultaneously.   Production: Viapori Jazz Composer of the Festival Hymn: Timo Forsström Kaartin Soittokunta Puolustusvoimien Varusmiessoittokunta Helsingin poliisisoittokunta Helsingin Palokunnan Soittokunta Helsingin seurakuntayhtymä Marinemusikkorps Nordsee The Golden Horns Suomen Käyrätorviklubi Suomen Kansallisooppera Suomen Trumpettikilta   In Partnership with:
16.08. - 01.09.
(c) Christof Schläger

Sounding City: Urban Horns

Musical ode to Helsinki kicks off with the German Christof Schläger’s urban horns.

Listen up! There’s more to the city than noise pollution. Helsinki Festival and Helsingin Sanomat encourage you to prick up your ears and experience the aural dimension to Finland’s capital city. The Sounding City series will be spreading far and wide across Helsinki and treating listeners to dulcet tones, delicate tinkles and great stonking big toots. This musical ode to Helsinki kicks off with the German Christof Schläger’s urban horns. Custom-built for Helsinki, they will announce the start of the festival at Kauppatori Market. Icebreaker Urho takes part in the horn concert as well. At the same time, in another location, a fleet of hot air balloons will take to the skies above the city. Luke Jerram’s Sky Orchestra invites everyone to hear a concert from above. The hot air balloon orchestra will glide across the city skies and greet the gathered crowds at Kauppatori. If Friday’s hot air balloon concert is cancelled due to inclement weather, the balloons will fly on Saturday or Sunday.   Urban Horns Concept, creation, music: Christof Schläger Direction: Marjon Smit Philomela Choir Icebreaker Urho, Arctia Shipping Sky Orchestra Concept, creation: Luke Jerram Music: Christof Schläger www.skyorchestra.co.uk   In Partnership with:   Congratulations Goethe-Institut Finnland! Germany’s cultural insitute in Finland turns 50 years. Urban Horns is a shared production of Helsinki Festival and Goethe Instut.
16.08.
(c) Turkka Ylinen

Sounding City: Day of Rest

After a busy day at the festival, grab a mattress and treat yourself to a Day of Rest!

After a busy day at the festival, grab a mattress and treat yourself to a Day of Rest! At City Hall, the venerable Banquet Hall’s grandeur will be replaced with nearly a hundred mattresses on which visitors can allow themselves to be swept away by the smooth sounds of baroque. This is also an opportunity for a spot of time travel; listening to music while horizontal was very much en vogue in the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV of France. Concert halls and concerts as formal gatherings are a much later concept. It was in keeping with the baroque spirit that music was arranged for other instruments and recycled for use in new contexts. That is also the plan for the Day of Rest. Time for you to take it easy, lie yourself down and let the music float its way into your subconscious. Bring your own pillow, soft toy optional! J. S. Bach, adaptations Ilpo Laspas, harpsichord Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, Viola d’amore, baroque violin Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, baroque cello   In Partnership with:
01.09.
(c) Vincent Lucas

Sounding City: Harmonic Fields

French composer Pierre Sauvageot brings his custom-made, large-scale instruments into the park.

Enchanting and spectacular, Harmonic fields comes to Eiranranta’s waterfront as part of the larger Sounding City celebration, turning a walk in the park into a live concert, performed by the wind. French composer Pierre Sauvageot brings his custom-made, large-scale instruments into the park. The seemingly random hums, clinks and whistles come together to form a breathtaking symphonic journey. Harmonic fields launches on the Night of the Arts Harmonic Fields by Pierre Sauvageot Concept, creation: Pierre Sauvageot / Lieux publics & Cie Production: Lieux publics, national centre for creation in public space (FR) with the support of Terschellings Oerol festival (NL) and the Sacem   In Partnership with:
22. - 25.08.
(c) Societe Internationale des Photographes Pariisi 1905

Surrealism and illusion in early 20th century postcard photography

Witness the golden age of mysterious dreams, role play, glamorous divas and irony on display at the Finnish Museum of Photography.

Witness the golden age of mysterious dreams, role play, glamorous divas and irony on display at the Finnish Museum of Photography. The early 20th century postcards reveal a positive glut of clever visual ideas but also a striking level of artistic sophistication and oodles of charm. Back then, anything was possible, as everything was done by hand; the props, the cut and paste jobs, the colouring, the drawing, the collage. The fascinating strangeness of the Sigmund Freud era is palpable. Visit exhibitions to a more affordable price You can visit all Helsinki Festival art exhibitions for an affordable price when you buy an exhibition pass. The price of the pass, including service fee, is 20,50 € and it can be bought via Lippupalvelu. Read more >> Buy your exhibition pass >>   In Co-operation with: The Finnish Museum of Photography
17.08. - 15.12.
The Night of the Arts

The Night of the Arts

On the Night of the Arts, culture and people meet – in unusual places, in unexpected ways.

