The Huvila Festival Tent has the privilege of presenting a mix of dazzling vocal virtuosity and great atmosphere when frontline Finnish vocal groups get together under the same roof for an evening. AcaCartelli – a cheekily named a cappella super combo bringing together Rajaton, Club for Five and Fork – is guaranteed to ensure plenty of harmony, energy and charisma at any concert.
AcaCartelli came into existence after Rajaton and Club For Five had visited Fork’s release last autumn. However, there are no plans for a joint concert tour or LP and the gig at the Huvila Festival Tent will be a delightful one-off exception. Besides these virtuoso vocal groups’ own familiar musical menu, the evening will provide a thrilling opportunity for joint numbers. We can look forward to an unrivalled enviable evening in the endless capacity of sound that will not leave anyone cold.
Concert starts at 7 pm. Doors: 5.30 pm.
For this event you can purchase a snack by Restaurant Juuri beforehand!
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Age limit: 18
Two mirages. On the one hand wars, droughts, political instability, persecution, forced deportation, abuse of natural resources, food shortages… On the other, stocked supermarkets, safe streets, good health services, welfare, human rights, renewable energy, prosperity and freedom.
And in between, flocks of birds, thousands of them constantly drawing impossible shapes in the sky. The ceaseless movement is continued by planets, asteroids, raw materials, galaxies, blood, cells, weapons, atoms, electrons, advertising, quarks, ideology, fear, waste, hope, life. Nothing in the cosmos is quiet.
Created by the Spanish theatre group Agrupación Señor Serrano, Birdie is a multimedia performance combining live video, thousands of scale objects, Hitchcock’s The Birds revisited and three performers attempting to grasp our messy world with wit and criticism.
Creation: Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios & Ferran Dordal
Performers: Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios & David Muñiz
Voice: Simone Milsdochter
Project Manager: Barbara Bloin
Lighting design & video programming: Alberto Barberá
Sound design & soundtrack: Roger Costa Vendrell
Videos: Vicenç Viaplana
Scale models: Saray Ledesma ja Nuria Manzano
Costumes: Nuria Manzano
Management: Art Republic
Producers: Grec 2016 Festival de Barcelona, Agrupación Señor Serrano, Fabrique de Théâtre – Service des Arts de la Scène de la Province de Hainaut, Festival TNT – Terrassa Noves Tendències, Monty Kultuurfaktorij e Festival Konfrontacje Teatralne.
With the support of the Cultural Office of Spain’s Embassy in Brussels, Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Centre International de Formation en Arts du Spectacle de Bruxelles, Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y la Música (INAEM) and Institut Ramon Llull.
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In co-operation with Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage
Art goes Kapakka has been filling the August evenings in Helsinki with high-standard art since 1995. The festival events, featuring art from all walks of life, are free of admission: fine arts, theatre, poetry, dance and music – and don’t forget about culinary delights!
The festival programme and timetables will be published online in August: artgoeskapakka.fi
The Huvila Festival Tent promises an invigorating double set of undisputable swinging Afro sounds when Blick Bassy and Vaudou Game appear in Tokoinranta park. These fresh talents springing from France have stirred an enthusiastic buzz in global music circles.
Blick Bassy’s elegant personalised sounds resonate with impulses from his Cameroonian roots, dense jazz and blues influences. The musical instruments heard on stage range from the banjo to bassoon and cello to electric guitar. Singing in the Bassa language of Cameroon, Bassy paints his musical palette with a broad brush, from minimal lightness to flings kindling the party mood.
Last year, Songlines magazine in Great Britain rightly selected Vaudou Game’s album Kidayú one of the top albums of the year. Kidayú means sharing in Kabye, the language spoken in northern Togo. Vaudou Game’s music combines West African voodoo traditions, the energy of 1970s Afro-funk and rhythm’n’blues vibes that nod towards those of James Brown and Otis Redding. The band’s incredibly jovial swing will put a smile on the most serious faces and make the feet tap. This is music you just can’t help dancing to.
Blick Bassy starts at 7 pm. Vaudou Game starts at 8.45 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
The woman does not live in the mainstream. Tenderly, but with an occasional touch of annoyance, they try to coax her to join the others – but to no avail. Confused, she seeks refuge in her own, imaginary world full of strange little people. There, everything becomes possible. Fleeing into her imagination soon turns into a trap, however, when the shelter built from cardboard boxes turns into an impenetrable wall.
The French Blick Théâtre’s [Hullu] performance uses the interplay between humans and puppets to reveal new layers of reality and confuse our ideas of the familiar and the unknown. Balancing between reality and illusion, the show takes us to an enigmatic world of magic, where madness is both frightening and charming. The performance, which combines physical theatre and virtuoso puppet theatre ingenuously, is part of the programme at the SAMPO 2017 festival and is staged in co-operation with Puppet Theatre Sampo.
Sampo 2017 festival 29 August – 3 September
Authors: Loïc Apard, Johanna Ehlert, Sébastien Guérive, Dominique Habouzit, Thomas Maréchal & Matthieu Siefridt
Original concept: Johanna Ehlert
Director: Dominique Habouzit
Performers: Loïc Apard, Johanna Ehlert & Matthieu Siefridt
Puppeteer and Woman in Black: Élise Nicod
Illusion Effects Advisor: Étienne Saglio
Puppeteer & Costumes design concept: Johanna Ehlert
Stage design & mechanics: Työryhmä / The crew
Lighting design: Thomas Maréchal
Music compositon & sound design: Sébastien Guérive
Puppets design: Johanna Ehlert, assisting Manon Dublanc & Élise Nicod
Costumes: Sabrina Marletta
Stage design: Patrick Konieczny & Steve Duprez
Stage Manager & Light Engineer: Thomas Maréchal
Sound Engineer: Julien Bordais
Production, touring and administration: Acolytes: Christelle Jung & Véronique Dubarry
Bravade & Co’s The better to see you with offers cross-artistic fireworks as renaissance and baroque music meet modern music, contemporary dance and multimedia art. A brainchild of the recorder quartet Bravade, the performance shakes up pre-existing notions about recorder music and utilises the entire scale of the unique instruments.
Premiering at Almi Hall, the multimedia work, composed for Bravade by Antti Auvinen, spins an intriguing musical web where video projection and the beautiful sound of the recorder intertwine. Auvinen’s Autuus, which premiered at Helsinki Festival in 2015, received the 2016 Teosto Prize. A virtuoso quartet composed for Bravade by Sebastian Fagerlund is also performed.
The common thread in the multisensory performance is identity and its nodes. At which point do we drift into learned roles? How do we want to be seen? The psychological journey into making art and personal boundaries becomes accessible through interviews edited by Minna Lindgren during the creation process of the performance.
