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Festivals & Events
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Tango Festival
July 2002

This highly popular festival, and Finnish tango in general, has now matured into an exotic export commodity with real market clout! The secret of the wonderful atmosphere of the Tango Festival in Seinäjoki lies in superb performers and the tango-dancing public dressed up in their summer fineries, because tango is dance therapy for the soul.
info@tangomarkkinat.fi


Midsummer's Day Festivals
June

Midsummer's Day (Juhannus) has been the most important annual event for Finns since pagan times. People leave cities and towns for summer cottages to celebrate the longest day of the year. Bonfires are lit and lakeside merrymakers swim and row boats. Enthusiastic alcohol consumption is also a feature of midsummer partying. In the north of Finland, Midsummer marks the peak of the exotic appeal of the Arctic, as the sun remains above the horizon all night.


Savonlinna Opera Festival
July

Savonlinna Opera Festival celebrates its 90th anniversary in summer 2002. In honour of this jubilee year the programme will include two premieres: Aarre Merikanto's Juha and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. The colourful history of the Festival will be recalled with nostalgia on July 21 in a gala concert at Olavinlinna Castle entitled The Festival Looks Back. The season will also mark the beginning of a new chapter in this long and distinguished history with the completion of the 800-seat Savonlinna Hall. Adjoining the Wanha Kasino, this new wooden building will provide the Festival with a principal concert venue of the highest calibre.
info@operafestival.fi


The Pori Jazz Festival
July

Pori Jazz is a major international week-long event with world-class performing artists. The Festival has earned consistent praise over the years for the superb atmosphere created by its high-class music, friendly people, fine services and unique milieu. The celebrations centre on the scenic banks of the Kokemäki River, with its parklands, Jazz Street and old factory buildings. The Festival programme comprises over one hundred concerts and other events in 13 performance venues. The town of Pori offers a wide range of cultural attractions and the nearby sandy beach at Yyteri attracts tourists from all over Scandinavia.
festival@porijazz.fi


Tampere International Theatre Festival
August

This major professional theatre event is a landmark in the Nordic cultural calendar. The 2002 programme will present fascinating new international trends in drama, with a chance for youthful new theatre makers and various languages to step into the limelight. Nearly all of the countries in the far north of Europe will be represented in summer 2002, and the domestic component will provide a comprehensive review of the whole of Finland.
theatre.festival@tt.tampere.fi


The Helsinki Festival
August

A full cultural spectrum from music to modern dance and the most interesting names in theatre, visual art and cinema. The classical music programme will include a contribution from the world-renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. World music will be performed in the Huvila Festival Tent and the Children's Festival will provide a special programme for families with children. The highly popular Night of the Arts will be celebrated on 29 August with dozens of events all over the city. The Lord Mayor's Popular Concert will take place in Senate Square on the opening weekend.
info@helsinkifestival.fi


Chamber Music by Lake Tuusula
August

It is places like Halosenniemi, Suviranta and Villa Kokkonen that create the unique atmosphere of this festival. Other concert venues include the churches and fine concert halls of the region. The violinist brothers Jaakko and Pekka Kuusisto are Artistic Directors of the Festival and will perform together with other leading young Finnish musicians. There will be concerts every day, beginning at 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00. The Festival themes in summer 2002 will be the Finnish national character and the music of Beethoven. Tickets on sale from 1 March 2002 at offices of Ticket Service Finland.
juhani.airas@jarvenpaa.fi


Full Moon Dance Festival
August

The large number of premieres in its annual programme make the Full Moon Dance Festival the largest contemporary dance event in Finland. In spite of this size, Pyhäjärvi provides a warm and intimate setting for the Festival. The 2002 programme will include several important Finnish artists and international choreographers. Several courses will also be arranged.
taydenkuun.tanssit@pyhajarvi.fi


Joutsa Folk Festival
July

Joutsa Folk Festival is a summer celebration for everyone who enjoys sunshine, lakeland scenery and a fine programme. It includes heritage exhibitions and old familiar events, but always features something new and surprising. The theme in summer 2002 will be "Wood through the Ages", in culture, for use at home, in handicrafts and in modern refined products.
joutopv@joutsa.fi


Manta Art Festival
August

Mantta Art Weeks is Finland's largest exhibition of contemporary art, and takes place in three exhibition halls in the town of Mänttä. The Curator in 2002 will be Kaisu Koivisto, who has invited about fifty artists working in Finland to come and display their works on the theme of Environments.
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"Vappu"
May Day

Finnish Vappu combines such varied influences as the international workers' movement, European celebrations of spring, the traditional springtime revelry of Scandinavian students, the modern street carnival and the Finnishstyle enthusiasm for drinking. These ingredients all go to create a truly homespun Finnish carnival.


The Imatra Big Band Festival
July

The Imatra Big Band Festival is a wide-ranging celebration with a special emphasis on the music of large orchestras. The celebrations in this jubilee year will include a host of top-class performers from Finland, Europe and America. Besides the various styles of jazz and swing, the festival programme will include blues, soul, Latin rhythms, rock, dance and world music. This full week of music in Imatra will encompass more than 40 concerts, about half of which will be free admission outdoor events.
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