This year, the Night of the Arts will be celebrated for the 25th time. In the course of its existence the event has evolved into a veritable carnival of the arts, a night when anything is possible. This year, expect artworks falling from the skies, circus troupes taking over the city’s parks and opera performances screened on advertising boards. The night is a chance to see the city’s familiar theatres and museums in a new light and you might even come across a Bollywood dance lesson on a street corner. The whole city will burst into music as the Sounding City series crescendos with the opening of the spectacular Harmonic Fields installation. Events will be taking place across the length and breadth of the city. It will be a night to remember – and you’re invited! Don’t forget that all events are free of charge (unless mentioned otherwise). SEARCH THE NIGHT OF THE ARTS PROGRAMME >> Highlights of the Night of the Arts for English speaking audience (pdf) >>
22.08.
(c) Marko Makinen

Dance Theatre Tsuumi: Sukka, Nukka ja Tuulispää

The story of three girls and the seeds of folk tales are woven into a thick plait in this children’s dance theatre premier.

The story of three girls and the seeds of folk tales are woven into a thick plait in this children’s dance theatre premier. One of the girls comes across ice and snow, moose and bears on her Arctic journey. Another meets the fish, water sprites and mermaids of the warm southern waters. The third creates her own myths. The girls are accompanied by a giant pram made of poplar wood – the original inspiration for the story. Written by Eppu Nuotio and directed by Kurt Nuotio, this modern folk tale for the whole family is a joyful story of love and longing. It takes its audiences off on a journey through the enchanting magic of Nordic folklore. The all singing, all dancing cast give their all in front of their young audience. The charming musical score is by Anna Anttonen. Choreography: Johanna Elovaara Script, lyrics: Eppu Nuotio Director: Kurt Nuotio Composer: Anna Anttonen Baby carriage design: Terhi Kaakinen Scenography: Lotta Esko On stage: Unna Kitti, Salla Korja-Paloniemi, Pekka Louhio, Samuli Nordberg, Kaisa Pesonen, Jarno Tastula For ages 5 and up Duration: 50 min   In Co-operation with: Tanssiteatteri Tsuumi
17.08., 17.08., 18.08., 20.08.
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(c) Nick White

The Peasant Girl

Kamus Quartet

Classical music’s enduring superstar has thrown herself to a new musical project re-interpreting the jazz and pop canon.

Classical music’s enduring superstar has thrown herself to a new musical project re-interpreting the jazz and pop canon. Together with cellist Matthew Barley and his band, Mullova has got to work on the Romany music-influenced tradition. Their set is a charming blend of everything from Bartók to the fusion jazz of Weather Report and Youssou N’Dour’s pop songs. The Matthew Barley Ensemble and Mullova improvise and play with their chosen elements, creating a hugely atmospheric treat. The delicate, springy and expressive playing of the Kamus Quartet sends the evening off to a flying start.   THE PEASANT GIRL Viktoria Mullova, violin Matthew Barley, cello, arranger Paul Clarvis, drums Julian Joseph, piano Sam Walton, percussion KAMUS QUARTET Terhi Paldanius, violin Jukka Untamala, violin Jussi Tuhkanen, viola Petja Kainulainen, cello Age limit: 18 Kamus Quartet start at 7 p.m. The Peasant Girl concert starts at 8.15 p.m. Doors: 6 p.m.   In Partnership with:
27.08.
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(c) Aarne Tapola

Theatre goes Movies: Helsinki-Triptych

With film director Jarmo Lampela at the helm, KOM, Ryhmäteatteri and Viirus create three very different films.

Famous Helsinki-based theatre ensembles dedicate themselves to the moving pictures and, this August, return their well-known artistic homes to their original use – as cinemas. With film director Jarmo Lampela at the helm, KOM, Ryhmäteatteri and Viirus create three very different films, all premiering at Helsinki Festival. They are warmly humorous contemporary accounts charting the protagonists’ progress as they deal with the twist and turns of life in Helsinki, get knocked down and get up again, love passionately and are not afraid to change the world. All three films are stand-alone works in their own right but contain dramatic overlaps where the stories interlink, adding new layers of meaning. Watch the whole series!   Director: Jarmo Lampela KOM-teatteri, Ryhmäteatteri, Viirus Vegetarian Films   Performed in Finnish (KOM, Ryhmäteatteri) Performed in Swedish, subtitles in Finnish (Viirus) For ages 12 and up  
21.08., 23.08., 24.08., 25.08., 25.08., 25.08., 26.08., 27.08., 28.08.
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Timo Lassy Band (c) Junnu Lusa

Timo Lassy Band

Panu Savolainen Toivo

One of the Finnish jazz scene’s leading lights promises an anything-goes evening.