Bravade-nokkahuilukvartetti/Recorder Quartet Bravade: Sunniva Fagerlund, Pauliina Fred, Hanna Haapamäki, Hanna Kangasniemi
Tanssijat/Dancers: Elina Häyrynen, Jukka Tarvainen
Säveltäjä/Composer: Antti Auvinen
Ohjaaja/Director: Elina Lajunen
Valosuunnittelija/Lighting Designer: Hanna Käyhkö
Ääniteknikko/Sound Technician: Timo Kurkikangas
Haastattelut/Interviews: Minna Lindgren
Huvila treats its guests to an atmospheric afternoon with poetic tones and overflowing brunch tables. The music is provided by the Aki Rissanen trio, whose new arrangement of the Syksy (Autumn) song cycle, composed by Leevi Madetoja, with text by poet L. Onerva, combines jazz improvisation and classical music. The soloists are fabulous opera singers: soprano Mari Palo and baritone Ville Rusanen.
Madetoja’s last significant song cycle, Syksy combines rugged Finnish influences with a delicate and harmonic French expression. This year marks the 130th anniversary of Madetoja’s birth.
Aki Rissanen is one of the most acclaimed Finnish jazz pianists and composers of today. Rissanen’s Amorandom received the Emma Award for best jazz album in 2017. The brunch concert’s catering, inspired by the Mediterranean tapas culture, is provided by Juuri Tapahtumat.
Concert starts at 12. Doors: 11 am.
The Trinidad and Tobagonian Calypso Rose is the undisputed queen of calypso. Having written over 800 songs and performed since 1950s, Rose is a beloved figure all over the world: a compassionate person, a great defender of equality and human rights, she has toured with, for example, Bob Marley and introduced a great many audiences to Caribbean music styles.
Even Rose’s first song, Glass Thief, written when she was 15, touched on gender equality. At the time, calypso was very much a man’s genre, and religious groups tried to prevent Rose from performing. Rose’s Baptist father saw calypso as the Devil’s music. Unfazed by this, Rose continued her resolute work as ambassador of good vibes.
The calypso evening, glowing with Caribbean heat, is opened by the Haitian Vox Sambou. Mixing rap, traditional Haitian instruments and Brazilian rhythms, Vox is a charismatic, energetic performer – a true world music and feel-good showman.
Vox Sambou starts at 7 pm. Calypso Rose starts at 8.30 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand! Read more »
The Helsinki Festival autumn is a celebration of soulful acting – both at Kunsthalle Helsinki and at the Orion cinema. The Australian Cate Blanchett (b. 1969) is one of the most ambitious actresses of today. The series of Blanchett movies at the Orion cinema showcase some of the highlights from the star’s versatile career of nearly 20 years.
Her international breakthrough came in the form of the lead role in Elizabeth (1998), one of the most acclaimed British movies of all time. In Tom Tykwer’s Heaven (2011), based on master director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s unfilmed screenplay, Blanchett portrays a teacher taking radical action, whereas in Todd Haynes’ 2007 biographical I’m not there, she channels Bob Dylan, easily crossing gender boundaries.
Her most celebrated performances include her two Oscar-winning roles as Katherine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004) and as a socialite suffering a nervous breakdown in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine (2013), as well as the daring title role in another Todd Haynes movie, Carol (2015).
Programme and more information: kavi.fi
An artist arrives in his studio, ready to prepare a new work of art. He waits for inspiration to strike him. When it eventually does, things don’t proceed quite as the distinguished artist would wish. For him, the everyday is filled with challenges until an eventual chaos is unavoidable, leading towards a color splash ending.
The Artist follows the success of Circo Aereo’s and Thomas Monckton’s previous collaboration, The Pianist, which has proven a smash hit with critics and audiences around the world. Since 2013, it has been performed nearly 300 times in Scandinavia, Canada, New Zealand, France, UK, Netherlands, Australia, Russia, USA… The Pianist was nominated for a Best Performance prize at Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2014.
Like The Pianist, The Artist is co-designed by Sanna Silvennoinen, circus artist, choreographer and director of Circo Aereo, and Thomas Monckton, New Zealand-born, internationally acclaimed circus artist.
“Monckton’s skill is amazing, and his acrobatics with the chandelier are breathtaking.”
“In addition to the delicate play of facial expressions, Monckton’s performance extends to physical comedy that sometimes turns to pure acrobatics.”
“Thomas Monckton is a performer to behold. His show is a feast I would love to devour again and again.”
Theatreview New Zealand
The Artist: Thomas Monckton
Direction: Sanna Silvennoinen
Design: Thomas Monckton & Sanna Silvennoinen
Lighting design: Juho Rahijärvi
Sound design: Tuomas Norvio
Costume design: Kati Mantere
Consultant: Eveliina Hämäläinen
Production: Circo Aereo, Ateneum-sali & Helsingin juhlaviikot
CMX, the big name in Finnish rock, is to return to the Huvila Festival Tent after an absence of 16 years. The band will celebrate with a unique double gig ending in its epic ten-year-old Talvikuningas album.
The first set in the concert will tune into the Talvikuningas frequency with material in an intro setting. The second set is a dream come true for CMX fans: the epic Talvikuningas live from start to finish. Launched in 2007 and comprising one long track, the album is a sci-fi concept record whose 12 parts pound progressive metal. This monolithic space saga is CMX at its heaviest, most original and most enjoyable.
Daniel Lanois is known, above all, as one of the most significant music producers in the world. An 11-time Grammy winner, Lanois has produced hit albums for Bob Dylan, U2, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, among others. Lanois turns the recording studio into an instrument of its own, and he always brings a recognisable soundscape to his productions.
On his own albums, Lanois has moved from his atmospheric singer-songwriter material and the hit song The Maker on his debut album Acadie to the experimental sound art, bordering on electronic music, that he offers on his album Flesh and Machine. Released last year, Goodbye to Language was a return to his roots: simple instrumental music and an ambient sound created by steel guitars and feedback effects. The album’s mystic alternative country resembles Lanois’ 1980s collaboration projects with Brian Eno. The laid-back late night soundscape is Americana at its best. Lanois arrives at Huvila as a trio along with his long-time partners, Kyle Crane on the drums and Jim Wilson on bass and guitar.
The evening starts with a stage full of Finnish guitar nobility. The virtuoso electric and steel guitar duo of Timo Kämäräinen and Olli Haavisto blends broad roots sounds with an enjoyable confidence.
Timo Kämäräinen & Olli Haavisto start at 7 pm. Daniel Lanois starts at 8.30 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
Chekhov before he was Chekhov.
During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov, Anton’s sister, placed many of her late brother’s manuscripts and papers in a safety deposit box in Moscow.
In 1921 Soviet scholars opened the box, and discovered a play. The title page was missing. The play they found has too many characters, too many themes, too much action. All in all, it’s generally dismissed as unstageable.
Except by the Dublin/London-based theatre company Dead Centre. The group, which received praising reviews and prestigious awards with both Chekhov’s First Play and their previous performance LIPPY, mercilessly shreds the myths surrounding Chekhov and presents their iconoclastic interpretation up for all eyes to see – and all ears to hear. The play is experienced wearing headphones, with a commentary track deciphering the action taking place on the Main Stage of the Finnish National Theatre. Loaded with rebellious energy, Chekhov’s First Play is a theatrical event that leaves no one cold.
Direction: Ben Kidd & Bush Moukarzel
Text: Anton Tšehov, Ben Kidd & Bush Moukarzel
Producer: Rachel Murray
Set design: Andrew Clancy
Effects & Stage design: Grace O’Hara
Costumes: Saileóg O’Halloran
Lighting design: Stephen Dodd
Sound design: Jimmy Eadie & Kevin Gleeson
Choreography: Liv O’Donoghue
Stage Manager: Barbara Hughes
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Kickstart the Helsinki Festival at the opera! The Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera plays the Finnish premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s brand new cello concerto — conducted by the composer himself. A new work by Salonen is always an Event.
The concerto, which utilises electronics, has been composed for cellist Yo-Yo Ma and is a joint commission by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Barbican Centre in London and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Fans of Salonen saw their long wait rewarded when the work premiered in Chicago in spring 2017. The soloist for the Helsinki Festival concerto is the German/French Nicolas Altstaedt, a young world star on the rise, whose sensuous cello playing has charmed critics and audiences alike.
The concert will also feature Maurice Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin. The orchestration of this suite, originally composed for solo piano, is considered to be among the composer’s greatest achievements. Composed between 1914 and 1917, the work echoes the horrors of the First World War: the movements are dedicated to Ravel’s friends and colleagues who perished in the war.
The intensive concert ends with the orchestral version of Igor Stravinsky’s Perséphone. Drawing from Greek mythology, it tells the tale of the goddess Persephone, the queen of the underworld.
Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Choir and Children’s choir
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Nicolas Altstaedt, cello
Andrew Staples, tenor
Pauline Cheviller, narrator
Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Cello concerto (Finnish premiere)
Igor Stravinsky: Perséphone
The surpise hit of last year’s Helsinki Festival, A Night of Philosophy returns to Kiasma! It will, once again, be an invitation to experience philosophy as performance, offering a multitude of philosophy talks and art interventions from dusk till dawn.
In relation to the ARS17 exhibition taking over Kiasma, A Night of Philosophy offers perspectives into the increasingly complex relationship between humankind and technology. Digitalisation and the internet have drastically changed our everyday lives, from work and leisure to the economy and means of communication. But how has this digital revolution affected our way of thinking, questioning and philosophising?
Having charmed night owls in New York, Paris, London and Berlin in addition to Helsinki, A Night of Philosophy is the brainchild of French-born philosopher, dramaturge and theatre director Mériam Korichi. During the night, a wide group of Finnish and international philosophers and artists will perform. A more detailed programme will be published during August.
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The American photographer Francesca Woodman (1958–1981) created a world of intimate and emotional pictures during her intensive life – prior to her death at only 22.
Woodman’s photographs are explorations into corporeality, gender and sexuality. She used herself and her friends as models to create portraits where the persons are often partly hidden or merging into the surroundings. The photographs take the viewer to surprising locations such as abandoned buildings or surreal spaces created using mirrors and glass.
On Being an Angel consists of around 100 photographs and video works from Francesca Woodman’s near five year career as an artist.
The exhibit has been produced by Moderna Museet.
The Off Seasons sound installation is based on the co-operation between the visual artist Hans Rosentröm and the Danish artist duo Stormglas (Andreas Borregaard ja Mikkel Sørensen). The work began with interpretations of the seasons as produced by four Nordic contemporary composers: Rasmus Zwicki, Fredrik Österling, Sunleif Rasmussen and Martin Rane Bauck.
Rosenström constructs the compositions into a single holistic piece. The result is an intensive, spatial experience, where the audience can be entertained and enjoy the surroundings. The installation can be experienced during the Helsinki Festival in the outdoor area of EMMA – under the sky of Tapiola.
Helsinki Comics Festival is the largest comics event in Northern Europe, organised by Finnish Comics Society since 1972. The festival gathers together both Finnish and foreign authors and artists, readers and publishers.
This year, the Comics Festival celebrates all forms of comics. The themes include Latin American comics and tango. The festival’s graphic outlook is designed by festival artist Hanneriina Moisseinen. The main event location is Kattilahalli in Suvilahti.
Programme & info: sarjakuvafestivaalit.fi
Susanna Mälkki and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra treat the Helsinki Festival to an evening of long-lost and rediscovered classics.
Igor Stravinsky’s early orchestral piece “Funeral Song” was completed in 1908 just before the magnificent ballet The Firebird. It premiered in 1909, but the score was lost in the turmoil of the Russian revolution. The masterpiece was found nearly one hundred years later in 2015 among piles of manuscripts in a backroom of the St. Petersburg Conservatory – and was given new life. Stravinsky personally considered the 12-minute composition one of his best.
Dmitri Shostakovich’s first opera The Nose premiered in Leningrad in 1930. The outrageous, absurd satire about Russian bureaucracy did not sit well with the powers that be. Under heavy pressure, Shostakovich decided to leave out the wild interludes that were played between acts. These recently-discovered gems of the era’s avant-garde will now receive their Finnish premiere.
The concert ends with Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a beloved symphonic piece for alto and tenor voices and orchestra. The singers are two German virtuosos in their vocal ranges, Gerhild Romberger and Burkhard Fritz.
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki, conductor
Gerhild Romberger, alto
Burkhard Fritz, tenor
What is the role of the artist today? Julian Rosefeldt’s sensational 13-channel film installation Manifesto (2015) is an homage to the tradition of artist manifestos.
Rosefeldt constructed a collage of historical texts and combined the contents with contemporary contexts. The result was a ‘manifesto of manifestos’: 13 poetic monologues, which relay the voice of the artists, ranging from Dadaists to Situationists, from Kasimir Malevich to Jim Jarmusch. The texts, written with the passion of the youth, tell of a desire to change the world through art.
The Australian movie star Cate Blanchett performs an incredible acting feat by playing 13 different personas – including a teacher, a news anchor and a homeless man – and by breathing new life into both world-famous and less-familiar texts.
Have the manifestos’ powerful, pompous words and ecstatic emotions stood the test of time? How have the dynamics of politics, art and life changed? Have the manifestos led to actions?
Manifesto has previously been shown in, for example, Berlin and New York.
How can one change the world? Kaisa Salmi’s #tekoja is a communal, participatory work of art, which invites us to acknowledge one another through small actions – even for one day. The chain of actions is first put into motion by familiar initiators, who challenge one another to participate during the summer.
The work culminates on the Saturday of August, when the city is filled to the brim with good deeds. In addition to freeform demonstrations of compassion, the day consists of gathering together to deepen our thoughts about empathy – why does it feel good to do good?