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Huvila goes hi-octane! One of the Finnish jazz scene’s leading lights promises an anything-goes evening. Drawing on 1960′s hard bop, Lassy and his instrument sweat it out to deliver serious soulfulness and emotion-packed gospel. The quintet’s remaining members ramp up the atmosphere with their intense grooving. The evening kicks off with vibraphonist Panu Savolainen, one of the most promising Finnish jazz players. Savolainen, winner of the Pori Jazz 2010 artist of the year award has previously worked with the Kerkko Koskinen big band and now appears at Huvila to give his take on classic tunes by Toivo Kärki,  joined by the Toivo trio, comprising guitarist Teemu Viinikainen and bassist Jori Huhtala.   TIMO LASSY BAND Timo Lassy, saxophone Teppo Mäkynen, drums Georgios Kontrafouris, wurlitzer-piano Abdissa Assefa, perucssions Antti Lötjönen, bass PANU SAVOLAINEN TOIVO Panu Savolainen, vibraphone Teemu Viinikainen, guitar Jori Huhtala, double bass Age limit: 18 Panu Savolainen Toivo start at 7 p.m. Timo Lassy Band start at 8.15 p.m. Doors: 6 p.m.
29.08.
(c) Riku Lievonen

Tullaamo

Come and discover what 30 young people have achieved at a disused storage building in Kalasatama.

A chance to pursue your artistic vision, freely, for a whole summer? Come and discover what 30 young people have achieved at a disused storage building in Kalasatama. Helsinki Festival and the City of Helsinki are offering a group of 16-to-25-year-olds the summer job of their dreams. Over the summer, these young creatives will be exploring an artistic discipline of their choice, mentored by established artists. The end result will be showcased during Helsinki Festival. Tullaamo is inspiring, creative and proof positive that art is simply good for you. Artistic mentors: Hanna Brotherus, Kalle Hamm, Sanna Salmenkallio   In Co-operation with: Helsingin kaupunki
16.08. - 01.09.
(c) Maarit Kytöharju

Viapori Jazz

Café Pianoesque

Be prepared for a voluminous flow of musical dialog as the two artistés let loose on the ivories at Café Pianoesque.

Seppo Kantonen has been one of FInland’s foremost jazz soloists for decades. Artturi Rönkä may be a lot younger, but he’s just as good. Together they open their chest of musical treasures on Viapori’s Friday night. The program includes compositions by both pianists, as well as jazz classics. Be prepared for a voluminous flow of musical dialog as the two artistés let loose on the ivories at Café Pianoesque. Artturi Rönkä, piano Seppo Kantonen, piano Age limit: 18
23.08.
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(c) Maarit Kytöharju

Viapori Jazz

Teddy's West Coasters feat. Jukka Eskola

This is set to be an airily swinging night for friends of jazz, new and old.

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The temperate climate and relaxed atmosphere of America’s West Coast is apparent in the positive tenor of the jazz produced in the region in the 1950s and 1960s. Teppo Mäkynen’s Teddy’s West Coasters brings this tradition based on top flight ensemble playing to Viapori. The band plays original compositions by its leader as well as classics from the cool jazz era. This is set to be an airily swinging night for friends of jazz, new and old. Teppo Mäkynen, Drums Antti Lötjönen, Bass Jukka Perko, Alto sax Ville Vannemaa, Baritone sax Jukka Eskola, Trumpet Mikko Karjalainen, Trumpet Miika Jämsä, Tuba Kasper Sarikoski, Trombone Jussi Lampela, Arrangements Age limit: 18
21.08.
(c) Tero Ahonen

Viapori Jazz

Painting Miles Davis

Viapori Jazz is the debut concert for Olavi Louhivuori Kollaasio.

Viapori Jazz is the debut concert for Olavi Louhivuori Kollaasio. The ensemble draws inspiration from the paintings of Miles Davis, as well as his compositions from the late 1980s, particularly the set list from his final visit to Finland. Kollaasio paints musical vistas with an emphasis on improvisation – secure on its grasp of jazz tradition, and with its eye on the future. In addition to the musicians, the evening will feature a painter and video artist. Olavi Louhivuori Kollaasio Olavi Louhivuori, drums Mikko Innanen, saxophones Pauli Lyytinen, saxophones Kalevi Louhivuori, trumpet Tatu Rönkkö, drums, percussions Joona Pettersson, video art Age limit 18 vuotta
21.08.
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(c) Maarit Kytöharju

Viapori Jazz

Tuomo & Emma Salokoski sing Burt Bacharach

A concert presenting songs written by Burt Bacharach brings a trans-Atlantic feel to Viapori.