Kaisa Salmi is an artist known for, for example, the floral works that took over the city centres of Oulu and Turku as well as the steps of Parliament house in Helsinki, the 11,000-kg waste mountain piled in front of Kamppi Shopping Centre, and the grand performance Fellman’s Field about the events of the 1918 Civil War, which received over 10,000 participants. The movie about the performance is part of the Kiasma collection and will be shown on YLE during this year and the next.
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Helsinki Festival celebrates 100 years of Finnish movie history and classic works by beloved Finnish composers with Cine-concert Finlandia.
The documentary movie Finlandia (1922) was the grand silent film project of the Suomi-Filmi company under the leadership of Erkki Karu, as commissioned by the Foreign Ministry for the fifth anniversary of Finnish independence. It was widely and successfully distributed abroad, and it may still be the most shown Finnish movie outside of Finland. This landmark of Finnish cinema has not been seen in its original form since the 1920s, but many of its scenes have been shown independently.
The soundtrack created for the film, which has been digitally reconstructed and restored by the National Audiovisual Institute, represents the most famous themes from the short history of Finnish classical music at the time and folk songs arranged in the spirit of national romanticism. The composers include, for example, Erkki Melartin with Menuetti and Prinsessa Ruusunen (Sleeping Beauty), Toivo Kuula with Elegy, Pirunpolska (Devil’s Dance) and Häämarssi (Wedding March), Heikki Klemetti with Menuetti, Heino Kaski with Nocturno, Oskar Merikanto with Valse lente, Suomalainen polska and Merellä (At Sea), Armas Järnefelt with Berceuse, and Jean Sibelius with Pelléas et Mélisande and, of course, Finlandia.
Originally compiled for the movie by Max Hauswald in 1922, the music has been arranged by Yrjö Hjelt, Jari Eskola and Heikki Elo, and will be played by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kalle Kuusava.
This year Korjaamo’s Stage Festival moves into the future – in what direction are art and society developing? The festival keeps extending the boundaries of performing arts by combining theatre, film and music. Stage Festival has become a Helsinki tradition, showcasing Finnish premieres and interesting international performances. International performances have Finnish subtitles.
Once again, the Orion Cinema charms audiences with fantastic children’s movies that are also fun for adults. The movies take us to the borders between home and the unknown. There will be animation, old classics and infectious singalong joy.
Pikku Ilona ja hänen karitsansa (Little Ilona and her lamb) (1957) was based on a Mika Waltari screenplay. The film’s main character is a Karelian girl orphaned by the Winter War who gets into adventures with her little lamb.
The Irish animation Song of the Sea / Amhrán na Mara (2014) is hand-drawn and directed by Tomm Moore. The movie will be accompanied by an animation workshop implemented in co-operation with Culture Centre Vernissa.
The Sound of Music (1965) singalong takes us to the Alps. Children are taught the charming Rodgers & Hammerstein songs, naturally, by Julie Andrews.
Saturday evening will be spent in the delightful company of two charming singer/songwriters when British artist Laura Groves and French artist Keren Ann take the stage.
Groves, who has released one full-length album and several acclaimed EPs, is also known under her recording name of Blue Roses. She makes dreamy art-electropop in the spirit of Kate Bush, enjoying strong cult popularity and good reviews by the critics in her home country. Groves’s music is a thalassic world – tracks flow with soft beats to create a warm, cosy mood.
Keren Ann has a career spanning roughly 20 years and her visit to Finland has been eagerly awaited. Ann, whose keenly tuned, sensitive, minimalist style alternative pop, is equally at home in music circles in Paris as she is in New York. Singing in both English and French, Ann cloaks her songs in cool, profound jazz tones, seasoned with the world of noir of yesteryear in the footsteps of the queens of chanson. Released in the early 2000s, her albums Not Going Anywhere and Nolita propelled Ann into a star in the Indie scene of its day. Her wide and devoted fan base extends from Europe to the United States and Japan.
Laura Groves starts at 7 pm. Keren Ann starts at 8.45 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
Lucinda Williams has grown from a pioneer of 1970s alternative country to a beloved legend of coarse Americana sound. The multi-Grammy winner is undeniably one of the biggest names in country and roots music – in 2002, Time magazine named Williams “America’s best songwriter”.
The core of Williams’ production is comprised of sad, often personal songs from America’s heartlands. Something about those melancholy country songs strikes a chord with the Finnish mind. Williams’ sincere voice that goes straight to your heart seems to speak directly to us.
In 2013, Williams silenced the audience at Finlandia Hall with her heart-rending performance. Friends of roots music still consider it to be one of the most touching gigs ever. Now, audiences at Huvila have a new opportunity to experience what is sure to be a memorable performance by this legend.
The evening is opened by Darling West, a sympathetic trio from Norway, whose music wonderfully combines Nashville’s Americana sounds and Norway’s rainy fjord landscapes.
Darling West starts at 7 pm. Lucinda Williams starts at 8.45 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
The final countdown! Huutajat, the screaming men’s choir, has turned up in some surprising places – ranging from the Venice Biennale to the Vienna Festival and the main stage at Roskilde – and will be taking the Huvila Festival Tent in Tokoiranta park by full force in this year’s Helsinki Festival. To mark the last evening of the Festival, lines of men dressed in sombre suits will belt out a screaming storm to rattle the very structures of the Huvila tent.
Huutajat last threw themselves into a full-scale concert in Helsinki more than 10 years ago and have more recently been delighting audiences on the international stage. Before Helsinki Festival, the choir can be seen, and heard, in London and Stockholm. The entire evening at Huvila promises a unique serving of lyrics adapted for screaming, lyrics ranging from poetry to national anthems, all peppered with an appropriate revolutionary approach to mark Finland’s centenary of independence. Now gearing up for its 30th anniversary, the choir is conducted by Petri Sirviö, who is also responsible for the compositions in the programme.
The Icelandic múm brings to Huvila their cine-concert, which has gained worldwide fame. The band provides live accompaniment to the German cult film People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag). The cine-concert has been performed to full houses at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, among others. Each performance is unique: múm improvises a hypnotic background sound collage for the film. They are joined on stage by the Finnish percussion virtuoso Samuli Kosminen.
Combining playful electro, indie pop and ambient, múm is part of the Icelandic music phenomenon taking over the world alongside Björk and Sigur Rós. In múm’s music, distorted electronica and catchy post-rock weave a fabric of sound where anything can happen.
Concert starts at 8 pm. Doors: 7 pm.
Confessions is a series of 14 songs for a singer and Baroque orchestra. The collaboration between Nico Muhly and Teitur was inspired by the hypnotically mundane videos from the early days of YouTube. Small and insignificant uploads reveal surprising things about our environment: the topic of a song can be, for example, the wonderful scent of freshly-opened printer paper. The result is both funny and touching.
One the most significant composers of his generation, Nico Muhly balances intriguingly on the border between art music and pop. Inspired by baroque and period instruments, Muhly has worked closely with, for example, Björk, Philip Glass, Grizzly Bear, Pekka Kuusisto, and Antony and the Johnsons. Teitur is a Faroese pop phenomenon, whose delicate and instantly recognisable sound perfectly fits Muhly’s lingering and poetic compositions.
The evening begins with Samae Koskinen’s acclaimed live band Samae Koskisen korvalääke.
Samae Koskisen korvalääke starts at 7 pm. Nico Muhly, Teitur & FiBO start at 8.30 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
It’s easy to be in high spirits in August, especially when Olavi Uusivirta finally brings his irresistible stage charm to the Huvila Festival Tent and performs his only summer gig in Toikoinranta park.
This multi-talented artist has been among the leading Finnish singer-composers for more than a decade already and has reaped recognitions ranging from the gold disc Me ei kuolla koskaan album (2005) to the Olavi LP, which in February received the Emma award for rock album of the year.
The supporting act will be by the up-and-coming Finnish Indie rock talent Elias Gould, whose dreamy Huvilakatu hit is impossible not to croon to.
Elias Gold starts at 7 pm. Olavi Uusivirta starts at 8.30 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
To mark the last day of the Festival, the Huvila Festival Tent will be packed with by entire families. Orffit, who also whirled on the children’s programme Pikku Kakkonen under the more complex name of Tohtori Orff & Herra Dalcroze, have long been a children’s music favourite and are this year celebrating their 20th anniversary.
Hannu, the trio’s third best singer, taps anything that makes a noise, whereas Kimmo, the band’s soloist proper, is also the Pippi Longstocking and Astrix in guitar-playing. Matti, the saxophone and harmonica player, also makes the accordion wheeze and does other difficult tricks. Together, this jovial troop really gets makes things swing so that both feet will soon feel like dancing.
In the Kalevala themed event at the Huvila Festival Tent, Väinämöinen, Aino, Ilmarinen and Lemminkäinen will be putting in an appearance and the genre of singing will be somewhere in the ebbs and flows of rap, tango, rock and letkajenka.
Concert starts at 1 pm. Doors: 12.30 am.
Latin Big Band Fun! The group headed by Sergio Mendoza delightfully fuses together music styles from both sides of the USA-Mexico border: merengue, rumba, ranchera and cumbia mix with tex mex and tejano.
Born in Mexico, Mendoza crossed the border at the age of 8 and is currently one of the biggest influences in Arizona’s versatile music scene. Mendoza has been a major figure in, for example, the state’s number one band Calexico’s desert noir style and Mexico’s throbbing indie scene, for example, as a background force in Mexrrissey, who charmed the audience last year at Huvila.
Mendoza labels his own band’s style as “indie mambo” and is famous for their wild Latin parties: Cuban rhythms, percussion, harmonicas and horns are, at times, boosted by the infectious beat from drum machines.
The evening kicks off with drummer Janne Haavisto and his new band The Shubie Brothers. Haavisto is best remembered from the cult band Laika & The Cosmonauts and for his long collaboration with J. Karjalainen.
The Shubie Brothers starts at 7 pm. Orkesta Mendoza starts at 8.45 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
The 2017 Huvila season opens with a Latin party to remember! Currently the hottest live act in Spain, Patax plays flaming hot flamenco and Latin jazz versions of famous pop and rock hits. For example, Michael Jackson and Britney Spears’ songs flow with perfect rhythm and exoticism, calling one and all to the dancefloor.
Band leader Jorge Pérez is the go-to-drummer in Spain’s fusion jazz scene and a master of Afro-Cuban rhythms. Alongside the world class percussion section, the band has bewitching soul singers and a horn section with groove galore. Patax is the ultimate party band – dance your socks off at Huvila!
The party starts with Borta Beast, the second coming of the beloved music collective Hemma Beast. The Borta all-star core consists of Sami Pitkämö, Marzi Nyman, Jarmo Saari, Lenni-Kalle Taipale, Joonas Kaikko, Timo Tuppurainen and Tatu Ferchen.
Borta Beast starts at 7 pm. Patax starts at 8.30 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
Moeder (Mother), by the Belgian group Peeping Tom, is an untamed look at the dark side of man, family and society. Inspired by the group’s personal experiences of loss, Moeder balances somewhere on the slanted border between insanity and order, outside of time and space. The performance is the second part of the Peeping Tom trilogy on family relationships, the first part of which, Vader (Father), premiered in 2014.
With a loyal following both at home and abroad, Peeping Tom sometimes takes a nearly brutal look at the individual, but with dark humour and empathy always bubbling under the surface. The hyper realistic worlds skilfully created by the group are, at the same time, both strange and oddly familiar. Moeder’s cinematic stage scenes, which have been compared to the morbidly beautiful visions of David Lynch, display archetypal mother figures, nightmares welling up from the subconscious and grotesque carnivalistic moments.
The performers’ language of movement, primal and bordering on the extreme, feels both intuitive and planned with inch-perfect precision. The carefully constructed soundscape of Moeder also plays a key role: Peeping Tom harnesses the power of sound to hide, reveal and bring out forgotten memories. The result is explosively powerful, touching and inspirational frontline dance theatre for all the senses.
Direction: Gabriela Carrizo
Directorial assistance & dramaturgy: Franck Chartier
Creation & performance: Eurudike De Beul, Maria Carolina Vieira, Marie Gyselbrecht, Brandon Lagaert, Hun-Mok Jung / Quan Bui Ngoc, Yi-Chun Liu, Simon Versnel, Charlotte Clamens
Artistic assistance: Diane Fourdrignier
Sound composition & arrangements: Raphaëlle Latini, Renaud Crols, Glenn Vervliet, Peeping Tom
Sound mixing: Yannick Willox, Peeping Tom
Light design: Giacomo Gorini, Amber Vandenhoeck
Costume design: Diane Fourdrignier, Kristof Van Hoorde (internship), Peeping Tom
Set design: Amber Vandenhoeck, Peeping Tom
Production: Peeping Tom
Co-production: Theater im Pfalzbau (Ludwigshafen), Taipei Performing Arts Center (Taipei), KVS – Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (Brussel), Grec Festival de Barcelona / Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Maison de la Culture de Bourges, La Rose des Vents (Villeneuve-d’ Ascq), Festival Aperto/Fondazione I Teatri (Reggio Emilia), La Bâtie Festival de Genève
Ronnie Scott’s is a London institution, a legendary jazz club where all the big names in the business from Count Basie to Miles Davis have appeared. Nowadays located in Soho, the club still provides the best jazz music in the world, one evening after another.
Ronnie Scott’s continue to take pride in providing London-based support and late show bands for every show Trios led by Ashley Henry, Reuben James and Richard Spaven will be appearing at the Helsinki Festival, where top Finnish soloists will join them in the G Livelab on Friday evenings. The trios will perform throughout the festival at different venues around the city. Most of the concerts have free admission.