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A concert presenting songs written by Burt Bacharach brings a trans-Atlantic feel to Viapori’s Thursday night. The classic American composer was especially known for the brilliant songs he wrote for some of the great singers of our time, like Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield. The interpretive chain formed by these two and many others is now joined by two of Finland’s most soulful vocalists Emma Salokoski and Tuomo Prättälä. It’s like molasses in your ear on a hot August night! Tuomo Prättälä, vocals Emma Salokoski, vocals and orchestra Age limit: 18
22.08., 22.08.
(c) AJ Savolainen

Viapori Jazz

HERD & Aili Ikonen feat. Vieno Kekkonen 

The hottest phenomena of the younger generation of Finnish jazz, trio HERD and the vibrant singer Aili Ikonen.

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The hottest phenomena of the younger generation of Finnish jazz, trio HERD and the vibrant singer Aili Ikonen come together for a project named Jazzbasilli to present a contemporary reading of classic jazz-influenced schlagers written by Finnish composers of decades past. Brilliant singer Vieno Kekkonen will bring her own unique sound to these new arrangements of nostalgic classics. Come witness as young guns shake hands with age-old experience on the boulevard of memories. Vieno Kekkonen, vocals Aili Ikonen, vocals Panu Savolainen, vibraphone Mikko Pellinen, bass Tuomas Timonen, drums Age limit 18
23.08.
(c) Veera Saila

Viapori Jazz

Severi Pyysalo & The Mokners feat. Sonny Heinilä and Panu Savolainen 

Legendary vibraphonist and northeastern Finland’s gift to the world of jazz brings his Mokners ensemble to Suomenlinna straight from the 1980s.

Legendary vibraphonist and northeastern Finland’s gift to the world of jazz brings his Mokners ensemble to Suomenlinna straight from the 1980s. The smell of jazz-fusion is in the air as the Mokners is joined its old partner-in-crime from No Hope, Kari “Sonny” Heinilä, the Rollins of Kiukainen. As if that wasn’t enough, the evening also presents the opportunity to witness two hotshot vibraphonists take each other on as Panu Savolainen joins the fast and loose retro fest. Severi Pyysalo, vibes Panu Savolainen, vibes Sonny Heinilä, saxophones Timo Hirvonen, bass Jussi Lehtonen, drums Age limit: 18
24.08.
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Anssi Tikanmäen Orkesteri (c) Anssi Männistö, kuvan muokkaus Maarit Tikanmäki

Viapori Jazz

Anssi Tikanmäen Orkesteri

Maisemakuvia Suomesta is certainy one of the best-selling instrumental records of all time in Finland – for good reason.

Maisemakuvia Suomesta is certainy one of the best-selling instrumental records of all time in Finland – for good reason. Now Finland’s musical visage from over three decades ago can be heard at the southern terminus of the storied highway from Tuusula. Anssi Tikanmäki, piano Masa Orpana, saxophones Eemil Tikanmäki, guitar, violin Juuso Nordlund, bass Eljas Tikanmäki, drums, accordion Age limit 18  
24.08.
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Avara

Viapori Jazz

Jukka Perko Avara feat. Verneri Pohjola

Courage and humility, respect for tradition and the search for something new, scarcity and plenty, acoustic and electric…

The beautiful dramatic arc drawn by saxophonist Jukka Perko’s versions of Finnish hymns and his series of church recitals running into the hundreds now receives a worthy addition as Verneri Pohjola joins his Avara trio on trumpet. Faced with the fundamental issues of life, the men play in search of the beauty and truth of music and find themselves in places discoverable only via the art of getting lost. No matter how wild the versions get, there is always a sanctified core to that resists interpretation. It is what it is. Courage and humility, respect for tradition and the search for something new, scarcity and plenty, acoustic and electric – our traditional hymns receive a new and noble life as Avara explores these opposites. Jukka Perko, saxophone Teemu Viinikainen, guitar Jarmo Saari, guitar Verneri Pohjola, trumpet
24.08.
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Mikko Innanen Trio

Viapori Jazz

Mikko Innanen Trio, Persbööleläiset

In the first part of the evening, saxophonist Mikko Innanen of Uusimaa and his new trio take us on a musical journey into provincial Finland.