Ashley Henry Trio
From classic jazz to hip-hop infusion, this rising star in the firmament of British jazz has been inspired by the likes of Robert Glasper.
Thur 17 August at 8pm, Elmu’s Bar (free admission)
Fri 18 August at 8pm, G Livelab feat. Timo Lassy (Tickets starting from 25 €) Buy tickets »
Sat 19 August at 6pm, Elisa Kulma (free admission)
Ronnie Scott’s continue to take pride in providing London-based support and late show bands for every show. Trios led by Ronnie Scott’s regulars Ashley Henry, Reuben James and Richard Spaven will be appearing at the Helsinki Festival, where top Finnish soloists will join them in the G Livelab on Friday evenings. The trios will perform throughout the festival at different venues around the city. Most of the concerts have free admission.
Reuben James Trio
Pop artists’ pianist Reuben James is a late evening favourite at Ronnie Scott’s and one of the UK’s most dependable studio musicians. James has worked together with the likes of Soveto Kinch and Sam Smith.
Thur 24 August at 8pm, Elmu’s Bar (free admission)
Fri 25 August at 8pm, G Livelab feat. Markus Holkko (Tickets starting from 25 €) Buy tickets »
Sat 26 August at 6pm, Elisa Kulma (free admission)
Richard Spaven Trio
Spaven, also known as Flying Lotus’s electronic musician and singer José James’s trusted drummer, is currently one of the most charming jazz musicians in Britain.
Thur 31 August at 8pm, Elmu’s Bar (free admission)
Fri 1 September at 8pm, G Livelab feat. Emma Salokoski (Tickets starting from 25 €) Buy tickets »
Sat 2 September at 6pm, Elisa Kulma (free admission)
Hi! I often run into you on the metro, and I always think that you’re just the kind of person I could take with me to Poetry Moon. So would you come with me to poetry gigs or just on a writer date?
Poetry Moon is an international literature festival in Helsinki, where literature takes over the city and is accompanied by other forms of art. This year’s festival theme is Love.
During Poetry Moon, the main venue and meeting place is the Finnish National Theatre’s Lavaklubi, where you can shop in a pop-up poetry store and enjoy literary or philosophical discussions as well as the impressive evening programme. This year, poetry also flows into people’s living rooms, when residents get a chance to open up their doors to poetry gigs and fellow literature lovers.
Poetry Moon is an experience that calls one to participate, do, write and love.
How about it?
The highly popular Secret Garden, which last year filled the Kaartin lasaretti block, will once again be back on the Night of the Arts listings. This time the garden will be even bigger and feature new pathways to explore. A vast green oasis in the prime location of the Senate Square will bring a breath of historical gardens to Helsinki in August, with a delightful picnic ambience and the whispers of secret summer romances.
You can pop into the Secret Garden with the whole family or soak up the atmosphere for longer as the darkness of the summer’s night closes in around you. We can promise much to marvel at, do and feast on, with dozens of tales inviting you to explore and surprises tempting you to get involved.
The doors to the Secret Garden open on Thursday 24 August at 4.30pm and the fun continues on Friday 25 August.
SAMPO 2017 is a new international festival to promote puppet theatre, which takes over the Helsinki city centre to bring joy and experiences to both children and adults. The programme consists of puppet theatre, music and visual theatre. The venues are Puppet Theatre Sampo, Open Doors Theatre, Annantalo, Päivälehti Museum and Savoy Theatre. The festival club at Sampo’s Fairytale café works as a meeting place for the audience and the artists, where one can enjoy the evening’s interesting programme.
Organised for the first time, the festival is part of the 40th anniversary of Puppet Theatre Sampo.
Read more: nukketeatterisampo.fi
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
Gardens hold many secrets and stories. They are places where people work, relax and focus. Despite having different meanings for different people, gardens have one thing in common: they are a place for concrete actions, where an inevitable cycle reveals the boundaries between control and chaos.
Aidatut unelmat (Fenced dreams) is a walking performance by choreographer Sari Palmgren, zigzagging through the gardens of the Kaarela area. The performance starts in the private gardens of the residents and with the stories hidden therein. Along the way secrets are revealed, and they create a space for a shared existence and understanding. The different paths of the performance all lead to a common party in the Malminkartano fruit garden.
Aidatut unelmat is part of the Minun nimeni on art project aimed at building a communal city culture by Zodiak – Center for New Dance. The project, which began in 2012, is funded by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office. Sari Palmgren has been involved in the project from the start as choreographer, dancer, workshop instructor and filmmaker.
Apple orchard dinner
After a performance, you can enjoy a delicious vegetarian dinner in the August twilight in ambient surroundings of the apple orchard in Malminkartano. Served under a canopy, this communal dinner comprises around five dishes and selected non-alcoholic drinks to accompany them.
The dinner is served by Labby Catering, which had been cooking seasonal and local food for years before it became mainstream. The gardeners-cum-chefs know their ingredients from the seed to serving and make imaginative use of all plant parts. In August, when the harvest season is at its best, there is a wide choice of ingredients to choose from.
The meals served contain no animal-derived ingredients. Please let us know at least two days before dining of any other special dietary requirements at email@example.com.
Note that the dinner is available by advance booking only and that dinner tickets must be purchased at least two days before the performance concerned.
NB! Performance is experienced while walking about. Performance starts on Sitratori in front of Kanneltalo (Klaneettitie 5).
Choreographer: Sari Palmgren
Sound design: Tuomas Norvio & Esa Mattila
Music: Mikko Perkola, Tuomas Norvio & Esa Mattila
Costume design: Riitta Röpelinen
Lighting design: Ina Niemelä
Performers: Marjukka Savolainen, Mikko Perkola, Pekka Louhio & large group of volunteers
Project producer: Terhi Pursiainen
Production: Zodiak – Uuden tanssin keskus, Sari Palmgren, Kanneltalo
In the multiartistic and multidimensional solo performance by clarinettist Lauri Sallinen, music opens into space, playing becomes dance and the lonely finds a community. Choreographer Mikko Hyvönen directs the music and the movements of the musician to generate a performance that leans towards contemporary dance. The electronic sound design by composer Libero Mureddu transforms the monophonic into the multiphonic, and the interactive video created by Teo Lanerva brings a resonating presence into the space. The performance is supported by Kone Foundation.
Music: Luciano Berio, Franco Donatoni, Olivier Messiaen, Outi Tarkiainen,
Musician, performer, concept: Lauri Sallinen
Coreography: Mikko Hyvönen
Electronics: Libero Mureddu
Lighting & video design: Teo Lanerva
Costume design: Roosa Marttiini
Photos: Katri Naukkarinen
Production: Riikka Thitz
Residency support: Hiljaisuus-festivaali
The new winds of British rock blow from Reading. The young rockers of Sundara Karma have created a massive hype: their long-awaited debut album Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect came out earlier this year and the reviews have been glowing. The hits Flame and She Said are in power rotation on radio stations, and the band has been compared to Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and U2.