In the first part of the evening, saxophonist Mikko Innanen of Uusimaa and his new trio take us on a musical journey into provincial Finland. As Bothnian accordionist Veli Kujala and Savo-born drummer Mika Kallio, who now calls Kymenlaakso home, join the maestro in interpreting songs very familiar to most of the audience, we are looking at hundreds of new notes emitted in the spirit of free jazz. In the evening’s other feature presentation, nostalgic icons from Finland’s mythical pastoral past meet as Persbööleläiset offers a delicious medley of songs from the provinces, all deliciously rearranged by Anna-mari Kähärä. Welcome to Finland, way past its sell by date! Mikko Innanen Trio Mikko Innanen, saxophones Veli Kujala, accordion Mika Kallio, drums Persbööleläiset Reetta Ristimäki, vocals Kristiina Halttu, vocals Taisto Oksanen, vocals Anna-Mari Kähärä, piano, arrangements Jan Noponen, voice Age limit 18
24.08.
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(c)Thomas Aurin

Volksbühne Berlin: Der Spieler

Billionaire or pauper. All or nothing. Compulsion, addiction and greed take their seats at the roulette table.

Billionaire or pauper. All or nothing. Compulsion, addiction and greed take their seats at the roulette table. Based on a novel by Dostoyevsky, the story sees the Gambler heading for a dead end over his mounting debts and unrequited love. The only way out is money, a lot of money. This loud and asburd performance turns an unflinching gaze at a society ridden with capitalism where the stench of money and scandal pervades everything. Frank Castorf, the grand old man of German theatre is one of the most highly acclaimed European directors. During his long tenure, Castorf has turned the Volksbühne into Germany’s most experimental and forward looking theatre. Direction: Frank Castorf On stage : Kathrin Angerer, Hendrik Arnst, Frank Büttner, Georg Friedrich, Sophie Rois, Alexander Scheer, Mex Schlüpfer, Lilith Stangenberg Costumes, stage design: Bert Neumann Light design : Lothar Baumgarte Music: Sir Henry Dramaturgy: Sebastian Kaiser Performed in German with surtitles in Finnish Recommended for ages 12 and up Duration approx. 4 h   In Co-operation with:         Congratulations Goethe-Institut Finnland! Germany’s cultural insitute in Finland turns 50 years and supports Volksbühne’s visit.
28.08., 29.08.
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Walkapolis (c) Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Walkapolis

Take a walk on the art side! Let Walkapolis lead you off the beaten track and discover new and unexpected sides of the city.

Take a walk on the art side! Let Walkapolis lead you off the beaten track and discover new and unexpected sides of the city. The walks take in a series of miniature works by a number of artists, including performances, music and dance. There is a choice of two routes. They explore the underground art scene that thrives alongside the mainstream, alternative immigrant stories and Helsinki’s ecosystem, as seen from the point of view of domesticated animals. Walkapolis is created by Maija Hirvanen with a group of Finnish and international artists, including Ville Ahonen, Tellervo Kalleinen, Mia Habib, Steinunn Ketilsdóttir and Miikka Tuominen. The tours start from Villa Eläintarha, adress: Eläintarhantie 14 Starting & Ending spots and other useful material: walkapolis.fi Duration 2 h Route 1: Labyrinth of Decay – The Beauty of Kallio Route 2: Castles in the Sky – The Invisible Eläintarha NOTE: 18.8. route 2 and 19.8. route 1 will be held in English!   Concept: Maija Hirvanen Production: Fyysillisen aikalaistaiteen ystävät ry   In Co-operation with:
18.08., 19.08., 20.08., 21.08., 23.08., 24.08., 25.08., 27.08., 28.08., 29.08., 30.08., 31.08.
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Yoko Ono / Thurston Moore, (c) Tom-Haller, Yoko Ono, Andrew-Kesin

Yoko Ono & Thurston Moore

Yoko Ono has been described as the world’s most famous unknown artist. She is much more than just an icon.

Everyone knows her name. But who knows what she does? Yoko Ono has been described as the world’s most famous unknown artist. She is much more than just an icon. From the 1960′s onwards, she has been incomparably busy – as a musician, avant garde conceptual artist and social activist. She comes to Huvila in her musician’s guise bringing with her a truly unique art-rock experience. Sonic Youth singer and guitarist, and long-time Yoko Ono fan, Thurston Moore has always been partial to experimental soundscapes. Moore first joined forces with Yoko on last year’s YOKOKIMTHURSTON, for which they teamed up with Sonic Youth’s other power figure Kim Gordon. At Huvila, Moore’s instantly recognisable guitar loops meet Yoko’s eccentric vocal performance, creating an unprecedented aural adventure. Showtime: 7 pm, doors 6pm.   Age limit: 18  
18.08., 19.08.
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