Sundara Karma’s new generation of rock stars boldly challenges macho rock clichés: the songs speak delicately and vulnerably about a yearning for love, sexuality and the inevitable loss of youth, even death. This may be the last chance to experience the band in Huvila’s intimate setting before they take the world by storm.
The evening begins with Death Hawks, the treasured harbinger of Finnish psychedelic rock. Combining hypnotic krautrock and dizzying 1970s groove, Death Hawks are one of the biggest export hopes for Finnish music – and unmatched on stage.
Death Hawks starts at 7 pm. Sundara Karma starts at 8.45 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
Art and virtual reality interact at Elisa Kulma, and JCDecaux will bring the resulting artwork to the cityscape to create a unique urban gallery. There will also be world class jazz and Night of the Arts surprises.
Come see virtual art being made using Tilt Brush equipment. You can also test the VR equipment and step into the world of virtual art!
Friday, 18 August
2–4 p.m. Digitalents Helsinki demonstrates the use of the Tilt Brush equipment
4–5 p.m. Katja Tukiainen creates Tilt Brush art, which can then be explored
5.30 p.m. Panel discussion about the possibilities of VR art
6–6.30 p.m. Jussi TwoSeven creates Tilt Brush art, which can then be explored
7–8 p.m. Digitalents Helsinki demonstrates the use of the Tilt Brush equipment
Saturday, 19 August
11–12 a.m. Digitalents Helsinki demonstrates the use of the Tilt Brush equipment
12 a.m. – 1 p.m. Manuela Bosco creates Tilt Brush art, which can then be explored
1.30–2.30 p.m. Hannu Huhtamo creates Tilt Brush art, which can then be explored
VR event in co-operation with:
Every Saturday of the Festival: The trios of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
19 August at 6 p.m. Ashley Henry Trio
26 August at 6 p.m. Reuben James Trio
2 September at 6 p.m. Richard Spaven Trio
24 August – Night of the Arts
9 p.m. Meet & greet: Elias Gould
NB! Limited audience space, please arrive on time.
It’s once again the evening of the year when art takes over. Already a firm fixture in the Finnish events calendar, the 29th Night of the Arts will this year take place on Thursday 24 August. Again we can look forward to hundreds of events from a broad spectrum, from clubs to the city’s streets and parks to pubs.
The night’s programme, which is spread across Helsinki and capital region, is being built together with citizens. Publish your own event or work of art and register on the Night of the Arts website. Remember to download the Night of the Arts app to your cell phone. At the same time you will also contribute to making a living map of art dotted with the movements of night wanderers.
Take part and sign up for the Night of the Arts >>
Carola Häggkvist, Tomas Ledin, Roxette, Ace of Base, Europe, The Cardigans, Neneh Cherry, Håkan Hellström, Vikingarna, Lill-Babs, Evert Taube… not to mention Eva Dahlgren or ABBA. Finland’s dear neighbour Sweden truly has given us a lot to be thankful for!
Helsinki Music Centre prepares for the visit of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra with the sweet embrace of Swedish popular music. Two dazzling star singers, Krista Siegfrids and Tomi Metsäketo, take us down memory lane in the form of pop, schlager and wonderful evergreens.
Sisters Rachel and Betty Unthank are The Unthanks, a top-name folk band from near the Scottish borders in northeast England. The Unthanks’ music echoes sounds from the rainy moors. Highly popular in Britain, this band has a fresh, ambitious approach to folk music, with impulses extending from Miles Davis to King Crimson and Portishead.
The band has come a long way and was originally known as Rachel Unthank and the Winterset. Their debut album Cruel Sister in 2005 was a folk sensation, as was their album Mount the Air ten years later. This band effortlessly crosses the boundaries of different genres and counts Elvis Costello and Ryan Adams among its fans.
The evening opens with Finnish sisters Jemina & Selina. The Sillanpää sisters interpret Roots music and have been performing together for more than 25 years now.
Jemina & Selina starts at 7 pm. The Unthanks starts at 8.30 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
The brightest crown of Swedish music life comes to Helsinki Music Centre! Founded in 1902, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the most prestigious and popular in Northern Europe – it regularly plays at the Nobel festivities and large outdoor concerts in Stockholm.
There is no shortage of stardom as the orchestra welcomes its guest soloist, the American soprano Renée Fleming. Fleming, one of the most dazzling singers in the world, performs songs by Samuel Barber and Richard Strauss.
The concert begins with Liguria by the young Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi. It was inspired by the coastal region of Liguria in Italy: Tarrodi’s musical walkabout takes the audience to the region’s idyllic fishing villages. The music calls forth images of sunny landscapes, rugged cliffs and clear nights basking in starlight.
The evening ends with the second symphony, The Four Temperaments, by Denmark’s most prominent composer, Carl Nielsen. The concert is conducted by Sakari Oramo, who has been the orchestra’s Chief Conductor since 2008.
Andrea Tarrodi: Liguria
Samuel Barber: Knoxville Summer of 1915
Richard Strauss: Verwandlung der Daphne
Carl Nielsen: Sinfonia nro 2
In co-operation with:
Jane and Aatos Erkko foundation, City of Helsinki, Helsinki Music Centre
As a part of the Helsinki festival Sinne is showing Thermoscene by Tuomas A. Laitinen. The work has been exhibited at the Finnish institute in Berlin this spring and summer and is a part of Mobile Home a joint project of the Finnish Institutes of Paris, Benelux countries, Berlin and London.
Thermoscene is an modular installation in which Laitinen has been processing questions on home, shelter, security and warmth and it works as a fictive platform for thoughts on future structures. The centerpiece of the installation is a growing tent, from which materials sprout out into the gallery space. In Sinne the exhibition will get a new dimension, Laitinen is adding performative elements the are activating the installation.
The exhibition is a collaboration with The Finnish institute in Berlin, Ghoete-institut Finnland and Helsinki Festival.
Production assistant: Paul Flanders
Augmented reality: Teemu Viljanen | Arilyn
The Helsinki Festival concerts at Helsinki Music Centre begin festively with a one-of-a-kind performance of Väinö Raitio’s 1933 opera gem Princess Cecilia. More than 80 years since its previous showing, the masterpiece receives the relaunch it deserves during the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence. For this special performance, the opera will be interpreted by modern and charismatic leading soloists such as the dazzling Johanna Rusanen in the main role, Mika Pohjonen and Waltteri Torikka. The Radio Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Hannu Lintu.
A pioneer of the modernist generation of the 1920s, Raitio’s (1891–1945) eccentric works received relatively little attention but have been the focus of growing interest in the past decades. Princess Cecilia received praising reviews following its premiere and was planned for performances in international arenas before the war years. It is a piece of Finnish music history one should not miss.
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor
Johanna Rusanen, Tuomas Katajala, Mika Pohjonen, Jaakko Kortekangas,
Waltteri Torikka, Petri Bäckström & Kristian Lindroos
Helsinki Music Centre Choir
Soloists from the Sibelius Academy
Varjele is a dark, intense dance performance about compassion and what happens when you lose it. The audience follows the shadows of the dancers inside a hexagonal shadow theatre. The irrational and the wonderful, the mystic and the toxic alternate on the fabric as live graphics.
Is a theatre audience there to be entertained or imprisoned? What happens to humanity if we see others as nothing but shadows?
The choreography by Sanni Kriikku approaches shadow dance through postmodern show dance methods. Tölölab’s improvised music mixes the clear sound of woodwind instruments with live electronics and thumping techno. The artists behind Varjele work with the Helsinki-based Eloa-festivaali. Varjele and Eloa-festivaali have been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and Kone Foundation.
Artistic design: Heta Aho
Coreography: Sanni Kriikku
Dancers: Mia Jaatinen, Ella Koikkalainen, Marlon Moilanen, Pietari Vappula,
Samuli Emery, Sade Risku
Music: Tölöläb; Taavi Oramo, eloelektroniikka, Turkka Inkilä, huilu ja eloelektroniikka, Antti Salovaara, fagotti, Saku Mattila, oboe
Lighting design: Sofia Palillo
Set realisation: Kimmo Sirén
Teleportation to Viapori Jazz starts from the Market Square and lasts 900 seconds. Warp drive a little further to the core of experiences.
The destination is Suomenlinna, where clocks run a little slower and ears hear a little more. When you arrive at Susisaari, things start to feel right: music and art take the focus, while everything else fades into the background. Time stops in celebration of August, all is right with the world and the centre of the universe is Viapori Jazz.
Programme and info: viaporijazz.fi
One of the most interesting hip hop phenomena of the year hails from Israel: the music of Victoria Hanna combines Jewish mysticism, Dada, surrealism and spiky feminism. The unique vocal artist bends her voice in never-before-heard shapes and finds inspiration for her songs in Kabbala. Hanna is part of a continuum of strong and edgy visionaries, like her idols Laurie Anderson and Björk.
A rabbi’s daughter, Hanna grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Jerusalem. The home was full of books, from which Hanna absorbed words and letters. As a child, she stuttered, but finally turned the problem into an opportunity and harnessed it as part of her expression. Song is her healing power and language her tool for creation. She utilises the tones of Hebrew and Aramaic to their fullest potential.
Before Hanna, we get a taste of the fresh Finnish art pop trio Frank Frank Frank. Formed by Elifantree’s Anni Elif Egecioglu, Color Dolor’s Stina Koistinen and drummer Amanda Blomqvist, the trio dives directly into the deepest core of pop.
Frank Frank Frank starts at 7 pm. Victoria Hanna starts at 8.30 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
Put on your headphones and follow the red-headed girl.
Opera comes to life at Konepajan Bruno in August. Vixen, based on Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s classic opera The Cunning Little Vixen, combines beloved opera music, immersive theatre and silent disco. This unforgettable tale of love and loss is told using, for the first time in Finland, the silent opera concept that has attracted full houses in Great Britain and made a host of new opera fans.
Turning opera conventions upside down, Vixen is a co-production between Silent Opera and Koominen Ooppera. Silent Opera is supported by the English National Opera. In the performance that takes over the old railway engine workshop, the audience, using headphones, gets to follow the characters and experience the music right next to the singers as it is mixed live.
Direction: Daisy Evans
Set design: Kitty Callister
Composition: Leoš Janáček & Max Pappenheim
Cast includes: Rosie Lomas, Ivan Ludlow, Timothy Dickinson & Robin Bailey
The Helsinki Festival for 2017 kicks off brilliantly with a world-class spring concert when the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, led by Conductor Daniel Barenboim, arrives in Finland to perform for the first time.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has made a grand impression with visits to Europe, Asia and North America, particularly because of its role as a musical ambassador of peace with regard to the conflicts in the Middle East. The orchestra endeavours to advance intercultural dialogue by bringing together representatives of different ethnic and religious groups. The members of the orchestra comprise talented young Arab and Israeli musicians.
As one of the top current names in classical music, Argentine-born Daniel Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and has also initiated several music education projects in different countries. The most recent project is the Barenboim-Said Akademie founded in Berlin, where students, including WEDO members, study both music and the humanities.
Named as a UN Messenger of Peace in 2007, Barenboim is a well-known conductor and esteemed pianist. His previous visit to Finland was for a piano recital during spring 2016. Barenboim also conducted the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra at the Helsinki Festival in 2014.
W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 39
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote
Soloists: Kian Soltani, violoncello and Miriam Manasherov, viola
Unlike previously announced Yulia Deyneka will not be performing.
Duration approx. 1 h 45 min, includes one intermission.
The next Helsinki Festival is takes place 17.8.–3.9.2017. The programme is published in April 2017.
In the early 1960s, the legendary Stax Records hatched a new, warm soul sound that spoke to the heart and became its own genre: Memphis soul. William Bell was one of Stax’s first hit makers, and he played a key role in creating the new sound. Written by Bell in his twenties, the hit You Don’t Miss Your Water laid down the framework for Stax’s rough and beautiful style.
During the 60s and 70s, Bell put out numerous classic Stax 7-inch singles that are desired by modern-day DJs: I Forgot to Be Your Lover, Private Number, Born under a Bad Sign… Bell’s new album This is Where I Live, which won a Grammy for Best Americana Album, is a powerful return to Stax after a thirty-year break. The master makes traditional soul sound fresh, and even at 77, Bell’s voice is still sexy, roughened by extensive life experience. The Huvila stage welcomes a true godfather of Memphis soul.
The evening is opened by Finland’s hottest soul mama and the feisty vocalist of the Jo Stance band, Johanna Försti.
Johanna Försti starts at 7 pm. William Bell starts at 8.30 pm.
Doors: 5.30 pm.
The Helsinki Festival autumn comes to a brilliant end when Yuja Wang and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra perform at Helsinki Music Centre on Monday, 30 October. The concert programme includes Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Chopin.
One of the brightest piano stars in the world, Yuja Wang (b. 1987) is famous for her masterful technique, energetic stage presence and dazzling style. Despite her young age, Chinese-born Wang has been playing international concert arenas for a decade now and has performed with top conductors like Valery Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim and Gustavo Dudamel.
This unique evening is complemented by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, playing their first-ever concert in Finland. Founded by conductor Claudio Abbado 20 years ago and called the world’s best chamber music orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra consists of 45 musicians from 20 different countries.
W.A. Mozart: Overture from Don Giovanni
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella suite
Frédéric Chopin: Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major for piano and orchestra
Akun Tehdas, HEKU, MicroMedia, PunaMusta, Vapa Media